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Tribal Heritage Crossing of the WIOUWASH Trail

Paved causeway bridge trail with kiosks representing the 11 Native American Tribes in WI, historical information on Lake Buttes des Morts, fishing areas and Tribal Flame lighted sculpture.

photo: One of 11 Native American Tribal kiosks

Length: 1.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Fitness Trail, Nature Trail, Urban Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Adjacent to Hwy. 41 at Oshkosh WI. crossing causeway over Lake Butte des Morts.
State(s): Wisconsin
Counties: Winnebago
Longitude: -88.57491
Latitude: 44.05397

Driving Directions

Hwy. 41 to Hwy. 21 exit east through round about to Butte des Morts Dr. to Rath Lane.


The flat crushed limestone base is very good for walkers, hikers, bikers, horseback riders (summer) and snowmobilers. This portion of the trail runs from Oshkosh to Hortonville along 21.8 miles of abandoned railroad corridor.

The causeway trail offers runners, walkers, bikers and in-line skaters the ability to cross Lake Butte des Morts on a trail which connects to the WIOUWASH State Recreation Trail on the north end of the Tribal Heritage Crossing Trail. The Tribal Heritage Trail provides access to fishing and info kiosk for all 11 of Wisconsin's Native American Tribes including the history of those tribes.

The info kiosk overlooks an open window to the water system with history that is remarkable. It is the ancestral home to Native Americans who have been here since time immemorial. Lake Butte des Morts is described as a vibrant river channel winding through a vast expanse of wild rice with fish, fur bearing animals and waterfowl. In the 1850's the waterway changed dramatically with an influx of new settlers and industry, including two dams on the twin lower Fox River outlets of Lake Winnebago. 

Wisconsin's Native American Tribes:

1. Bad River Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa
2. Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans
3. Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
4. Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
5. Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
6. Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
7. Ho-Chunk Nation
8. Lac Court Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
9. Sokaogon Moke Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
10.St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
11.Forest County Potawatomi
12.Lake Buttes des Morts History
13.Offering Fire

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 4
Elevation High Point: 50
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: Brochure
Website: Winnebago County Parks Recreation Trails
Website: Trail website

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Vicky Redlin
Program Manager
Winnebago County Parks
625 E. Cty. Rd. Y #500
Oshkosh , WI 54901



Grand opening and First Across Ceremony tour.

Grand opening and First Across Ceremony tour.

Official stone connecting Tribal Heritage Crossing.

Official stone connecting Tribal Heritage Crossing.


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