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Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway

Fall colors are arriving and the Department of Tourism and others are hoping travelers use the state's newest scenic byway.

The Forest County Economic Development Partnership received a $35,000 Joint Effort Marketing Grant recently from the state to promote the Nicolet- Wolf River Scenic Byway.

The Byway spans 145 miles across Langlade, Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties, and includes state highways 55, 64, and 32 and 70, and U.S. Higway 8.

A major portion of the route follows along the Wolf River.

Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway

The Department of Tourism has given financial support to promote the Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway through Langlade, Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties.

This week, Tourism Northern Regional representative Jeff Anderson presented a nearly $39,000 check to the Forest County Economic Development Partnership to promote the byway this fall.

Partnership spokesperson Mark Ferris details how the promotion money will be used...

Forest County Economic Development Partnership

A grant to promote people driving through the Northwoods on a recently designated auto trail will hit the media this fall.

The Joint Effort Marketing grant of nearly $40,000 will provide promotion of the Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway from September 4 through Halloween. The collaborators will also match the JEM grant. The 145 mile loop is the longest of it's type in Wisconsin, beginning along Highway 55 in Langlade county, extending north into Forest county, with loops through Oneida County at Military Road, plus along Highway 70 in Vilas county and ending in Mole Lake.

Next we hear from Richard Ackley, a Forest County UW-Extension agent. Richard and several community members will be meeting next week as the next step in a process to have the WOLF RIVER-NICOLET SCENIC BYWAY Hwy 55/32  though Langlade and Forest Counties named as a Wisconsin Scenic Byway....

Richard Ackley discussing the proposed Scenic Byway in Langlade and Forest counties....

Scenic Byway Planners Look for Local Involvement

Apr 23, 2014
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Organizers around a proposed scenic byway near the Wolf River are trying to drum up local support for the plan.  Members of the public were invited to Mole Lake Wednesday to get involved. 

To convince state officials that Wolf River Heritage Corridor has what it takes to be a scenic byway, the first step was a detailed scenic assessment.  It scored each mile of the route based on natural beauty, historical significance and amenities.  Overall the byway averaged a promising 7 out of 8 possible points.

State Highway 55 could become the state's fifth Scenic Byway corridor. A meeting Wednesday, April 23,  in Mole Lake will enable the public to see what is in the works.

The program is administered by the Department of Transportation. Highways with historic and scenic corridors are considered. If adopted, the stretch of Highway 55 north from Menominee county through Forest county to the Michigan line would be known as the the Wolf River-Nicolet Scenic Byway.

Wolf River Scenic Byway Plan Moves Forward

Nov 12, 2013
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A plan for a Scenic Byway in Forest County is just one step away from becoming a reality.  

The Wolf River Heritage Corridor would follow Highway 55, north from Langlade to Nelma near Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

The more than one hundred mile route bisects the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community.  It also includes a loop near Three Lakes. 

Forest County Economic Development Director Jim Schuessler says getting the scenic byway designation is a rigorous process.