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

As of Monday, May 5th, sturgeon were spawning on the Wolf River at sites in Leeman, and our DNR Crew tagged 209 fish in that area between two sites on private property. Sturgeon are starting to show signs that they will begin spawning in the next day at the Shawano Dam. If you want to see fish you should not wait for the weekend, instead plan on going to the Shawano dam tomorrow or Wednesday. They should be at peak spawning at that site sometime in the next couple of days.

As of Friday, May 2nd, the 2014 Sturgeon Spawning season drew to an end in the New London and Shiocton areas.  This season, sturgeon spawning began on Friday, April 25th, along the Sturgeon Trail on Cty. Hwy. X west of New London and at Bamboo Bend in Shiocton.  Although the water temperature rose to only 47.5o F on April 25th, the sturgeon began spawning.  Despite the continued cool water temperatures and cloud cover, the sturgeon continued to spawn through Thursday, May 1st.  As of Friday May 2nd, the sturgeon were well on their way to the Shawano Dam. 


We hope many of you were able to visit one or more of the viewing spots to observe this awesome annual ritual.  If not, they will again return around this time in 2015 when the water temperature reaches 53°F or more.  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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