Below is a list of some of the larger communities that make up Oconto County. For more information on each individual community, click on the community name to visit their websites.
Townsend hosts some of the most pristine forests, best recreational lakes, and finest ATV and snowmobile trails in the Northwood’s. These factors result in a population that is 65% seasonal. The one in three folks who live here permanently proudly point to Townsend's friendly merchants, efficient government, reliable protective services, and energetic community spirit as the traits that create the reasons to be here in all four seasons. With local restaurants serving delicious food at reasonable prices, and the biggest 4th of July fireworks display in the Northwood’s, Townsend is a great place to visit and an even better place to live.
Lakewood is in the heart of the Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forest in Oconto County. Lakewood is home to approximately 800 residents, influenced by artisans, and has some very interesting upnorth shopping to explore. It is also on the Nicolet Trail, the main multi-use trail for ATV’s and snowmobiles; and is home to the Lakewood Cross Country Ski Trail and Bass Lake Recreational Area.
Mountain is at the southern entrance to the Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forest. This is a great quick getaway as it is approximately an hour from Green Bay, Appleton, and Marinette. The area is home to the Chute Pond Recreational Area; good access to the Oconto River; Chute Pond Overlook; and the Mountain Fire Tower. The Nicolet Recreational Trail, the main the main multi-use trail for ATV’s, Snowmobiles, horses passes through Mountain as well. Mountain is a double township of about 800 residents; 78% of the township is National Forest Land or Oconto County Forest Land.
Nestled near the center of the Oconto River valley, below Suring Hill lies the Village of Suring with a population of more than 500 people. Suring is located on the 45th parallel halfway between the North Pole and the equator. Riverside Memorial Park at the north end of the village offers a rest area; picnic facilities; playground; boat landing for access to the Oconto River. Running through the center of the village is the Nicolet Recreational Trail, the main multi-use trail through the county for ATV’s and snowmobiles.
Gillett at 1400 people is one of the small towns in Oconto County; it has the distinction of being the “ATV Capitol of the World”. The Nicolet Trail, the multi-use trail for ATV’s and snowmobiles runs through Gillett as well. South of town on the trail is one of Oconto County’s best photographic opts on the bridge high above the Oconto River.
OJ’s Midtown in Gillett was voted to have the best pies in Wisconsin by WI Trails Magazine. In the center of Gillett is Zippel Park, home to the Oconto County Fair as well as other shows and festivities.
Oconto Falls, WI
An energetic small city set in the idyllic countryside only 30 miles north of Green Bay, WI. The bustle and energy when you want it, and the solitude and fresh air of nature just steps beyond. Welcome to educational excellence to keep minds growing, and parks, trails and recreational facilities to keep blood pumping. Shops, dining, services—everything you need—a stroll or golf cart ride away. Great amenities and small town living in one very special place.
In the historic bay shores region of Oconto County is the village of Lena, a community of 600 people. Conveniently located on the HWY 141 corridor, it is only a half hour from Green Bay. Originally named Maple Valley, Lena owes its existence to the railroads. The area was settled first by French Canadians engaged in small –scale logging, building their homes along Jones Creek, a tributary of Little River. In 1879, the name of the town was changed to Lena by Oconto’s Postmaster George R. Hall, after he suggested his wife’s name Helena “Lena” Louisa McCartney after the name Maple Valley was taken. Lena today is home to the largest employer in Oconto County, Saputo Cheese. It is a great stop over on your way north; as well as offering small town living for commuters to Green Bay.
The Historic Bay Shores is home to Oconto, the largest city in the county at 4500 people. Here you can experience rich history extending from thousands of years ago when it was home to the Copper Culture Indians; to a booming lumber town that produced Main Street Mansions. Enjoy the Beyer Home Museum and bring your bicycle to Ride Oconto History which began as a student school project. Don’t forget that Oconto sits on the Bay of Green Bay; and hosts a huge walleye fishing tournament each year. If you are an amateur, there are charters available so you can try and catch monster walleye on the bay.
Abrams is a community in the Historic Bay Shore area of Oconto County. It has a population of approximately 1800 people. Located on the HWY 41 corridor it is less than a half hour commute to Green Bay making it an ideal bedroom community. The community also has a 30-40 acre business park with sewer and water available making it an attractive location for a new business. Abrams is just 3 miles south of the Machickanee Forest. This recreational area in Oconto County is a great place for horseback riding; hiking; mountain biking; and cross country skiing in the winter.
At the southern tip of Oconto County in the Historic Bay Shore area is the village of Pulaski, located along HWY 32 on your way to the great north woods of Wisconsin. The Village of Pulaski has a population of over 3,475 citizens, spread out over Brown, Oconto and Shawano Counties. Only minutes from major transportation routes and downtown Green Bay, Pulaski offers spectacular views, accessibility, and a small town atmosphere without giving up the perks of the city. Only a short way off HWY 29, the major east/west route in the central part of the state, and situated at the intersections of HWYS 32 & 160, Pulaski provides access to some of the premier Wisconsin destinations, just a short drive away.