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Bayfield County, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin’s Northwoods is the best overall place in North America for SNOWMOBILE TRAIL RIDING and FAMILY SNOWMOBILING, according to the readers of Snow Goer magazine. In addition to winning the BEST TRAIL AREA and BEST AREA CATERING TO FAMILIES categories, the Northwoods tied for second with the Yellowstone area in the voting for Best Overall Snowmobiling Area.

Situated on the edge of THE LARGEST OF THE GREAT LAKES, pristine Lake Superior, Bayfield County Wisconsin is home to 433,582 acres of public land that provide endless trails for snowmobilers. We have over 600 miles of groomed trails along with over 1000 miles of ungroomed forest roads for your riding pleasure. Our annual average snowfall is 73 inches.


The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is a great place to stop on your journey. Snowmobilers are greeted with a special area to warm or dry your gloves and hang your helmet while exploring the center’s displays and 5-story observation tower which showcases the area. You’ll find it near the Tri-County Recreational Corridor which runs from the City of Ashland in Ashland County to the City of Superior in Douglas County.

We are host to many scenic vistas in the Chequamegon National Forest as well as abundant wildlife including deer, wolf, black bear and elk.

Guilty of bragging about our super-groomed trails, our local snowmobile clubs continually make improvements to make our trails safe and more enjoyable for sledders.

We invite you to experience snowmobiling at its best in Bayfield County Wisconsin. Snowmobile maps/travel information are available by calling 800-472-6338 or by visiting

Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: 6-12"
Date of Report: January 20, 2017
Area Report:


As of Thursday January 19th all grooming in Bayfield County has been suspended due to weather conditions. Expect varying trail conditions ranging from very good to fair. With the current warm up and extended weather forecast use caution for exposed rocks, wet areas and icy conditions as trails could deteriorate quickly in a short amount of time.


Please keep in mind that some of these trails are on private land.  Private landowners give us permission to maintain portions of these trails on their property.  If a segment is in poor condition or if riding could result in damage, please refrain from use.  Any damage to the trail system, especially those that exist on private land, will jeopardize our future use privileges and potentially result in permanent trail closures.


Northern Bayfield County


Northern Bayfield County is still holding onto some of the snow pack. Trails out of Herbster were groomed Thursday (1/19/17) and were in good condition. Trails in the Port Wing area are in fair to good condition with some exceptions. Trail 1 just east of Port Wing will be reopened Thursday (1/19/17) P.M.  Riders are cautioned to be very aware of the logging operations still going on in parts of the trail. There may be bare ground and ruts in the trail and CERTAINLY LOGGING DEBRIS! Please use extreme caution when you reach the logging operation. In the very Northwest corner of the County,  Trail 1 from Brule to highway 13 is in fair condition, it was last groomed 1/16/17. The road running from there to Port Wing might be getting a little rough.


Trails in the Valhalla area are still in good shape. There is still a good base up around there and trails are holding up pretty well. With the warm temps and forecasted rain, it’s hard to know how the trails will be over the weekend.


Southern Bayfield County

We have had some warm weather and sun the last few days, with warm temperatures and less sun forecasted through this coming weekend.  Groomers were able to get out and did a portion of our trails earlier this week but any future operations are going to be put on hold until temperatures and our base changes.   Time will tell as to our next time grooming (maybe yet this week, maybe not). We can only work with what the weather allows. Thank in advance to all the riders for taking it easy with the warm weather.


All trails were groomed in the Drummond area earlier this week and are okay, even made it thru the Bibon swamp to Mason. We did not go to Sanborn as those trails had questionable snow cover last week in the fields. With the warm weather trails have not set so will not last long. Trails connecting to plowed roads are in poor condition due to bare surfaces. Grooming has been suspended for all trails until conditions improve with colder temps and more snow. Riders are urged to stay on trails and not deviate on to private property.


Our grooming operations have also been suspended until our weather conditions change.  Our trails too are deteriorating fast, if riding use caution.  Always remember to stay on designated snowmobile routes and trails.