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 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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- Pets Welcome/Inquire
- Natural Attractions Type
- Parks, Forests, Trails
- Trail Length (miles)
- 35 miles