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Welcome to Oconto County, Wisconsin...a place for you. Since the County is over 100 miles long, we've made it easy for you to navigate the array of tourism resources available in the County, or to help you locate available sites and buildings and obtain business assistance. The adjacent map divides the County into three distinct sections. All resources and attractions are categorized by region within the County. So come to Oconto County to play, live or work, because after all, we are a place for you!


Oconto County Snowmobile Trails
Snowmobile Trails
Snowmobile Trails
Oconto County Tourism  - 1-888-626-6862    Website

Oconto County has over 480 miles of snowmobile trails! We are less than a full tank of gas round trip from the Fox Cities/Geen Bay area and less than a three hour drive from the Milwaukee area. The Oconto County area is the best snowmobiling closest to the Fox Valley.

For your convenience, trail heads have been strategically placed throughout the County. Trail heads are located near Hwy 32/64 intersection, just East of Chute Pond, in Gillett at Zippel Park, in Suring near the Village Hall, and in Lakewood on Hwy 32. The Nicolet State Recreational Trail starts in Gillett and runs 90 miles north to connect to numerous trails systems.

Wisconsin Snowmobile Trail Pass - 2013 Wisconsin Act 142, effective July 1, 2015, expanded the snowmobile trail pass requirement to include snowmobiles registered in Wisconsin and increased the nonresident snowmobile trail pass fee. Beginning with the 2015-16 snow season, all snowmobiles operating on a Wisconsin snowmobile trail or corridor must display a valid snowmobile trail pass whether registered in Wisconsin or another state. 

Click here for a detailed Oconto County Snowmobile Trail Report!

Oconto County Snowmobile Clubs - 
Red Arrow Snowmobile-ATV Club
Paul Bunyan Riders Snowmobile Club
Chute Pond Snowmobile Club
Oconto Falls Sno Jokers
Bagley and Brazeau Joyriders
Lena Snowdrifters

Oconto County ATV/UTV Trails
ATV/UTV Trails
ATV/UTV Trails
Oconto County Tourism - 1-888-626-6862    Website

Oconto County ATV/UTV trail system is over 450 miles of fully interconnected scenic riding. We are less than a full tank of gas round trip from the Fox Cities/Green Bay area and less than a three hour drive from the Milwaukee area.

For your convenience, trail heads have been strategically placed throughout the County. Trail heads are located near Hwy 32/64 intersection, just East of Chute Pond, in Gillett at Zippel Park, in Suring near the Village Hall, and in Lakewood on Hwy 32. The Nicolet State Recreational Trail starts in Gillett and runs 90 miles north to connect to numerous trails systems.

 

Nicolet - Trails
Boulder Lake Campground Trail
Boulder Lake Campground Trail
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A wooden boardwalk begins your journey into another world of primitive bog vegetation, deer trails, squirrels' nests, and the workings of woodpeckers. Hike up and down the ridges around a large open bog area. The huge boulders you'll see are the calling cards left behind when the last glacier receded and formed the rugged terrain over 10,000 years ago. Campers can access the trail from several points in the campground.

Directions: From Langlade, take State Highway 55 south for 5 miles to County Highway WW. Turn left and go east 1/2 mile to Campground Road (FR 2166). Turn left onto Campground Road and head north to Boulder Lake Campground. As you enter the campground, go past the road to the boat ramp (on left). Turn at the first right, just past the entry information area into the parking area. A trail map is located at the trailhead.

Cathedral Pines
Cathedral Pines
Townsend, WI - 715-276-6333    Website

Follow this 1/4 mile trail into a unique "cathedral" of towering pines and hemlock trees. This area survived Wisconsin's logging era and has been preserved in its natural state. During early summer you may observe great blue herons nesting high in the tallest pines. This is one of Wisconsin's largest active heron colonies. The site may be visited May through October.

Directions: From Lakewood, take State Hwy 32 North 1 mile to Archibald Road (FR 2121). Turn left (west) for 1-1/2 miles. Watch for signs on the left side of the road. Turn right to parking area. There is parking for 5 vehicles, hiking trails and benches. The site is accessible for persons with disabilities.

Chute Pond Overlook Trail
Chute Pond Overlook Trail
Mountain, WI - 715-276-6333    Website

This short, moderately steep trail (2/3 miles) leads to the top of a rock outcrop that features five vistas. Three of the vistas overlook Chute Pond, one looks over a Forest Service tree plantation, and one looks north along State Highway 32 with Bagley Rapids on the west and Green Lake on the east. At the northernmost vista, look north to see the last remaining Forest Service fire lookout tower almost six miles away at Mountain. Looking south from the southernmost vista you can see the radio tower on Suring Hill, about eight miles away. Be sure to bring your binoculars on this hike!

Directions: From Mountain, take State Hwy 32 south for 3 1/2 miles to Parkway Drive and turn right (west). Follow the signs to the scenic overlook. Parking lot for 4 vehicles. The site is 2/3 mile from the parking lot and is not accessible to persons with disabilities.

Jones Spring Area Trail
Jones Spring Area Trail
Fanny Lake Road, Townsend, WI - 715-276-6333    Website | Map

You are bound to see wildlife on this trail. Jones Spring is a 2,000 acre area managed for non-motorized use and offers several loops of hiking and groomed cross-country ski trails (for traditional style skiing). The area features three lakes. Fanny Lake has five walk-in campsites on the shore. On an overlook between Upper and Lower Jones Lakes, you'll find an Adirondack-style shelter for a quick rest while skiing or a place to picnic when hiking. The trail traverses a variety of landscapes and forest types which also means a variety of wildlife. Look for the wood duck boxes which have been placed here to increase the wood duck population. Jones Spring Area is also managed as a wildlife area for hunting.

Directions: From Townsend, take County Highway T southwest for 5 miles to Fanny Lake Road (FR 2938). Turn right and follow Fanny Lake Road west to parking area. Space is available for approximately 6 vehicles.

Lakewood Cross Country Ski Trails
Lakewood Cross Country Ski Trails
Lakewood, WI - 715-622-1754    Website

Lakewood Cross Country Ski Trails established in 1977 and located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. 25 km of marked trails groomed for classic and skating. Parking and maps available off County Hwy F, Old 32 Road, McCauslin Brook Country Club in Lakewood. Click here to view a map!

Maranatha Ski Trail
Maranatha Ski Trail
Sawyer Lake Road, Langlade, WI - 715-362-1300    Website | Map

This trail is maintained by the privately-run Silver Birch Ranch and is a system of interconnected loops. One of these loops crosses Rose Lake. Before skiing this loop, check ice conditions on the lake. This trail is groomed for traditional skiing and is marked for beginning, intermediate and advanced skiers. A map is available at Silver Birch Ranch.

Directions: From Langlade, follow State Highway 55 about 4 miles north to Sawyer Lake Road (FR 2122). Turn right onto Sawyer Lake Road and go east and north about 2 miles. The parking area is on the right (south) side of Sawyer Lake Road. There is space for approximately 6-8 cars.

Nicolet Nordic Ski Trail
Nicolet Nordic Ski Trail
McComb Lake Road, Mountain, WI - 715-479-2827    Website | Map

The Nicolet Nordic Ski Trails are cross-country trails groomed by volunteer efforts of local ski club members and friends in cooperation with the Forest Service. Most of the trails are double tracked. A trail map is located at the trailhead.

Directions: From the town of Mountain, follow County Highway W west for 1 mile to McComb Lake Road (FR 2311). Turn left and go south 2 miles to parking area on the left (east) side of the road. Space is available for approximately 30 vehicles.

Nicolet State Trail
Nicolet State Trail
Oconto County - 920-834-6969    Website

The Nicolet State Trail in Oconto County begins in the town of Gillett near the Oconto/Shawano county line. Gillett is located on State Highway 22, about 18 miles northeast of the city of Shawano. The trail runs for about 30 miles north from Gillett in Oconto County and passes through the communities of Suring, Mountain, Lakewood and Townsend. In Suring, a parking area with access to the trail is available next to the Village Hall near State Highway 32. Beginning around Mountain, the trail parallels Highway 32 the rest of the way north into Forest County.

Directions: The Nicolet State Trail in Oconto County begins in the town of Gillett near the Oconto/Shawano county line. Gillett is located on State Highway 22, about 18 miles northeast of the city of Shawano. The trail runs for about 30 miles north from Gillett in Oconto County and passes through the communities of Suring, Mountain, Lakewood and Townsend. In Suring, a parking area with access to the trail is available next to the Village Hall near State Highway 32. Beginning around Mountain, the trail parallels Highway 32 the rest of the way north into Forest County.

Popple Ridge Horse Trail
Popple Ridge Horse Trail
Sawyer Lake Road, Lakewood, WI - 715-276-6333    Map

The Popple Ridge Horse Trails are located on gently rolling terrain. The trail tread is a mix of sand and some stones. All but one section is wide enough for 2 horses to ride side-by-side. These wooded trails are cool and shady even in the middle of the summer.
Trail lenght: 26 miles of marked trails

Directions: From the intersection of Highways 64 and 55 near Langlage drive north 4 miles on Highway 55 to the intersection with Sawyer Lake Road. There is parking for the trail at this intersection.

Quartz Hill Trail
Quartz Hill Trail
Highway 32 South, Laona, WI  - 715-276-6333    Website | Map

Discover the breath taking Quartz Hill Trail located on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Laona, Wis. This stunning trail cascades into two sections. One portion is located on the east and the other portion is located on the west side of Wisconsin State Highway 32. The east section leads across a boardwalk to the top of McCaslin Mountain. It has moderately steep sections, but the view from the top of this quartz rock outcrop is worth the climb. The prettiest time to explore the trail is in fall when the brilliant fall colors will be visible on the surrounding hills from the overlook.

Bay Shores - Trails
Machickanee Ski Trail
Machickanee Ski Trail
Stiles, WI - 920-846-2965    Website

The Machickanee Cross Country Ski Trails were originally planned and developed by local skiers in the Oconto County Forest with the cooperation of the Oconto County Land , Forest , and Parks Committee. The current trail system has resulted from the efforts of many volunteers who have donated their time, money, and energy since 1978. In 1982, the Machickanee Cross Country Ski Club was formed to organize those efforts. The trails lead through a series of forest types, including red pine plantations, coniferous swamps, oak ridges, and birch and aspen stands. They undulate through topography ranging from creek bottoms to ridge tops. Numerous hills and curves of various slopes and lengths make this course a challenge for the intermediate to advanced skiers. Find us on Facebook!

Oconto Marsh
Oconto Marsh
County Y, Oconto, WI - 920-834-6845    Website | Map

The city of Oconto has a large marsh area also known as the Oconto Marsh and is part of the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail, Lake Michigan Region. The Oconto Marsh & Rush Point Refuge is located just north of the City of Oconto on the west shore of Green Bay. Covering more than 800 acres, the marsh is an area rich in birdlife, which includes: Wood Ducks, Ring-neck Ducks, Snowy Owl, Scoters and many, many more. It also encompasses a state waterfowl sanctuary and a breeding ground for the "yellow-headed blackbird. Uncommon birds such as Acadian Flycatchers and Cerulean Warblers can also be found here.

Oconto River State Trail
Oconto River State Trail
Oconto, WI - 920-834-6995    Website | Map

This 8-mile trail passes through the forests and farms of Oconto County between the communities of Oconto and Stiles Junction. Outside of Oconto the trail parallels the Oconto River. The river has a long history of human activity, dating back 6000 years to the early Native Americans who lived along the river, to the fur trading and logging operations of the last few centuries, to present-day recreation activities such as canoeing and kayaking. Copper Culture State Park, which is near the trail, sits on the banks of the river and features a Native American burial ground and museum. The Copper Culture burial ground is the oldest cemetery site in Wisconsin and possibly the oldest site in eastern North America.

Outback Riders
Outback Riders
Suamico, WI    Website

Outback Riders, Inc. was established to create and maintain a public bridle path in the Machickanee Forest and the Oconto River Trail in accordance with the Special Recreational Use Permit granted by the Oconto County Forestry & Parks Department; to hold family oriented equine related social activities and fundraisers. Find us on Facebook!

Ride Oconto History
Ride Oconto History
Oconto, WI - 920-834-7711    Website

Bike routes through historic Oconto. 5 bike routes with 46 historical stops. This includes: 1 National Landmark, 5 Historical Markers, 28 National Registers of Historic Places.
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