Wild Goose State Trail

This 34-mile rail trail skirts the western edge of the vast Horicon Marsh from Fond du Lac to Clyman Junction. The Horicon Marsh, a National Wildlife Refuge and State Wildlife Area, home to over 250 bird species, is world-famous for its numerous migrant waterfowl and endless V-shaped formations of Canada geese. Wildflowers, woodlots, wildlife, prairie remnants and fertile farm fields are common sites along the trail. The Wild Goose State Trail was Wisconsin's first "cooperative" State trail and is maintained and operated by Dodge and Fond du Lac counties. The trail runs from the southern trailhead at State Highway 60 in Clyman Junction to the city of Fond du Lac, while passing by several small communities with accommodations and services available year-round. Picnicking opportunities are available at parks and rest stops along the trail and camping is available at many nearby county parks. The level grade and smooth surface make this trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers, and joggers. Walkers and bikers must stay on the main trail corridor and keep off the adjacent horse trail in Dodge County. Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet. In Dodge County, horses are welcomed on a separate 14-mile pathway along the main trail corridor between Highway 60 and Pautsch Road. Horses must keep off the limestone surfaced trail except at designated horse trail crossings. The horse trail winds through wooded and open areas and the terrain is generally easy riding, however, special caution is necessary for areas with steep side slopes, wet crossings and near highways and roads. The trail surface is a combination of grass, dirt and wood chips. Parking and portable toilet facilities are available at the State Highway 60 trailhead and the Minnesota Junction area just north of State Highway 33. Water and electricity are not provided. Snowmobiles are permitted on the trail. Operators must follow all Wisconsin snowmobile laws. The trail also connects to numerous miles of county snowmobile trails. The opening and closing of snowmobile trails are at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however, localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report, and local club and county snowmobile web pages and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information. Winter All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) use is permitted on the main trail between December 1 and March 31 in Dodge County only and only when conditions allow. Operators must follow all Wisconsin ATV and UTV laws. This segment of the trail is 20 miles long. ATVs and UTVs are prohibited from using the adjacent horse trail and are not permitted in Fond du Lac County. For the most current trail conditions during winter, call 920-386-3705. The trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed and skiers and snowshoers must share the trail with snowmobiles. Skiers do not need a trail pass while using the trail.

Location

370 W. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac, WI

Amenities

  • Family-Friendly