RASTA has received two (2) Recreational Trails Grant (RTG) from the Wisconsin DNR to reroute and construct approximately 5,900 feet of single-track mountain bike, hiking and snowshoe trails at the Washburn Lake Silent Sports Trails Area ($8,850). This grant helps us speed up the repair of the older unsustainable trails, and will create our long planned beginner loop that starts at the Perch Lake Shelter. The second grant also continues our efforts to construct platforms over the wetlands on the south end of the Cassian Trail that hinder our grooming of the trail until it has frozen ($4,900). Planning and construction will occur in 2018 and 2019.

See Washburn Proposal Map Here

The grant was prepared by RASTA in cooperation with the Oneida County Forestry and Outdoor Recreation Department, and we are grateful for the support and assistance we have received from the County to develop and maintain the trail system and cross country ski trails.

The grants require a 50% match which is $13,750. Please, consider making a tax deductable donation to support these very important projects.

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Make checks payable and mail to: RASTA, PO Box 442, Rhinelander, WI 54501

Indicate in the Memo…this is for the RTG fund.

RASTA (Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association) is a group of silent sports enthusiasts that promote the responsible use of lands open to the public for the enjoyment of all with the following goals:

  • Promote non-motorized forest trail use, especially by families and youths.
  • Enhance and expand recreational trail opportunities.
  • Provide opportunities for trail users to help support trail development and maintenance through volunteer time, user fees, fund raisers, etc.
  • Obtain grant monies to help finance trail/trailhead improvements.