Spectators view the sturgeon spawning ritual on the banks of the
Wolf River on Cty Highway X west of New London.
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.
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.
the New London Area Chamber of Commerce for updates or to have
your name added to a notification list for when they start to
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
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
New London Chamber website page.