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Cattail State Trail

ATVs UTVs Off-highway motorcycles Hiking Bicycling Pets Horseback riding Snowmobiling Winter Activities

  • Trail map [PDF]
  • Rail Trail: Yes
  • Length: 18 miles
  • Surface: crushed stone
  • Counties: Polk, Barron
  • Communities: Amery, Turtle Lake, Almena
  • Master plan
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Barron County Forestry Department
127 South 4th Street
Barron WI 54812
715-537-6295

Polk County Parks and Recreation Department
100 Polk Plaza #10
Balsam Lake WI 54810
715-485-9272

Wisconsin State Park System Cattail State Trail

Trail

DNR Photo

LocationThe Cattail State Trail travels for 18 miles on a former rail corridor between the communities of Amery and Almena in northwestern Wisconsin. Forests, farmlands, prairies, hills and various wildlife habitats surround the trail, which also passes through the Village of Turtle Lake. The trail is maintained and managed by Polk and Barron counties.

Trail activities

The trail may bring a number of different users to the trail at the same time. It is important to use good trail etiquette to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all trail users.

ATVs UTVs Off-highway motorcycles All-terrain vehicles

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are allowed on the trail year-round. Off-road motorcycles are allowed on the trail year-round in Polk County only. Operators must follow all Wisconsin ATV operation laws. Barron County has an extensive network of ATV routes and has opened a trail that connects with the Cattail, east from Almena to the village of Poskin. The connecting trail is on private land. Please stay on the trail and respect property boundaries.

About 2.5 miles east of Almena, Barron County has developed an ATV intensive use area. There is a trailhead with rest rooms available. Both ATV and snowmobile routes pass through the area and can use the trailhead.

Hiking Bicycling Pets Walking and bicycling

The entire trail is open to walking and bicycling, though bicycling is not recommended. The trail may be rough or soft in many sections. If you plan to bike the trail, the tread is more suitable for off-road bikes.

Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet.

Horseback riding Horseback riding

The entire trail is open to horseback riding. The trail is not groomed or surfaced and may be rough or soft in many sections. Riders must share the trail with motorized vehicles.

Snowmobiling Winter activities Winter activities

Snowmobiles are permitted on the trail. Operators must follow all Wisconsin snowmobile laws. The trail also connects to numerous miles of county snowmobile trails.

About 2.5 miles east of Almena, Barron County has developed an ATV intensive use area. There is a trailhead with rest rooms available. Both ATV and snowmobile routes pass through the area and can use the trailhead.

The trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed and skiers and snowshoers must share the trail with snowmobiles. Skiers do not need a trail pass while using the trail.

No Hunting No Hunting No Hunting and trapping allowed on trail

Hunting and trapping are not allowed on the trail corridor. For more information, please see:

Directions

From the east or west, take U.S. Highway 8 into Turtle Lake or Almena. The trail is near Highway 8 in both communities. The trailhead in Amery is near Highway 46. Take Highway 46 south from Highway 8 into Amery. From the north or south, take U.S. Highway 63 to its connection with Highway 8 just outside of Turtle Lake. Accommodations and services are available year-round in Amery, Almena and Turtle Lake. Rest rooms are available at the Amery trailhead.

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Last revised: Wednesday July 03 2013