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Rib Mountain State Park is a unique natural treasure for the citizens of Marathon County, the region and the state. Its trails, recreational opportunities, history and scenic beauty offer people access to the great outdoors with close proximity to a dynamic urban area. 


Rib Mountain State Park accepts reservations for the park’s Friends Gathering Space. The three season facility includes a multi-purpose gathering space, an indoor gas fireplace, indoor restrooms and an outdoor stone patio, and seats up to 75 people.

The facility is available for rental from May 1 through September 30 and is popular for birthday and graduation parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, business meetings, Eagle Scout ceremonies, family reunions and other social gatherings. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance of event date. Please apply early as spaces fill up qiuckly.

COVID-19 in 2021Because of the ongoing pandemic, the Friends Gathering Space is currently closed to the public through April 29. While reservations for the 2021 season can still be made, it is possible they may be cancelled if the Gathering Space remains closed on your event date (you will receive a full refund). Currently, there is a 50-person gathering limit at Wisconsin State Parks for all events, which includes the Gathering Space. When the Gathering Space re-opens, there may be updated restrictions on group gathering sizes. Once a reservation is confirmed, park staff will contact you with any changes or updates regarding closures or restrictions.

Completed application forms should be mailed to: 

​Rib Mountain State Park, 149801 State Park Road, Wausau WI 54401

For more information: 715-842-2522  or

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