Wabeno, WI

Located in the North Woods of Wisconsin, Wabeno is a town of about 1,200 people. The town name is derived from the Indian word "waubeno" meaning "coming of the winds." It is speculated that this word was used because of a devastating tornado that swept through the region in 1880.

Wabeno was once a significant logging town with three lumber companies: the Menominee Bay Shore Lumber Company, the Jones Lumber Company, and the A.E. Rusch Company. By 1936, all three mills were shut down.

Today, tourists flock to the region to see the logging museum, the log-frame public library, the giant statue of Larry the Logger, and one of the last remaining functional steam logging machines. The railway has since been removed, replaced with a hiking and bike path. A former logging baron mansion is now a bed & breakfast for town visitors.

In 2003, Wabeno was rated as having the best tasting water in Wisconsin. After receiving such a prestigous status, the town began bottling the water.

Wabeno Wisconsin Map in Northern Wisconsin near Laona Community Profile

Image Gallery

Wabeno Bandshell

Larry the Log Roller in Town of Wabeno

Wabeno Water Best Tasting Water in Wisconsin

Steam Machine for Logging Industry Wabeno Wisconsin

Larry the Log Roller in Wabeno WI

Main Street in Wabeno Wisconsin Highway 32

Lion Drinking Fountain in Wabeno WI

Statue of Larry the Log Roller Painted

Have an interesting fact or picture about Wabeno to contribute? Send an email to