Stanley is experiencing a “Rural Renaissance.” The city is home to Ace Ethanol, Wisconsin’s first large-scale producer of ethanol, and the Stanley Correctional Institution, a medium security facility housing 1500 inmates and employing 405.
The community is known for Chapman Park, with its annual rodeo, modern campgrounds, elk park, ball fields, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts. A recent addition to the community is the Veterans Memorial Park located in downtown Stanley. Otter Lake recreation area is seven miles north of Stanley, and is just one of the areas offering fishing and hunting opportunities and recreational trails. The Stanley Area Historical Society Museum draws visitors from near and far, and the community has a pool and fitness center at the high school.
Stanley has a motel on the county snowmobile trail and is also close to unique downtown stores, restaurants, businesses and professional services ready to meet the needs of residents and visitors.