National Park Service seeks public comment on trail near Namekagon River

Quarter-mile trail connecting other trails across federal land would be first in riverway to allow bicycles.




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Via the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway:

Area that will be crossed by new trail segment. (Courtesy National Park Service)

The National Park Service at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is seeking public comments on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed trail connection in the Town of Cable in Bayfield County, Wisconsin.

The 0.25-mile natural surface, multi-use trail connection would be built from the end of a segment of the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association’s Wild River Trail on an abandoned railroad grade, across NPS land, and then connecting to Parker Road. The proposed trail will be open for hiking, trail running, and mountain bike and electronic-assist bike (e-bike) use in the summer, and silent sports such as fat-tire bicycling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Pending completion of the NPS Bicycle Rule process, it would be the first trail at the Riverway open to bike use and would also facilitate the use of non-National Park Service trails nearby.

Public engagement is vital to the success of the planning process for the trail. “The National Park Service values input on the proposed trail and comments will help guide decisions for high quality visitor experiences while protecting Riverway resources,” said Julie Galonska, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway superintendent.

Beginning September 22, the draft EA will be available and comments can be submitted online through the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website. Comments may also be mailed to:

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Cable Trail EA
401 N. Hamilton Street
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

The comment period closes at midnight on October 23, 2020. Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.

For more information, please call 715-483-2274.