Plover River Trail Beckons XC Skiers and Snowshoers
Just a short distance upstream from the Town of Plover is the scenic Plover River Trail. It’s one of the longest segments of the Green Circle system and attracts cross-country skiers and snowshoers when the snow flies.
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.
This wooded trail, one of the longest segments of the Green Circle, follows the meandering Plover River on its journey to the Wisconsin River. 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 users.
The Plover River Trail can be accessed from Hwy. 66 north of the airport or on Maria Drive just east of Barbara’s Lane.
If you start at the warming house on Hwy. 66 and go all the way to Maria Drive, you’ll cover 4 miles. There are several loops (red, green, yellow, orange, and blue) that allow you to extend the distance you go by skis, snowshoes, bike or walking. The trails through Izaak Walton League lands are only open to the public when snow is on the ground.
Skiing the trail takes an hour or less, depending on the number of loops taken. Snowshoeing and hiking take the better part of two hours (all times are based on one-way distances).
The Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, the headquarters of the Green Circle Trail, has snowshoes and cross-country skis available to rent.
Groomed ski trails (2.4 miles) are also available at Iverson Park in Stevens Point. Contact Portage County Parks at 715-356-1433 for current ski trail conditions.
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