Three counties, Douglas, Northern Bayfield and Ashland, huddle together along the shores of Lake Superior. Leisurely trips through secluded forest areas and along the lakeshore make this region a paradise for avid snowmobilers.
Superior, at the northern tip of Douglas County, has the honor of being the western trailhead of the famous Tri-County Corridor. This trail also known as Corridor 2 provides a straight path across Northwest Wisconsin from Superior, through Brule and Iron River, before ending at the eastern trailhead in Ashland. A popular side trip along the way is the spur trail that leads to the spectacular view at Amnicon Falls State Park.
From the Brule area at the eastern edge of Douglas County, riders have the option of touring the serene Lake Nebagamon area or traveling south on Trail 27 to Solon Springs and Gordon. This region is a favorite summer retreat for sportsmen and is a great place to watch the wildlife during the winter months.
Journeying east from Brule, sno-tourers are welcomed into Northern Bayfield County by the Iron River community. A trek on the Battleaxe Trail north leads riders to the famous Old Baldy Lookout. If you have the opportunity to be there on a clear day you can see Lake Superior, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Canada. Don’t forget the camera! Continuing north riders will connect with the South Shore Trail offering a journey west through Port Wing and along the pristine Lake Superior shoreline.
Choosing to journey east, the South Shore Trail will guide riders through the northern peninsula of Bayfield County to the communities of Bayfield and Red Cliff where the beautiful Apostle Islands can be seen offshore. Heading southwest from Bayfield, riders will travel to the Valhalla Recreation Area, which provides a warming chalet complete with a fireplace for that chance to stop and share the day’s adventures with other riders.
Continuing south from the recreation area, riders can once again connect with the Tri-County Corridor. From this point Ashland, the eastern trailhead of the corridor in Ashland County, will greet snowmobilers heading east. Two popular choices from this area are a trek on Trail 25 south to the Clam Lake and Lake Namakagon areas or a journey southeast on Trail 21 to Mellen, Gordon, and Butternut. From here riders can continue south to the Park Falls area or choose to head east to the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.
Snowmobilers cannot make a wrong choice in this region. Great food awaits hungry riders along the trail as well as cozy comfortable lodging.
Snow Cover: 4-6" in most places.
Date of Report: January 20, 2017
As is typical for this time of year, certain trail segments can be opened and others are not ready yet due to wetland crossings and/or have restrictions due to private land easements. It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to use their property. Please review the information below carefully before trail riding and confirm that you are using open trails. Please note that on certain trails only segments of that trail may be open at this time. We anticipate frequent updates as the clubs report in with trails they have checked. In all areas where the winter recreational trails are closed the clubs are actively working on the getting the trails open.
Winter Trail Report 1/20/2017
Brule River Riders, Friday, January 20, 2017.
All winter recreational trails are open at this time except for:
Trail 24 north of the Middle River Road
All other Brule River Rider Trails were groomed on 1-15 and 1-16.
All winter use trails in this quadrant are open at this time except:
Crosstown Route – Closed from the Tri-County Corridor to Tower Avenue.
Trail 41 from Amnicon to Milchesky Road are groomed, however, there is one spot of water with signs up to warn of the danger. Please use the high side of the trail.
Trail 4-41 from Milchesky road to the warming shack are open and groomed. Both trails are in good shape. Grooming not planned for the next week due to warmer temperatures in the forecast.
Trail 9 is open from the Burnett County Line to Moose Road at this time. The clubs are hoping to get the rest of the trails checked and ready to be opened this week.
Trail 5 and 5A are open.
Trail 925 is open and Tamarack is safe to cross. Warmer temperatures in the forecast may change the trail conditions quickly, we will update as necessary.
All other trails remain closed at this time.
Trail 7 – Groomed 1/11/17 – Good condition
Trail 27 (DCF Portion) Groomed 1/11/2017 Good Condition
#35 Wild Rivers Trail – groomed – good early season condition
27B groomed – good early season condition
27C groomed – good early season condition
# 41s from #3 to Burnett co. line – Groomed on 1-15. Trail is in fair to good early season condition.
#41N from WRT to the warming shack is “Snowmobile Only” at this time.
# 5 – From Trail 35 west to W. Mail Route Groomed good condition
Trail 541 – Open – Not groomed at this time (Logging activity on the north end – please use caution)
Trail 3 – Groomed in good condition
Trail 217 and Trail 17
Trail 217 – Trail is open and groomed and the trail is in good condition, however conditions may deteriorate fast with the warmer temperatures in the forecast. No grooming planned this week due to weather.
Trail 17N – (Fowlers Circle North) Open – Groomed and in good condition. No grooming planned this week due to weather.
Trail 17S – (Fowlers Circle South) – Trail closed due to recent warm temperatures. Check for updates when temperatures fall & additional snowfall occurs.
*NOTE: ALL Burnett County Snowmobile and Winter ATV trails are closed as of 1-18-17. The Frozen Ground ATV Trail System will remain open.
Trail 150 is CLOSED from the Gandy Dance Trail to Old 35. Watch signs for the detour.
Douglas County Ski Trails
The Ski Trails were groomed and tracked as of 1/12/17. The trail is in good early season condition.
City of Superior Municipal Forest Ski Trails tracks have been set, and are open.