Mission Statement: We will preserve the beauty of the Wisconsin River Trails, through the acquisition, development, and maintenance of Trail property for conservation, in order to promote an environment of health and wellness.
Purpose/Vision: The Wisconsin River Trail Organization and its many supportive partners, collaborate and envision a pristine, unique, silent sport, paved, safe recreational trail loop that is supported and maintained by the WRTO and its friends group. This recreational trail will offer peaceful, natural views of rural landscape, which will provide a renewed sense of health and wellness-physically, mentally, and spiritually.
(Revised and approved March 1, 2016)
As our goals are established with a “go big or go home” attitude, we are accomplishing our project in phases. The first phase is to finish our Sanders Creek walking/biking trail to our boat landing in Boscobel. Depending on the natural habitat that exists there, the cost of fill needed, and the most recreationally beneficial boat landing to attach our trail to, we have yet to commit to a west side (Floyd Von Haden Boat Landing) or the east side, which is a more basic landing that allows for canoeists to port. No matter what side is chosen, our citizens, children, and tourists will be able to walk or bike to the boat landing safely, viewing our natural habitat of eagle’s nests and turtle habitats as they travel.
Our next goal is to create a hiking/biking trail that leads from Boscobel toward Woodman following, in areas, the railroad trails. It is legally and financially beneficial to parallel parts of the railroad trails, 51 feet from the tracks, to minimize the need to clear land, and also, to widen easements that are not taxing to the landowners.
Phase three, our biggest feat and most exciting segment of our trail, will be to cross over the Wisconsin River in an area that boasts country and river scenery that allows for peaceful, one-of-a-kind views of nature that can now only be seen by boat. We are contracting with UW-Platteville Engineering departments to construct a bridging system that is disability accessible, with fishing areas, and even a view of an early 1900’s turnstile, built when the river was deep and wide enough for barge traffic. It is approximately 4 miles to Wauzeka from this path, with a need for 4-7 bridges, and a stretch of land and river that will bring you back to nature in a pristine, quiet, and relaxing setting.
Our last phase will be to bring the trail full circle from Wauzeka back to Boscobel following roughly the Highway 60 path which follows the Wisconsin River.
We know our goals are lofty, but we also know that, if we divide this trail into phases, that we will succeed and be able to share the land that we love so much, with others that may need the quiet solitude of our rural setting.