Focus on Friends–Ahnapee State Trail

1  Friends of the Ahnapee State TrailThe Friends of the Ahnapee  was created exclusively for the promotion, development and maintenance of the Ahnapee State Trail. The Friends partner with Kewaunee and Door County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in developing and maintaining the trail. Friends of the Ahnapee is a grass roots group dedicated to raise the consciousness of the local people and potential visitors to the quality aspects of the trail. This is accomplished through publications, special events, and interpretive and community programs including “hands-on” projects. They monitor trail use and condition, plan improvements, conduct events, undertake maintenance and solicit funds to support the trail. All their work is volunteer.
The Ahnapee State Trail is a 48-mile, county-operated trail winds south along the beautiful Ahnapee and Kewaunee rivers to Algoma, Casco, Luxemburg and Kewaunee, passing by a mixture of evergreen glades, farmland, prairies and wooded areas teeming with wildlife and native wildflowers.  The 8 to 10 foot wide trail has a firm surface. TrailIt is used by people who travel its length in multiple ways. In the summer, some people walk, some jog or run, some ride bicycles, and some ride horses or drive horse drawn wagons, buggies, or carts.
In the winter snowmobiles and cross-country skiers share the trail. During the winter the trail is used especially by snowmobilers – though cross-country skiing is also permitted – and interconnects with 95 miles of snowmobile trails in Kewaunee County and 275 miles of trail in Door County. A “rails to trails” conversion has removed the tracks. .  (link to maps)
One of the goals of the Friends of the Ahnapee Trail is to promote safety and courtesy among all who share the trail.
Whether through monetary donations, volunteer hours, or donations of materials, the work that has been done to build, promote, and maintain this trail has brought about many positive changes over the past years. The Friends work continues, as they work to raise funds to build a trailhead building in the village of Luxemburg. This facility will welcome trail users in every season and will become a gathering place for group activities on the trail.
The major fundraiser is the Ahnapee Summer Solstice 50. It is a 50 mile relay race on the Ahnapee Trail, and will attract runners from all over the Midwest. The run starts in Sturgeon Bay, goes through Algoma and Casco Junction to Bruemmer Park near Kewaunee, and then back to the Luxemburg Fairgrounds for the post run party.
Every year, the Friends group asks local businesses to help sponsor this event and all proceeds from the event are put directly back into the trail in the form of maintenance and improvement. For this relay there will be 9 exchange points.
The Friends of Ahnapee have an up-to-date Facebook page ( and website
The Ahnapee State Trail Friends encourages others to become members. (Link to membership) Members are notified about all events, projects and proposals pertaining to the Ahnapee State Trail, as well as volunteering opportunities.
Source: Friends of Ahnapee State trail, Wisconsin DNR