Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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'

Wisconsin 511 travel information

A typical Wisconsin rest area

Rest areas

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
    located on-site
  • 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:

  • Parking
  • 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

Lost and found

For lost items, call or contact Rehabilitation for Wisconsin.

SSI - Contacts Questions about the content of this page:
Robert Spoerl, robert.spoerl@dot.wi.gov
Last updated: May 1, 2015

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