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The Crystal Lake Trail runs from the Crystal Lake Campground in northern Wisconsin north to downtown Boulder Junction, passing Trout Lake along the way. The fully-paved trail offers an ideal ride for touring bikes as well as groups riding with younger children. There are lots of places to stop along the way to view the many lakes and some of the largest white pines in the Northwoods. The trail has several scenic bridges and crosses over the the Manitowish River.
Camping is available at the North Trout Lake Campground; campers can check with the Northern Highlands American Legion State Forest for availability.
At Crystal Lake, the trail also meets up with the Plum Lake Trail (five miles), which then connects with the St. Germain Trail (twelve miles), creating a 28-mile paved trail known as the Boulder Area Trail System (B.A.T.S.). Crystal Lake Trail is also part of the 50-mile Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail that links the towns of St. Germain, Sayner, Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters.
Parking can be found near the north end of the trail at the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center (5352 Park Street), which is just south of downtown Boulder Junction. Roughly mid-trail, there is also a parking lot at the Trout Lake Boat Launch on the east side of the lake. A trailside parking lot and restrooms are available on the southern leg of the trail at the junction of Highway M and Highway N (about 2 1/2 miles northeast of Highway 51), and another parking lot is available on the west side of Crystal Lake, off Crystal Lake Road.
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