Bad River Bank of Lake Superior Chippewa

Photographed April 17, 2015
Opened October 12, 2013
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
44.033489,-88.580486 (where to park to access the trail)
44.032903,-88.581758 (where to access the trail)

Namadabin "Sit"
and let us tellyou a little about us --

We are located in Ashland and Iron Counties in northern Wisconsin and are one Chippewa Band of The Great Chippewa Nation that spans from Michigan to Montana and throughout southern Canada. Our reservation boundaries encompass about 125,000 acres of land, which includes over 30 miles of natural shoreline along Gitchi-Gami, or Lake Superior. Our government seat is located in the Town of Odanah and we have an estimated 2,300 members of our nearly 8,000 enrolled who live within our boundaries. Originally, before the band was named Bar River, it was known as "Anishinabe Odetowin," meaning "the place with the people of good heart." Bad River comes from the English version of the river that runs through the center of our reservation "Mashkii Ziibing." In our language "mashkii" refers to "mashkiikii," which is "swamp" or "medicine." It is uncertain how the French translated it to "bad," and is still a topic of conversation among our members today.

Along with the Bad River, several other tributaries throughout the reservation contribute greatly to the ecological beauty of our reservation. Nearly ninety percent of our reservation is left in its natural state for the subsistence hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and enjoyment of our membership. One of our most significant rivers is the Kakagon, which lends itself greatly to our Great Migration Story as it has a 16,000 acre wild rice marsh estuary at its mouth. A portion of the Kakagon is on the Register of National Natural Landmarks. It is the largest naturally grown wild rich marsh in the world today.

Today in Odanah, we also have several tribal member and tribal government owned businesses such as: a casino, restaurant, hotel, gift shops, gas station, firework shops and more.

Miigwetch "thank-you" for taking the time to learn about our tribe.
The entrance (I used) to the Tribal Heritage Crossing of the Wiouwash State Trail is located adjacent to the parking lot for Two Brothers Family Restaurant, located at 1930 Rath Lane, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54904.

NOTE: The parking lot adjacent to the restaurant is posted as "for customers only". However, there is plenty of parking on Rath Lane. Be sure to check the Google Map coordinates before heading out.

NOTE: The trial loop is about four miles in length.

This location is Overlook 1 (see map below) in a series of historical marker kiosks that comprise the Tribal Heritage Crossing of the Wiouwash State Trail. Click here for more information about the Tribal Heritage Crossing project and links to photos / transcriptions of all markers on the Trail.

This media file prepared by US I 41 Project is in the public domain.

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