Focus on Friends–Friends of Rib Mountain

Friends of Rib Mt 1200x300 banner w logo address 21.jpg  1200×290 Rib Mountain is the third highest point in Wisconsin at 1,942 feet above sea level and, at 741 feet above the surrounding terrain, is the tallest hill in Wisconsin. Established as a state park in 1934, a recent purchase of 257 acres from 3M Corporation increased park area to approximately 1500 acres. The top of the 60-foot observation tower is about 800 feet above the surrounding terrain and offers spectacular views.
The Friends of Rib Mountain is a group of volunteers organized for the charitable and educational purpose of assisting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to improve, preserve, and promote Rib Mountain State Park. Incorporated as a non-profit, 501c(3) corporation in 1993, the Friends have provided funding and manpower for many improvements and additions to the park including:

  • Development and mapping of hiking trails
  • Construction of the amphitheater
  • A 38 acre addition to the park
  • Development of interpretive panels
  • Development and printing of a Teacher’s Study Guide to Rib Mountain
  • Creation of an Endowment Fund for future improvements to the park
  • Equipment purchases for the park including a Case skid steer, a maintenance utility vehicle, and a wood splitter
  • Funding for lighting and parking projects
The Friends of Rib Mountain State Park also conduct numerous ongoing programs including: nature hikes, candlelight snowshoe hikes, summer music concerts, and naturalist programs.The operation of the concession stand at Rib Mountain is an ongoing project that helps raise funds to support the Friends activities.Friends Sponsored Activities
  • Naturalist programs
  • Summer concerts
  • Snowshoe hikes
  • Fund raisers for park improvements
  • Special programs
  • Fall festival
The Friends of Rib Mountain are currently in the planning phase for the development of an education and interpretive center for the park.