Ski, Snowshoe, Snow Bike and More in Stevens Point
The Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point isn’t just a great bike route in the summer—sections of it can also be used for winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing, and snow biking.
The Iverson and Plover River segments of the 27-mile recreation trail are two sections that provide groomed skiing. The scenic Plover River Trail, an area favorite, offers 6.2 miles of looped cross-country stride ski paths. Use of this wooded trail, which follows the Plover River and is one of the longest segments of the Green Circle, is free and open from 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
The 2.5 miles of the Iverson Park groomed ski trail runs through one of Stevens Point’s oldest and largest parks. Iverson Park offers three sledding hills, including one for young children, snowboarding, a lighted outdoor ice rink, 300-foot toboggan slide (rentals available), and a warming lodge.
According to Schmeeckle Reserve Director Jim Buchholz, snowshoeing is most scenic through the Reserve’s University Trail (which includes access to an additional five miles of snowshoe trails), the River Pines Trail for views of the Wisconsin River, and on the boardwalks of Moses Creek Trail.
Green Circle President Nick Schultz also recommended those segments, especially the River Pine as a local favorite, and also the Brickyard Trail. This 1.2 mile trail travels through a forested area and is situated near the Reserve and the Stevens Point Sculpture Park.
For up-to-date ski trail conditions, call Portage County Parks at 715-356-1433. Fat biking, more popular than ever, is available on all segments except the groomed paths. Use of the Green Circle Trail is free, but donations are appreciated to keep the trail groomed and suitable for public use. For information about how to donate, click here.