Osaugie Trail

Wisconsin

Osaugie Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Douglas
Length: 5 miles
Trail end points: Harbor View Park at US 53 and US 2 and Bear Creek Park at Moccasin Mike Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6031928
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Osaugie Trail Description

The Osaugie Trail leads users past various landmarks along Superior’s waterfront, including the S.S. Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum, Barker's Island, and the Burlington Ore Dock, where the Edmund Fitzgerald set out on its last ill-fated voyage in 1975.

Located at the trail’s western end, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center features several exhibits about the flying ace, as well as a real Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft. From the opposite end of the trail, cyclists and pedestrians can travel on-road to reach scenic Wisconsin Point. The natural peninsula features miles of beautiful beaches, a working lighthouse and stunning vistas of nearby Duluth, Minnesota.

The rail-trail continues eastward from Superior to Ashland—a distance of over 60 miles—as the unpaved Tri-County Corridor Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Osaugie Trail is available at Bear Creek Park on Moccasin Mike Road and Harbor View Park on E. 2nd Street/US 53. Additional parking can be found where the trail intersects Marina Drive.

Osaugie Trail Reviews

Do not park at Bear Creek Park--the trail is SO bad there. You can park at Loon's Foot landing & bike north. You can head onto Barker's Island and ride the island. The trail also heads further north passed the island too all the way passed Superior Bay north to the playground. Nice trail overlooking the water.

The city of Superior tried to create a trail, but it appears to have abandoned the effort. I rode from the Bong Museum to the Tri County Corridor. This is a trail in need of some major repair work. There were weeds two feet tall growing through the pavement in many places. The bridges had 4 inch cliffs to overcome at the approaches. When I got to the boat landing, fish cleaning location by the old ore dock, it became apparent that this was an ATV trail that accidentally had some pavement next to it. The ATV trail actually had fewer weeds than the paved portion. Calling this a rail trail suitable for biking is an affront to all those who do rail trails properly. I have ridden on trails elsewhere in Wisconsin with ATV trails along side of a paved bike/hiking trail and they, while not pleasant to ride were acceptable. This trail has been trashed and the biking/hiking part of the trail should be abandoned until they want to do it right.

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