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Washburn County

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Other Names

Wild River Trail Campground, Shell Lake, Spooner Lake, Elizabeth Lake, Rice Lake, Douglas County, Washburn County, Barron County, Namakagon River

Last Known StatusOpen

This trail system offers over 100+ miles of mostly hard packed gravel roads that heads north and east, eventually connecting into the Wild Rivers Trail. The terrain offers gentle elevation changes and has bridges that cross creeks and rivers. This trail system also features over 35 points of interest with numerous ATV friendly businesses, restaurants and rentals close by.

There are several staging areas but for those looking for camping with direct trail access should check out Wild Rivers ATV Campground, which has 10 RV sites and 5 tent sites, each with a BBQ grill and picnic table. Other amenities include a large outdoor pavilion, free WIFI, and clean restrooms with hot showers.

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Permit RequiredYesWI ATV Trail Pass
Dates OpenFriday before Memorial Weekend through April 1
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoWisconsin registration or a Nonresident Trail Pass required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (65 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 65 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandCounty Land


Tent: $10.00
RV: $30.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Wild Rivers Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityShell Lake, WI
AddressUS Hwy 63, Shell Lake, WI 54871
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Eau Claire, WI
1) Take US-53 North about 75 miles
2) Turn left (west) onto WI-253, continue 2.8 miles
3) Turn left (west) onto County Hwy B, continue 4 miles
4) Turn left (south) onto US Hwy 63, continue .3 miles
5) Staging area is on the left (east).

For Wild River Trail Campground from Eau Claire, WI:
1) Take US-53 north about 100 miles
2) Take exit for US-53 BUS N, continue .3 miles
3) Turn right (east) onto S Limits Road, continue about 1 block
4) Turn left (north) onto Railroad Street, continue .2 miles
5) Campground entrance is on the right (east).


Contact InfoWashburn County Tourism Association
122 N River Street
Spooner, WI 54801
(800) 367-3306
CommentTrail Hotline
Contact InfoWild River Trail Campground
802 S. Railroad Street
Minong, WI 54859
(715) 466-5000
Contact InfoWisconsin DNR
P.O. Box 78701
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0701
(888) 936-7463



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Approx Size127,000 acres (198 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation950 to 1100 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis county land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis county land has some roads.Some
ShadeThis county land has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has almost all beginner terrain.All
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has no intermediate level terrain.None
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (W)Express Mart (715) 468-2200
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (W)Express Mart (715) 468-2200
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)Shell Lake Memorial Campground (715) 468-7846
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (S)Shell Lake Memorial Campground (715) 468-7846
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)Shell Lake Memorial Campground (715) 468-7846
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)Shell Lake Memorial Campground (715) 468-7846
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (W)Express Mart (715) 468-2200
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