Wisconsin Highway 188

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State Trunk Highway 188 marker

State Trunk Highway 188
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length 11.88 mi[1] (19.12 km)
Major junctions
South end US 12 in Sauk City
North end WIS 113 in Merrimac
Counties Dane, Columbia
Highway system
WIS 187 WIS 190

State Trunk Highway 188 (often called Highway 188, STH-188 or WIS 188) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It runs north–south in south central Wisconsin from near Sauk City to near Merrimac.

Route description[edit]

WIS 188 starts in rural Dane County across the Wisconsin River from Sauk City. The highway runs northward through farm fields on the east side of the river, crosses into Columbia County, and heads to an intersection with WIS 60 east of Prairie du Sac. The two highways run concurrently to the northeast for about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) before WIS 188 separates and turns northward again. Near Lake Wisconsin, the highway turns east and then back north before sticking to an eastward course along a bend in the river. At the intersection with WIS 113 near the Merrimac Ferry, WIS 188 terminates.[2]


Around 1942, the routing of WIS 78 was shifted to the east side of the Wisconsin River between Sauk City and the Merrimac Ferry. later, in 1947, that highway was moved back to its previous routing, and the highway on the east side of the river was rechristened WIS 188. The route of WIS 188 has remained unchanged since.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Dane Town of Roxbury 0.00 0.00 US 12 – Sauk City, Madison
Columbia Town of West Point WIS 60 west – Prairie du Sac Western end of WIS 60 overlap
WIS 60 east – Lodi Eastern end of WIS 60 overlap
11.88 19.12 WIS 113 – Merrimac Ferry, Lodi
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c Bessert, Christopher J. (January 31, 2009). "Highways 180–189". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Google (December 15, 2011). "Overview Map of WIS 188" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 15, 2011.