McNaughton Correctional Center

The McNaughton Correctional Center is a prison for male inmates located just west of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin. This facility is part of the Wisconsin Correctional Center System, an "institution" that consists of 14 adult, male correctional centers with a single warden. The current operating capacity of McNaughton Correctional Center is 102 inmates.

This facility was built in 1931 and was originally a state correctional forestry camp in the town of McNaughton. In 1957, the nearby Lake Tomahawk Tuberculosis Rehabilitation Camp closed and the buildings and grounds were obtained by the Wisconsin DOC. MCC was then moved to this location, where it still operates today.

Some of the original structures from the Tuberculosis Camp built in 1910 still stand today and are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting Hours at McNaughton vary by season as follows: 

Summer Hours Memorial Day through Labor Day  
Fridays                            6:00pm – 9:00pm  
Sat, Sun & Holidays      8:30am to 3:30pm 

Non Summer Hours Labor Day to Memorial Day  
Fridays                            6:00pm – 9:00pm  
Sat, Sun & Holidays       8:30am to 11:30am and 12:30pm to 3:30pm 

Note: If a holiday comes on a Friday, follow Holiday hours, there will be no evening visits. Visitors will not be admitted if they do not arrive 30 minutes prior to the end of visiting hours. 

McNaughton Correctional Center recognizes the following Holidays for visiting purposes:

New Year's Day January 1st
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4th
Labor Day First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day Last Thursday in November
Christmas Eve December 24th
Christmas Day December 25th
New Year's Eve December 31st 

General Visiting Rules

McNaughton Correctional Center is a tobacco free environment. Tobacco products will need to be secured in your vehicle. Electronic Devices, Cell Phones and Cameras are also not permitted and must be secured in your vehicle. Pets are not permitted (with the exception of service animals).

All visitors 16 and over must present identification upon request prior to the approval of a visit. Acceptable forms of identification are:  

  • State Drivers License  
  • State Picture ID  
  • Passport (current)  
  • Military ID  
  • Department of Transportation picture ID card  
  • County Welfare Dept. Picture ID card 

An adult must accompany any visitor under age 18. Visiting with other inmates or visitors is not allowed unless prior approval has been granted. 

All Food Containers and diaper bags will be checked and inspected by security staff. 

The use of loud, offensive or vulgar language may result in termination of your visit. Any visitor exhibiting signs of Alcohol or other drug use, as determined by the sergeant, will not be allowed to visit. 

No property items for inmates are to be brought in on visits unless prior approval has been granted.

Outside Visiting

Outside visiting is held during the summer months (Memorial Day through Labor Day) weather permitting as determined by staff. During this time period picnic visits are allowed. 

Items allowed in for picnic visits:  

  • Food items may be brought in a small cooler, but MUST be inspected by the sergeant before it will be allowed in the visiting area.  
  • Small Charcoal grill and charcoal (grills are available on site)  
  • Plastic eating utensils (forks, spoons, butter knives)  
  • Paper or plastic plates  
  • All liquids MUST come in factory sealed containers only.  

Any item deemed not allowed by the sergeant MUST be taken back to the visitors vehicle immediately.  

Items Not allowed:  

  • Glass Containers  
  • Metal utensils  
  • Glass or Ceramic plates  

Tablecloths Picnic benches and tables are provided in the outdoor visiting area.  

Dress Code

Visitors must dress appropriately, visits may be denied for inappropriate clothing. 

Video Visits

All persons in the care of MCC are eligible for two, 50-minute video visits per week and one of the two can be on Saturday or Sunday. 

Visitors must have previously completed a Visitor Questionnaire and be on the inmate's approved visiting list. Prior to the video visit starting the visitor/s will be required to show an approved form of identification. Children or minors will be allowed to visit as long as they are already on the approved visiting list.

Visits request must be in on Thursday for the following week. The week is defined Monday thru Sunday. Visits can be scheduled by emailing the addresses below: 

[email protected] 

Information needed: 

Preferred Date and Time
Visitor Information: Last Name, First Name, and Date of Birth.
The name of the inmate you would like to visit: Last Name, First Name, DOC# 

Visits will be scheduled every hour (8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM, etc.) but will only be a maximum of 50 minutes in length. 

Visiting schedule is as follows:
Monday - 8AM to 10AM (6 slots available)
Tuesday- 12PM to 2PM (6 slots available)
Wednesday- 8AM to 10AM (6 slots available)
Thursday- 8AM to 2PM (14 slots available)
Friday- No visits allowed
Saturday- 8AM to 2PM (14 slots available)
Sunday- 8AM to 2PM (14 slots available) 

Physical Address

McNaughton Correctional Center
8500 Rainbow Road
Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539-9558

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(715) 277-2484

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

McNaughton Correctional Center
Offender’s Name and DOC Number
8500 Rainbow Road
Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539-9558

Inmate Packages & Property Mailing Address
McNaughton Correctional Center
Offender’s Name and DOC Number Housing Unit & Cell number
8500 Rainbow Road
Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539-9558

The Wisconsin DOC has a Personal Care Package Program that allows you to purchase approved personal care items for your inmate at McNaughton Correctional Center. Orders can be placed online at

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at McNaughton Correctional Center, but they do have access to phones. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Wisconsin, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to your inmate at McNaughton Correctional Center through Access Corrections Secure Deposit and their affiliate walk-in provider CashPayToday.

Internet or Phone (service fees apply):

  • Visit or call (866) 345-1884 (bilingüe; agents available 24/7)
  • Visa and MasterCard are accepted

US Postal Service (no service fees):

  • Print and complete a Wisconsin DOC Money Order/Check Deposit Slip (bilingüe). Forms are also available at the facilities.
  • The inmate's DOC number must be written on the check/money order and deposit slip.
  • All writing must be legible and in blue or black ink. 
  • Do not include any additional items such as photos or letters, as they will be discarded. 
  • Make cashier's checks, personal checks, and money orders payable to ACCESS SECURE DEPOSITS.
  • Mail to: Secure Deposits – Wisconsin DOC, P.O. Box 12486, St Louis, MO 63132.

Walk-in (service fees apply):

  • Visit or call (844) 340-2274 to enroll.
  • Walk-in sites accept cash only.
  • Visit CashPayToday to locate a Dollar General, Family Dollar, Speedway or other location near you that accepts walk-in payments, or view this list of WI locations.

Programs For Inmates

Most inmates at McNaughton Correctional Center participate in the work release program. The inmates obtain employment in the community, with a focus on them keeping their jobs after their release. 

MCC also offers a vocational certificate program and a dog training program. There is a greenhouse, saw mill, and wood shop at MCC that are operated by inmates.

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Careers at McNaughton Correctional Center

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