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Stower Seven Lakes
State Trail

Hiking Bicycling Pets Cross-country skiing Snowshoeing

  • Trail map [PDF]
  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 14 miles
  • Surface: crushed stone
  • Counties: Polk
  • Communities: Amery, Deronda, Wanderoos, Nye, Dresser
  • State trail pass required for bicycling and cross-country skiing
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Polk County Parks and Recreation Department
100 Polk Plaza #10
Balsam Lake WI 54810
715-485-9294

Wisconsin State Park System Stower Seven Lakes State Trail

Biking on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail.

Photo by Gary Osborn

LocationBuilt on a former railroad corridor, this 14-mile trail begins in Amery at Harriman Avenue, travels through the communities of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye, ending about one mile from Dresser at 90th Avenue. The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. The trail crosses between the North Twin and South Twin lakes in Amery, skirts the south end of Bear Trap Lake, the north end of Kinney lake, and runs along Dwight, Horse and Lotus lakes near the western end.

The trail is named to recognize the exceptional natural resources the trail traverses and the longtime public service and leadership demonstrated by Harvey and Marilyn Stower of Amery. Harvey Stower served in the Wisconsin Legislature and as Mayor of Amery for many years. Camping and hiking opportunities are available nearby at Interstate State Park.

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.

All-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trail. The Cattail State Trail, which begins in Amery just east of Highway 46 at Center Street, is open to motorized vehicles.

Hiking Bicycling Pets Walking and bicycling

The level grade and limestone surface make this trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. Each bicyclist age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin state trail pass while using the trail.

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.

Cross-country skiing Snowshoeing Winter activities

In winter the trail is open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail is groomed for cross-country skiing. Snowmobiles are not permitted on the trail and snowshoers must stay off the groomed portion of the trail. Each skier age 16 or older needs a state trail pass before 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

The Stower Seven Lakes State Trail is near U.S. Highway 8 and Highway 35 in northwest Wisconsin near St. Croix Falls and the Minnesota border. Traveling north from Interstate 94 or south from U.S. Highway 8, take Highway 46 into Amery or Highway 65 to Wanderoos. Parking is available along city streets in both communities. In Amery, the trail begins just west of Highway 46 at Harriman Avenue. There is also a public parking lot near the trail in Amery just east of Harriman Avenue.

From Dresser, take County Highway F, turn south on County Highway MM and then east on 90th Avenue to the beginning of the trail near Lotus Lake. Parking is available along city streets in Dresser. There is also a parking lot at Lotus Lake County Park, just east of the trail along 90th Avenue.

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Last revised: Friday July 05 2013