Equestrian

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Stower Seven Lakes State Trail - Map
This county-operated, 13-mile trail runs from the City of Amery nearly all the way to the Village of Dresser and is used for bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, and equestrian use permitted October 1st ends the day before the first day of Wisconsin Deer Rifle Season. Built on a former railroad corridor, the trail begins at Harriman Ave in Amery, travels through the unincorporated Villages of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye, ending about one mile from Dresser on 90th Ave. The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. The trail crosses between the North Twin and South Twin lakes in Amery, skirts the south end of Bear Trap Lake and runs along Round, Horse and Lotus lakes near the western end.
 
The trail is named to recognize the exceptional natural resources the trail traverses and the longtime public service and leadership demonstrated by Amery’s own Harvey and Marilyn Stower. Harvey Stower served in the Wisconsin Legislature and as Mayor of Amery for many years.

Trail Etiquette

Prohibited Trail Uses

ATVs, and other motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail. The Cattail State Trail, which begins in Amery just east of State Hwy 46 at Center St, is open to motorized vehicles.

Parking Locations
Lotus Lake County Park: 2142 90th Ave, Osceola
Nye Rest Area: 732 205th St, Osceola
Wanderoos Rest Area: 1638 68th Ave, Amery
Deronda Rest Area: 1314 65th Ave, Amery
Soo Line Park: 107 Center St W, Amery

Somers Lake Recreation Area - Map
3138 100th St County Rd I, Frederic
Polk County offers the Somers Lake Trail for ungroomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Somers Lake is a scenic wooded 2-mile closed loop trail 5 miles east of Frederic. The gravel trail is also available all year for hikers and equestrian use that includes an expanded parking lot for trailers.

Etiquette for Equestrians

All users yield to horseback riders. When encountering a horse, speak in a calm, pleasant tone so the horse hears a human voice. Do not hide. Expect the rider to advise you, not as lack of courtesy, but rather with knowledge of the horse's temperament. Do not approach, scare, harass, or feed wildlife or livestock. Dogs are a potential fright for both people and horses. Pets must be kept on leashes (less than 8' length) and under control. Make sure your horse has the temperaments and training for riding on congested trails. Advise other trail users of your horse's temperament. A horse with a tendency to kick should always wear a red ribbon on the trail and be prepared to explain what the ribbon is for. Obey posted speed/gait limits. Avoid cantering or galloping on busy trails. Know your horse's limitations. Let other trail users know when it is safe to pass your horse. Announce your intention to pass others. Come to a walk and pass on the left. Always pick up after your horse. Keep the trailhead clear of manure and trash. Try to keep the trail clean of manure. Individual trails may require/post that you pick up manure.

Prohibited Trail Uses
No person shall drive any motorized vehicles such as cars, trucks, or go-carts, on any trail at any time or operate off-road motorcycles on a designated trail.

Related Links - Map
Governer Knowles State Forest