Wisconsin Fishing Trails and Maps

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Length
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400 State Trail

22.3 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Ahnapee State Park Trail

44.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Baraboo Riverwalk

2.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Bearskin State Trail

26.5 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Buffalo River State Trail

36.4 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Capital City State Trail

17 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Chippewa River State Trail

38.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Fox River Trail (Waukesha)

6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Great River State Trail

24 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Hiawatha Trail (WI)

14 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Hillsboro State Trail

4.3 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Kiwanis Bike Trail

4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

La Crosse River State Trail

21 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Loop the Little Lake

3.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Lower Yahara River Trail

2.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Military Ridge State Trail

40 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Omaha Trail

12.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Gravel

Pecatonica State Trail

10 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Red Cedar State Trail

14.5 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

River Bend Trail (WI)

2.3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt
Accordion

Rock River Parkway Trail

2.4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete

Saunders State Trail

8.4 mi
State: WI
Ballast

Tuscobia State Trail

74 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Upper Yahara River Trail

2.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

White River State Trail

19 mi
State: WI
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Wild Rivers State Trail

104 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Gravel

Wiouwash State Trail

41 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Wolf River State Trail

33.4 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Wolf Run Trail (WI)

2 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Traveling the 400 State Trail is a numbers game. The trail’s name refers to the old Chicago and North Western Railway’s “No. 400” passenger train that zoomed through here between Chicago and St....
WI 22.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Ahnapee State Trail in northeast Wisconsin provides a scenic 45-mile journey between Sturgeon Bay and Kewaunee, featuring a tour of water bodies along the Door Peninsula. It also overlaps two...
WI 44.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Baraboo Riverwalk occupies nearly 3 miles of the Baraboo River's east bank. The shared use path brings residents to nature not just by bringing them closer to the river, but also by threading...
WI 2.9 mi Asphalt
The Bearskin State Trail follows a route blazed into the heart of the great Northwoods, first by pioneers and loggers, and then by passengers and outdoors enthusiasts on trains with such names as the...
WI 26.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Buffalo River State Trail connects the towns of Fairchild and Mondovi along US 10 in scenic central Wisconsin. Although the rail-trail closely follows the Buffalo River, the winding waterway is...
WI 36.4 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Capital City State Trail contributes to the impression that you’re never far from a bike path in the Madison area. The paved trail meanders for 17 miles from the suburb of Fitchburg in the...
WI 17 mi Asphalt
The 30.4-mile Chippewa River State Trail kicks off at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park, where visitors can access a walking labyrinth,...
WI 38.5 mi Asphalt
The Fox River Trail runs diagonally along its namesake waterway through Waukesha in southeastern Wisconsin (just outside of Milwaukee). A trailhead at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Center in...
WI 6 mi Asphalt
The Great River State Trail is named for the Mississippi River, but Ol’ Man River stays mostly out of sight if you follow this 24-mile trail through river marshes, wildlife preserves, hardwood...
WI 24 mi Crushed Stone
Shimmering lakes and Wisconsin's beautiful North Woods wilderness await you on the Hiawatha Trail. The trail provides a splendid journey along an old Milwaukee Road rail corridor that hauled white...
WI 14 mi Crushed Stone
The 4.3-mile Hillsboro State Trail will make you feel instantly at home. Easy and flat, this gravel trail will take you on a short excursion from Hillsboro to Union Center. But this trail is more of a...
WI 4.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Kiwanis Bike Trail, named for the Kiwanis Club that spearheaded the effort to build the trail, parallels the western bank of the Rock River through the southern Wisconsin community of Janesville....
WI 4 mi Asphalt
The La Crosse River valley provides level terrain through a rugged area of western Wisconsin for the La Crosse River State Trail. This screened-limestone rail-with-trail passes through farmland,...
WI 21 mi Crushed Stone
Loop the Little Lake, or the Loop, is a 3.5-mile circle of trails, bike lanes, sidewalks and parks around the lower half of Little Lake Butte des Morte in Wisconsin, just north of the larger Lake...
WI 3.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
Dane County's Lower Yahara River Trail offers an incredibly scenic experience in the Madison area. On its western end, the 2.5-mile paved pathway connects to the Capital City State Trail near the...
WI 2.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Military Ridge State Trail finds the high ground as it rolls across 40 miles of idyllic farmland from the outskirts of Madison to the historic mining town of Dodgeville. It follows an American...
WI 40 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The 12.5-mile Omaha Trail passes through a wonderland of towering buttes, mesas, and pinnacles that seem more at home in an arid desert than in fertile farmland. The steep sandstone formations, some...
WI 12.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Pecatonica State Trail is never far from water as it takes the easygoing Bonner Branch Valley through the rolling hills and rocky bluffs of southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, a region that the...
WI 10 mi Crushed Stone
One of Wisconsin’s earliest rail-trail conversions, the 14.5-mile Red Cedar State Trail is built on the former corridor of the Red Cedar Junction railway, which served Knapp, Stout & Co. in the...
WI 14.5 mi Crushed Stone
On the banks of the Wisconsin River is Merrill, a city which got its start as a logging settlement called Jenny Bull Fall. The river and the railroad were the economic lifelines of the town whilst its...
WI 2.3 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Rock River Parkway Trail in Janesville runs between Rockport Park and S. Jackson Street bridge on the north side of the river. Here, at the trail's eastern terminus, you can easily link to Spring...
WI 2.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The 8.4-mile Saunders State Tail links with the Gandy Dancer Trail at Borea, southwest of Superior, and continues into Minnesota, where it is known as the Soo Line Trail (southern route). The trail is...
WI 8.4 mi Ballast
From Rice Lake to Park Falls, the Tuscobia State Trail travels 74 miles through the Flambeau State Forest and Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin. Enjoy the rugged wilderness of the Blue...
WI 74 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
In south-central Wisconsin, the Upper Yahara River Trail connects the communities of DeForest and Windsor along a beautiful wooded waterway. Buffered by neighborhoods, the trail offers residents an...
WI 2.9 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The White River State Trail is composed of two separate segments: a 12-mile stretch that runs between Elkhorn and just west of Burlington in Walworth County, and a 7-mile section that connects the...
WI 19 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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...
WI 104 mi Ballast, Gravel
Wisconsin’s Wiouwash State Trail is named for the four counties it passes through: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano. Currently, 41 miles of the rail-trail are open in two disconnected...
WI 41 mi Crushed Stone
The Wolf River State Trail spans 33 miles along the former Wisconsin Central railroad corridor from Crandon in Forest County to the village of White Lake in Langlade County (not far from the Menominee...
WI 33.4 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Wolf Run Trail supports a wide variety of users on its two miles of crushed gravel, situated on the outskirts of Mazomanie in northwestern Dane County. Heading southeast from the charming...
WI 2 mi Crushed Stone

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Recent Trail Reviews

Omaha Trail

Rail-ly fun time!

October, 2019 by aparrott58

Rode south to north (elroy to camp Douglas) and back on our fat tire e-bikes. Good scenery, lots of bridges, super tunnel , beautiful weather. Yes there are potholes and even with the fatties, some holes were rough. The asphalt should be milled back to crushed gravel imo. However snowmobile tread and use during the breakup season may be why the surfaced was asphaulted.

Glacial River Trail

A Return to Finish the Trail

October, 2019 by buehler868

I returned on one of those great Midwestern fall days to complete the portion of the Glacial River Trail south of Jefferson. I found the few miles that were in-fact a former railroad. The rest of the trail is in the WI-26 freeway corridor or on rural roads and city streets, but the trail is all paved.
The city of Fort Atkinson is very attractive with trail amenities including public art. I again found that the TrailLink map was a necessity as the signage on the tail is sparse.
My only negative is there is no need to do the on-highway portion south of N Wright Rd unless you want to continue to the connection to the Spring Brook Trail that will take you into Janesville.
For an out and back trip consider places where you can use the parallel old WI-26 for a different landscape view.

Pelishek-Tiffany Nature Trail

Clinton-Allens Grove

October, 2019 by suziesmithuw

Plenty of space to park stock trailer in gravel lot on Lake Shore Rd Clinton. Cute little covered bridge in small park with picnic tables was the start of my mule ride. There were trash receptacles, handicap accessible restroom & a wood post hitching rail. Many "sponsored" rest spots with wooden benches, picnic tables & some had roofs along the flat trail. Trail bed is wide, flat & firm as small crushed gravel & grass base. Views of plant/tree farm & rural properties after brief bit of SE side of Clinton. Mileage markers. Several blacktop road crossings. Easy, well-groomed trail. Small gravel lot at east end with trail map on kiosk. For lunch at Boar's Nest Bar ride Hill St (right uphill), stay right on Clinton St, quick Left along west side of the Park 1 block to stop sign Cty X. Ride directly across Cty X then straight across grass to cable picket line.
I-43 runs parallel to trail. Loud traffic but distance kept equines from becoming unnerved 🙂 Met a jogger, a hiker with a leashed dog on trail & 2 bicyclists at covered bridge. All were respectful of equines.

Accordion

Ahnapee State Park Trail

high water & soft shoulders

October, 2019 by beccalorr

Forestville to Algoma: Peaceful, relaxing ride through rural Wisconsin and the bridge offers a nice spot to stop and enjoy the view for a moment. I would have given this section of the trail 5stars, but the area near the marsh had high water due to the recent rains and the shoulders are softer much more to the middle of the road than expected.

Cheese Country Recreation Trail

Nice ride

October, 2019 by blown86fox

If you are looking to take it easy and just go for a nice ride this is it. Smooth and simple. Very well maintained.

Glacial River Trail

Paved Trail Makes for a Nice Long Ride

September, 2019 by buehler868

The Glacial River Trail in the Rock River valley is untypical for Wisconsin state trails in that it is entirely paved and not a rail-to-trail. It has a great mix of segments in the WI-26 freeway corridor, city streets and rural roads, with some good grades. I did the north part of the trail from Jefferson to the junction with the Wild Goose State Trail. There are no services provided by the trail owner, but the trail is free to use. The signage for the trail-turns is minimal so the Trail-Link map downloaded on your smart phone is a must. I especially enjoyed my ride thru the river towns of Jefferson, Johnson Creek and Watertown, where I took the time to ride around the downtowns. I will come back someday to do the south portion.

Badger State Trail

Badger State needs attention

September, 2019 by novakdks

We got on the trail at Lacy Street in Verona/Fitchburg WI. The trail was paved and in great shape at that point. Cyclists were using it as a commuter trail and there were several people out walking and running. The trail turned into non-paved surface and that is where we dismounted to pay the fee of $5. Oh my, what can I say. The trail is NOT crushed limestone. At places it appeared to be an abandoned trail except for the path made by a bicycle tire. It was a muddy, sticky mess. I had checked ahead of time and found out the Stewart Tunnel was closed, which saved us back tracking since there wasn't a sign indicating the tunnel was closed. We detoured onto Tunnel Rd and took various paved roads into New Glarus. The best part of the trail was the Monroe WI segment. There was a detour off of the trail as we were coming into town. Very good signage directing us through the road construction area. There was a very nice trailhead with a drinking fountain and restrooms as you came into town from the north. We continued to the downtown area and decided to take a break and headed to the Dairy Queen by exiting the trail at 5th Street and riding to 8th Street. It was a challenge to cross the street but it was during lunch hour. As we headed out of Monroe there was an area of very loose gravel vs crushed limestone. An inexperienced rider might have wrecked. The rest of the trail was not maintained until it connected with the Jane Adams Trail. It was is good shape into Freeport IL.

Glacial Drumlin State Trail

Glacial Drumlin Trail

September, 2019 by harvecon14

Parked at Cottage Grove today and biked out 23 miles and then back to car. It was annoying that we both paid our 5 dollars and then visited the rest room. No toilet paper in mens or women's and both stalls in women's were smeared with feces. Nice surface on trail. Not enough benches. This trail would definitely not qualify as a national rail trail.

Glacial River Trail

Uninhabited but lovely

September, 2019 by wilsonae

I grabbed the trail north of Janesville on my road bike. Crossed the bridge over the highway and did about a mile on the county road before winding through a new housing development and finding the actual trail. It's in great shape, lots of gentle rolling hills and a couple of roundabouts but not a single person anywhere along the trail. I rode to Milton and most of the trail parallels the highway so it's loud on one side but beautiful and agricultural on the other side. I saw hawks and finches and no humans of any kind. It was pretty sweet. I only gave it 4 stars because of the highway driving . Otherwise it's a 5-star paved trail.

Rawley Point Trail

OK trail

September, 2019 by irmaiden

I rode this trail today and thought it was pretty good,but it has some issues that I didn't like. The trail was kind of rough,and it was tough to keep up any speed because there were not too many straightaways. There were mud spots I had to carefully go through,spots in the path that would narrow down to a foot,and a lack of signs for the bike trail. I definitely prefer paved trails over crushed limestone and the many roots popping out of the ground. It was worth it to try the Mariners Trail and the Rawley Point Trail,but there are much better trails in the Milwaukee area like the Bugline,Hank Aaron Trail,and the Oak Leaf Trail.

Mariners Trail

Underwhelming

September, 2019 by irmaiden

I rode this trail today and was underwhelmed. It is very average. I rode from the south end all the way to the end,and then rode the Rawley Point Trail. On the way back on the Mariner's trail I rode on the same side of the trail that I started on. Why on earth are there so many signs saying "do not enter" on the way back heading south? There is no path on the other side of the road,and it's a 45 MPH road. I would not ride on that road.

Ahnapee State Park Trail

Section starting from Kewaunee

September, 2019 by emmettbrown

I do have a previous review from 2016 but I wanted to add that we did a section starting in Kewaunee. The trail itself was wonderful once you get past the Bremmer Park Zoo. Surprisingly smooth given how other sections of the trail are not.

The trouble was, and this is informational for anyone planning to start out at the designated trail head on River Road, the trail is closed with a detour. I think because of the high river and lake level the trail may be flooded. We didn't think much of it and took the detour. Up a very long (about 1/2 mile) steep hill through a neighborhood. Then a few other side streets. Then down another steep long hill (3/4 mile), this one on a curving two lane highway (Hwy C) with almost no shoulder. And lots of fast moving vehicles. Very dangerous.

If you want to start near Kewaunee you are best off parking at the Bremmer Park Zoo, only a 5 minute ride from the official trail head.

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