South Wood County Airport

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South Wood County Airport

Alexander Field
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorCity of Wisconsin Rapids
Town of Grand Rapids
City of Nekoosa
Village of Port Edwards
LocationWisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Elevation AMSL1,021 ft / 311 m
Coordinates44°21′37″N 089°50′20″W / 44.36028°N 89.83889°W / 44.36028; -89.83889
WebsiteSouth Wood County Airport
ISW is located in Wisconsin
Location of airport in Wisconsin
ISW is located in the United States
ISW (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 5,500 1,676 Asphalt
12/30 3,470 1,058 Asphalt
18/36 2,072 632 Turf
Aircraft operations (2018)11,550
Based aircraft (2020)53

South Wood County Airport (IATA: ISW, ICAO: KISW, FAA LID: ISW), also known as Alexander Field, is a public use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) south of the central business district of Wisconsin Rapids, a city in Wood County, Wisconsin, United States.[1]

The airport is owned and operated by the City of Wisconsin Rapids, the Village of Port Edwards, the Town of Grand Rapids and the City of Nekoosa. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a local general aviation facility.[2]


Alexander Field was built for Nekoosa Edwards Paper Company subsidiary Tri-Cities Airways in October 1928 and named after its executive John Alexander. Governor Fred R. Zimmerman and Walter J. Kohler opened the airport with an airshow that featured air-to-air refueling. A Ford Trimotor was based at the field and was used for company business and community events. During World War II, the airfield saw service as a National Guard station and POW camp for German prisoners. In 1961 the ownership was transferred to Wood County.[3][4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

South Wood County Airport covers an area of 435 acres (176 ha) at an elevation of 1,021 feet (311 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways:[1]

  • Runway 2/20: 5,500 by 100 feet (1,676 x 30 m), asphalt, GPS, SDF, and NDB equipped approaches.
  • Runway 12/30: 3,470 by 50 feet (1,058 x 15 m), asphalt, approved NDB approach.
  • Runway 18/36: 2,072 by 50 feet (632 x 15 m), turf

Wisconsin Rapids (ISW) non-directional beacon, 215 kHz, is located on field.

For the 12-month period ending September 21, 2018, the airport had 11,550 aircraft operations, an average of 32 per day: 91% general aviation, 9% air taxi and less than 1% military. In January 2020, there were 53 aircraft based at this airport: 41 single-engine, 4 multi-engine and 8 ultralight.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for ISW (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective January 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Daily Tribune. 19 October 1928. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Nathanial Shuda (31 August 2013). "Alexander Field marks 85th anniversary South Wood County airport once deemed largest in the state, housed POWs during World War II". Wisconsin Tribune.

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