History of
Rice Lake

Rice Lake earned its name from the wild rice beds harvested by the Chippewa and other American Indian groups in the past. The area was also formerly known as a highly productive logging community. Learn more about the rich history of Rice Lake by visiting our historic sites, sculptures, and log cabin.

 Rice Lake History
Rice Lake History
Rice Lake History

Meet the Board

Dutch Beckett


What I like most about Rice Lake is the kindness of the community and its varied activities.  Everyone is willing to talk, teach, or share their favorite part of the city. We have so much to offer at every season, that it’s always the right time to visit Rice Lake!

Brandi Nelson


My favorite thing about Rice Lake is bringing my kids to all the events Rice Lake has to offer year round. We also enjoy the library, splash pad, and the many parks Rice Lake has. 

Marie Nett


I’ve lived in Rice Lake for over 40 years! I love the friendly people, beautiful scenery, and trails we enjoy. I am all about the shopping, restaurants, and other fun things to do year round in our area.

Doug Edwardsen


What I like best about Rice Lake: We are a small rural community with access to city amenities like restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and healthcare. Rice Lake (the city) also has ready access to Rice Lake (the lake) for fun water activities like fishing, swimming, and boating.

Becky Squires

Hotel Representative

I enjoy the friendly people and small-town charm. Rice Lake offers so many attractions and year around outdoor activities my whole family can enjoy. A great place to visit, live, and work.

Justine Bundgaard

Commission Member

I graduated from Rice Lake High School in 2003 and have lived in Rice Lake since then. I truly enjoy living in a patriotic city that has many memorial sites honoring our service members and veterans. I look forward to helping in any way I can to make Rice Lake, WI the best place to live, work, and play.

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