Length: 3.6 miles
Surface: Crushed granite trail
Activities: Hiking, jogging, biking, pets,
cross-country skiing Parking: Lot off of Hwy. 66
(north), end of Hofmeister Dr. (south)
The scenic Plover River trail spans from the Highway 66
crossing (north) to Hofmeister Drive (south).
trail, one of the longest segments of the Green Circle, follows the
meandering Plover River on its journey to the Wisconsin River. A
portion of the trail runs through Izaak Walton League (Bill Cook
Chapter) land. A picnic shelter near the river offers a quiet break
from the trail. The diverse woodlands, towering trees, flowing
water, and ample wildlife viewing make this trail a favorite among
A Travel Corridor The Plover River
has always been an important transportation route in this region.
Menominee and other Indian tribes canoed the waterway to reach
hunting grounds or to visit other villages. French voyageurs
traveled the river in the 1700s to trade with the Indians for furs
trapped on the river's backwaters. In time, treaties opened up the
land to lumberjacks, who floated white pine down to the Wisconsin
River. Today, this stretch of river is a popular recreational
canoeing and kayaking route.
The Plover River and its undeveloped landscape feed the wellfields
for Stevens Point. The trail cuts through an area popularly known as
"the wells." The Izaak Walton League, one of the oldest conservation
organizations in Wisconsin, purchased 147 acres of land here.
Through the League, the wellfields became a protected watershed for
the Plover River.
Groomed Ski Trails In
winter, the Plover River Trail connects with other trails on Izaak
Walton League land to offer 6.2 miles of cross-country ski loops
groomed for classical (stride) skiing. Use of the ski trails is
free. Pets, hiking, and snowshoeing are not allowed on groomed ski
trails. Contact Portage County Parks at 715-346-1433 for current ski