The Wisconsin River Overlanding Tour is a mix of paved, gravel, and dirt trail. It includes river crossings, a few Slow Speed Trails, but mainly Gravel and dirt trails with optional legs to explore.
This trip will take roughly a full day. Make time to stop and take in the sights so it's best to take a weekend or a least a few days to make this entire trip. There are places to wilderness camp, but not many and they are not on the map as you'll need to get permissions from the DNR before you overnight most likely. This tour takes you through some old towns and lots of history. We'll continue to update the maps to include some of the awesome businesses you should check out as waypoints in the coming years.
This tour includes roads that may not be maintained in winter. Some of these roads in the Mississippi River basin may wash out completely with heavy rain or Spring snowmelt. It's best to always travel with a group, never alone, and while the gravel roads are not difficult, you may be surprised to find sections of the tour that are beyond your vehicle's ability or experience level.
You will want a Ham radio with the local repeaters programmed in. As you get further away from the cities, you'll experience many dead zones, especially in the hills. We've been through here where roads and bridges were totally wiped out. Please mind the Spring thaw and avoid this route as the thaw comes out of the ground. Please post in the comments section below when you plan on making the trip to try and encourage others to go with you! We're a 4X4 family and want to make sure each group has the needed items to make your experience a fantastic, safe journey.
If a section of this route is closed, please record the new track and post it here so we can modify the tour to include the new area. Pictures, videos, and reviews help people decide the best routes, the best places to visit, and together, we can make these tours amazing!
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We recommend you carry a first aid kit, ABC automotive fire extinguisher, recovery gear, and communication with you at all times when on the trail. Please take the time to ask questions and get training on vehicle and equipment use.