Rib Lake is located in central, northern
Wisconsin in Taylor County, 45 miles northwest of Wausau. (Map)
The 320-acre lake is nestled within the town of Rib Lake along State
Highway 102. The Rib Lake Area is a year-round recreational
wonderland with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and thousands of
acres of public lands. Many people enjoy camping, fishing, hiking,
hunting, swimming, ice fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling. Many types of
fish are caught in the lake such as Northern, Walleye, Muskie, and
various pan fish. The Rib Lake segment of the Ice Age National Scenic
Trail offers beautiful hardwood forests which welcomes 4, 7, or 12 mile
hikes during the spring, summer and fall, or cross country skiing in the
Taylor County belongs to the Colby Silt
Loam group of the 10 major soil areas. The soil is a silty clay loam
especially good for the production of clover and timothy hay. This area
produces forage crops (alfalfa and clover/grass mixtures), small grains
(oats, barley and rye), and corn harvested as silage or high moisture
grain. The region is also characterized by steep rolling hills good for
of Rib Lake is deeply rooted in the logging industry.
historical marker placed on the shore of Rib Lake outlines the
logging history of the area.
This composite map
posted at Rib Lake shows the extensive trail system that developed
from 1882-1948. Parts of these trails are in existence today.
In 2001, the community of Rib Lake had a
population 875 and offers two strong financial institutions, strong
manufacturing base in wood, injection molding, cabinetry, plywood and
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