- Snowmobiling dominates the headlines in Eagle River. But another sport is piggybacking some of those trails - biking.
Snowmobile trails already crisscross the county taking riders anywhere they need to go.
Now, bikers hope to accomplish a similar objective.
"Out in the woods, getting fresh air, it's a tremendous attraction for a lot of people," Tom Rulseh, the Three Eagle River Trail Foundation President, said.
Rulseh leads the 3 Eagle Trail Foundation and spearheaded the construction of a section heading south from Eagle River.
"This is an opportunity for people in Eagle River to experience without to get in their car to drive someplace, you can start right at the DQ," Rulseh said.
That should help local businesses.
"It's a perfect target market for us because it's very family-oriented," Dairy Queen Owner Dan Anderson says.
"Families like to stop in for ice cream when they're out exercising. We feel like it'll be a nice conduit for people coming right into downtown Eagle River."
And private donations make it all possible.
"We've been successful in raising about two-thirds of what is needed," Rulseh says.
They need about $140,000 more.
Mike Robillard oversees the project. He hopes it's done by next spring.
"This trail is very important in that it's the first, call it spoke on the wheel, going into the hub of Eagle River," Robillard said.
The first of many - connecting riders to their destinations.
"The guys who've already been out working on grading the trails have seen bear and deer. It's just a beautiful area," Rulseh said.
He says itíll soon be surfaced with crushed limestone- a preferred biking and walking surface.
For biking enthusiasts, itís the same surface as the Elroy-Sparta trail in Western Wisconsin.