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Superior – Douglas County, Wisconsin

Reporter: nikky.farmakes
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 18-26" in most places
Date of Report: December 12, 2019
Area Report:

Winter Snowmobile and All-Season Trails (As of 12/12/2019)

Snowfalls from the past couple weeks have left our area with up to 22-30″ of snow in many places, however, many trails remain CLOSED to snowmobile traffic at this time until the clubs can get out there and properly groom and prepare the trails for use. The clubs and the Douglas County Forestry Department are actively working on preparing and inspecting trails for safe frozen conditions in wet areas, removal of any deadfalls, and proper signing before opening. 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 

All trails are closed at this time. 

SE Quadrant

Open trails: 
Wild Rivers Trail (Trail 35) – Groomed (The groomer is partially blocking the trail North of Gordon near old Highway 53.)
Trails 27B & 27C – Groomed
Trails 41S – Not groomed
Trail 217, 17N – Groomed
Trail 3 (only the Summer trail portion) – Not Groomed
Trail 5 – Groomed from 35 to S. Mail Road.

Closed Trails: 
Trail 41 from Highway 53 west to Trail 3
Trail 41 from the Wild Rivers Trail to the Warming Shack
Trail 541
Trail 17 South
Trail 727

NE Quadrant

Open Trails:
Trail 4 from Hawthorne to Brule (Two routes – At Wild Rivers trail and Bennet Road, and at Trail 6 on a County forest road South of Trail 4 and Trail 6 intersections) – Groomed between Hawthorne and Trail 24 (Please watch for logging operations between Highway P and 6 West.)
Trail 6 from Trail 4 to the West of Lake Nebagamon – Not Groomed (Please watch for logging operations)
Trail 24 from Trail 4 to the Tri-County Corridor – Groomed north of Middle River Road
Trail 1 from Trail 2 (TCC) to County Highway H – Groomed
Tri-County Corridor (Trail 2) from Brule to Superior – Groomed
Wild Rivers Trail (Trail 35) – Groomed
Trail 27/27A – Groomed

Closed Trails:
Trail 4 from Highway L to the Warming Shack
Trail 24B
Trail 235
Trail 635

NW Quadrant

Open Trails:
Gandy Dancer Trail – Not Groomed
Saunders Grade Trail – Not Groomed
Wrenshall Grade – Not Groomed

Closed Trails: 
Trail 0
Trail 28
Cross-Town Connector

Click here for a downloadable map of open trails.

Cross Country Ski Trails (As of 12/12/2019)

Douglas County Ski Trails – All service roads and parking lots are plowed. Crews have started packing the trails, but they are not ready to be groomed yet. Additional updates will be provided once they are groomed. 

Superior Municipal Forest – All trails north of 42nd Street (Red, Green, Blue, and Millennium) are groomed and track has been set on the appropriate trails. The outer purple is groomed and tracked as well.  Overall ski conditions are excellent! 

Pattison State Park –  No data at this time.

Brule River After Hours Trail –  The entire trail system has been rolled and crews have begun to level the base in preparation of grooming on Thursday, December 12 and track set on Friday, December 13. Crews will not be able to set the track on the classic trail for this weekend.  Crews have added roughly 2 miles of new trail to the system this year and plan to groom it for skating and (if time allows) setting some new track.  New maps and signage will be out soon.

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.