Visiting the River Arts Center

Parking during most events will be in the bus parking lot along Oak Street.  On school, the bus lot must be completely clear for school busses, which is usually from around 3:00pm until 3:45pm.  For events on school days, please use legal street parking, or park in the staff parking lot.  Two "River Arts Center Visitor's Parking" spots are located in the staff lot, closest to the River Arts Center.

Welcome to Sauk Prairie!

The community of Sauk Prairie is actually made up of the villages of Sauk City, and Prairie du Sac.  These two villages border each other with Oak Street, which is the road to the south of the River Arts Center.  While Sauk Prairie is essentially one community, you'll find two post offices, two libraries, two fire departments, and street names will change across Oak Street.  We are served by a single police department, and the Sauk Prairie School District, which also serves the village of Merrimac, and many townships in the area.

While we are a small community, Sauk Prairie has a number of interesting points of interest and historical facts.  We are home to the original Culver's restaurant, the largest winery in Wisconsin (Wollersheim), the fist volunteer fire department in Wisconsin, and the largest dam on the Wisconsin River.

Home of Bald Eagles

Sauk Prairie is home to a good number of bald eagles year round, but in the winter time, this may be the best place in Wisconsin for bald eagle viewing.  The Prairie du Sac dam prevents the Wisconsin River from freezing over the winter months, which makes Sauk Prairie a popular place for bald eagles to spend their winter.  It is not uncommon to look out and see 20-30 eagles in one place, most popularly "Eagle Island", which is viewable from the Eagle Overlook in downtown Prairie du Sac.

Chamber of Commerce

For more community information, and a more complete list of local restaurants and accomidations, visit our Chamber of Commerce website

Looking for food?

Sauk Prairie has a number of local restaurants.  Please see the list below for some suggestions!  As a small community, Everything is within about a 5 minute drive from the River Arts Center.

Sauk City is home to the very first Culver's restaurant, which opened in 1984.  Located on Phillips Boulevard, or US Highway 12,  You'll find that Culver's is even better at the original location.  Culver's and the Culver family have been wonderful supporters of the River Arts Center for its entire history, most notibly Lea Culver, for whom Leola Hall is named for.


Located on Phillips Blvd (US 12) in Sauk City, across from Culver's.


Located on Phillips Blvd (US 12) in Sauk City.


Located on Phillips Blvd (US 12) in Sauk City.  Next to Dunkin'.

Vintage Brewing Company is one of the most popular restaurants in town, located just outside of downtown Sauk City.  With a solid brew-pup menu and locally brewed craft beer (and root beer), Vintage is one of the most popular restaurants in town.

Pizza Hut

Located on Phillips Blvd (US 12) in Sauk City.   (note, website will not load on our wifi)


Located on Phillips Blvd (US 12) in Sauk City.  Next to Milios.

Hot Dog Avenue

Located on Phillips Blvd (US 12) going west outside of Sauk City.

Green Acres

If you're looking for a higher end steakhouse and supper club, Green Acres is the place for you.  Located just across the Wisconsin River on US Highway 12, you won't be disappointed!

La Mexicana

Authentic Mexican cuisine in Downtown Sauk City

No 1. Kitchen Buffet

Chinese American cuisine.  Located on the corner of Phillips Blvd (US 12) and Madison Street in Sauk City.

Wollersheim Winery, Distillery, and Bistro is the largest winery in Wisconsin, and located just across the Wisconsin River.  Featuring award winning wines and spirits, and an amazing atmosphere.

Dorf Haus

Enduring German eatery for hearty fare & monthly smorgasbord in woodsy digs, plus dinner theater.  Located in Roxbury, about 10 minutes outside of Sauk City heading west toward Madison.

The Riv

Bowling Alley and Pizzeria.  Great local pizza place with plenty of room to sit and have lunch, dinner, or a drink at the bar.

Eagle Inn

A classic family diner located in downtown Prairie du Sac.  One of the longest enduring restaurants in the community!

Prairie House

Classic American food and steaks.

Consumer's Co-op

Convenience stores located on Phillips Blvd (US 12) in Sauk City or Prairie Street (County PF) in Priarie du Sac.  Featuring pizzas, toasted subs, and much, much more.

Kwik Trip

Every Wisconsinite is familiar with Kwik Trip's food offerings!  Two convenient stores on US 12:  In Sauk City by the bridge, and a larger store in Prairie du Sac on the corner of US 12 and County PF.

Hotels and Motels

Want to stay ovenight in Sauk Prairie?  Don't stay miles away, stay locally!

Cedarberry Inn

Sauk Prairie's original and locally owned motel.  With an indoor pool and clean rooms, it's a good quiet place to spend the night.

Holiday Inn Express

Opened in 2022, this modern hotel features an indoor pool and a large number of guest rooms.

Skyview Motel

A classic road motel, but with nicely updated rooms and great rates.  Located just outside of Prairie du Sac.

Ganer's Motel

Another classic motel, located just outside of Sauk City on US 12.