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.

Update: November 2020

The Town of Boulder Junction has been awarded a $217,299 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grant towards the construction of phase 1 (of 2 phases) of the North Creek Loop Trail! Phase 1 of the project runs from Highway K to Rudolph Lake Road. (Phase 2 of the project will run from Rudolph Lake Road to North Creek Road). The total cost of Phase 1 is estimated to be $520,410. With the DNR grant at $217,299, $50,000 already raised through fundraising and the Town of Boulder Junction Room Tax Fund contributing $100,000, the remaining amount of approximately $155,000 needs to be raised. The North Creek Loop Trail Committee is reaching out to individuals and families, businesses, corporations, foundations and nonprofits to support the project.  The Boulder Junction Community Foundation will be managing the North Creek Loop Trail Fund during the fundraising phase. All donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows, and donations received above the construction cost will benefit Phase 2 of the project. 

Ways to Give Help Complete Phase 1 by Fall 2021!

Online:

Click the donate button below

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

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What is the North Creek Loop Trail Project?

The Town of Boulder Junction is sponsoring 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 onto 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.

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.

SAFETY

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 Cost & Fundraising

The Town of Boulder Junction has been awarded a $217,299 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grant towards the construction of phase 1 (of 2 phases) of the North Creek Loop Trail.

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.

The total cost of Phase 1 is estimated to be $520,410. With the DNR grant at $217,299, $51,863 already raised through fundraising and the Town of Boulder Junction Room Tax Fund contributing $100,000, the remaining amount of approximately $155,000 needs to be raised. The North Creek Loop Trail Committee is reaching out to individuals and families, businesses, corporations, foundations and nonprofits to support the project. The Boulder Junction Community Foundation will be managing the North Creek Loop Trail Fund during the fundraising phase. All donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows, and donations received above the construction cost will benefit Phase 2 of the project.

Engineering will begin this winter and into the spring with a targeted completion as early as fall of 2021.

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