Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: 1-4 inches with conditions deteriorating rapidly.
Date of Report: March 19, 2018
It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to use their property. Please review the information below carefully before riding to confirm that you are using open trails.
Please note that the connecting Crosstown Trail through the Superior City Limits has been closed.
*As of 8:00 am local time, Monday, March 19, all Douglas County Forestry Department trails will officially close for the season due to warming temperatures and deteriorating trail conditions. *
Also, all Year-Round Recreation trails will temporarily close at that time except for the following trail segments:
- Gandy Dancer Trail – MN/WI Stateline to Patzau
- Saunders Grade – MN/WI Stateline to Schallameir Road parking lot
- Wild Rivers Trail – Douglas Co./Washburn Co. line to a point 500 feet north of County Highway “Y”
- Wild Rivers Trail – North Trailhead parking lot (CTH “A”) to the Harroun Road
Douglas County Ski Trails
The Douglas County Cross Country Ski Trails are open, but are no longer being groomed as trails are deteriorating.
The Superior Municipal Forest Cross Country Ski Trails as of March 13 have been recently groomed, and there is still snow on most of the trail, however bare patches are beginning to show up and grow with warmer temperatures.
Pattison State Park has been groomed, but please watch for bare spots as the weather continues to warm-up.
Brule River After Hours Ski Trail as of March 17 were groomed and in fair condition. Bare spots are beginning to pop up, so please watch out for them as they grow.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FORESTRY AT 715 378 2219 DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS OF 8 AM TO 4:30 PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (EXCLUDING HOLIDAYS). Or Check on Line at www.douglascountywi.org under the Forestry Department tab.
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.