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Description - This county-operated 98-mile multi-use trail crosses the Wisconsin / Minnesota border twice on its way from St. Croix Falls to Superior. Running along the abandoned Soo Line, a highlight of the Gandy Dancer State Trail is the 520-foot bridge over the scenic St. Croix River near Danbury.

Attractions - The Gandy Dancer State Trail explores 98 miles from St. Croix Falls to Superior. It travels through numerous small towns of which many have parks available for resting. It crosses scenic bridges and skirts the edges of picturesque lakes while offering views of agricultural and forested lands. The trail passes through Burnett, Douglas and Polk Counties in Wisconsin and Pine County in Minnesota. The south trail segment is 47 miles from St. Croix Falls to Danbury. The north trail segment is 51 miles from Danbury to Superior. The north segment is more remote with fewer communities and services. Towns along the south trail segment include: St. Croix Falls, Centuria, Milltown, Luck, Frederic, Lewis, Siren, Webster, and Danbury. Restrooms and drinking water are available at Village Park, just north of Centuria. The entire trail has milepost signs. Call one of the county offices for a trail map. Trail passes are required for bikers 16 years of age and older.

A Wisconsin State Park camping opportunity is available at Interstate State Park. There are two modern campgrounds with a total of 85 family campsites and a primitive group camp that accommodates 60 people. The park is located in one of Wisconsin's most scenic areas. Sights at the park include Old Man of the Dalles - a geologic formation resembling a human profile, Devil's Chair, Lion's Head and potholes ranging up to 25 feet in diameter and 80 feet deep. Also nearby is St. Croix Falls Hatchery and the Ice Age Interpretive Center with exhibits depicting glacier activity from 10,000 years ago. Fascinating displays on archaeology and Ice Age mammals may be viewed. Another popular recreation of this region includes scenic driving along Wisconsin Rustic Road 79.

Recreation - Recreation is afforded to hikers, tour bicyclists, mountain bikers, cross-country skiers 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 - Located in Northwest Wisconsin, the Gandy Dancer State Trail travels from St. Croix Falls to Superior.

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Contact Information:
Gandy Dance State Trail, c/o Polk County Parks & Recreation, 100 Polk Plaza, #10 , Balsam Lake, WI, 54810, Phone: 715-485-9272

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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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