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The Buffalo River Route is named for the Buffalo river which is a main geographical feature on this ride. In fact, this route traces most of the Buffalo River’s path from Mondovi, WI to its mouth at the Mississippi River.  The majority of the Buffalo River Route follows the best roads in the hills and valleys between the Buffalo and Chippewa Rivers. The hills are steep and tall and the roads follow the natural terrain and are often narrow and very curvy.  Highway 10 runs east-west through a low valley, but the Buffalo River Route mostly bypasses this more traveled area and stays in the surrounding hills.  There are several nice parks, sights, and activities along the route. Take a ride on the Chippewa Valley Motorcar or stop in to see the giant Circus Poster in Durand. Nelson, Wisconsin, a popular motorcycle destination, is also one of the towns along the route.


Estimated Mileage:  230 Miles

Estimated Ride Time:  6.25 Hours

Road Surface:  Paved



  • Mondovi:  Tourist Park, Mirror Lake Park

  • Alma:  Riecks Lake Park

  • Nelson:  Nelson Cheese Factory, Bigfoot and Pterodactyl Statues, Yard Art of Richard Hansen

  • Independence:  Borst Valley Wildlife Area

  • Eleva:  Chimney Rock State Wildlife Area, Eleva Lake Park

  • Durand:  George Tarrant General Store, Old Courthouse Museum, Chippewa Valley Motorcar, Pepin County Courthouse

  • Gilmanton:  Gilmanton Park


A Paper Map is available for this route.

Motorcycle Rides, Alma, Nelson, Wabasha, Gilmanton, Eleva, Mondovi, Durand, Independance, Strum

Buffalo River Route

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.


    By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.

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