River City Ramble Professional Review and Guide
"Nekoosa, a small town just south of Wisconsin Rapids, takes its name from a Winnebago Indian word meaning "running waters," which is what settlers found here in the early 1800s. The first sawmill in the area opened south of Nekoosa in 1833. By 1837 a wood-pulp paper mill was established in Wisconsin Rapids, and the paper industry has been a mainstay of the local economy ever since. Wisconsin Rapids-just "Rapids" to the locals-is a thriving mill town nestled on both sides of the Wisconsin River.
There are several fine restaurants; the Alexander House, with art exhibits, and even a municipal zoo. The ride starts to the southeast of the city at South Wood County Park on Lake Wazeecha. There are park roads and entrances on both and north and south sides of the lake. The park, a popular place for the locals in the summer months, has the usual amenities: beaches, playgrounds, toilets, water, boat landings, and camping facilities. Things to see: Lake Wazeecha and South Wood County Park, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin River, Consolidated Paper Mill."