Oconto Falls is your Destination to Outdoor Recreation.
The area’s natural resources provide the perfect backdrop for great entertainment on the water, in the woods, or on the shore. In all four seasons of the year, the Oconto Falls area offers a variety of recreational activities for every age. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the opportunities to ski, swim, fish, golf — and much more, surrounded by the natural beauty of the area.
After spending a day in the great outdoors, visitors can enjoy a hearty meal in the friendly, casual atmosphere of one of the area’s superb restaurants before catching a live show at one of the local theaters.
For outdoor recreation, dining, and entertainment, Oconto Falls is an ideal destination for visitors ready to have a good time. Come to visit us soon!
The annual Memorial Day Weekend celebration at Memorial Field is a four-day party for young and old alike. The long-running celebration traditionally includes the 5K run/walk Dash O.F. Color, carnival rides, a parade, softball tournament, car show, and fireworks. The holiday weekend offers a variety of food and refreshment stands and the chance to socialize with friends from near and far.
Bargain hunters glory in the citywide rummage sales and library book sale which are the mainstays of Falls Fest, held in August. Coordinated by the Oconto Falls Community Library, Falls Fest gives residents an opportunity to clean out their closets and basements and earn some cash for their treasures. Churches and community organizations earn funds by selling food and refreshments. Maps of the sales are published in the local newspaper.
During the heat of the summer, there is no better place to be than the beach, and Oconto Falls has two! The East Side and West Side beaches each have a sandy beach area for swimming, wading, and sand castle building, along with pavilions and picnic areas for gathering. Boat launches are available at each location. In the winter, the waterfront at both beaches becomes populated with ice fishing shanties, and the river becomes part of the local snowmobile club trail.
Bundle up and grab your family, friends, and snow tubes for an exhilarating ride down the Oconto Falls Tubing Hill. The Tubing Hill is open from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when snow and weather conditions allow. After a thrilling slide down the hill, catch the tow rope to pull you back to the top for another go-round or warm up with free hot chocolate and hotdogs. Tubes are available for public use, or bring your own tubes (helmets are recommended, too). The Tubing Hill is operated free of charge by the Oconto Falls Lions Club, and donations are welcome. The hill is located off South Main Street and Mead Avenue near River Island Golf Course.
Pack your crawlers and fishing gear and drop a line in the Oconto Falls Pond to catch a few for the fry pan. If fishing isn’t for you, strap on the water skis to zip across the water or spend a few hours paddling your canoe or kayak. Whatever water sport you choose, start your outing at one of the city’s two boat landings, located at the East Side and West Side beaches.
If golf is your game, then look no further than Oconto Falls and the surrounding area. Located at 100 River Island Drive on the city’s south side is River Island Golf Course, a 9-hole public golf course that opened in 1965. The clubhouse is newly redecorated and serves food and drinks. Leagues for men, ladies, seniors, and juniors are active during the summer season. Another area 9-hole course is Pine Acres Golf Course in Abrams. Patriot Golf Club in Abrams is an 18-hole course.
Oconto Falls Area Trails
Whether you’re riding horseback, gliding on cross-country skis, hiking or biking, you’ll enjoy the trail system of the area. Wooded fitness trails are located at the West Side Beach and adjacent to River Island Golf Course on the city’s south side. In Oconto County Machickanee Forest, approximately 5 miles from Oconto Falls, you’ll find trails open for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.
Visit the trails page to learn more.
Revamped in 2017, the Oconto County Machickanee Shooting Range is open to the public from March 15 to Dec. 31. Whether you enjoy competition or recreational shooting or simply want to sight in your rifle for hunting season, the range offers the perfect forest setting. Shooting stations are equipped with built-in seats and overhead canopies on separate ranges of 100 yards, 50 yards, and 25 yards, plus an 8-yard range for pistols. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The shooting range is located in the beautiful Machickanee Forest, at 3490 Garrity Road, Oconto Falls, north of County E in the town of Morgan. Daily passes are $5 for county residents and $10 for nonresidents.
Performing Arts Center
When looking for entertainment rather than recreation, the 750-seat Performing Arts Center offers premium entertainment. The PAC is an exceptional performance venue presenting a variety of entertainment to the community while also serving as the home for Oconto Falls student performances. The Friends of the Arts, which builds the performance schedule and supports the financial needs of the PAC, has retained acts such as Gaelic Storm and An Evening with Groucho, Big Top Chautauqua, George Winston and more.
Nancy Byng Community Theater
Drive a little further south to Abrams and catch a performance at The Byng Community Theater presented by Abrams Spotlight Productions. Powered by local talent and volunteers, the theater produces an extravaganza of plays and musicals four times a year. The troupe has staged shows such as “Clue: The Musical,” “On Golden Pond,” “Seussical The Musical” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” From humble beginnings at the local town hall, this organization now offers great entertainment at a superb value.
Places of Worship
When in the Oconto Falls Area, feel free to join these area churches for worship. Please check with the individual church for worship times.
Calvary Lutheran Church, Abrams
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oconto Falls
Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, Oconto Falls
Riverview Alliance Church, Oconto Falls
St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Oconto Falls
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Morgan
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oconto Falls
United Methodist Church, Oconto Falls