Stower Seven Lakes Trail started as a far-off dream by local residents to provide a safe location for numerous 'silent sports' such as bicycling, running, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. This dream came to fruition after many hours of volunteer lobbying and labor. During the summer of 2010, crushed limestone was applied to an abandoned railroad bed, providing the smooth surface ideal for cycling and running.
The trail was named to recognize the exceptional natural resources traversed throughout and the longtime public service and leadership demonstrated by Amery’s own Harvey and Marilyn Stower. Harvey Stower served in the Wisconsin Legislature and as Mayor of Amery for many years.
During the initial years, the trail was compacted by use, and resurfaced to ensure an even path for guests and members. This 14-mile trail extends between the trailheads at Soo Line Park in Amery and Lotus Lake County Park in Osceola/Dresser. From the Osceola/Dresser end it’s a short trek to the Gandy Dancer Trail, Interstate Park with camping, and the Polk County Visitor Center where a variety of information and maps are available for the area. Parking and rest areas are located in Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye. Restrooms are generally open from May to October.
The trail is a beautiful place to run, walk, ride a bike or just sit on a bench and take in the beauty that surrounds you. Not only are there seven lakes around which to meander, there are also a variety of plants and wildlife species to be viewed. To make the journey more enjoyable, rest stops have been developed which include parking spaces, restrooms, drinking fountains and picnic tables. Trail users will also notice the mile markers and point of interest signs which aid in identifying one's location.
Pack a picnic and have lunch along the way, or feel free to travel light. Adjacent to the trail you'll find a restaurant in Wanderoos, which was formerly a school from 1909-1967. The towns of Amery, Osceola, Dresser, and St. Croix Falls offer many eateries. Along the way, between mile markers 10 and 11, veer to the North and follow the signs to beautiful Dwight Lake. Relax at the peaceful swimming beach on this hidden gem!