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Focus on Friends–Friends of Red Cedar Trail and Hoffman Hills

redcedarhoffman.orgNestled in the hills of north western Wisconsin one finds a multi-use 14.5 mile  trail winding its way along the walls of Red Cedar Valley.  Along the way,  is a 707 acre nature preserve with a 60 foot observation tower.  The “Friends’, comprised of individuals, families and businesses, are dedicated sharing the same goal: sustaining, improving and maintaining the Red Cedar State Trail and Hoffman Hills.
The Friends of the Red Cedar State Trail and Hoffman Hills have been blessed by the willingness of community members and community organizations5927189387_0f8cbd0bf5_m to volunteer on projects that improve both trails. This generosity has become even more important in the past few years due to State funding cuts to the Department of Natural Resources’ budget. The Friends have responded to these budget cuts by increasing their volunteer efforts. Grooming of the Red Cedar State Trail in winter is done completely by volunteers. Skiers donate to a grooming fund to help offset the grooming costs at Hoffman Hills. “A wish list of projects” is made each year to improve and keep the Red Cedar State Trail and Hoffman Hills as the treasures we locals, as well as the many visitors, enjoy. Several of the projects on the list include; eradicating invasive species, working on exhibits, gardening at the depot, repairing birdhouses, trail projects, working in the depot, being a trail ambassador, or helping with special programs such as the Candlelight Ski and National Trails Day.
The Friends of the Red Cedar State Trail/Hoffman Hills is fortunate to have the support of its business members. Their support has assisted the Friends group in accomplishing many of its tasks to sustain and maintain the two nature resources, as well as making improvements. Please return their generosity with your support.

Focus on Friends–Friends of Stower Seven Lakes State Trail

Photos   Friends of Stower Seven Lakes State Trail Stower Seven Lakes Trail started as a far-off dream by local residents to provide a safe location for numerous 'silent sports' such as bicycling, running, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. This dream came to fruition after many hours of volunteer lobbying and labor. During the summer of 2010, crushed limestone was applied to an abandoned railroad bed, providing the smooth surface ideal for cycling and running.
The trail was named to recognize the exceptional natural resources traversed throughout and the longtime public service and leadership demonstrated by Amery’s own Harvey and Marilyn Stower. Harvey Stower served in the Wisconsin Legislature and as Mayor of Amery for many years.
During the initial years, the trail was compacted by use, and resurfaced to ensure an even path for guests and members. This 14-[Trail%25207-22-12%2520117%255B3%255D.jpg]mile trail extends between the trailheads at Soo Line Park in Amery and Lotus Lake County Park in Osceola/Dresser. From the Osceola/Dresser end it’s a short trek to the Gandy Dancer Trail, Interstate Park with camping, and the Polk County Visitor Center where a variety of information and maps are available for the area. Parking and rest areas are located in Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye. Restrooms are generally open from May to October.
The trail is a beautiful place to run, walk, ride a bike or just sit on a bench and take in the beauty that surrounds you. Not only are there seven lakes around which to meander, there are also a variety of plants and wildlife species to be viewed. To make the journey more enjoyable, rest stops have been developed which include parking spaces, restrooms, drinking fountains and picnic tables. Trail users will also notice the mile markers and point of interest signs which aid in identifying one's location.
[Trail%25207-22-12%2520109%255B3%255D.jpg]Pack a picnic and have lunch along the way, or feel free to travel light. Adjacent to the trail you'll find a restaurant in Wanderoos, which was formerly a school from 1909-1967. The towns of Amery, Osceola, Dresser, and St. Croix Falls offer many eateries. Along the way, between mile markers 10 and 11, veer to the North and follow the signs to beautiful Dwight Lake. Relax at the peaceful swimming beach on this hidden gem!
Our volunteer organization serves the public by:
  • Connecting communities and the environment in new ways.
  • Inviting people of all ages and abilities to explore nature and engage their families in recreation activities.
  • Providing an alternate and safe arena for bike commuters.
  • Inspiring and challenging new and existing members to excellence.
  • Collaborating with our trail partners.

  • January-Candlelight Ski
  • April 28-Give BIG campaign
  • April-Work Play Earth Day
  • May-Half Marathon
  • May 2, Work, Play Earth Dayy 2
  • July 4- Beartrap-Wapo run (tentative)
  • September-Pet Walk with Arnell Memorial
  • October-Changing Colors Ride
  • Friends' Annual Meeting and picnic at the Soo Line pavillion in Ame
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stower-Seven-Lakes-State-Trail/278731631934

2015 Awards Banquet

Parks Award Invite Postcard-page-001Please join us for an evening of Celebration Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet. (Click on Photo to enlarge) (Location)
5:00 PM Social Time - Cocktails
5:30 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Welcome Remarks: Bill Zager - FWSP President
  • Cathy Stepp - Secretary of WDNR - Invited Guest
7:00 PM Keynote Address: Susan Flader, Phd - Aldo Leapold Foundation  Board Member
7:30 PM Awards Presentation:
  • HERO Awards, Gold Seal and Photo Awards, Parks Award Invite Postcard-page-002
  • President’s Award, Retirement Recognitions,
  • Community Partner Award
8:45 PM Closing Remarks
Please join us to celebrate our 2015 State Park and Trail Awards!
All Friends Groups and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Members, Park System staff and park and trail visitors are invited!
Please RSVP to patricia.loosen@ wisconsin.gov
by November 5, 2015
Dinner: $20 donation requested the evening of the event
Vegetarian option is available – please indicate with RSVP

Focus on Friends–Tuscobia Trail

State MapFriends of the Tuscobia Trail is a non-profit organization committed to developing the Tuscobia State Trail as a multi-use trail that can be enjoyed by all. Created in 2001, Friends of the Tuscobia Trail was born out of the need for additional economic and use enhancements. By working with various government agencies, associations and private landowners, Friends of the Tuscobia Trail hope to further develop the trail so it is always available for hiking, ATV and snowmobile use along with other possible uses such as skiing and cycling. Persons interested in learning more about Friends of the Tuscobia Trail and how to get involved are encouraged to call 1-800-762-7179.

2015 Gold Seal Award Winners Announced.

The 2015 GOLD SEAL Award contest is sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. The contest was open to all campers, bikers, hunters, hikers, anglers,  and park visitors of Wisconsin.
Each year, votes are made by the public, online, at The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Web site:  fwsp.org .
2015 Gold Seal Awards Winners:
  • Best trail to view wildflowers – Lapham Peak State Forest
  • Best place for a workout – Devil’s Lake State Park
  • Best place to camp with the family – Peninsula State Park
  • Best trail to ride/hike in the fall – Wyalusing State Park
  • Best place to view exhibits – Heritage Hill State Historical Park
  • Best place to view fungi – Willow River State Park
  • Best place to see migratory birds – Richard Bong SRA
  • Best dog beach – Whitefish Dunes State Park
  • Best accessible picnic area – Gov. Dodge State Park
  • Best place to find winter wildlife tracks – Gov. Thompson State Park
The award will be will be presented to a representative for each of the winning categories during  the 19th Annual Awards Banquet which will be held at Monona Terrace in Madison on Saturday – Nov. 14, 2015, from 5-8:30 pm.