St. Croix Crossing Loop Trail

Connecting Houlton, Wisconsin and Stillwater, Minnesota via a 5-mile trail system

Project Overview

The Loop Trail is part of the environmental mitigation package for the St. Croix Crossing project. Once complete, the trail will loop from the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge up old WIS 64, through portions of Houlton, past the Houlton Elementary School, continue along new WIS 64 to the new river bridge and into Minnesota, where it will connect to the lift bridge, completing the loop.

Construction of the Loop Trail on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River included:

  • Building three parking lots, two trailheads and a pedestrian tunnel.
  • Marking the pavement.
  • Signing the trail.
  • Installing rain gardens and other landscaping features, pedestrian railing and a “Welcome to Wisconsin” sign on eastbound WIS 64.

The Loop Trail is completed in Wisconsin. The rehabilitation of the final piece — the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge — is expected to be completed in late spring 2020.

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