Common Loon
Common Loon. Photo by Steve Maslowski,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Birding Trail #7 The Green Circle Birding Trail:
Stagecoach Trail

Length: 2.2 miles
Paved roads
Bukolt Park (west), Zenoff Park (east)

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The Stagecoach Trail segment is unique to the Green Circle Trail in that it includes three of the best spots to observe the Wisconsin River Flowage above Stevens Point and it’s possible to navigate most of it by bike or auto.

At the south end of the trail lies beautiful Bukolt Park. In spring and fall, warblers and other migrating songbirds sift through the pines, birches, and oaks along the river. Ospreys and Bald Eagles are summer staples and it’s not uncommon to stand on the riverbank and see Purple Martins and all 5 species of Wisconsin’s swallows in the air at once.

Just to the north of Bukolt lies St. Peter’s cemetery and one of the best locations in Stevens Point to see migrating waterfowl. The observation point is reached by walking to the northwest corner of the cemetery where a small knoll provides an elevated overlook of a broad expanse of the flowage. Loons and Horned Grebes are spring and fall regulars as well as large rafts of Ruddy Ducks, Scaup, and other diving ducks. Bonaparte’s Gulls pass in late fall and White Pelicans have been recorded here. Persistent viewing may produce such inland rarities as Surf Scoter and Pacific Loon.

The Green Circle Birding Trail is sponsored by The Aldo Leopold Audubon Society (ALAS)

The Aldo Leopold Audubon Society