Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: Less than 4-6" in most areas.
Date of Report: March 21, 2019
Effective Midnight on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 we are closing the majority of trails under our management.
Operating on closed trails is both illegal and may jeopardize our ability to use those lands for future seasons.
Due to the recent warm temperatures and significant rainfall the trail base has eroded and the thawing snowpack has resulted in reduced quality trails.
The following Douglas County managed trails remain open at this time: Wild Rivers Trail from the Harroun Road to the CTH A/C Parking Lot
Wild Rivers Trail from the Douglas/Washburn Co. Line to 300 feet north of CTH Y in Gordon Gandy Dancer Trail – MN stateline to Patzau
When leaving Douglas County or operating on trails managed by others within Douglas County, please contact the neighboring county, state, or trail operator to its regulations or status for ATV operation before entering the property.
Thank you to all the members of the Northwest Trails Association for the tremendous amount of work it takes to open and maintain the trail network.
THIS REPORT WAS PREPARED ON MONDAY, MARCH 18TH, 2019.
Due to the deteriorated conditions, all trails are being closed to ATV/UTV operations.
Douglas County Cross Country Ski Trails
All trails maintained by the Douglas County Forestry Department are closed for the season.
Superior Municipal Forest – Slow, but still in good shape despite how warm it has been, a few bad spots. Use caution. (As of 3/20/2019)
After Hours Ski Trail, Brule River State Forest – The main trail system was tracked and range from thin and crumbly to full depth. The skate lanes still have some equipment ruts but are flat and nice in other areas. Sally’s Classic Trail is still tracked from last week. Until the temperatures cool or until there is workable snow, grooming efforts will be suspended. Warm days and cold nights are making it increasingly difficult to maintain a high quality ski experience. (As of 3/19/2019)
Pattison State Park – The overlook trail has been groomed and tracked this week. Warm temperatures and rain have prevented the other trails from being groomed and tracked at this time. There is half depth track throughout the trail system and conditions may change rapidly with the warm weather. (As of 3/18/2019)
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.