New bridge connects trails
There is a new bridge on the Little Wolf River Trail.
Located just west of the Lindsay Park entrance, this is the sixth bridge on the upper loop of the Little Wolf River Trail. It connects the Methodist Church entrance to Lindsay Field and the rest of the trail.
“Each one of the bridges is different,” said Mark Craig, a member of the Little Wolf River Trail Organization.
The mile-and-a-quarter trail includes the Arch Bridge, the Lattice Bridge, the Covered Bridge, the Log Bridge and the Crooked Bridge. There is also about 500 feet of boardwalk.
As of yet, the sixth bridge is unfinished and not named. The name will depend on the style with which the structure is completed.
“We now need to decide how it will be finished,” Craig said. “I am looking for ideas.”
He noted that six people ¬– including Lee Wurth, Larry Vosters and himself – helped place the framework of the bridge. The actual framework was donated and delivered by Dennison Building Supply.
The upper loop of the trail is located entirely within the city limits of Manawa and is open to the public. It is used annual for the Rodeo Stampede and daily for walking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trail.
County B trail
The Little Wolf River Trail Organization is excited about the prospect of extending the trail to run along County Road B.
According to Craig, the Waupaca County Highway Department plans to reconstruct the highway from the east end of Howard Street to Beech Street.
“The highway department will prepare the land for the trail along with the Highway B project,” he said. “Then the trail committee will begin to look for ways to surface it.
“We are thrilled that the Manawa Common Council will support us in building a trail on County Road B,” said Mary Craig of the Little Wolf River Trail Organization.
She noted that the council never contacted the trail committee prior to the Sept. 16 meeting when they approved the road project. She said it will cost about $6,000 to finish the trail along County B.
Suggestions, volunteers and donations are needed to complete the bridge.
For more information, visit orgsites.com/wi/littlewolfrivertrails.