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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.

Download map, click here!

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.

All snowmobiles operating on a Wisconsin snowmobile trail or corridor must display a valid snowmobile trail pass whether registered in Wisconsin or another state.

The following snowmobiles are exempt from displaying a trail pass:
  • a snowmobile owned by the U.S., another state or political subdivision thereof if the owner's name is displayed on the cowling.
  • a snowmobile that is present in this state for a period not to exceed 15 days provided it is used exclusively as part of an advertisement being used for the manufacturer of the snowmobile.
  • a snowmobile that is 35 years or older and displays antique registration
 
  • an annual pass valid until June 30 each year.
  • separate from snowmobile registration.
  • a 3” x 3” decal required to be permanently affixed to the bottom center portion of the snowmobile windshield.
  • not required to operate on private property, on a snow route, or on frozen water if not on a marked corridor.
Snowmobile trail pass types, fees and how to order
The snowmobile trail pass fee is dependent upon whether the snowmobile for which you are purchasing the trail pass is registered in Wisconsin and whether the owner of that snowmobile is a member of a snowmobile club and the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC). Trail pass fees are non-refundable.
  • Wisconsin snowmobile trail pass for club members ($10) – for a snowmobile registered in Wisconsin and owned by a person who is a member of a snowmobile club which is affiliated with AWSC. Passes may be ordered through the AWSC website or their office in DeForest. Trail passes are delivered by US mail. A temporary trail use receipt is issued to operate legally on snowmobile trails. Carry the receipt with you until your pass is delivered by US mail and affixed to your snowmobile's windshield. Please visit www.awsc.org for more details.
  • Wisconsin snowmobile trail pass ($30) – for a snowmobile registered in Wisconsin. Available online, or at any DNR sales agent. All Wisconsin snowmobile trail passes will be shipped by US Mail; please allow 1-2 weeks for processing and delivery to the address specified. A temporary trail use receipt, valid for 21 days, is issued at the time of sale that allows you to operate legally on snowmobile trails. Carry the receipt with you until your pass is delivered by the US mail and affixed to your snowmobile's windshield.
  • Nonresident snowmobile trail pass ($50) – for a snowmobile registered in or in the process of being registered in another state, province or country. Available online, or at sales agent. All nonresident snowmobile trail passes will be shipped by US Mail; please allow 1-2 weeks for processing and delivery to the address specified. A temporary trail use receipt, valid for 21 days, is issued at the time of sale that allows you to operate legally on snowmobile trails. Carry the receipt with you until your pass is delivered by the U.S. Mail and affixed to your snowmobile’s windshield.

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

Oconto County ATV/UTV Trails will reopen on Thursday, August 29, 2019.
Click here for full press release and map!

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.

Oconto County ATV/UTV trails CLOSE the first Sunday in November of 2019.

Nonresident ATV/UTV Trail Pass
Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin ATV or UTV trails to display either Wisconsin registration or a Nonresident Trail Pass. Funds from this program will be designated for use as trail aids and related costs to enhance all of Wisconsin's ATV and UTV recreation. If the ATV or UTV is kept in Wisconsin it must be registered in the State of Wisconsin. Nonresident customers choosing to register their ATV or UTV in Wisconsin will be liable to the Department of Revenue for sales tax on the purchase of the machine.

Nonresident Annual ATV or UTV Trail Pass
  • A Nonresident Trail Pass is required to operate an ATV or UTV not currently registered in Wisconsin on a ATV or UTV trail.
  • An ATV or UTV operated on frozen waters needs to display a valid Wisconsin Public Use ATV/UTV registration OR a Nonresident ATV/UTV Trail Pass.
  • The trail pass must be affixed by its own adhesive in a highly visible location on the forward half of the ATV or UTV.
  • Once affixed, the sticker may not be removed or transferred to another ATV or UTV.
  • The pass expires on March 31 of each year and costs $35.00.
  • A temporary operating receipt (printed on plain white paper) will be issued upon order of an Annual ATV/UTV Trail Pass and allows the customer to operate immediately. Regardless how you place your order, the physical trail pass decal will arrive in the mail in approximately two weeks.
Nonresident annual trail passes may be ordered online on your personal electronic device or over the counter at any sales location.
 
Nonresident 5-day trail pass available for both UTVs and ATVs. The cost of the 5-day trail pass is $20.00. The 5-Day ATV/UTV Trail Pass must be printed from a home computer or Go Wild location on plain white paper once the purchase is complete. The customer is able to immediately begin riding and will need to carry this document while on the trails. There is no decal or sticker that is mailed when purchasing the 5-Day ATV or UTV Trail Pass.
 

Trails
Butler Rock
Butler Rock
Butler Rock Lookout Lane, Mountain    Map

A hiking trail was developed in the Town of Brazeau to reach the county's highest point called Butler Rock.  This two mile sand trek is not for the faint-hearted, but the views are spectacular, especially during the Fall colors.

Directions: In Mountain, turn right onto Old 64 Road/Old Hwy 64, sharp right onto Butler Rock Road and turn left onto Butler Rock Lookout Lane.

Video of Butler Rock



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.

Picture by: Evlis Kennedy

Articles regarding Cathedral Pines:
Old-Growth Forest Network
Ancient Forest in Wisconsin that's Right out of a Storybook
 



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

Currently closed due to storm damage.
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

Currently closed due to storm damage.
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

Located just north of Lakewood, Wisconsin. We have several locations for parking, including the McCauslin Brook Golf Course parking lot. Please feel free to call our trail hotline (715) 622-1754, check out our Facebook Group or our page on SkinnySki.com

25 km of marked trails groomed for Classic & Skating

Parking & Maps
Hwy F, Old 32 Road, McCauslin Brook Country Club in Lakewood, WI. Click here for map!



Machickanee Forest Equestrian Trails
Machickanee Forest Equestrian Trails
Timberline Road, Stiles - 920-834-6969    Website | Map

25+ miles of clearly marked horse trails in the Machickanee Forest.  Trail width is 10 ft. Find us on Facebook!

Directions: (from Green Bay)  Take Hwy 41 North to Hwy 141 North. Turn left on County Road E. Follow for 2.8 miles. Turn right on Brehmer Road. Follow for 3 miles. Turn right on Timberline Road. Immediately on the left you'll see: Outback Riders Sign. Follow dirt road (CFR 104) to trailhead.

Truck and trailer parking at two parking areas. Pit toilet at Timberline Parking Lot. Parking is also available on the wide shoulder of the road at the intersections of Brehmer and W. Stiles Tower Road. The OBR hitching post, mounting rocks and information kiosk are available at the OBR Trail Head! Camping is allowed with a permit. There are 13 campsites located in the Machickanee Forest. Sorry, No Water. Call Oconto County Forestry and Parks for a camping permit at 920-834-6995.

For trail map, click here!



Machickanee Forest Ski Trail
Machickanee Forest 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! 

The Brehmer Creek Trail is the most popular trail for skiers.  It is the longest loop in the trail system and is 4 miles or 6.3K of intermediate skiing ability. The majority of the trail is single tracked and groomed for striding only.  The Brehmer Creek Trail will take you through a series of forest types, including red pine plantations, coniferous swamps, oak ridges, and birch and aspen stands.  Numerous hills and curves of various slopes and lengths make this trail a challenge for the intermediate to the advanced skier.

Click here to view trail 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 McCombNordic Ski Trails are cross-country trails that are tracked and groomed for classic skiing during the winter months when conditions allow. 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.



Oconto Falls Multi Use Trail/West Side Beach Trail
Oconto Falls Multi Use Trail/West Side Beach Trail
River Island Drive and Mead Avenue, Oconto Falls - 920-846-8306    Website | Map

Just steps from South Main Street you can connect with nature on the wooded, multi-use trail adjacent to River Island Golf Course on the city’s southeast side. The 4-mile trail can be enjoyed in all four seasons: hiking, running, and mountain biking in spring, summer, and fall, and fat tire biking on groomed trails in the winter, when Mother Nature cooperates. The trailhead is at the wooded corner of the open lot at the intersection of River Island Drive and Mead Avenue. Information about the trail is available on Facebook by searching for Oconto Falls Area Trail System Organization (OFATSO).

West Side Beach Walking Trail (pictured)
Experience the peacefulness and beauty of nature with a walk along the West Side Beach Walking Trail. The short, half-mile trail takes you on a path along the river and into the woods. Satisfy your desire to get away from city life by taking a quick excursion, either walking or jogging the forested path.



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

The Oconto Marsh & Rush Point Refuge is located just north of the City of Oconto on the west shore of Green Bay. Covering more then 800 acres, the marsh is an area rich in birdlife, which includes: Wood Ducks, Ring-neck Ducks, Snowy Owl and Scoters and many, many more. 

It also encompasses a state waterfowl sanctuary and a breeding ground for the "yellow-headed blackbird". Take a walk along the 2.8 mile mowed path and see what you discover. Keep your eyes open and the camera close by. Whether at the Oconto Marsh Refuge, Breakwater Park & Harbor or any other site in Oconto be sure to look to the skies as you never know when you might see one of the Nations prettiest birds. Click here for brochure!



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!



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.



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

Bring your bike and visit the City of Oconto! 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.  View brochure!

 

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