Your Winter Wonderland Awaits

At Riveredge, we don't see winter weather as an excuse to stay inside. We see it as an excuse for an all-new set of adventures. Learn more about snowshoeing, skiing, and hiking our trails in the winter season!

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Riveredge has over 10 miles of trails, 6 of which are groomed and tracked for cross-country skiing. With forest, prairies, and riverbanks to explore, the winter wonder never ends!

10 Miles Of Trails

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Adventure awaits! Bring your own snowshoes or skis for the trails, or rent our snowshoes and see just how fun hitting the snowy trails can be.  

Bring Equipment Or Rent Ours!

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Things only heat up at Riveredge as the temperatures get colder! Explore the sanctuary on your own schedule, or check out our scheduled special events and programs for all ages!

Events And Programs All Winter Long

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Snowshoe Rentals

No equipment? No problem! Our goal is to make getting outside in the winter months as easy and fun as possible, so while you're always welcome to bring your own skis or snowshoes (or just lace up the winter boots and head out on foot!), we also offer affordable snowshoe rental options for the whole family.

Looking for free snowshoe rentals all winter long? (It's just one of the many benefits of becoming an All-Access Member!)

Non-Members

$10 / Hour

Trail Pass Members

$5 / Hour

All-Access Members

FREE! Included With Membership!

Snowshoes are for use only on Riveredge's trails.

Rentals are available when Riveredge visitor center is open. (See map below for more info.)

Snowshoes available on first-come, first-serve basis or call ahead (262-375-2715) to reserve a pair!

Choose Your Adventure

With ten miles of trails through a wild Wisconsin landscape, six which are groomed for cross-country skiing, there's no shortage of wonders to explore. Search for otter tracks along the riverbanks, delight in the flight of the brave birds sticking out a Wisconsin winter, or just find peace in the snow-covered pines as you stroll through the forest. See our winter trail map below and pick up a paper copy at the center when you visit!

Trail Hours

The Riveredge trails are always open to the public from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year!

To be most efficient with our resources, however, our visitor center and nature store have reduced hours in the winter:

All Weekdays: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
December: Open Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM, closed Sundays
January and February: Closed Saturdays and Sundays (except for pop-up hours)

Pop-up hours explained: We want as many community members as possible to enjoy snowshoeing when the trail conditions are ripe, so we will open the center and snowshoe rentals on winter weekends as conditions merit. Check our calendar of events or Facebook for updates throughout the winter!

Trail Fees

Everyone is always invited to hike, ski, or snowshoe our trails all winter long! To ensure we can keep the trails properly maintained, groomed, and free of invasives, we do charge a small daily trail access fee to Riveredge non-members (payable in the visitor center or at trailhead fee deposits): 

Adults: $4
Children ages 4-12: $2
Children under 3: Free!
Family: $12

Want free access to the trails all-year round? That's just one of the many benefits Riveredge members enjoy, in addition to discounts on special events and programs, special member-only invitations and so much more. Memberships for the whole family start as low as $40 and offer a full year of outdoor adventures. Learn more and sign up here. 

The Map

Check out our trail map below! Pssst, hover over the Snowflake's on the map for some insights on our favorite winter locations!

Cross the street from the east parking lot to ski along the banks of the Milwaukee River!

Looking for great snowshoeing conditions? We reccomend our snowshoe-only trails through the lovely Mayhew Woods. Access is available off of Hickory Rd, after driving through the town of Newburg.

 

The ponds, prairies, and forests of Riveredge's main trail loops take on a whole new beauty in winter!

Get away from it all on the far reaches of our trails and take in the solitude and beauty!

Things To Know

Feel free to hike and snowshoe on ski trails but please avoid walking on top of the ski tracks.

To protect sensitive wildlife and plants at the sanctuary, no dogs or other pets are allowed, other than guide dogs.

Refrain from smoking when in buildings and on grounds.

Riveredge is not responsible for skiers or hikers who attempt to cross the Milwaukee River.

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