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Description - The 36.4-mile Buffalo River State Trail runs between Mondovi and Fairchild in west-central Wisconsin. The trail runs along a segment of the Chicago and Northwestern Rail line. As the trail parallels the scenic Buffalo River, views of secluded pasturelands, mixed woodlands, rolling hills, and marshes are offered.

Attractions - Buffalo River State Trail is aptly named. The 36.4-mile multi-use trail runs through the floodplain of the Buffalo River. The route is an easy grade offering enjoyment to hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and snowmobilers.

Located between the cities of Fairchild and Osseo, both fishing and hunting opportunities unveil. A 4.0-mile stretch of river is known for its populations of brook and brown trout. Located 3.5 miles east of Osseo, the stream and bottomland habitat are conducive for hunting waterfowl, grouse and a variety of small furbearers. Call 608-685-3763 for hunting details. Also in this vicinity on the south side of the river lies the Buffalo River State Fishery Area. Farther west along the state trail in Strum, Wisconsin, a small hand-carry boat launch provides access to the Buffalo River.

Recreation - Users of Buffalo River State Trail include hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and snowmobilers.

Climate - Northwest Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. Great Lakes Michigan and Superior tend to make summers cooler and winters milder close to shore. January's average temperature is in the single digits F (-teens C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F for several days (32 degrees C). Nighttime summer temperatures occasionally dip below freezing. The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Northwest Region have a wide range; the southern areas may receive 20" while the northern areas may receive in excess of 200". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Location - Buffalo River State Trail is located in west-central Wisconsin between Mondovi and Fairchild.

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Filed By: Larry L Johnson (Ellsworth , WI)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Under general use,need to add trail is also used for ATV riding

Filed By: Larry L Johnson (Ellsworth , WI)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: April 17 2005 Road ATV from Mondovi to Fairchild,trail was open all the way to Fairchild. Trail was in better condition today. Checked out camp ground at Strum.

Filed By: Larry L Johnson (Ellsworth, Wi)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 4/2/05 Got on trail at Mondovi, trail has areas with ruts in it,needs grading. East edge of Eleva trail was closed. went back to Mondovi, loaded up atv and went to Strum. Got on trail at camp ground, trail needs work, deep trenches,between camp ground and Buffalo River State Trail. Trail pretty good till just west of Fairchild then got sloppy.

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Contact Information:
Buffalo River State Trail, c/o Perrot State Park, W26247 Sullivan Rd., P.O. Box 407 , Trempealeau, WI, 54661-0407, Phone: 715-839-1607

Additional Information:
Northwest Wisconsin - Wisconsin's least populated region, Northwest Wisconsin, invites you to explore its gently rolling terrain punctuated by scenic landscapes that are rich with wildlife.
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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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