Recreational Trails

ATV Public Trails

Travel Wisconsin Trail Report

Mounting Biking Trails

  • Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
    • Ed’s Lake Trail: This trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. There are 6 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.
    • Nicolet North Trail: This trail is located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of trail with several loop opportunities. The Nicolet North Trail connects with the Anvil Trail.
    • Anvil Trail: This trail is located 8.5 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70. There are 12 miles of groomed loop options. In addition to designated trails, all logging roads and undesignated or unmarked trails within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are open to mountain bikes unless otherwise posted. Information may be obtained at the local Forest Service office located in Laona, (71) 674-4481.
  • Forest County
    • Otter Springs Trail: This trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon off Highway 8 on Forest Road 2378. There are 5 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.
  • Langlade County
    • Nicolet Roche - The challenging trail, located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, is a tight and technical single-track trail that incorporates natural features like long sections of intermediate trails littered with technical rock gardens, fun punchy climbs and advanced features that make excellent use of the terrain.
    • Wolf River Mountain Bike Trail - This is Langlade's best-kept secret! These trails are used primarily during the Wolfman Triathlon but are now open for all to ride thanks to the wonderful property owners these trails reside on. If you are looking for a technical ride, these trails are your ticket. Featuring tight corners, several rock and root ride overs, along with some challenging climbs will definitely take your breath away. These trails can be accessed from the Nicolet Roche Trails or from the Bear Paw Adventure Resort south of Langlade on Hwy 55. Due to the trails being on private property, please watch for seasonal closures and be respectful of their requests.
    • Wolf River State Trail - The Wolf River State Trail offers 33.4 miles of trail to mountain bike from White Lake to Lake Metonga in Forest County. The Wolf River State Trail follows along the former Wisconsin Central railroad corridor and is adjacent to the Wolf River. The trail is non-motorized in summer from White Lake to Lily, but from Lily to Lake Metonga the Wolf River State Trail is motorized. The trail is gravel based in Langlade County and may be rough or soft in sections so the tread is more suitable for mountain or gravel bicycles.

Birding, Hiking and Nature Trails

  • Argonne Experimental Forest Trail: Located 1.5 miles east of Hiles on Highway 32 to Forest Road 2184, then north on 2184 for 1.5 miles to the trailhead. The self-guided loop trail gives the hiker a chance to learn more about northern hardwoods and forest management. The trail features 17 stops along an easy 3/4 of a mile walk which takes about an hour.
  • Anvil Lake Trail: The trail showcases the many opportunities provided within the National Forest.
  • Ed’s Lake Trail: Ed’s Lake Trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. There are 6 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.
  • Franklin Lake Trail: Located 9 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70 to Forest Road 2178, then south on 2178 for 3 miles to Forest Road 2181, then east on 2181 for 5 miles to the campground and trailhead. This is a 1 mile interpretive loop trail that takes you through a tamarack swamp, hemlock cathedral and 300-year old white pines.
  • Halley Creek Bird Trail: Located 5 miles east of Blackwell on Goodman Park Road to Forest Road 2103, then south on 2103 to trailhead. This is a one mile loop trail with bird viewing opportunities in four different habitat types.
  • Hidden Lakes Trail: Use the directions for the Franklin Lake Trail. This is a 4-mile (one way) interpretive trail which begins at Franklin Lake Trail and eventually joins the Luna-White Deer Trail. Discover the molded landscapes of an ice age past, the cycle of seasons and the spiral of ages to come.
  • Knowles Creek Interpretive Trail: Located 9.5 miles east of Wabeno on Highway C to Forest Road 3132, south on 3132 for a 1/2 mile. This is a 1/3 mile barrier free access interpretive trail which follows the north shore of Knowles Creek impoundment.
  • Knowles Creek Impoundment and Interpretive Trail: This 170-acre wetland impoundment is a favorite for wildlife viewers. Open water, marsh, old fields, and forests combine to attract many species including owls, hawks, eagles, loons, and waterfowl. Enjoy a 0.75-mile hiking trail, which has easy access. Located 9.5 miles east of Wabeno on Highway C to Forest Road 3132, south on 3132 for a 1/2 mile. This is also a state designated Watchable Wildlife viewing area.
  • Langlade County:  Langlade County boasts 50 miles of the thousand-mile Ice Age Trail, divided into five segments: 13 miles Kettlebowl, 12 miles Lumbercamp, 9.5 miles Summit Moraine, 13.5 miles Highland Lakes and 12 miles Parrish Hills. For more information on these Langlade County segments and user information, click here.
  • Langlade County:  The Wolf River State Trail offers 33.4 miles of trail to hike from White Lake to Lake Metonga in Forest County along the former Wisconsin Central railroad corridor. The Wolf River State Trail is non-motorized in summer from White Lake to Lily, but please be aware that from Lily to Lake Metonga the trail is a multi-use trail. ATVers are allowed on the Wolf River State Trail from Lily to Lake Metonga.
  • Laura Lake Walking Trail: This trail, located on Laura Lake, is a 2.25-mile loop. It is of moderate difficulty being uneven and narrow with some exposed rocks and roots. The trailhead is located between the swim area and the boat ramp. Directions: From Laona, follow US Highway 8 northeast for 14 miles. Turn left on FR 2163 and drive 5 miles north to Laura Lake Campground. Parking is available for 7 vehicles.
  • Michigan Rapids Hiking Trail: This hiking trail is of moderate difficulty, being a wide trail with some gentle slopes. In the early spring, some wet areas can be found. Watch for poison ivy at the end of the trail. The trail length is approximately 2 miles that loops around. Directions: From Laona, take US Highway 8 north about 3 miles, to FR 2131. Turn right and go east approx. 12 miles to FR 2134. Turn right and travel south 1.5 miles. Look for trailhead sign on left just south of the Peshtigo River crossing at Burnt Bridge. Parking for 3 vehicles available.
  • Nicolet North Trail: Located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of trail with several loop opportunities. The Nicolet North Trail connects with the Anvil Trail.
  • Otter Springs Skiing and Hiking Trail: The Otter Springs trail is located on a large area of hardwood forest with scenic view of Otter Springs and Bug Lake. The trail is 8 miles in total length. The beginner’s trail is about 0.75 of a mile long located near the graveled parking area. The intermediate trails are hilly and more challenging. The second trail is 1.25 miles in length with hills and curves. The trails are all well marked and groomed. The ski shelter is located between the two intermediate trails. Directions: The trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon, off Highway 8, north on 2378. The trail is entirely on Forest County land and is maintained/developed by Forest County Forestry Department.
  • Pickerel Lake Walking and Biking Trail: The Pickerel Lake trail is 2 miles long, however from Highway 55, there are 4 miles designated for walking/biking. It is good for easy walking and biking, due to it being paved. Directions: Located 18 miles southwest of Crandon. From Crandon take Highway 55, and turn onto Pickerel Lake Road by Hills Still Supper Club. The trail is located next to Pickerel Lake Road.
  • Scott Lake Trail and Shelp Lake Trail: From Hiles head south on Highway 32 to Forest Road 2174, then north on 2174 for 5.5 miles to Forest Road 2183, east on 2183 for 6 miles to the trailheads. The 1/3 mile Scott Lake Trail is located on the south side of 2183. You can walk among some larger diameter eastern white pines, hemlocks and hardwoods. The boardwalk to Shelp Lake is located on the north side of 2183. This short walk will take you out over a floating bog.
  • The Wabeno Barrier-free Boardwalk and Nature Trail completed Phase 3, where visitors can now walk a mile and a half loop along the North Branch of the Oconto River and Range Line Creek through the parks in downtown Wabeno.

Canoe Routes

  • Brule River – Forest County. Put in below Brule Lake Dam. Take out at Highway 139 bridge. Length – 18 miles. Water should be medium high. Two rapids.
  • Put in at Burton Wells. Take out at Goodman Park. Length – 6.25 miles. Class II, III, IV rapids. There is one mandatory portage around the falls.
  • Put in at the CCC Bridge. Take out at Burnt Bridge. Length – 9.5 miles. This stretch is for the intermediate canoeist; there are several rocky stretches with rapids. Put in at Burnt Bridge. Take out at Burton Wells. Length 5.75 miles. This stretch contains Class II, III, and IV rapids. There is one portage around Michigan Rapids.
  • USDA Forest Service Campground two miles east of Nelma.
  • Put in at FS Road 2168 to Chipmunk Rapids. Length – 18 miles. Excellent trout fishing. Several rapids. Portage around a dam. Picnic area at Highway 139. Camping area at Stevens Creek and Chipmunk Rapids. Some boulders.
  • Langlade County - Get your adrenaline pumping by going whitewater rafting or kayaking in eastern Langlade County. The famous Wolf River is one of the best whitewater rivers in the Midwest. People who raft or paddle the Wolf River are rewarded with abundant wildlife, outstanding shoreline scenery, and excellent water quality.
  • Put in at Little Rice Dam. Take out at Highway B Bridge. Length – 15 miles. Small, winding stream. Water should be medium high. Numerous beaver dams, wild rice beds, railroad artifacts, and rocky shallows. Very secluded.
  • Peshtigo River – Forest and Marinette Counties. Put in at Big Joe Landing. Take out at CCC bridge. Length – 7.5 miles. Nice stretch of quiet water which is good for the novice or families.
  • Pine River – Forest and Florence Counties. Put in at FS Road 2182 near Haystack Corners. Take out at FS Road 2168. Length – 20 miles. Slow, winding up to Highway 55. Faster with a few difficult rapids after Highway 55. Trout fishing.
  • Popple River – Forest County. Put in at Highway 55, 10 miles north of Argonne. Take out at the Town of Popple River. Water must be high.Two underdeveloped campsites on the route. Brook and brown trout fishing. Very secluded area. One portage, few rapids.
  • Wabikon and Riley Lakes Canoeing Path – Forest County. Put in 6 miles east of Crandon. Aquatic birds such as Osprey and Great Blue Heron live among these lakes. In the hemlock forest, on a peninsula on the west shore, sightings of birds such as the Nashville Warbler can emerge. Wild rice can also be found on these lakes. A stream on the south end leads to Riley Lake, an undeveloped and shallow lake. From there you can paddle the Indian River on the south end upstream to Indian Springs, another marsh community with spring ponds. You can also fish for brook trout on the Indian River and in the springs. This 1,000-acre site is best traveled by canoe. Directions: From Crandon, travel east 5.5 miles on Highway 8/32. Turn south on Potawatomi Trail, to find the boat landing 0.2 of a mile down on the south side of the road, (715) 674-4481 (US Forest Service.
  • Wolf River – Forest and Oneida Counties. Put in at Pine Lake. Take out at Little Rice Lake Dam. Length – 10 miles. Small stream. Water should be medium high. There are a few riffle rapids and occasional beaver dams. Deer, eagle and small mammals are common sights. Secluded area.