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Description - Wild Rivers State Trail explores the picturesque Northwoods along a 96-mile abandoned railroad corridor, once the transportation line for the Omaha and Soo Line Railroads. Running from Rice Lake to Solon Springs, the trail is a link with Tuscobia State Trail (three miles north of Rice Lake) and St. Croix National Scenic Riverway; areas teeming with wildlife. Towns encountered along the trail include Solon Springs, Minong, Trego, Spooner, and Rice Lake.

Attractions - Hikers and mountain bikers use Wild Rivers State Trail during the warmer months of the year while in winter cross country skiers and snowmobilers whisk across its frosty surface. Cross-country skiers 16 years of age and older must have trail pass.

The entire region is lush with scenic rivers and lakes offering some of Wisconsin's finest fishing opportunities. Rolling woodlands and open meadow sliced by the clear waterways are perfect habitat for white-tailed deer, fox, rabbit, songbirds and waterfowl. Overhead soar bald eagles and hawks.

Recreation - Trail users include hikers, mountain bikers 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 - Wild Rivers State Trail lies between Rice Lake and Solon Springs.

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Contact Information:
Wild Rivers State Trail, c/o Barron County Forests, 311 E. LaSalle Avenue , Barron, WI, 54812, Phone: 715-537-6295

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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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