The Stower Seven Lakes State Trail Is a Community Hub and Nice Place for a Stroll
by Sabrina Stangler, age 14
If you’re searching for a natural
place to visit this summer, consider a visit to the Stower Seven Lakes State
Trail in central Wisconsin. The area attracts families, photographers and
naturalists, serving as a place for family recreation, as well as an
opportunity to observe the land's natural resources and unique wildlife. The
14-mile trail spans various forms of vegetation, including the often-rare lotus
flower in some areas during the right time of year.
the trail, it’s common to find assorted turtles, flowers, mammals like coyotes,
and a multitude of birdlife. All share a variety of land formations, such as
the seven lakes in the area, diverse woodlands, prairies, and wetlands.
in the area center around athletic and social activities such as the Bike Ride,
Nature Walk, Oktoberfest, Changing Colors Ride in the fall, and the candlelight
cross-country ski event in January.
A particularly popular
event in the summer time is the Seven Lakes Triathlon, which includes a 16-mile
bike ride, a 3.5-mile canoe/kayak paddle, and a 3.1-mile run on the trail. This
event attracts not only people from Wisconsin, but out-of-state competitors as
area also supports some local businesses. There's a fairly popular restaurant
in Wanderoos, housed in a building that had been the community schoolhouse from
1909 to 1967. There are also some local convenience stores in Nye where
trail-goers are able to purchase food and beverages.
three-part collaboration composed of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR),
Polk County Parks and Recreation, and the Friends of the Stower Seven Lakes
State Trail manage and operate the trails by providing guidelines and trail
maintenance. The Friends participate on a volunteer basis with further support
from donations, grants, and limited reimbursements from state trail
Stower Seven Lakes State Trail simply has it all. Whether it’s bird watching
along the trail or competing in the annual triathlon, families and naturalists
come from near and far to experience the natural wonders the trail has to
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