Paving an Additional 3.3 miles of Trail

Connecting to the 52-mile Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail System at the
intersection of Hwy K along Hwy H to North Creek Rd, creating a 14-mile loop.

Phase 1 Starting this Summer!


Bids for Phase I construction go out next week and will be opened on June 3. Which means Phase I will be starting this summer! 

And we're still busy working on grants and a Phase II fundraising plan. Once we see the total cost for Phase I and hear back about pending grants, we'll be able announce our Phase 2 fundraising plan! 

Ways to Give


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From the drop down menu on the giving page select:
North Creek Loop Trail Fund

By Mail:

Issue check to:
Boulder Junction Community Foundation

On the memo line write:
North Creek Loop Trail Fund or NCLT Fund

Mail to:
Boulder Junction Community Foundation
P.O. Box 675
Boulder Junction, WI 54512

What is the North Creek Loop Trail Project?

The Town of Boulder Junction is overseeing the construction of 3.3 miles of paved trail that will complete the 14 mile North Creek Trail loop of the Heart of Vilas County Trail system in the Boulder Junction area. The new trail runs from the intersection of County Hwys K and H (where it will connect to the existing bike trail between Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters) along the east side of Highway H up to North Creek Rd. Trail users will then be able to continue down North Creek Rd to access the existing bike trail along Highway M connecting back to Boulder Junction.

Phase 1 of the project runs from Highway K to Rudolph Lake Road, where a large private campground with 223 sites is located. Phase 2 of the project will run from Rudolph Lake Road to North Creek Road, where a state forest campground with 25 sites is located on Upper Gresham Lake.

Maintenance of the trail after construction will be conducted by the town as part of the existing town trail system.

Why complete the loop and who benefits?

The scenic Heart of Vilas County trails in the Boulder Junction area are well loved by residents and visitors for their multiple healthy recreation uses (bicycling, walking, running, roller blading, etc.) and provision of a safe transportation network into Boulder Junction and to adjacent communities.


Currently residents and visitors along the 3.3 miles of proposed trail along Hwy H (including visitors to the 223 sites at Camp Holiday and 25 sites at Upper Gresham Lake State Forest Campground) have no safe access by bicycle, foot, or other non-motorized recreation into Boulder Junction or to the existing trail system east and west. Highway H is a 2-lane county highway with narrow shoulders and curves not safe for bicyclists, walkers or runners.

14 Mile Loop

Construction of the trail would resolve these safety issues as well as enhance access to the Boulder Junction community for residents and visitors. Construction of the trail to complete the 14 mile loop will also provide another safe and scenic riding option for the many bicyclists that visit the area to enjoy the Heart of Vilas County Trail system.

North Creek Loop Trail Project Details


June 2022 - Phase I Bid Awarded

May 2022 Applied for Phase 2 DNR grant

May 2022 - Phase 1 Goes out to Bid

April 2022Will apply for Boulder Junction Community Foundation Phase 2 grant

February 2022 – Anticipate hearing outcome of Phase 2 DOT TAP grant application

December 2021 Will apply for Phase 2 DOT TAP grant

October 2021 – Phase 1 surveying to be completed

October 2021 – As of early October, all needed clearing equipment parts have been received and repairs made. Trail clearing to resume and continue through the winter.

July 2021 – Trail clearing began. Due to severe storms across the Northwoods in late July, along with the breakdown of equipment, clearing has been idle since early August. Storm damage clearing tasks became immediate priority and, due to COVID-19 issues, procuring needed parts for clearing equipment was delayed.

June 2021 – Phase 1 fundraising complete ($520,000 - THANK YOU DONORS!)

May 2021 – Phase 2 DNR grant application submitted (expect outcome September 2021)

April 2021 – Boulder Junction Community Foundation grant awarded ($5000)

December 2020 – Phase 1 fundraising begins

October 2020 – Town of Boulder Junction approves project and funding ($100,000)

October 2020 – Boulder Junction Community Foundation designated fiduciary

September 2020 – DNR grant awarded ($217,299)

May 2020 – DNR grant application submitted

February 2020 – DOT grant denied

December 2019 – DOT grant application submitted

Fall 2019 – Grant writing begins

December 2018 – Donation requests begin

Summer 2018 – Public information/awareness campaign begins

March 2018 – Verbal contact with property owners

March 2018 – Planning meetings with Vilas County Highway Commission and Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest

March 2018 – Town and Country Engineering selected

March 2018 – Requests for proposals sent to seven engineering firms

September 2017 – Committee receives permission from Town Board to move forward with planning

August 2017 – Ad hoc committee formed

A National Recreation Trail

The Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System is officially a National Recreation Trail. The honor, bestowed by the Secretary of the Interior, is given to public trails which positively represent their regions, support diverse communities, and are considered among the nation’s best trails. They must be well-managed and maintained and a clear asset to their areas. The Heart of Vilas County trail system joins more than 83,000 miles of National Recreation Trails listed in an online, searchable database, easily accessible to outdoor enthusiasts looking for the best spots to explore.


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