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Give the Gift of the Gandy--State Trail Passes Available for Holiday Gifts

I thought I'd share this press release as it's a wonderful idea and it helps promote our local trails. Think snow everyone!

POLK COUNTY—Looking for that last-minute gift for the bicycle riders, skiers, or equestrian enthusiasts on your list?

2018 State Annual Passes are available for holiday shopping at the Polk County Information Center in St. Croix Falls, and in Amery, at the Farm Table, the Countyside Convenience Store (Cenex), Ellie’s Ice Cream and Coffee, Amery City Hall, and from the Friends of the Stower 7 Lakes Trail.

State Trail Passes are required in Polk County for bikers on the Gandy Dancer Trail, bikers and skiers on the Stower 7 Lakes Trail, and riders on the Trade River Horse Trail in the Town of Sterling, 16 years of age and older.
An annual State Pass opens up the whole network of Wisconsin State Trails that require passes. Annual passes are priced at $25 and are good for calendar year 2018.

Trail pass sales generated just under $11,000 in 2017 for Polk County that is used for trail maintenance and that helps offset the tax levy to lower your taxes. So, if you are planning to use any of the Wisconsin State Recreation trails in 2018 that require passes, it pays to buy your pass at home in Polk County.

Polk County now has two bike trails and one Nordic ski trail that require a State Pass.

The Gandy Dancer Trail has been in operation since 1996 and is a 47 mile long, limestone surfaced trail that stretches from St. Croix Falls to Danbury. It is operated by agreement with the DNR as a non-motorized trail in the summer and a snowmobile trail in the winter.

Wisconsin’s newest State Trail, the Stower 7 Lakes Trail, is a 14 mile, limestone surfaced trail running from Amery to just outside Dresser. It is a non-motorized trail year around, offering biking, birding, and hiking in the summer, and x-country skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing in the winter.

Passes for the holiday season are also available at the Polk County Parks Buildings, and Solid Waste office in Balsam Lake.

For more information call 800-222-POLK, www.polkcountytourism.com or 715-485-9294

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