Conquer The Wilderness on Southern Sawyer County's 9 Mile Loop
In the backwoods of northern Wisconsin sits a small village by the name of Couderay which has a population of just 84 people. There you will find multiple residential homes, a post office, and remnants of what used to be an economically thriving small town. Today, there is no commerce that exists in Couderay, Wisconsin. However, there is an ATV and snowmobile trail that cuts directly through the village of Couderay. The Tuscobia State Trail brings ATV and Snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the Midwest to this small corner of Southern Sawyer County. According to the Wisconsin Department of National Resources website, the 74-mile trail on a former rail corridor is one of the longest rail trails in the state, running from Park Falls, Wisconsin to the Wild Rivers State Trail just north of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The trail passes through part of the Flambeau River State Forest and the rugged wilderness of Wisconsin's Blue Hills. The trail connects seven small communities in Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties, each providing year-round accommodations and services.
The Tuscobia State Trail, specifically marked trail #10 runs from Radisson Wisconsin, and travels just south of Couderay, Wisconsin. Along trail #10 you will find what is commonly known as, "The 9 Mile Loop", or trail #11 which branches off into a very secluded and remote area that cuts directly through Sawyer County Forest land. The trail itself is located in Southern Sawyer County.
The 9 Mile Loop
Along the 9 Mile Loop, you'll find various areas for play and challenge. The first stop on the 9 Mile Loop located just off of Old Couderay Road in Couderay, Wisconsin is this sand pit. Clearly, there are tracks that identify where other ATVs and UTVs had gone up, around, over, and through.
The trail is very well groomed as you maneuver through the meandering trails and winding corners. A special shoutout goes to the Radisson/Exeland Trailblazers ATV Club for the wonderful work they put into keeping the trail groomed, level, and as smooth as you can make it. As you progress through the 9 Mile Loop, you'll find intersection #144. Intersection #144 happens to be a great spot to stop and take a break from all of the trail blazing that has taken place. Here, you will find a map of Trail #11 (9 Mile Loop), as well as Trail #10 of the Tuscobia State Trail. The stopping place has two beautifully constructed picnic tables that were donated by the Ojibwa "Dust" Perados ATV Club. This is a great place to stop with the family and have a picnic style lunch, crack open a couple of beers with your crew, or just stop and strategize about your next stopping place.
After a quick little pit stop at Intersection #144 you'll continue on down trail #11 (9 Mile Loop) and run into another play area with two large sized water holes for splashing and playing in the mud. This infamous spot is found on various Facebook reels, Instagram stories, and TikTok reels. You'll be sure to get all of the mud you can handle with this play area.
Safety First on The 9 Mile Loop
On the Tuscobia State Trail, you'll find various Sawyer County 911 Marker signs. These signs are identifiers to help you indicate where you are in the need of an emergency. In previous years, there were no markers and dialing 911 made it difficult for emergency help to locate the ATV or their crew. Today, these markers line the trail to help locate those in need.
Bonus Stops near The 9 Mile Loop
There are a couple of "bonus" stops on the 9 Mile Loop that are worth mentioning. First, the International Inline Complex. From 1986 to 1990 the track was fully functioning with training sessions and visitors traveling distances to come and train for outdoor inline speedskating. In 1995, the founder of Laser Skate Company had passed away and the facility fell into dispair. Revived again in 2009, the first training session was held in July 2010 on the International Inline Complex the only U.S. facility dedicated to outdoor inline speedskating. In its current state it is rundown, but still quite a historic sight to see.
As you make your way down the ATV route towards Radisson, Wisconsin you'll find a wonderful stopping place to take a break, grill out, wash your ATV or UTV, let the kids play on the playground, or use the restroom. Here, you will find the Radisson Recreational Park. The Radisson Recreational Park has RV hookups to fit 8 RVs, tenting sites, a playground, basketball hoop for the hoopers out there, restrooms, an RV dump station, pavillion for parties or gathering, and a state of the art canoe/kayak launch located right on the Grihm Flowage that pours into the Couderay River.
The Tuscobia State Trail
If you're coming from Radisson Wisconsin and traveling on trail #10, you'll find easy access to trail #11 also known as the "9 Mile Loop" and have full access to all of the wonderful amenities, play areas, and stopping places mentioned above.
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