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Superior – Douglas County, Wisconsin

Reporter: nikky.farmakes
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: 16-18 inches base in most areas.
Date of Report: January 14, 2020
Area Report:

Winter Snowmobile and All-Season Trails (As of 1/14/2020)

Douglas County received two inches of snow Monday, January 13.  Clubs have been working hard to get the trail system open. Approximately 95% of Douglas County Trails are open.  Please note, deer have been reported on trails, so please keep an eye out while traveling. 

PLEASE check the trail you intend to use is open and do not trespass on private property. It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to utilize their property.  It just takes one owner to deny the use of their land for a trail to be permanently shut down, so please be courteous and wait for the trails to officially open. 

The following all-season trails are currently open to ATV, UTV, and Snowmobiles: 

SW Quadrant 

Open Trails
Trail 5 – Not Groomed
Trail 5A – Not Groomed
Trail 930 – Not Groomed
Trail 925 – Not Groomed
Trail 935 – Not Groomed

Closed Trails
Trail 9 
Trail 925

SE Quadrant

Open trails: 
Wild Rivers Trail (Trail 35) – Groomed South of Solon Springs, North is scheduled to be groomed on 1/16.
Trails 27B – Groomed
Trail 27C – Groomed 
Trails 41S – Groomed from Trail 3 to the County line
Trail 41B – Groomed from Trail 3 to the County line
Trail 41 WRT to the Warming Shack – Not groomed (watch for uneven trail surface)
Trail 217 – Grooming is scheduled for 1/15
Trail 17N – Grooming is scheduled for 1/15
Trail 17S – Groomed (Use caution on Creek crossings South of Lower Eau Claire Lake)
Trail 7 – Grooming scheduled for 1/15
Trail 27 – Grooming scheduled for 1/15
Trail 3  – Groomed 
Trail 5 – Groomed to South Mail Road
Trail 727 – Grooming scheduled for 1/15
Trail 541 – Not Groomed (Please watch for uneven trail surfaces)

NE Quadrant

Open Trails:
All trails are open and groomed two exceptions: Trail 635 is closed. Trail 4 west of the Cranberry Flowage (about 2 miles).  This section is scheduled to be groomed by 1/15. Trails are in excellent condition with a good base. 

Watch for logging on the following trails:
West end of Trail 6
Trail 4 between Trail 6 and Highway P
Trail 4 east of Highway F

Closed Trails:
Trail 635

NW Quadrant

Open Trails:
Gandy Dancer Trail – Groomed (watch for deer crossing between Moen Road and County Road BB)
Saunders Grade Trail – Groomed
Wrenshall Grade – Groomed
Trail 0 – Groomed 
Trail 28 – Groomed 
Cross-Town Connector –  Groomed
4/41 from the Warming Shack West – Groomed

Click here for a downloadable map of open trails.

Cross Country Ski Trails (As of 1/14/2020)

Douglas County Ski Trails – All service roads and parking lots are plowed. All ski trails are groomed on 12/31 but are in fair to poor condition. The trails have a good base. Now that new snow has fallen, the trails should be groomed by 1/17. 

Superior Municipal Forest – All trails have been groomed as of 1/10. The “flat” side of the Yellow Trail has had 2 grooming passes out to the end. The “hilly” side of the Yellow Trail is groomed only up to the 2nd bypass as tree work continues on that side of the trail. Check for the open sign on the ski shack as we are trying to staff the building until dusk when possible

Pattison State Park –  All trails were groomed and tracked on 1/9/2020.  Conditions are excellent with full track depth on the Overlook and Oak Ridge Trails. The Riverview Trail has full track depth for most of the trail, except for a few areas that have an uneven base. Please watch out for some debris scattered in areas from the windy conditions. 

Brule River After Hours Trail –  Main trail sections were touched-up on 1/9/2020 for skating and classic tracks. The Classic Trail has been freshly groomed and tracked. Skiing conditions are excellent, especially with fresh light snow starting to cover the trails. Trails will be touched up again before Saturday.  

For further information, please contact the Douglas County Forestry Department at 715-378-2219 Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm excluding Holidays.

Snowmobiling Information

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.