Wild Goose State Trail (WGST)

Wild Goose State Trail (WGST)

A 32-mile county-operated multi-use recreation trail skirting the western edge of the vast Horicon Marsh from Fond du Lac to Clyman Junction.


The marsh is famous for its migrant waterfowl, including Canada geese. Hike, touring bike, ski, snowmobile. Wildflowers, woodlots, wildlife, prairie remnants, fertile farm fields and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and State Wildlife Area (with over 250 bird species) are common sites along the trail. The majority of the trail runs by two wildlife refuge areas where thousands of birds live such as ducks, cranes, herons, shorebirds and migratory waterfowl stop at on their annual flight south.

The trail, managed jointly by Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties, is open to hikers, bikers, and skiers during the winter months. The Wisconsin Glacier sculpted the shallow peat-filled lakebed thousands of years ago creating a basin area 14 miles long and from 3-5 miles wide. The marsh is bounded on the east by a sharply rising ridge of the Niagara Escarpment that rises approximately 250 feet above the marsh to an elevation of 1,100 feet. The land to the west of the marsh rises slowly and is dotted with many small potholes and several shallow lakes.

The Wild Goose Trail is the ornithologist's haven. Visit one of Dodge County’s fantastic parks, offering camping, trails, boat launches and recreational facilities. Used spring, summer, and fall by bicyclists and hikers (68 miles round trip). Snowmobilers connect with 300 miles of trails. Rolling Meadows Dr, S of Hwys 41 & 151. These naturalist areas are famous for their 219 species of birds and waterfowl with the marsh boasting a recent visit by a rare whooping crane. Whether you choose to take a driving tour, stroll the boardwalk, or take advantage of all the ways to travel the Wild Goose State Trail, each trip you make to the marsh will be a unique and exciting experience. You can stop for refreshments at local convenience stores or restaurants. A new park, just adjacent to the trail, is a fine place to rest, camp or take a shower. The park is located north of Center Street or south of Home Road (also County DF).

Bicycling - Walking - Hiking - Jogging and Cross-Country Skiing 14 mile pathway along the Wild Goose Horseback Riding Trail between Highway 60 and Pautsch Road (about four miles north of the community of Burnett) in Dodge County are permitted year round on the main trail. Additional bicycling is available on county roads around the perimeter of Horicon Marsh. Horses are not allowed on the limestone surfaced trail except at designated horse trail crossings. The horse trail winds through wooded and open areas in the right-of-way of the Wild Goose Trail. Trail terrain is generally easy riding. Winter ATV and Snowmobile Use is permitted on the main trail between December 1 and March 31 only in Dodge County and only when conditions allow County officials to open the trail.

Trail Ethics and Guidelines:
Respect the privacy of neighboring landowners. Stay off of private property. Be courteous to other trail users. Obey signs and yield to cross traffic. Do not disturb plants or animals and take only memories. Please carry out your litter and dispose of properly. Wear bright colored clothing to make yourself visible to other trail users. All pets must be leashed. No Trail Passes are required for the Wild Goose State Trail; however, donations are appreciated. Hunting, Trapping and Unauthorized Motorized Vehicles are prohibited within the trail corridor.

Wild Goose State Bike Trail Map
Wild Goose State Trail Map and Route Around Horicon Marsh In Dodge County
Friends of the Wild Goose Recreational Trail (now known as the Friends of the Dodge County Parks)
Camping at Wild Goose Park (401 N. Highland Street, Juneau)

Locations

Dodge County Land Resources and Parks
127 East Oak Street
Juneau, WI 53039-1329
United States
Fond Du Lac County Planning & Parks Dept.
160 S. Macy St., Wild Goose State Trail (WGST) [Southeast WI]
Fond du Lac , WI 54935
United States
Phone: 
(920) 929-3135 or (800) 937-9123 (Fond du Lac)
Phone: 
Contact Dodge County Land Resources and Parks: Phone: (920) 386-3700 Fax: (920) 386-3979

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