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About Custer, WI
Nestled in the heart of central Wisconsin, Custer is surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, trout streams, and beautiful woodlands. Custer has been the home of The Energy Fair since 2002. It is located about seven miles east of Stevens Point.
Area Visitor Information
For a listing of available camping or hotel accommodations in the Stevens Point area, contact the Stevens Point Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-236-4636 or visit their website, www.spacvb.com.
For a listing of available camping or hotel accommodations in the Waupaca area, contact Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce at 888-417-4040 or visit their website, www.waupacaareachamber.com.
Pets are NOT allowed at The Energy Fair. That means NO pets in parking lots, fairgrounds, or campground. You can keep your pet safe and comfortable at one of the following kennels:
- Wag Inn Kennels, Custer (just down the road from The Energy Fair): 715-592-4972
- The Barking Lot, Stevens Point: 715-341-9322
- Camp Brandy Pet Resort, Amherst Junction: 715-824-3900
- Muckamoor Kennel, Plover: 715-344-8533
- Pawsitively Unleashed, Custer: 715-347-3294
Both tent and RV camping are available at our Back 40 Campground during The Energy Fair. Sites cost $20.00 per tent or RV per night and are located just 1 mile from the Front Gate. Feel free to park your car for the weekend while you walk, ride your bike, or take the free shuttle (runs every 15 minutes) to The Energy Fair. A shower trailer and porta-potties are available for your use. Download our Back 40 Camping Flyer to see rules and a map. Click here to reserve your site, or call the Custer office at 715-592-6595.
The following is a list of accommodations in the central Wisconsin area. Listing does not imply endorsement from the MREA. For more information on specific sites or availability, please contact the site directly. Additional information including details about Portage County can be obtained through the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express offer discounts for MREA course and event participants.
MREA Course Discount
- Indicate that you're with "Midwest Renewable Energy" to receive these discounts:
King Room: $92.00 Single/double occupancy
Queen Room: $92.00 Single/double occupancy
Suites: $119.00 Single/double occupancy
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Holiday Inn Express
King Room: $79.00 Single/double occupancy
Queen Room: $74.00 Single/double occupancy
Suites: $99.00 Single/double occupancy
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MREA Energy Fair Discount
- To be determined.
Locations in GREEN are Travel Green certified.
|Within 9 miles of the ReNew the Earth Institute||Phone|
|Amherst Riverdance Cabin, Amherst||715-824-7151|
|EconoLodge Inn & Suites, Stevens Point||715-341-5110|
|Fairfield Inn & Suites, Stevens Point||715-342-9300|
|Holiday Inn Hotelriverdanc & Convention Center, Stevens Point||715-344-0200|
|Holiday Inn Express, Stevens Point||715-344-0000|
|La Quinta Inn, Stevens Point||715-344-1900|
|Within 10-25 miles of the ReNew the Earth Institute||Phone|
|AmericInn Motel, Plover||800-634-3444|
|Best Western Plover Hotel & Conference Center, Plover||715-544-6200|
|Best Western Grand Seasons, Waupaca||877-880-1054|
|Blue Top Motel, Stevens Point||715-344-3434|
|Comfort Inn, Plover||715-342-0400|
|Comfort Suites, Stevens Point||715-341-6000|
|Country Inn and Suites, Stevens Point||715-345-7000|
|Elizabeth Inn, Plover||844-786-1786|
|Hampton Inn, Plover||715-295-9900|
|Point Motel, Stevens Point||715-344-8312|
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Bed and Breakfasts in GREEN are Travel Green certified.
|Amherst Inn, Amherst||888-211-3555|
|Appletree Lane, Waupaca||877-277-5316|
Artha Sustainable Living Center, Amherst
Offers $5 discount for MREA course attendees
|Crystal River B&B, Waupaca||715-258-5333|
|Dreams of Yesteryear, Stevens Point||715-341-4525|
|Ferg's Bavarian Village, Manawa||920-596-2946|
|Green Fountain Inn, Waupaca||800-603-4600|
|Inn on Main Street, Stevens Point||715-343-0373|
|Iris Inn B&B, Iola||715-445-4080|
|Lindsay House B&B, Manawa||920-596-3643|
|River Ridge Cabin, Amherst||715-824-5673|
|Victorian Swan, Stevens Point||715-345-0595|
|Walker's Barn, Waupaca||715-258-5235|
The MREA is pleased to offer camping at the ReNew the Earth Institute (REI) as a low-cost alternative to course attendees. The MREA campground includes 20 rustic tent sites nestled north of the Institute in a wooded area with raspberries, elderberries, and Norway pines. Please note that during The Energy Fair this camping area is closed but The Back 40 Campground accepts Energy Fair camping reservations. Please see above for more information on The Back 40.
Camping features include:
- Woodchip path leading to indoor showers and toilets available to workshop attendees 24 hours a day, located on the north side of the North Education Building
- Access to workshop kitchen located on the north side of the Main REI Building during office hours (roughly 8-5)
- Access to permaculture courtyard
- Picnic table at each site
Campsites are first come, first served and cost $15.00/night. RV spaces are also available in the field in front of the REI for $15.00/night.
You may pay for camping by stopping at the MREA front desk upon arrival. Please visit the front desk to pick up your camping placard which indicates the nights you have paid for camping. Campfires and dogs are not allowed on site.
|Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca||888-947-2757 - 715-258-2372|
|Iola Pines Campground, Iola||715-445-3489|
|Portage County Parks (Emily, Jordan)||715-346-1433|
|Ridgewood Campground, Plover||715-344-8750|
|Rivers Edge Campground, Stevens Point||715-344-8058|
|Rustic Woods Campgrounds, Waupaca||715-258-2442|
|Waupaca Camping Park, Waupaca||715-258-8010|
|Wild West Camp, Amherst||