The Great Pinery Heritage Waterway encompasses three rivers. The Wisconsin River waterway starts at the Hat Rapids Dam in Oneida County and ends at Lake Dubay Dam in Portage County. The Wisconsin River is a historic, scenic, and urban waterway that tells the story of the Pinery and America’s heartland through a series of interpretative signs located at strategic landings along the 101-mile trail length.
The Lower Big Rib River Trail begins its 17-mile journey at Lions Park in Marathon City. The river has an up north feel as it winds though a tight channel traversing maple, ash, pine, and oak forests. The river has considerable beauty as it dissects glacial outwash gravels and sands as it meets the Wisconsin River through a wetland complex before ending its journey at Bluegill Bay Park on Lake Wausau.
The Lower Eau Claire River Trail has its put-in at the county J Landing in Weston as it makes its 15-mile journey to Lake Wausau. The trail passes by historical railroad bridges, the Eau Claire Conservancy ending at the historic Brooks and Ross Dam in Schofield.
The first rough cut of the three trails can be seen by clicking on this Link .
These projects will be completed in the fall of 2022 and if you would like to donate to support these water trails, please click the “Make a Donation” link below to contribute your tax deductible contribution to this project.