About Barron County

There’s something for everyone in Barron County! Thriving small towns and cities, beautiful countryside along with lakes and streams offer a great place to live and visit. Welcoming to Barron County, we hope you enjoy your visit and possibly decide to make this your home .

Golf, fishing, canoeing, camping, skiing, and over 300 miles of snowmobiling and ATV trails offer endless opportunities to enjoy Wisconsin’s best! The gorgeous Red Cedar River is well-known for its small mouth bass fishing and amazing fall colors. There are many points of interest and activities year-round, both indoor and outdoor. For indoor fun, there are bowling lanes, roller skating rinks, traditional live theatre, movie theaters, and great shopping. Watch for specialty locally grown foods like bison, cheese and produce, even tour a brewery!

Add to this a vibrant and growing business community,  with strong agriculture, manufacturing, construction, service and healthcare sectors. Entrepreneurs are welcome and will love our innovative atmosphere.

We hope you’ll enjoy your visit with us in Barron County. You’ll love the wonderful mix of beauty, recreation, arts, and business environment that that keep visitors coming back to our area again and again.

Save the Date

2016 Business Awards Banquet
Thursday October 6th

WITC Conference Center - Rice Lake

5:30 PM Social Hour, Dinner 6:00 PM
Speaker and awards immediately following Dinner

Keynote Speaker
Chris Reader, Director of Health & Human Resources Policy
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
Topic: The Future Wisconsin Project

What will Wisconsin look like in 20 years? What will our workforce look like? What sort of businesses will thrive in our economy? How will our tech colleges and universities stack up to those in other states? What sort of jobs will be available? Will we be able to grow our economy if we can’t find the labor to fill the jobs?

WMC, in partnership with the following partners, is embarking on a process to help us identify, answer and be prepared for the outcome of questions like that.

  • University of Wisconsin System

  • Wisconsin Technical College System

  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

  • Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

The six Competitive Quality Indicators to focus on include:

  • Talent Development, Attraction and Retention

  • Business Competitiveness

  • Global Engagement

  • Government Effectiveness

  • Life Quality

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit

On-Line registration begins soon.

For more information please contact Dave Armstrong at bcedc@co.barron.wi.us.


Around the County
  • Barron
Visit the City of Barron Website. Click here
  • Chetek
Visit the Chetek Chamber of Commerce Website. Click here
  • Cumberland
Visit the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce Website . Click here
  • Rice Lake
Click here for all Rice Lake Chamber Events.
Click here for all Rice Lake Tourism Website.
  • Turtle Lake
Visit the Village of Turtle Lake and Chamber of Commerce Website. Click here
  • St Croix Casino
Visit the St Croix Casino Website Click here


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Barron County Economic Development Corporation

330 East LaSalle Avenue
Government Center, Room 2311
P.O. Box 71
Barron, WI 54812

Office: 715-637-6871
Toll Free: 1-800-529-4148
Cell: 715-790-1327