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Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Reporter: Hodag SnoTrails
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: 15+" on the ground
Date of Report: February 15, 2019
Area Report:

There is plenty of fresh snow out there. We received another 15+” of snow this week!  The groomers have been out in full force trying to get them packed down and smooth.  This was a light and fluffy snow, so it is taking some work to build the recent snow into the base.  The trails should be in the best conditions we have seen is some time.  With the deep snow base, there will be opportunities to show some bumps after heavy use during the day.  The groomers will be out nightly putting them back into shape.

The lakse have a bunch of snow on them, and could be seeing some slushy areas.  The heavy snow has limited movement on the lakes by the fisherman.  Boom Lake and Lake George have numerous roads plowed across them, be cautious when traveling on these lakes for snow piles and banks.

The bypass trail (along hwy 8) won’t be groomed until Tuesday, February 19th due to a problem with the drag.  The sidehills on the bypass trail may cause further damage until the part is received on Monday.  The bypass trail doesn’t see a ton of traffic, so it shouldn’t get too moguled up.

Ride safe out there, lets have everyone ride to live another day.


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Make tracks to Rhinelander for your next snowmobile safari! Rhinelander is the county seat of Oneida and offers a variety of lodging, shopping, nightlife and fun for every visitor’s taste and budget.

Oneida County 1,000 miles of groomed trails connect Rhinelander with all of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan Upper Peninsula. Trails flow through highlands hardwoods, pine forests, low lying bogs filled with spruce and tamarack, and wide-open spaces of frozen lakes and farmer’s fields.

Rhinelander is blessed to have two snowmobile clubs to take good care of the trails. The clubs strive to keep up to date with top-notch grooming equipment and groom heavily traveled trails up to four times a week.

The Northwoods Passage grooms trails from Rhinelander to west to Tomahawk, north to Minocqua, and south to the Gleason trails. The Hodag Sno-Trails Club maintains the East side of Rhinelander from Rhinelander to Pelican Lake, Sugar Camp and Monico. This area includes the scenic wilderness area of the Enterprise Trail System. Visitors are welcome to join the club’s group trail rides, which occur several times throughout the season. It’s a friendly rivalry between these clubs to try to outdo each other for grooming quality. The winner, of course, is you and the other visiting snowmobilers, who rave about the area’s outstanding trail grooming.

Many snowmobilers find that Day Trips are easy from Rhinelander and can be planned to all area’s of the Northwoods and into the Upper Peninsula. These trails will connect you to Minocqua and Eagle River, the Oneida County Forest Trails, Pelican Lake, Crandon, and Elcho, as well as the splender of the Nicolet National Forest.

When it comes to dining, Rhinelander knows how to eat! We offer full-menu supper clubs, all-you-can-eat buffets, “beer and burgers” places, fast food restaurants, and a gamut of other tongue tempting delights. Our nightlife offers live music at several locations, a variety of special wintertime events, and at least one karaoke contest a night, where you can break out the microphone and strut yout stuff.

We leave the welcome mat out for you! Our lodging offers the rest you need after a long day of hitting the trails. Whether you are looking for rustic woodland cottages, modern motels, or national-chain hotels, you’ll find it at Rhinelander. Many are located right on the trails.

So when you are planning that next snowmobile safari, consider Rhinelander, the Home of the Hodag. What’s a Hodag? Come visit and find out!