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Wolf River State Trail

Hiking Bicycling Pets ATVs UTVs Snowmobiling Winter Activities

  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 37 miles
  • Surface: Crushed stone, ballast rock
  • Counties: Langlade, Forest
  • Communities: Crandon, Lily, Hollister, White Lake
  • Master plan
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Forest County Forestry/Parks Department
200 E Madison Ave.
Crandon WI 54520
715-478-3475

Langlade County Forestry Department
1633 Neva Road
Antigo WI 54409
715-627-6300

Wisconsin State Park System Wolf River State Trail

Overlooking Wolf River with a deer in the distance.

DNR Photo

LocationThe Wolf River State Trail is open from State Highway 55 in Lily north for 19.7 miles to Crandon. The trail is currently under development in Langlade County from Highway 55 south. Once complete, the Wolf River State Trail in Langlade County will run for 23.4 miles from the Menominee/Langlade county line north through White Lake, Hollister and Lily into Forest County for a total of 37 miles.

The Wolf River State Trail runs adjacent to the Nicolet National Forest [exit DNR] where camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing opportunities are available. A segment of the corridor between Highway 64 and Lily is near the Wolf River. The river is well known for trout fishing and the whitewater rapids frequently draw rafters, kayakers and canoeists.

Langlade County

The southern section of the Wolf River State Trail in Langlade County, from Highway 55 in Lily, south to the Menomonee/Langlade County line, is under development, but still open to snowmobile use. Once the trail is developed and officially opened, summer All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) use will be permitted from White Lake to 0.25 miles north of Highway 64. No motorized uses (except snowmobiles) will be allowed on the section from 0.25 miles north of Highway 64 to Lily. The trail south of Lily is closed to ATVs with the exception of winter use.

Trail Segment - Langlade County Length (miles) Status Current Uses Allowable Uses
Forest County Line to Highway 55 in Lily 5.69 mi Developed ATV (year-round use), snowmobiling, bicycling, walking Same as current uses
Highway 55 in Lily to 0.25 miles north of Highway 64 11.19 mi Under Development Walking, snowmobiling, ATV (winter use), bicycling* Same as current uses
0.25 miles north of Highway 64 to White Lake 2.45 mi Under Development Walking, snowmobiling, ATV (winter use), bicycling* Walking, bicycling, snowmobiling, ATV (year-round use)**
White Lake to Menominee County line 4.08 mi Under Development Walking, snowmobiling, ATV (winter use), bicycling* Same as current uses

*Mountain bikes with knobby tires are recommended until trail surfacing is complete.
**Once connections with local ATV trails can be made, this segment can be used as a year-round ATV trail system connector.

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 Motorized vehicles

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are allowed year-round on the trail in Forest County and north of Lily in Langlade County. Operators must follow all Wisconsin ATV operation laws. The Wolf River State Trail connects to hundreds of miles of ATV routes in Forest County. Operators must use only legally marked routes to leave the trail. Cross-country travel through the Nicolet National Forest or on private land is prohibited. If riding an ATV in the winter one must stay on the Wolf River State Trail, snowmobile trails leading off the corridor are not open to ATVs.

Hiking Bicycling Pets Walking and bicycling

The trail in Forest County is open to walking and bicycling. 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. The trail is not developed in Langlade County but walkers and bicyclists may use the trail tread.

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.

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.

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

The Wolf River State Trail passes through the communities of Crandon, Lily, Hollister and White Lake.

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Last revised: Tuesday August 19 2014