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Red Cedar State Trail
921 Brickyard Road
Menomonie WI 54751

Red Cedar State Trail Current conditions

Conditions as of Thursday, October 16, 2014:


Trail is open and in good condition. Bathrooms and drinking fountain are now closed for the season at Downsville.

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.


Fall colors are just passing the peak due to recent strong winds and cool nights but the oak and aspen are still showing bright yellow, red and brown colors.

The Rivers

Fall fishing is picking up as both the Red Cedar River and the Chippewa River are running near normal. Also a good chance to take that last canoe trip of the year and enjoy the fall colors as they are almost near peak in the area.

Visitor Center

The Menomonie Depot Visitor Center will be open on weekends from 9 am to 4 pm through October. Visitor Center is closed on week days. Delete: "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.


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

Last revised: Friday October 17 2014