Winnebago 200 Snowmobile Tour

<img src="images/u/Tours/atlas047tn.gif" width="100" height="100" align="right"> Two hundred miles is a very healthy day's touring on a snowmobile. Epic, you might say, especially when your course circumnavigates Wisconsin's largest inland lake. But, if you're up to the challenge, you can sample the amenities and attractions of two dozen towns and cities, plus plenty of farm, woods and lake scenery. At times it's possible to make short cuts across frozen Lake Winnebago. But be advised that any crossing should be attempted only after careful consultation with locals about current ice and weather conditions. Riding on the lake isn't the only possible additional adventure; clubs in Calumet, Fond du Lac, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties maintain more than 700 miles of trail. The Wiowash Trail just outside of Oshkosh is a good jumping-off point. The EAA AirVenture Museum houses one of the largest collections of private aircraft in the world. The Military Veterans Museum commemorates the role of the "citizen soldier" from the Civil War to the present. The Oshkosh Public Museum displays local history in an elegant mansion. The Paine Art Center and Gardens houses three galleries featuring permanent and traveling exhibits.The Wiowash rail-bed trail is a quick portal to the countryside surrounding Oshkosh. As you begin your ride you'll get a great view of Lake Butte des Morts (pronounced Byou-deh-More) to the south, part of the Fox River System. Turning west on Corridor Trail #7 you'll pass through the town of Winneconne where the Wolf River flows out of Lake Winneconne into Butte des Morts and the Fox. A few miles further south, you'll cross the Fox River at Omro. Then, it's on to Fond du Lac at the south end of Lake Winnebago. Look for clusters of shanties over the lake's "hot spots." A popular off-trail attraction in the city is the Kristmas Kringle Shoppe, a two-story Bavarian-style building housing many Christmas shops.Skirting the southern edge of Fond du Lac, the route turns north onto the Joe Dreikosen Memorial Trail at the crossroads village of Eden, hometown of former Milwaukee Brewers baseball great Jim Gantner. Running north past Doryville and Mt. Calvary, you'll cross into Calumet County south of Charlesburg. At Chilton you'll join Corridor Trail #28. Chilton is the home of Kaytee Products, Inc. The Kaytee Avian Education Center houses an exotic bird aviary and thirty fascinating exhibits. Riding north on Corridor Trail #28, you'll cover rolling, open farmland to the town of Hilbert. Then it's on to High Cliff State Park. The "High Cliff" is the 200-foot-high Niagara escarpment, the western edge of a sheet of limestone that stretches all the way east to New York. In fact, Niagara Falls drops off the escarpment's eastern edge. From High Cliff State Park, you'll get a great view of Lake Winnebago, plus the thrill of the steep descent down to lake level. Swinging east to the town of Sherwood, Corridor Trail #28 then turns west into Menasha. But you'll follow club trails to Kaukauna and Wrightstown. You're skirting the Fox Cities a series of communities along the Fox River from Neenah to Kaukauna. The Fox Cities offer many off-trail amenities and attractions. In Neenah, tour the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum famous for its spectacular collection of glass paperweights and Germanic glass. In Appleton, the Fox Cities Children's Museum is loads of fun for the kids. Nearby, the Outagamie Museum/Houdini Historical Center displays the magical memorabilia of native son and famous escape artist Harry Houdini. After crossing the Fox River again at Wrightstown, you'll catch Corridor Trail #26 for a rapid run west to the Wiowash Trail just south of Hortonville. On the Wiowash there's a slight detour at the town of Larsen. Then, it's a clear run back to the Oshkosh trailhead.<br><br><a href="http://www.travelwisconsin.com/d2k/images/u/Tours/atlas047.jpg" target="map">Click here for a trail map.</a>