Outdoor recreation abounds in Rice Lake, Wisconsin dominated by cross-country skiing, biking, hiking and snowmobiling. Fishing and boating are the most popular endeavors, especially ice fishing, which draws thousands of enthusiasts to the Rice Lake area, hoping for a bounty. The sprawling Turtleback Golf Club is a highly rated course and was named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Best Places to Play.” A visit to Indian Mounds Park can incorporate not only recreational activities like picnicking and boating, but also a viewing of twelve authentic Native American burial mounds.
Rice Lake also enjoys a number of creative outlets that enliven its cultural scene. Plays and musicals are staged regularly at both the Northern Star Theatre Company and the rustic Red Barn Theatre. Every summer, a live band entertains Rice City Lake Park during the city’s Music in the Park performances. The public exhibit called ArtScape on Main touts work from local artists. The annual multi-day festival Aquafest, filled with fun, food and entertainment, culminates in the Festival of the Arts, which showcases original work from artists throughout Wisconsin.