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Wild Goose State Trail

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  • Trail map [exit DNR]Courtesy Dodge County
  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 34 miles
  • Surface: main trail - 34 miles - crushed stone; horse trail - 7.5 miles - wood chips, dirt, grass
  • Counties: Fond du Lac, Dodge
  • Communities: Fond du Lac, Oakfield, Juneau, Minnesota Junction, Clyman Junction
  • Master plan
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Fond du Lac County Parks
160 S Macy Street
Fond Du Lac WI 54935
920-929-3135

Dodge County Parks
127 E Oak Street
Juneau WI 53039
920-386-3700 ext. 1

Wisconsin State Park System Wild Goose State Trail

Trail

DNR Photo

LocationThis 34-mile rail trail skirts the western edge of the vast Horicon Marsh from Fond du Lac to Clyman Junction. The Horicon Marsh, a National Wildlife Refuge and State Wildlife Area, home to over 250 bird species, is world-famous for its numerous migrant waterfowl and endless V-shaped formations of Canada geese. Wildflowers, woodlots, wildlife, prairie remnants and fertile farm fields are common sites along the trail.

The Wild Goose State Trail was Wisconsin’s first “cooperative” State trail, and is maintained and operated by Dodge and Fond du Lac counties. The trail runs from the southern trailhead at State Highway 60 in Clyman Junction to the city of Fond du Lac, while passing by several small communities with accommodations and services available year-round. Picnicking opportunities are available at parks and rest stops along the trail, and camping is available at many nearby county parks.

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.

Hiking Bicycling Pets Walking and bicycling

The level grade and smooth surface make this trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. Walkers and bikers must stay on the main trail corridor and keep off the adjacent horse trail in Dodge County.

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

In Dodge County, horses are welcomed on a separate 14-mile pathway along the main trail corridor between Highway 60 and Pautsch Road. Horses must keep off the limestone surfaced trail except at designated horse trail crossings. The horse trail winds through wooded and open areas and the terrain is generally easy riding, however, special caution is necessary in areas with steep side slopes, wet crossings and near highways and roads. The trail surface is a combination of grass, dirt and wood chips. Parking and portable toilet facilities are available at the State Highway 60 trailhead and the Minnesota Junction area just north of State Highway 33. Water and electricity are not provided.

Snowmobiling Winter ATVing Winter activities Winter activities

Winter All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) use is permitted on the main trail between December 1 and March 31 in Dodge County only, and only when conditions allow. Operators must follow all Wisconsin ATV laws. This segment of the trail is 20 miles long. All-terrain vehicles are prohibited from using the adjacent horse trail and are not permitted in Fond du Lac County. For the most current trail conditions during winter, call 920-386-3705.

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

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

Fond du Lac: The northern trailhead is located at Rolling Meadows Drive. Parking is available. Restrooms are available at the Rolling Meadows Golf Course near the trail.

Oakfield: Parking is available in Oakfield at the city park on North Second Street.

Horicon Marsh: Parking is available at the Marsh Haven Nature Center parking lot and the National Wildlife Refuge parking lot, both about 0.25 miles east of the trail on State Highway 49.

Juneau: Parking is available in Juneau at the city park on Lincoln Street.

Clyman Junction: Parking is available at the southern trailhead at State Highway 60, located about four miles south of the city of Juneau and 1.5 miles east of State Highway 26. Restrooms are available at the trailhead.

Parking is also available at the Dodge County Airport on State Highway 26, the Burnett Fireman's Park about 0.25 miles west of the trail in Burnett, Whitty Park on the west edge of city of Horicon on County Highway E, and in Minnesota Junction on Maple Street about 0.5 miles north of State Highway 33.

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Last revised: Thursday July 11 2013