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Recreational Trails Program Achievement Awards

Wild Rivers State Trail, Washburn County, WI

Decks were replaced on 12 railtrail bridges to keep over 100 miles of trail open.

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Project sponsor: Washburn County Forestry Department

Award Category: Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing

Congressional District: David Obey (D-7-WI)

Senators: Herbert Kohl (D) and Russ Feingold (D)

2007 Annual Achievement Award winner: for trail projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration. Awarded by the Coalition for Recreation Trails.

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In 2004 Washburn County, Wisconsin received $12,500 from the RTP program to re-deck 12 bridges located along the segment of the Wild Rivers State Trail that runs though Washburn County. The Wild Rivers Trail is a 104-mile trail that traverses three counties in northwestern Wisconsin and provides connections to hundreds of miles of snowmobile and ATV trails.

The trail is used by snowmobilers and some cross-country skiers in winter with ATV and some equestrian use in the summer. Maintaining the bridges has allowed 104 miles of continuous trail to remain open, not only accommodating year-round use for different forms of recreation but also providing a transportation corridor for the towns along the trail.


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For more information:

Mike Peterson

Washburn County Forestry Department

850 West Beaverbrook Avenue, Suite 4

Spooner, WI 54801




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