Wolf River Sturgeon Trail

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Spectators view the sturgeon spawning ritual on the banks of the Wolf River on Cty Highway X west of New London.

» Location

From New London proceed west on Wolf River Avenue past Riverside Park about a mile and a half on County Highway X. Turn right on Big Eddy Road.  There is also parking at the west end of the trail.   Location on Map

» Wolf River Sturgeon Trail

The trail is a half mile long paved trail immediately next to the Wolf River just west of New London on County X. It’s a great place for fishing or leisurely walks.  There are accessible fishing platforms, picnic tables, and a few benches at the trail. A boardwalk extends into a marsh for nature or wildlife viewing. The Mukwa Wildlife Area is on the opposite side of the road.

» Sturgeon Run

Anytime between late March through early May you can view sturgeon up to 6 feet long from the trail during spawning. This incredible sight only lasts for a  couple of days after the water temperature reaches around 53 degrees.

Contact the New London Area Chamber of Commerce for updates or to have your name added to a notification list for when they start to spawn.

 »  2014 Sturgeon Spawning Watch

It's that time of year again when we eagerly await the return of the lake sturgeon for their annual spawning ritual along the banks of the Wolf River.  In 2013, the first spawn did not occur until April 30th.

Again this “spring” due to the unusual length of winter weather, ice out on the Wolf River just occurred on April 3rd.   The water temperature as of April 17th was only 39°F.  When the water temperature reaches 53°F or more that's when the fun begins!  With the prediction of warmer weather this coming week (April 21st - 25th), we are on alert for the possible sighting of sturgeon.

We hope many of you will be able to visit one or more of the viewing spots to observe this awesome annual ritual.  To check the daily water temperature visit the
USGS website, scroll down to the chart entitled "Temperature, water, degrees Celsius"; the water temperature in fahrenheit is on the right of the chart.

For additional sturgeon trail and spawning information, visit the New London Chamber website page.

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