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Overview

Introduction to Rice Lake, Wisconsin

Rice Lake, Wisconsin is 49 miles N of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and 76 miles NE of St. Paul, Minnesota. It is in Barron County.

Rice Lake History

Rice Lake was originally an Indian village. In 1864, a storage dam was built in the area. M.W. Heller established a mill at the dam in 1871. Heller was also the first permanent settler in Rice Lake. Regular mail service was established in the area in 1874, and Dr. E.T. Whinnery became the first postmaster. The city was originally platted in 1875. The Chippewa Falls and Northern Railroad entered the area in 1882. The city was chartered in 1887 and D.W. Montieth was named the first mayor.

Rice Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Cedar Mall Shopping Center
  • Pioneer Village Museum
  • Wild Rivers State Trail
  • Turtleback Golf Course
  • Railroad Memories Museum
  • Pine Point County Park

Things To Do In Rice Lake

Local parks include Shudlick Park, the Future Farmers of America Park, Hiawatha Park and Indian Mound Park. The Cedar Mall Shopping Center is the local shopping destination. The Pioneer Village Museum and the Railroad Memories Museum are popular among those hoping to learn more about the area’s history. The Pine Point County Park and the Brunet Island State Park are accessible from Rice Lake as well. Turtleback Golf Course is also nearby. Local festivals include Aquafest, Tater Fest and the Barron County Fair.

Rice Lake Transportation

Minneapolis-St. Paul International is the nearest major airport.

Rice Lake Higher Education

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College provide higher education in the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,343
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens22.1%
Employed Population 16+3,833
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married41.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.2%
Median Earnings25+$27,351
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,203

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,489
% Above Poverty Level82.9%
% Below Poverty Level17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone41.2%
Median Gross Rent$617
Median House Value$112,500

Ancestry

German38.4%
Norwegian19.1%
Irish12.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)5.7%
Polish5.2%
Czech4.6%
French Except Basque4.5%
Swedish4.1%
English3.6%
Italian3.2%
Canadian2.7%
Dutch2.3%
Scottish1.2%
Finnish1%
Welsh0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Slovene0.3%
Russian0.3%
Albanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
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Rice Lake Almanac

CategoryValue
County Barron County
Standard Zip Codes54868
Phone Area Codes715
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude45.49
Approximate Longitude-91.73

Rice Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationRICE LAKE
Distance6.6 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 19 F
Apr Temp33 to 54 F
Jul Temp59 to 80 F
Oct Temp36 to 56 F
Annual Precip32 inches
StationSPOONER EXPERMNT FARM
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp0 to 22 F
Apr Temp32 to 57 F
Jul Temp57 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip30 inches
StationAMERY
Distance33.7 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 19 F
Apr Temp33 to 54 F
Jul Temp59 to 81 F
Oct Temp35 to 57 F
Annual Precip31.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Barron3,349$48,981
Cameron2,029$51,202
Chetek2,228$50,000
Cumberland2,336$54,948
Dallas409$49,375
Haugen356$49,688

Rice Lake Public Libraries

Rice Lake Public Library
2 E. MARSHALL ST.
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
(715) 234-4861

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Rice Lake Hospitals

Lakeview Med Center
(Non-profit)
1700 West Stout Street
(715) 234-1515

Rice Lake Public Schools

Head Start
205 E Orchard Beach Ln
ZIP: 54868
(715) 434-5437
Primary
Total Enrollment 30
Hilltop Day Care & Preschool
104 Cameron Rd
ZIP: 54868
(715) 234-6671
Primary
Total Enrollment 20
Hilltop Elementary
202 Cameron Rd
ZIP: 54868
(715) 234-4998
Primary
Total Enrollment 333
Jefferson Elementary
30 Phipps Ave
ZIP: 54868
(715) 234-3145
Primary
Total Enrollment 150
Northern Lakes Regional Academy
33 Ann St
ZIP: 54868
(715) 234-8612
High
Total Enrollment 43
Red Cedar School
33 Ann St
ZIP: 54868
(715) 234-8612
Primary
Total Enrollment 13
Rice Lake High
30 S Wisconsin Ave
ZIP: 54868
(715) 234-2181
High
Total Enrollment 685
Rice Lake Middle
204 Cameron Rd
ZIP: 54868
(715) 234-8156
Middle
Total Enrollment 608
Tainter Elementary
2201 Carrie Ave
ZIP: 54868
(715) 234-8065
Primary
Total Enrollment 235

Rice Lake Private Schools

Meadow Creek Adventist School
1779 20 1/2 St
ZIP: 54868
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran School
520 E Orchard Beach Ln
ZIP: 54868
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
St Joseph School
128 W Humbird St
ZIP: 54868
Elementary
Total Enrollment 162
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