Stower Seven Lakes State Trail

Wisconsin

Stower Seven Lakes State Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Polk
Length: 13.5 miles
Trail end points: Harriman Ave. (Amery) and 90th Ave. (Dresser)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017375
Trail activities: Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Stower Seven Lakes State Trail Description

The Stower Seven Lakes State Trail runs for nearly 14 miles along an old railroad corridor between Amery and Dresser, passing through the towns of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye. In Amery, the trail begins at Harriman Avenue, heading west. If you head east, you'll be on the Cattail State Trail (which allows motorized vehicles).

The trail is mostly rural, passing among wetlands and lakes and among farms and remnants of prairie, with lots of wildlife. A state trail pass is required for cyclists and cross-county skiers.

Parking and Trail Access

In Amery, park at the eastern trailhead between Harriman Avenue and Keller Avenue. On-street parking is available in Wanderoos and Dresser and there's a parking lot at Lotus Lake County Park, just east of the trail along 90th Avenue.

Stower Seven Lakes State Trail Reviews

My friend and I drove from the twin cities to ride this beautiful trail on a beautiful fall day. we parked at Lotus Lake State Park and rode to Amery and back- 28 miles round trip. The scenery changes along the way from wetland and lakes, to farms and woods. Crushed limestone, but mostly packed earth. There was a short section of gravel, but otherwise nice smooth ride. When we arrived at Amery we ate at The Farm Table, a beautiful organic restaurant with large glass windows and affordable tasty food. This is one of my new favorite trails. I also love the Luce Line trail that runs through Watertown.

What a nice trail! It is harder to find than the Gandy Dancer and is shorter, only 14 miles one way, but it is well worth using Trail Link and searching it out. This lovely trail goes along and next to 7 small lakes and marshy areas full of flowers and wildlife. We went in mid-September so the bugs and people were minimal and it was a LOT of fun. There are informational plaques down the length about the area, places to fill up on water, and Amery is a nice little town. The Cat Tail Trail links up to it but it had just been re-graveled and was very slippery and hard to maneuver so we skipped it and headed back. 28 miles of nice! Highly recommend!

We rode this trail on the second part of a 59 mile day. It had a nice surface. Enough limestone was used to keep the plants and grass from growing on the trail. The ride itself is about 14 miles one way so it is not a long ride. We paired it up with a 14 mile section of the Gandy Dancer Trail to make it a longer ride. It is a straight and level trail that does not require a lot of effort. Horseflies were awful on sections of the trail. Bug spray is a must.

Accordion

We rode the full length of this trail round-trip in summer. The attractive Amery trailhead on the east end does not have restroom facilities , but there is a bathroom building just 1 block east on the rough gravel ATV trail (or turn Left and Right on the first street). The western end of the trail outside Dresser is just south of a park with pit toilets (turn Right at the end of the trail). There is also a porta-potty around the midpoint. Because it's a state trail, a fee is imposed on bike riders over age 16; there are self-pay stations at the east end, midpoint, and parking lots along the way.

The trail is flat along its whole length, without even a gentle grade to be seen. The surface is very smooth, hard-packed stone which was no trouble for my road bike with its 28mm treaded tires; even the narrowest slicks would have been fine. I only spotted a handful of small holes or ruts in the surface. There are several point-of-interest signs, and signs for 5 of the 7 lakes that the trail is named for. At the Amery end the trail traverses an isthmus between the Twin Lakes.

There were several other users out on a summer Sunday, but not enough to make the trail feel crowded at all.

Our westward trip came to an abrupt end as the 14-mile trail actually ends at a road crossing at the 13.1 mile mark. I found myself wishing for a few more miles of this great trail.

Did about 14 miles (7 in 7 back) of this trail but there is little cover from the sun. There is little in the way of pit stops on this first part of the trail from Dresser on. Bring plenty to drink! Otherwise you see a ton of wildlife and it is worth it!

In May 2015 a friend and I rode the Trail from Dresser to Amery and back. It had rained the night before, although May has been dry here. At least half the trail was mushy and slow going, especially between mileposts 8 and 9. Informational signs along the trail describe the flora, fauna and history of the area. We saw a black bear, a fisher, a swan, a loon, several great blue herons and ducks.

We rode the Stower Seven Lakes trail on a cool October morning. Very beautiful scenery passing through wooded areas, wet lands and lakes. The fall colors were at peak! Easy to access and park at the trailhead in Amery.

Great trail. Crushed gravel, scenic woods and wetlands, minimal grade (basically flat). Great for pleasure riders and kids. I,m 64 and ride a tadpole trike and it is perfect for me.

Non-motorized, nicely maintained packed limestone surface trail. A few wayside signs. Goes past 7 small lakes. 2-3 new toilet facilities and water fountains, by parking areas. Mostly shady and wooded, some open areas. We live on the trail in summer and use often. Great for walking, biking. Not over-used. And it's maintained for cross country skiing in winter. Active "friends" volunteer group. No snowmobiles. No ATVs

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