Alert: The following services will be unavailable on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m. CST due to system maintenance.
Rest areas and waysides - 'Open for business'
Located on the interstate highway system and other major four-lane highways and are open all year round. Wisconsin has 30 rest areas, with amenities such as:
- Handicap accessibility
- Ample car and truck parking
- Clean restroom facilities
- Drinking water
- Picnic areas
- Weather monitors at most locations
- Places to walk your pet
- Snacks/soft drinks from vending services at most locations
- Road maps and other traveler information
- Historical facts and events are commemorated on Wisconsin Historical Marker plaques
- Recycling areas
Generally located on two-lane highways, usually open seasonally from late May to mid-September, more rustic in nature, located in scenic locations and feature:
- Toilet facilities
- Drinking water
- Picnic areas on a smaller scale
- Some have recycling areas
Rest areas and waysides operations
Please use the trash containers and recycling bins and help keep Wisconsin's rest areas and waysides clean.
A team of people work cooperatively behind the scenes to keep our rest areas and waysides clean, safe and in good working order.
- Local Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP) - Provide the day-to-day maintenance at each rest area and some waysides. The CRP's provide employment for nearly 400 people with disabilities who might otherwise have limited employment opportunities.
- Rehabilitation For Wisconsin - A private non-profit organization, is responsible for direction of the CRP's at each rest area.
- Counties - Are responsible for snow plowing at rest areas and waysides and the maintenance of some waysides.
- WisDOT's Bureau of Highway Maintenance - Is responsible for overseeing the state-wide rest area and wayside operation.
We welcome your comments and suggestions for improvements. Please be sure to include:
- Which rest area and/or wayside you visited
- Date and time you were there
- What you liked, didn't like
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Last updated: May 1, 2015
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