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
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 21st was 48°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
New London Chamber website page.