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Oconto River State Trail

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  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 8 miles
  • Surface: crushed stone
  • Counties: Oconto
  • Communities: Oconto, Stiles Junction
  • Master plan
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Oconto County Forestry/Parks Department
301 Washington St
Oconto WI 54153

Wisconsin State Park System Oconto River State Trail


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LocationThis 8-mile trail passes through the forests and farms of Oconto County between the communities of Oconto and Stiles Junction. Outside of Oconto, the trail parallels the Oconto River. The river has a long history of human activity, dating back 6000 years to the early Native Americans who lived along the river, to the fur trading and logging operations of the last few centuries, to present-day recreation activities such as canoeing and kayaking.

Copper Culture State Park, which is near the trail, sits on the banks of the river and features a Native American burial ground and museum. The Copper Culture burial ground is the oldest cemetery site in Wisconsin and possibly the oldest site in eastern North America.

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. The Oconto River is popular for paddle and float trips as well as fishing. Users can float part of the river and safely walk or bike back on 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.

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 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 [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

The trail is open to walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed and users 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:


Oconto is about 33 miles north of Green Bay on U. S. Highway 41 along Lake Michigan.

The historic Stiles Junction Railroad Station is on the corridor near the west end of the trail. This 1881 depot is on the Wisconsin Historic Register. The depot is about 0.25 miles south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 141 and State Highway 22 on Duame Road.


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Last revised: Monday October 07 2019