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.


Total Population 8,355
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 22%
Employed Population 16+ 3,794
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 43.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $47,074
% Above Poverty Level 82.5%
% Below Poverty Level 17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 41.7%
Median Gross Rent $581
Median House Value $106,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.3%
Irish 12.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rice Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 49 miles N of Eau Claire, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles NE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Barron
Standard Zip Codes 54868
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.506
Longitude -91.738

Rice Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 19 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 59 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 56 F
Annual Precip 32 inches
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 0 to 22 F
Apr Temp 32 to 57 F
Jul Temp 57 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Station AMERY
Distance 33.7 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 19 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 57 F
Annual Precip 31.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Rice Lake, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Canton (54868)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barron 3,366 $51,442
Cameron 1,974 $51,346
Chetek 2,345 $41,250
Cumberland 2,434 $51,591
Dallas 368 $48,214
Haugen 361 $52,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rice Lake Public Libraries

Rice Lake Public Library
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
(715) 234-4861

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Rice Lake Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1100 N MAIN ST
(715) 234-1515
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.1

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Serves 15 students.

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