intensely remote state forest with minimal services and real roads.
With its proximity and trails in excess of 100 miles, it's a popular
area to get away from it all. This area welcomes all kinds of off-
highway vehicles, with some trails exclusively for Class 1 ATVs and
some single-track off-road motorcycle trails. The south of the forest
is gently rolling land; the forest gets a decidedly more northwoods
feel the farther north one rides. Connect to the Matthew Lourey
State Trail and the Gandy Dancer Trail to tack on additional miles.
ATV use of the trail is not continuous. Instead, designated parts of
the trail in Nemadji, St Croix and Chengwatana state forests are for
ATV and OHM summer use, with a longer trail connecting St. Croix
and Nemadji for winter use. The trail sections within each forest
provide access to a greater network of trails. The trail is named in
honor of local Marine Matthew Lourey, who was killed on duty in
Iraq in 2005. Lourey and his family enjoyed this trail.
addition to the state's
offerings. The 37-mile
network is located
primarily in the Fond du
Lac State Forest, following
ridges throughout the
land, bordering wetlands,
marshes and shallow lakes.
There's a wide variety
of trail types for all skill
levels. For those wanting
to hone in on their riding
skills, there is also a large
gravel pit, which provides
a perfect practice space.