POLK/BURNETT COUNTY--Recognizing National Trail Day, Polk and Burnett County will not require state trail passes for bike riders on the Stower 7 Lakes, and the Gandy Dancer State Recreation Trails, June 1 & 2.
Both trails normally require a Wisconsin state trail pass for bike riders 16 years of age and older. The passes are good on all state trails.
The Stower 7 Lakes Trail, the newest Wisconsin state recreation trail, opened in 2010 and offers a very scenic 14 mile ride from the trailhead in Amery to just outside of Dresser, passing next to Nye and Wanderoos. Take a look at www.amerywisconsin.org
The Gandy Dancer State Trail has been operating for 17 years and offers a longer 47 mile route from its trailhead at the Polk County Information Center in St. Croix Falls to Danbury. Four villages and unincorporated Lewis are located on the trail in Polk County, and they are all less than six miles apart. Siren and Webster are on the trail leading north to Danbury in Burnett County.
The Gandy Dancer Trail follows the Soo Line railroad corridor that founded and served the small towns in Polk County. In Frederic, the 1901 Soo Line Depot was refurbished and serves as a rest stop for the trail as well as the museum of the Frederic Area Historical Society. The Frederic Depot is the last remaining depot of this rail line, and is open weekends from Memorial Day through leaf season in October.
Trail maps and more information for the trails are available at the Polk County Information Center 800-222-POLK www.polkcountytourism.com The Burnett County Visitor Center www.visitsiren.com www.amerywisconsin.org and the Polk County Parks office 715-485-9294