The Sayner Barnstormers are proud groomers of the Sayner – Star Lake Wisconsin area snowmobile trails. Our club was founded back on November 26, 1969, with 27 charter members. The Barnstormers trails stretch all the way from Hwy 70, just east of Arbor Vitae, all the way up to Old Hwy B, just west of Land O Lakes. We groom these trails with three tractors each equipped with 9-foot-6-inch grooming drags built by Sno*Boss of Eagle River and Arrowhead Groomers of St. Germain.
Snowmobiling was born here in the 1920s, when Carl Eliason, of Sayner, invented the first snowmobile in 1924 (he called it a snow machine initially). He took his first patent out on November 24, 1927. He has been featured in History Magazine, in the Modern Marvels section. You can still see some of the very first snowmobiles to ever be ridden in Sayner’s History Museum and at Eliason Lumber, both located on Hwy 155 in Sayner.
Our trails cover a variety of terrains including beautiful wooded trails, lake crossings, and some road routes. Over the years signage has improved tremendously, with the most recent addition of intersection numbers, making it easier for snowmobilers to figure out where they are. These intersection numbers were also created to assist snowmobilers and emergency crews to find each other in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Through the combined efforts of the Sayner Barnstormers and our great neighboring clubs, we feel that Vilas County has the best maintained and marked trails in the world. Our trails adjoin St Germain’s BoBoen Club, Arbor Vitae / Minocqua Cross Country Cruiser’s, Eagle River SnoEagle’s, Land O Lakes Frosty Club’s , and Boulder Junction’s trails. Other clubs in the county include the Conover Snow Buddies, Manitowish SnoSkeeters, Presque Isle SnoBunnies, Phelps, and Lac du Flambeau Northern Horseshoe.
See you on the trails and always, Please Ride Safe!!!
Snow Cover: 2 inches average on the trail
Date of Report: January 21, 2017
A week ago we had incredible trails. However – Ma Nature has not been kind since then. We have had daytime temps in the middle 30s to low 40s. Yesterday and again today – we have had rain & drizzle off and on. The trails are all pretty much soft to say the least. High traffic exposed areas are brown, mushy, and mucky. Further away – deeper in the woods they are still pretty good. The sections where we have logging going on have suffered as well.
There is a little good news for next week. Temps are supposed to stay below freezing starting next Wednesday night. We are also supposed to see a little snow next Wednesday and into Thursday.
Our hope for right now is that the base does not get too torn up this weekend. Then we can get it leveled out again before the temps drop again next week – freezing down a nice level base again. Then lets all do a snow dance. If this all happens – it will carry us into February.
News and Reports:
We have a fund raiser TODAY at Stillwaters in Star Lake. The purchase price from any dinner purchase goes to the Sayner Star Lake Barnstormers from 4 to 8pm. There will also be raffle prizes.
A new fundraiser for this season is the Barnstormers Poker Run – 50/50 3-place Raffle to help support our trails. Tickets will be available at businesses listed below and are $5. 2000 tickets will be available for sale. Possible cash prizes of up to $2500, $1500, and $1000 if all tickets are sold. Tickets will be available starting in December at Sayner Pub, Stillwaters, Vinchi’s, Weber’s, Mar-li’s, Patti’s Murmuring Waters, and Fibbers.