Great Headwaters Trails

Great Headwaters Trails

A $15,000 challenge grant has been received by a group hoping to complete a bike and walking trail between Conover and Phelps in Vilas county.

Jeff Currie of the Great Headwaters Trails says the anonymous donor is hoping to have the grant matched.

He says the initial 3.2 miles of the nine mile trail was opened last summer, but the final fundraising and work is moving forward. He gave a status update...


A recent donation by River Valley Bank has helped move the construction of a biking and walking trail between Conover and Phelps forward. River Valley Bank donated $5,000.

Brian Blank is the Great Headwaters Trails capital campaign coordinator. He says the donation helps move trail completion forward...

"We're hopeful and optimistic that in 2016 we'll be able to do section two which is 5.5 miles and then do the remaining 3.5 miles will bring the trail into downtown Phelps. Funding for that will be received in 2017... "

Conover-Phelps Bike Trail Gets Closer to Reality

Apr 6, 2015
Pete Rondello

A plan for a bike trail to connect Phelps and Conover has gotten a financial boost.

The DNR’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund is awarding the project $120,000.  That's about $40,000 more than it initially gave. 

Great Headwaters Trail spokesperson Jeff Currie says it will help fund the second portion what should eventually be 11 miles of trail. 

“The section it was applied for is the middle section that goes from Muskrat Creek Road, to where Songhill Lane meets County Highway K, on railroad grade that runs north of Highway K.” 

Eagle River Considers ATVs Downtown

Oct 20, 2014
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River is looking into a plan to allow ATVs on some downtown streets.

Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says a committee is figuring out a proposal that would detail specific routes.

“At this point no decisions have been made except coming up with a plan for it, and at that point people will have something to vote on.” 

The town of Lincoln is also looking into allowing ATVs on town roads.  

Trail Groups Land $15K Grant for Bike Path Segment

Mar 19, 2014
Used courtesy of the Eagle River Historical Society.

A bike trail project has netted a $15,000 matching grant to complete a short stretch of trail. 

The Three Eagle Trail runs from Three Lakes to Eagle River.  It’s being extended by less than a quarter mile through a congested part of Eagle River to the old train depot.  The grant comes from Tara Lila, a company that specializes in land conservation and trail construction.  It will match community donations up to $15,000 in hopes of covering the $30,000 cost of the construction.