Wisconsin’s cranberry harvest starts in late September and runs through most of October, adding a sea of red to the fall landscape. There is no better time than this to experience Wisconsin’s Cranberry Country. Whether you want to get up close and personal with the berries on a marsh tour, taste your way through a cranberry festival, or drive the Cranberry Highway, you’re sure to find something you enjoy. Check out the links below to start planning your own Wisconsin Cranberries experience.
Cranberries are harvested each year from late September through October.
Cranberries are grown on 21,000 acres across 20 counties in Wisconsin. The sand and peat marshes in central and northern Wisconsin create the perfect growing conditions for cranberries.
During the early 1890s, the center of the Wisconsin cranberry industry shifted to the Cranmoor area, just west of Wisconsin Rapids. Later developments occurred in the Black River Falls, Warrens and Tomah areas, followed by cranberry farms in northern Wisconsin, primarily around Manitowish Waters, Eagle River, Spooner and Hayward.
Wisconsin Cranberries are used as an ingredient in many juices, sauces and foods that use sweetened dried cranberries like granola, cereals and more.
One of the best ways to see harvest is by driving the Wisconsin Cranberry Highway. This self-guided drive extends 50 miles across central Wisconsin’s cranberry growing region, stretching from Wisconsin Rapids to Warrens.