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Lauterman Trail

If you like to canoe, fish, hike, or mountain bike then the Lauterman National Recreation Area is the place for you.

photo: Trailhead and signage. Photo by Dan Gayhart.

Length: 9.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Snow Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $3.00

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
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Location: T 40 NR 16E Sec 28, 29, 30, 31, near Florence.
State(s): Wisconsin
Counties: Florence
Longitude: -88.5589
Latitude: 45.894

Driving Directions

Access to this trail is from two locations. From Florence, take State Highway 70 west 12 miles to FR 2154. Turn left and go south .25 mile to the trailhead on the right. Parking for 12 vehicles is on the left. Or from Florence, take State Highway 70 west 15.50 miles to FR 2450 turn left and go south 1 mile to FR 2156. Go southeast 2 miles to trailhead. Parking for 4 vehicles is on the left. (east).


This trail traverses some hilly terrain and offers good hiking and mountain biking opportunities, as well as being groomed for cross-country skiing (traditional). It includes three loops with one loop for beginning skiers. Five walk-in campsites are located around Lauterman Lake complete with tables, tent pads, fire rings, and wilderness-style toilets. If the fish are biting, you may find yourself hooking northern pike, bass, perch, and panfish. An added feature is an Adirondack-style shelter that provides a rest or picnic stop for hikers and skiers alike. This trail connects with Perch Lake to the north and the Pine River and Chipmunk Rapids Campground to the south. A trail map is available at the trailhead.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 30%
Elevation Low Point: 1,460
Elevation High Point: 1,550
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

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.

Trail Management:
Jeff Herrett
US Forest Service
4364 Wall St.
Eagle River, WI 54521
(715) 479-2827
jherrett/[email protected]



A popular trail system for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. Photo by Dan Gayhart.

A popular trail system for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. Photo by Dan Gayhart.

Trailhead and signage. Photo by Dan Gayhart.

Trailhead and signage. Photo by Dan Gayhart.


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