Area Accommodations

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,

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,

Kennel Information
Energy Fair Camping
Hotels & Motels
Bed & Breakfasts
Camping at the Renew the Earth Institute
Area Camping

Kennel Information

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

Energy Fair Camping

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 mapClick here to reserve your site, or call the Custer office at 715-592-6595.

Area Accommodations

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.

Hotels & Motels

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:

Holiday Inn
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 & Breakfasts

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

Year-Round Camping

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.

MREA On-Site Camping Map and Rules

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. 

Area Camping Information

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 715-824-5112