The Wild Rivers State Trail runs for 104 miles through Douglas, Washburn and Barron counties in northwest Wisconsin along an old railroad route between Superior and Rice Lake. The surface is compacted gravel in Barron and Washburn counties and rough ballast in Douglas County, allowing for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. ATVs and snowmobiles also use the trail; in winter the trail is open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The trail runs through a remote part of northern Wisconsin, rich in wildlife, pockmarked with lakes and crisscrossed by streams and rivers, including the Namakagon, a federally designated river that is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The trail passes through Solon Springs, Gordon, Minong, Trego, Spooner, Haugen and Rice Lake.
Parking and Trail Access
In Barron County you can park at both the Tuscobia trail junction on County Road SS and at the junction of CR SS and US 53. In Washburn County park in Sarona, Spooner, Trego and Minong. In Douglas County park in Gordon and at the northern trailhead south of South End Superior.
This commentary applies to the trail between Rice Lake and Minong. Unless you have masochist tendencies this is not a trail for bicycles of any flavor. As I write this the trail surface is loose, not compacted, gravel and sand. I met a dozen ATVs on the ...
Rough ballast surface
I would not recommend any tire width less than 1.5". This is a snowmobile/ATV route with very little other use. I live in the area and use the local road system rather that the trail for riding. Even on a Mt Bike it is diffucult to hold a line due to ...