Garfield is located in central Wisconsin approximately half way between Rosholt and Nelsonville on Portage County Road A, about two and a half miles west of Peru. It rests on the present-day location in the town of New Hope on the intersection of Portage County Roads A south and Z to the east. (Lat: 44° 33' 43.4", Lon: -89° 17' 38.1")
Garfield is presumed to be named after the 20th President of the United States, James Garfield. Garfield was once home to a general store and post office. Today, some of the areas southwest of Garfield, specifically Poncho Creek and the Tomorrow River, are becoming a part of the Richard J. Hemp Fishery Area.