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Cross Country Skiing / Snowshoe Trails
What do our visitors have to say about our trails?
Trail Discovery - L. William Staudenmaier, Wauwatosa, WI.
I thought I might share with you and your readers a little gem of a trail I discovered recently in northeastern Wisconsin.
About four miles east of Crivitz and a mile or so east of Lake Noquebay on right of Way Woad, the Lake Noquebay Trail System comprises four or five loops totaling probably 10 to 12 miles. The course is almost entirely wooded - about equal evergreens and deciduous - with a number of gentle hills. It's ideal for classic cross country skiing but too narrow for skating. In addition to skiing, the trail signage indicates that hikers, mountain bikers and snowshoers are welcome; a perfect venue for a silent sports type.
Best of all, it's peaceful. In a two-hour hike on a recent weekday, I encountered a couple grouse, some other song birds and two deer, but no other humans. The road traffic on Right of Way Road is minimal. You can access it either from the south off of County Road GG or from the north off of County Road X.
Courtesy Silent Sports Magazine - www.silentsports.net
Woods Road Ski Trails (6 Miles)
Marinette County’s most unique ski trail. You can look for wildlife tracks and learn about how these animals endure the long cold winters. Stations along the trail tell about the many wild animals here. Mostly flat, the landscape offers many loop options along the system that make it ideal for beginners and children. Open to snowshoeing, this trail system is suggested for winter use only. Take Highway 41 into Peshtigo, turn south onto West Front Street (a.k.a. Hale Road), turn left onto Harbor Road and finally turn right onto Hale School Road.
Governor Thompson State Park – (7 Miles)
This state park consists of over 2800 acres on the Caldron Falls Flowage. With 7 miles of groomed ski trails for both classic and skaters, this park also offers two miles of packed snowshoe trails. Follow the signs from Highway 141 north of Crivitz. Map
Peshtigo River State Forest Trails:
Please note: hiking on groomed ski trails is prohibited.
Seymour Rapids Trail – (3 Miles)
Offering Steep Hills and beautiful scenery, this system can be
accessed west of Crivitz, off Bushman Road and Marinette County Road 1634.
Spring Rapids / Kirby Hills Trail System– (5 Miles)
Take Highway W west of Crivitz to Kirby Lake Lane. The trail includes various loops that provide extremely steep hills, breathtaking views, varying distances and quiet serenity. This system is groomed for classical and skate skiing – snowshoeing is not permitted on the trail. Map
Above photo courtesy M. Kailhofer.
Riverside Park Trails - Niagara (5.5 Miles)
Located on the northern end of the City of Niagara, you can access these walking trails from Highway 141, take Washington Avenue east about 1/2 mile to Tyler Road. Turn left at the 4-way stop. There are three trail heads along the east side of Tyler Road with parking. Take time to hike, bike, cross country ski, or snowshoe in this pristine area. Enjoy the wooded beauty of the seasons along these trails from the upper ridges overlooking the Menominee River Valley or down along the river and wetlands. Map
Cross Country Skiing & Snow Shoe Rentals
Marinette Recreation Department - Snowshoe Rentals
2000 Alice Lane
Marinette, WI 54143
The Marinette Recreation Department rents snow shoes for the full day for a deposit of only $20.
Pine Acres Resort, Inc. - Cross Country Ski Equipment Rentals
N10184 Parkway Road
Crivitz, WI 54114
Paust Enterprises - Cross Country Ski Equipment Rentals
N9007 Caldron Falls Rd.
Crivitz, WI 54114
2329 13th Street
Menominee, MI 49858
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