- Contact information
- For information, contact:
Douglas County Forestry Department
PO Box 211
Solon Springs WI 54873
Barron County Forestry Department
127 South 4th Street
Barron WI 54812
Washburn County Forestry Department
850 West Beaver Brook Avenue #4
Spooner WI 54801
Wisconsin State Park System Wild Rivers State Trail
The Wild Rivers State Trail stretches 104 miles through Douglas, Washburn and Barron counties in northwest Wisconsin. The Wild Rivers State Trail is maintained and managed by each of the three counties it passes through. The area surrounding the Wild Rivers State Trail is rich in natural resources and wildlife habitat. The trail crosses numerous rivers and streams, including the Namakagon River, a federally designated river which is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
The trail, following a former railroad corridor, begins just south of Superior, near the intersection of County Highway C and County Highway A and passes through the communities of Solon Springs, Gordon, Minong, Trego, Spooner and Haugen, ending in Rice Lake.
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 (ATVs) are allowed on the trail year-round. Operators must follow all Wisconsin ATV operation laws. The Wild Rivers State Trail also provides connections to many miles of county ATV trail systems.
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.
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.
National Scenic Trails
Both the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail cross the Wild Rivers State Trail. Just north of Rice Lake, the Wild Rivers State Trail connects to the Tuscobia State Trail. The segment of the Tuscobia trail nearest its junction with the Wild Rivers State Trail, from Highway SS to the Barron/Washburn county line (near Angus), is designated as part of the Ice Age Trail and is limited to non-motorized use, with the exception of snowmobiling in winter. Motorized vehicles are also prohibited on the North Country Trail.
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 opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report, and local club and county snowmobile web pages and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.
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 and trapping allowed on trail
Hunting and trapping are not allowed on the trail corridor. For more information, please see:
Traveling north from Rice Lake, the Wild Rivers State Trail follows the route of State Highway 53. Barron County has access points to the trail with parking and pit toilets available at both the Tuscobia trail junction on Highway SS and at the junction of Highway SS and State Highway 53.
Washburn County has parking and trail access points available in the communities of Sarona, Spooner, Trego and Minong. In Douglas County, there are access points in the town of Gordon and at the northern trailhead just south of Superior.
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More in the area
- Barron County Trails
- Douglas County Trails
- Washburn County Trails
- Northwest Wisconsin
- Washburn County Tourism Association
- St. Croix National Scenic Riverway