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This is an ever-evolving collection of our favorite adventure routes in the Northwoods. Routes range in intensity and terrain, from easy day trips, to week-long paddling expeditions. All are supported with gear and logistics by the River's Edge Crew.

XC SKI  |  SNOWSHOE  |  FAT BIKE  | SNOW TUBE

minocqua

winter park

Minocqua Winter Park is one of the most popular XC Ski Centers in the Midwest.  86 kilometers (54 miles) of impeccably groomed xc trails wind through 6500 acres of peaceful northern upland forest.  Over 45 km of trails are protected forever with conservation easements.

In addition to cross country skiing, Minocqua Winter Park provides 10 miles of snowhoe trails, multi-use fat bike trails, an ice skating pond, snow tubing, trailside warming shelters and fire pits, a Tea House, and a full schedule of activities and programs for the whole family. The park is also  home to the Minocqua Winter Park Ski Shop which offers lessons, ski and snowshoe rentals, and a pro shop for all your winter sport needs.

Park pass required.

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XC SKI  |  SNOWSHOE  |  HIKE

mecca trails

With 21 kilometers (13 miles) of trails, MECCA should be required recreation any time you're in the Northwoods. Designed for hiking, snowshoeing and XC skiing, the trails include groomed cross-country ski trails with track set for classic skiers and a groomed skate lane.  

 

The diverse terrain was created by glaciers thousands of years ago, and includes stands of hemlocks, pines, hardwood uplands of maple and oaks, and wetlands of black spruce, cedars, and tamarack.  The trails have great views at the Little Turtle Wildlife Area.

Visit the MECCA Trails site for current conditions.

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SNOWSHOE  |  FAT BIKE  |  HIKE  |  MTB

LAMBO zip trail, shannon lake, raven trail

A fantastic mix of hiking, snowshoeing and biking trails right here in the Northwoods, developed and maintained professionally by the Lakeland Area Mountain Biking Organization (LAMBO).

 

For MTB and fat biking, the trail systems include groomed single-track and flow trails that are all designed to provide bikers of all skill levels a fun an challenging ride.

The terrain on the Shannon Lake Trail is gently rolling with a variety of timber types. The loop around Shannon Lake is especially scenic.

 

Located in Minocqua, Woodruff and St. Germain. 

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XC SKI  |  SNOWSHOE   |  FAT BIKE  |  HIKE  | MTB

WINMAN TRAILS

Arguably one of the best trail systems in the Midwest, WInMan Trails boasts over 14 miles of flow trails, jumps, a pump track, and just unfettered awesomeness. Winter adds groomed trails for XC skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. A must do in the Northwoods, heck you should actually just plan your trip around riding these trails.

Visit the WinMan site for current conditions.

XC SKI  |  SNOWSHOE   |  HIKE  

van vliet

hemlocks trails

The 400-acre parcel has more than 1 1/2 miles of shoreline. Its forested stand represents a rare remnant of the northern hardwood–hemlock forest, once the largest and most characteristic of northern WI. It retains many of the characteristics of old-growth forests, such as large live trees, snags, and fallen trees on land and water. It houses eagle and loon nests, includes sightings of birds such as Scarlet Tanager and Blackburnian Warbler, houses a plethora of vernal pools and wetlands for exploration, and features a unique array of glacial moraines.

XC SKI  |  SNOWSHOE   |  FAT BIKE  |  HIKE  | MTB

wolverine

nordic Trails

Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails in Ironwood, MI offers 24K of ski trails including several loops for classic striding and skate skiing. There are 14K of marked snowshoe trails and 7K of snow bike trails.

Lake Effect snow provides the area with snow that tends to arrive earlier, pile deeper, and last longer than anywhere else in the Midwest. The rolling terrain offers trails for all levels of skiing, snowshoeing, and snow biking. Visit the Wolverine site for current conditions.

$10 trail donation is recommended.

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XC SKI  |  SNOWSHOE   |  FAT BIKE  |  HIKE  | MTB

washburn lake

silent sports

trail area

The Washburn Non-Motorized Trail System consists of approximately 12 miles (19 km) of groomed ski trail and 6 miles (10 km) of single track bike - snowshoe trail. There is a warming shelter with restrooms and parking located on County Park Rd. at Perch Lake. The Washburn Trail System is located approximately 6 miles west of Rhinelander, WI.

A $5 day pass is required for all persons 18 and older.

XC SKI  |  SNOWSHOE   |  FAT BIKE  |  HIKE  | MTB

XC SKI  |  SNOWSHOE   |  FAT BIKE  |  HIKE  | MTB

enterprise winter

recreation trail

The Enterprise County Forest Winter Recreation Trail consists of two one-way loops that together equal approximately 8 miles. The trail is groomed fat-tire biking, however, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also permitted on the trail. Beginner to intermediate. The trail is located approximately 8 miles south of Hwy 8 on Co. Hwy G in Oneida County.

A $5 day pass is required for all persons 18 and older.

PADDLE  |  CAMP

Manitowish river water trail

Map and guide of landings, campsites on the Manitowish River, including distances, beginning or ending at the River's Edge Landing and ending at Murray's Landing on the TFF. Courtesy of www.wisconsintrailguide.com.

PADDLE  |  CAMP

Turtle Flambeau Flowage CAMPSITE map and Virtual Tour

Undisturbed, wooded shorelines and islands offer the opportunity to boat, camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors in wild and rugged northern Wisconsin. Spread across 40,000 acres in Iron County, the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area offers 66 remote campsites accessible by water only.

Virtual tour of the Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area campsites with locations and coordinates. Requires Google Earth.

PADDLE  |  CAMP

NORTH HIGHLAND AMERICAN LEGION STATE FOREST CANOE ROUTE

Map of trips in the North Highland American Legion State Forest, including the Manitowish Chain of Lakes and area rivers. Many can be connected for extended canoe or kayak expeditions. Trip distances and portages included. Campsites are marked where available.

XC SKI  |  SNOWSHOE   |  FAT BIKE  |  HIKE  | MTB

North lakeland

discovery center

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along this 12-mile trail system. Trails are OPEN TO EVERYONE, from dawn to dusk. The terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the lake, bog and nearby Manitowish River allowing you to explore a variety of habitats each with their own unique plants and animals. In the winter, trails are tracked for classic skiing. (In winter, leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only.)

PADDLE  |  CAMP

FLAMBEAU RIVER

NORTH FORK

Robinson Landing to Agenda Landing

Beginning at the southwest end of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, this segment of the Flambeau River, North Fork passes through a rugged, wild and beautiful backcountry. The river is surrounded by a dense forest of hardwoods and stands of mixed pine. Numerous spring-fed creeks feed into the river.

Launch: Robinson Landing 46.06512,-90.23372

Landing: Holt's Landing 46.01014,-90.36775

Landing: Agenda Landing 45.98868,-90.3942

Read more at www.wisconsintrailguide.com 

BIKE   |  ROAD BIKE

manitowish waters soltice bike routes

Popular bike routes from the Manitowish Waters Solstice Festival. Routes combine paved bike path and road riding through the scenic Manitowish Waters area, all accessible directly from River's Edge. 

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BIKE   |  ROAD BIKE  |  CAMP

BIKEPACKING

For a unique adventure in the Northwoods, explore one of the many bikepacking routes in the area, easily accessible from the River's Edge Lodge.

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