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Red Cedar State Trail
921 Brickyard Road
Menomonie WI 54751

Red Cedar State Trail Current conditions

Conditions as of Wednesday, March 4, 2015:


This looks to be the last weekend for cross country ski trails in Dunn County. Extended forecast shows spring is on its way! Volunteer groomers are not planning to groom after this last little bit of snow we got this week, so get out and enjoy the snow while you can.

The Red Cedar State Trail is groomed for cross country skiing between Menomonie and Downsville. Please refrain from walking, snowshoeing, biking or bringing pets on the ski trail when snow covered.

Menomonie has had some unique visitors this week with two pairs of trumpeter swans hanging out along the river near the Highway 29 bridge. Expect early season migrating birds, especially waterfowl staging along any open stretches of water.

There are numerous city, county, and state properties that allow these activities such as:

  • Red Cedar State Trail south of Downsville
  • Menomin Park
  • Bjornson Education Center
  • Nearby state wildlife areas such as Dunnville and Muddy Creek
  • Hoffman Hills Recreation Area

The Red Cedar State Trail is also available for snowmobiling from County Road Y to the junction of the Chippewa River State Trail, which connects up to the trails in Pepin and Eau Claire Counties. Please call or check the following websites for trail openings/closings:

Skiers 16 years or older must buy a state trail pass before using the trail. Trail users may buy trail passes at the self-registration stations in Menomonie or in Downsville if no trail attendant is present.

Please report any downed trees, washouts or any other problems to the trail manager at 715-232-1242.


Restrooms and drinking fountain in Downsville are closed for the season.


There are still several Bald Eagles around the Red Cedar River to see.

Visitor Center

The Depot Visitor Center is closed for the season.


See the DNR events calendar for a list of events at all state parks.

Last revised: Wednesday March 04 2015