How far is Portage from Wisconsin Dells: drive distance (2023)

How far is Portage from Wisconsin Dells: drive distance (1)

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• updatedJul 1, 2022

Nonstop drive time

How far is the distance between Portage and Wisconsin Dells? The direct drive from Portage, United States to Wisconsin Dells, United States is 340 miles or 547 km, and should have a drive time of 5 hours in normal traffic.

Of course, this is just the non-stop drive time. You probably need to stop for gas, bathrooms, and meals, so the drive time with stops is a bit longer.

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Portage to Wisconsin Dells drive time with breaks

Driving from Portage to Wisconsin Dells takes about 5 hours if you do it nonstop, but depending on your food preferences (fast food vs. sit-down), whether you have kids, or whether you'd like to stop to take in the scenery, it'll almost definitely take longer.

Most guides recommend stopping for 30 minutes for every 4 hours of driving, and driving up to 8 hours a day. For a typical driver who's not stopping to see too many sights, we expect a road trip to from Portage to Wisconsin Dells to take 1 day. During that 1 day, you'll drive for 5 hours in total and take 30 minutes for breaks.

When taking breaks, you might as well check out some of the sights too! Take a look at the best stops on a Portage to Wisconsin Dells drive for some inspiration.

5 hours 40 minutes

Total drive time with breaks


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What cities are between Portage and Wisconsin Dells?

If you're thinking of driving between Portage and Wisconsin Dells and thinking of staying a night, it's worth looking at a few of the cities that are on the route. The most popular cities to stop between Portage and Wisconsin Dells are Chicago, Madison, South Bend, Baraboo, Saugatuck, Lake Geneva, Saint Joseph, Michigan City, and Rockford. Chicago is the most popular city on the route — it's 2 hours from Portage and 3 hours from Wisconsin Dells.

Going back? How far is Wisconsin Dells from Portage?

Honestly, it shouldn't differ by too much, but if you're curious about the drive back, check out the reverse directions to see how far Wisconsin Dells is from Portage.

On your trip from Portage to Wisconsin Dells, stop by Chicago, Madison, South Bend, Baraboo, Saugatuck, Lake Geneva, Saint Joseph, Michigan City, and Rockford! Make sure to visit Chicago, the most popular city on the route, and see Chicago's top attractions like Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Cloud Gate.


St Joseph

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St. Joseph is a city in southwest Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Along the lake, at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, sandy Silver Beach features a restored 1910 carousel and a pavilion. Near Tiscornia Park and its dune-backed beach, the 2 North Pier lighthouses date from the early 1900s. The Curious Kids’ Museum offers hands-on exhibits, including a play veterinarian clinic, apple orchard and farm.

1% as popular as Chicago

13 minutes off the main route, 16% of way to Wisconsin Dells




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Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 865 at the 2020 census. The city is within Saugatuck Township, but is administratively autonomous.

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1% as popular as Chicago

44 minutes off the main route, 20% of way to Wisconsin Dells


South Bend


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South Bend is a city on the St. Joseph River in Indiana. It’s known for the adjacent University of Notre Dame, with its gold-domed main building. In the city center, the Studebaker National Museum displays classic cars made by the now-defunct local company. The nearby History Museum has exhibits spotlighting aspects of regional life. The museum also owns 3 historic homes, including the 19th-century Oliver Mansion.

1% as popular as Chicago

24 minutes off the main route, 21% of way to Wisconsin Dells


Michigan City

Michigan City is on the south shore of Lake Michigan, in Indiana. The Old Lighthouse Museum has exhibits on local maritime history and shipwrecks, and offers tours of the nearby 1858 Michigan City Lighthouse. Washington Park has a rock garden and gazebo, plus a beach. Washington Park Zoo is home to tigers, wolves, alligators and grizzly bears. The grand Barker Mansion is a 19th-century merchant’s home.

0% as popular as Chicago

13 minutes off the main route, 25% of way to Wisconsin Dells

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Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.

Most popular city on this route

10 minutes off the main route, 42% of way to Wisconsin Dells



Rockford is a city in northern Illinois. Downtown, the Burpee Museum of Natural History features a dinosaur exhibit. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum offers rotating exhibits in a Victorian home. Rockford Art Museum exhibits regional American works. The sprawling Anderson Japanese Gardens is across the Rock River. Northeast, Rock Cut State Park shelters muskrats, raccoons and waterfowl.

0% as popular as Chicago

18 minutes off the main route, 62% of way to Wisconsin Dells


Lake Geneva


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Nature & Parks


Lake Geneva is a resort city on Geneva Lake in southeastern Wisconsin. The lakeside Shore Path is dotted with Gilded Age mansions, many built by wealthy Chicagoans. Nearby, the 19th-century Black Point Estate and Gardens was the summer home of Chicago beer magnate Conrad Seipp. The Queen Anne–style house has Victorian furnishings. Local beaches include Big Foot Beach State Park, which has trails and picnic areas.

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Lake Geneva is a small resort town in southern Wisconsin where you can relax in one of the local spas, take part in a zip-line adventure, or enjoy a romantic stroll along the lakeshore. Enjoy a tasting from the local winery and take in your beautiful surroundings.

1% as popular as Chicago

19 minutes off the main route, 63% of way to Wisconsin Dells

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Madison, the capital city of Wisconsin, lies west of Milwaukee. It’s known for the domed Wisconsin State Capitol, which sits on an isthmus between lakes Mendota and Monona. The Wisconsin Historical Museum documents the state’s immigrant and farming history. The city's paved Capital City State Trail runs past Monona Terrace, a lakefront convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

5% as popular as Chicago

16 minutes off the main route, 82% of way to Wisconsin Dells



Baraboo is a city in and the county seat of Sauk County, Wisconsin, United States. The largest city in the county, Baraboo is the principal city of the Baraboo Micropolitan Statistical Area. Its 2010 population was 12,048. It is situated on the Baraboo River.

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How far is it from Portage to Wisconsin Dells? ›

There are 16.60 miles from Portage to Wisconsin Dells in northwest direction and 24 miles (38.62 kilometers) by car, following the I-90 and I-94 W route. Portage and Wisconsin Dells are 24 minutes far apart, if you drive non-stop . This is the fastest route from Portage, WI to Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Is Portage WI a good place to live? ›

Living In Portage

Portage is a wonderful place to grow your business and raise your family. The area offers small town charm with residential neighborhoods and growing commercial and industrial business sites, next to the beautiful Wisconsin and Fox Rivers.

What's the closest city to Wisconsin Dells? ›

Major cities near Wisconsin Dells, WI
  • 43 miles to Madison, WI.
  • 102 miles to Milwaukee, WI.
  • 162 miles to Chicago, IL.
  • 190 miles to Saint Paul, MN.
  • 198 miles to Minneapolis, MN.
  • 291 miles to Fort Wayne, IN.
  • 322 miles to Indianapolis, IN.
  • 340 miles to Toledo, OH.

How far is Oshkosh from the Dells? ›

The distance between Oshkosh and Wisconsin Dells is 68 miles. The road distance is 81.1 miles.

Is Portage a city? ›

Portage (/ˈpɔːrtɪdʒ/ POR-tij) is a city in Portage Township, Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana, on the border with Lake County. The population was 37,926 as of the 2020 census. It is the largest city in Porter County, and third largest in Northwest Indiana.

What county is Portage in WI? ›

Portage is a city in and the county seat of Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 10,581 at the 2020 census making it the largest city in Columbia County. The city is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

What is the zip code for Portage WI? ›

What town are the Wisconsin Dells in? ›

Wisconsin Dells is a city in south-central Wisconsin, with a population of 2,942 people as of the 2020 census. It straddles four counties: Adams, Columbia, Juneau, and Sauk.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Kilbourn City
CountiesColumbia, Sauk, Adams, Juneau
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How long is Milwaukee to Wisconsin? ›

Distance from Wisconsin to Milwaukee is 109 kilometers.

This air travel distance is equal to 68 miles. The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between Wisconsin and Milwaukee is 109 km= 68 miles.

Which city is very close to Wisconsin? ›

Nearby Cities
City, StateDriving DistanceEstimated Travel Time
Milwaukee, Wisconsin160 Miles2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Chicago, Illinois170 Miles3 Hours, 25 Minutes
Des Moines, Iowa220 Miles3 Hours, 40 Minutes
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota260 Miles4 Hours, 40 Minutes
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How big is Oshkosh Wisconsin? ›

What is Portage known for? ›

The rich soil of the area proved to be excellent for growing celery, and Portage came to be known as the Celery City of the Nation in the 1880s. The city was incorporated in December of 1963 from the Portage Township. Portage is famous for its historical parks and extensive network of trails.

What is the racial makeup of Portage Indiana? ›

Portage Demographics

White: 82.68% Black or African American: 9.22% Two or more races: 4.22% Other race: 2.80%

What is the crime rate in Portage Indiana? ›

Portage Annual Crimes
Number of Crimes75616
Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents)1.9816.24

Why is it called Portage? ›

The settlement which grew here because of the resulting traffice was first knows as "Wau-wau-onah", Winnebago for "carry on the shoulder". During the French occcupation, it was simply "le portage" (from porter: to carry). This was eventually anglicized to Portage.

How big is Portage County Wisconsin? ›

The County covers 823 square miles with a diverse landscape and rich culture. The County is governed by a County Executive and a 25-member Board of Supervisors, elected from one city, nine villages, and seventeen townships, with an estimated population of 70,482 (2014 U.S. Census estimate).

What is Stevens Point Wisconsin known for? ›

The city is the seat of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (founded in 1894 as a teachers college), which is known for its natural resources program; the campus features a natural history museum and a 275-acre (111-hectare) reserve. Stevens Point also contains a campus of Mid-State Technical College.

What is the zip code for Lake Delton Wisconsin? ›

Lake Delton

What is the ZIP code for Sun Prairie Wisconsin? ›

Sun Prairie

What is so special about Wisconsin Dells? ›

Wisconsin Dells is an unabashed and unashamedly fun-filled amusement center for the Badger State. The city's water parks are among the most audacious and thrilling in the USA. It's also known for its natural scenery, which hits a zenith along the bends of the Wisconsin River, where gorges and forests collide.

How much does the Wisconsin Dells cost? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to Wisconsin Dells is $1,684 for a solo traveler, $3,024 for a couple, and $5,670 for a family of 4. Wisconsin Dells hotels range from $55 to $253 per night with an average of $75, while most vacation rentals will cost $360 to $500 per night for the entire home.

Why do people go to Wisconsin Dells? ›

Wisconsin Dells Brings Endless Year-Round Fun for Everyone

Change things up and explore amusement parks, shopping, a wide selection of restaurants and bars, and more! It's easy to find something to enjoy for a couples' getaway, a family vacation and everything in between.

What's Milwaukee famous for? ›

Milwaukee is known for its scenic river walk, beautiful lakefront access, historic buildings, nightlife options as well as several professional sports teams. The city is also known for its signature cheese curds as well as its legendary beer brewing culture.

How far apart is Chicago and Milwaukee? ›

The total driving distance from Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI is 92 miles or 148 kilometers. The total straight line flight distance from Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI is 81 miles. This is equivalent to 131 kilometers or 71 nautical miles.

How far is Wisconsin Dells from mil? ›

Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells drive.
123 miles / 198 km.
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What is the nicest town in Wisconsin? ›

The Most Beautiful Towns In Wisconsin
  • Fish Creek. Architectural Landmark. View. ...
  • Bayfield. Natural Feature. View. ...
  • Mineral Point. Historical Landmark. View. ...
  • Cedarburg. Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark. View. ...
  • Egg Harbor. Architectural Landmark. View. ...
  • Algoma. Natural Feature. ...
  • Ashland. Natural Feature. ...
  • Elkhart Lake. Natural Feature.
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What is the nicest part of Wisconsin? ›

Whitefish Bay ranked as the best place to live in Wisconsin, Niche report says. Whitefish Bay, you're back to No. 1. The suburb in Milwaukee's North Shore topped Niche's annual "Best Places to Live" online rankings in 2021.

How far apart are Wisconsin and Michigan? ›

The total driving distance from Michigan to Wisconsin is 504 miles or 811 kilometers.

How many hours is it from Michigan to Wisconsin? ›

How long is the drive from Michigan to Wisconsin? The total driving time is 7 hours, 25 minutes. Your trip begins in the state of Michigan. It ends in the state of Wisconsin.

What are all the cities in Wisconsin? ›


How long is Wisconsin to Madison? ›

The distance between Wisconsin and Madison is 95 miles. The road distance is 79.5 miles. How do I travel from Wisconsin to Madison without a car? The best way to get from Wisconsin to Madison without a car is to bus which takes 1h 35m and costs $18 - $30.


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