Wiouwash State Trail
This county-operated trail extends from downtown Oshkosh 22 miles to Hortonville in Outagamie County and from Tigerton 16 miles to Birnamwood in Shawano County and a half south of Split Rock, with access to Marion via County Road SS and S.
The name, WIOUWASH, is derived from the first two letters of the counties through which it passes. WInnebago, OUtagamie, WAupaca, and SHawano. The Shawano County portion of the WIOUWASH State Trail is 23 miles between Split Rock and the Village of Aniwa. Yearly trail passes are available at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano.
The Wiouwash State Trail is planned to extend from Oshkosh north to Birnamwood. This trail consists of crushed limestone but becomes paved in Oshkosh. At this point in time two sections of this rail trail have been completed. The Oshkosh section extends from the Oshkosh 21 miles to Hortonville; the other extends 24 miles from Split Rock to Birnamwood.
The two built sections are separated by a gap of about 30 miles. The Oshkosh Riverwalk meets the WIOUWASH Trail extending this State Trail into the downtown; optimizing the value of both sides of the FoxRiver for recreational use; and providing a continuous linear recreation corridor to the southeast. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration is here.
A base of crushed limestone screenings enables summer use by bicyclists, hikers, horseback riders and joggers, and winter use by cross country skiers and snowmobiles. The trail weaves through woods, marshes, farm fields and prairies, providing trail users with a never-ending variety of scenery. The main parking lot is on Westwind Rd., just off of State Highway 45.
The Wiouwash State Trail name is derived from the counties it traverses; Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca, and Shawano. The trail is an estimated 22 miles long in this section. It’s a wide gravel path in the summer and groomed snow in the winter.
The Wiouwash State Trail may be used by hikers, bikers, mountain bike, ski, snowmobile and horses. During the winter months it is utilized as a section of the Outagamie County Snowmobile Trail System. In addition to the rich wildlife habitats encountered along the Wiouwash State Trail, Winnebago County Recreation Trail offers sights that include the Rat River Wildlife Area, Sunset Bay and several wetlands. Sunset Bay parallels the trail in this area. This is an excellent spot for shoreline fishing as northern pike, white bass, perch and crappies can be caught here. Spring and Fall provide opportunities for waterfowl and bird watching. Restricted to dogs on leash area.The trail's crushed limestone surface accommodates riders and hikers of all ages.
Friends of Wiouwash State Trail
The Shawano County Rails to Trails Inc. is a volunteer group working to make the Shawano County Recreational Trail System, the Mountain Bay and the WIOUWASH Trails, one of the best in the State. If you would like to be a member or make a donation the Rails to Trails, Inc., please contact: Shawano County Rails to Trails, Inc., c/0 Ray Mente, 424 Fairview Way, Shawano, WI 54166
Wiouwash State Trail in the City of Oshkosh, Appleton & Shawano - Winnebago County (Southeast WI).