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Red Cedar State Trail
921 Brickyard Road
Menomonie WI 54751
715-232-1242

Red Cedar State Trail Current conditions

Conditions as of Monday, September 15, 2014:

Trails

Trail is open and in good condition. Heavy rains in June caused multiple landslides between mile 3 and 5. Repair work is complete. New tread material was placed and packed in that area but it may remain soft for a while.

Bikers 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.

Passes can also be purchased at the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce.

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

Nature

Signs of fall are beginning to appear with some trees already beginning to change color. Many of the prairie plants are done blooming except the late ones such as goldenrods and asters. This also means hunting seasons are around the corner. Please make sure to check specific park hunting regulations for the Red Cedar and Chippewa River Trails.

The Rivers

The Red Cedar River is running high due to recent heavy rains. Use caution if planning a canoe and bike trip and be aware that there are still a lot of overhanging trees and submerged logs along and within the river.

The Chippewa River is running near flood stage between Eau Claire and Durand and is presenting hazardous conditions for boaters and especially canoers. Many of the sand bars are under water so use extreme caution if planning to camp on any public islands as river levels can change quickly.

Visitor Center

The Menomonie Depot Visitor Center will be closed on weekdays after Labor Day. Visitor Center will remain open on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you visit the trail when the Menomonie Depot is closed, restrooms and a drinking fountain are available at Riverside Park adjacent to the trail head. The visitor center is staffed by volunteers and folks from the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce.

The Depot has interpretive displays of the local geology, wildlife and railroad history that the trail runs along. A live Monarch butterfly display can also be seen at the Depot. Watch as these amazing insects hatch from a tiny egg and transform to a beautiful butterfly that can travel over a 1,000 miles.

Events

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

Last revised: Monday September 15 2014