The City of Waupaca’s transportation network plays a major role in the efficiency, safety, and overall desirability of the area as a place to live and work. The excellent highway system, freight rail service, and aviation assets available in Waupaca are superior to that in other rural, small cities. This means faster customer service, lower costs, and greater profit margins – all while enjoying the amenities of small-town living and scenic beauty.

Four major highways intersect in Waupaca including US Highway 10 (a major east-west route from Lake Michigan to the Twin Cities), and State Highways 22, 54 and 49. Interstate 39 is only twenty minutes to the west, while US Highway 41 is just 30 minutes to the east. A new Highway 22/54 bypass was constructed on the City’s east side in late 2008, providing a more efficient connection between State Highway 22/54 and US Highway 10. This project also opened up immediate access from Waupaca’s new Business & Technology Park to the interstate highway system.

Waupaca is served by two LTL and truck terminals, two interstate carriers, and 11 intrastate carriers.

Interchange District

Waupaca is served by the Canadian National Railroad which travels through the north part of the City and provides freight rail service primarily to the City’s Industrial Park and ThyssenKrupp Waupaca Foundry. Daily switching service is provided, while the distance to the nearest piggyback service is 28 miles.


Waupaca boasts a modern municipal general aviation airport (Brunner Field). The Waupaca Municipal Airport serves corporate jets, small passenger and cargo jets, and small airplanes used in consumer air service. There are 2 paved runways, one 5,200’ x 100’ lighted and one 3,899’ x 75’ unlighted.  Both Jet A fuel and 100LL fuel are available at the airport 24 hours-day. Services at the airport include hangar facilities and tiedowns, courtesy car, pilot’s lounge, aircraft charters and leasing, meeting facilities and even flight lessons courtesy of fixed-base operators. For the utmost in convenience, hotels and restaurants are minutes from the airport and it’s also only minutes to the City’s Industrial and business & Technology Parks and to the Chain O’ Lakes.

Waupaca Municipal Airport

Manager of the Waupaca Airport: Plane Guys Aviation (920) 867-3070

Scheduled commercial air service is provided less than 40 miles from Waupaca at the Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton, and in other nearby locations including Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, and Mosinee.

Pedestrian and Bicycling

The City of Waupaca includes miles of pedestrian trails and bicycling opportunities. The River Ridge Trail is 26 miles that have been designated non-motorized. Winding through the Waupaca area, is connects 17 points of interest, including City Hall, Waupaca Middle and High Schools, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Oz Natural Area. The connectivity of such points allows residents and visitors of all ages to experience the urban and natural areas, including unique biological diversity of the area, and provides alternative, environmentally friendly transportation and greater opportunity to experience and navigate the area. The City of Waupaca has remained committed to expanding cycling and pedestrian opportunities. The River Ridge Trail also connects to South Park. A recipient of the WDNR Stewardship Grant, the City of Waupaca is in the final stages of completing a renovation to the park. Overseen by the Community and Economic Development Department, this renovation will provide greater amenities and accessibility.

For more information on pedestrian and bicycling transportation in and around the City of Waupaca please see Parks and Recreation.