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State Approves Purchase Of Rail Line For Multi-Use Trail In Forest Co.


The state Natural Resources Board this week approved a 6 mile land purchase to extend the Wolf River State recreation trail in Forest county.

DNR real estate section chief James Lemke detailed the purchase...

"It's an 80 acre, 100 foot wide, 6.4 mile trail corridor which is owned by Wisconsin Central railroad, also known as Canadian National. The trail is located between the cities of Crandon and Argonne in Forest county. The price of the purchase is $285,000. The trail will be a multi-purpose trail, for both motorized and non-motorized purposes, including ATV-UTV and snowmobile trails..."

The trail connects to the existing Wolf River State Trail which is 33 miles long in Langlade and Forest counties, beginning near White Lake and traveling north along the Wolf River. Just under two miles of the newly-purchased six miles is in Crandon.

Lemke says the trail will extend the trail to an anticipated east-west trail running from the Northwoods to Lake Michigan..

"It will connect to the existing 33-mile Wolf River State Trail and will provide a key connection point to the long sought after east-west corridor in the state, connecting the Nicolet trail east and the U.S. Forest Service lands to the west, including multiple trails along the way. Ultimately, this will complete a 250 mile corridor, virtually from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan...."

The trail is managed by Forest and Langlade counties. The board approved the purchase unanimously.

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