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Rest area 12
I-39/90/94 westbound, Poynette, Columbia County

Rest area 12 (I-39/90/94 westbound, Poynette) photo collage.

Rest area 12 - I-39/90/94 westbound, Poynette. Rest area 12 interior - I-39/90/94 westbound, Poynette.


  • Northbound I-39/westbound I-90/94, Mile marker 113, north of Poynette in Columbia County
  • GPS coordinates: N 43° 25.260' W -89° 28.492'


  • 138 car and 63 truck parking stalls
  • Men’s and women’s restrooms
  • Family/assisted restrooms
  • Children’s play area
  • Seasonal prairie walking paths
  • Diaper changing facilities
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Telephones plus TTY
  • Picnic tables and shelters
  • Drinking water
  • Vending machines
  • Pet exercise area
  • Travel/weather info.
  • Recycling areas


  • Gateway to the Wisconsin Dells area and northern Wisconsin.
  • Only rest areas in U.S. (along with Rest Area 11) located on three concurrent Interstate Highways.
  • Busiest rest areas in Wisconsin (along with Rest Area 11).
  • Original rest area opened in 1961, replaced in 1979.
  • New building and enlarged site opened in 2010.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright "Prairie Style" inspired building design.
  • Signature clock tower in the lobby.
  • Double restrooms to minimize disruption during cleaning.
  • "The Circus" Historical Marker located on site.

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Last updated: October 9, 2012

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