Town of Wabeno
Historic Logging Community
Established in 1897

Forest County

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Wabeno Volunteers Set the Stage for
Building the Boardwalk and Trail

WABENO—Volunteers gathered Saturday morning July 19th to prepare the 1st phase of the Boardwalk and Trail along the North Branch of the Oconto River in downtown Wabeno. Several residents pulled tag alder, removed dead foliage and trees to create viewing areas and boardwalks along the barrier-free trail. Many thanks to John and Linda Harter, Ralph and Kathy McHugh, Kevin Jameson, Bruce Beck, Kaye Tallier, Biz McEwen, Mick Ashbeck, Larry Rummel and Nicolet Sportsman’s Club members; Alan Pichotta, Doug Piontek, Harlen Brooks Jr., Steve Brooks, and Pat Harrison for spending their Saturday morning readying the shoreline for the Boardwalk and Trail. Special thanks to Aaron Nelson, Forest County DNR Fisheries Technician, for his work and guidance on protecting fish habitat.

See Photos of Clean Up activity on July 19, 2014

Blackwell Job Corps participants will begin building the trail portion August 4th. After the trail is laid, volunteers will be needed to construct the boardwalks and build log benches along the trail. Donations of logs for sign posts and benches will be sought in early August, dimensions of which are still to be decided. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please contact Mary Beck (608) 628-0757,

This first phase of the North Branch of the Oconto River Barrier Free Boardwalk is made possible by the generous support of the following private foundations; Christopher Reeve Foundation, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, Plum Creek Timber Foundation and the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation plus the invaluable support of community volunteers and the Blackwell Job Corps.