Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: Up to 20" in most place. Just received a light dusting.
Date of Report: February 18, 2020
Winter Snowmobile and All-Season Trails (As of 2/18/2020)
Currently, ALL of Douglas County trails are open and are reporting great to excellent condition. 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:
Trail 5 – Groomed last week
Trail 5A – Groomed last week
Trail 930 – Groomed last week
Trail 935 – Groomed last week
Trail 835 – Groomed last week
Trail 925 – Groomed last week
Trail 9 – Groomed
Wild Rivers Trail (Trail 35) – Groomed
Trails 27B – Groomed
Trail 27C – Groomed last week
Trails 41S – Groomed
Trail 41B – Groomed
Trail 217 – Groomed
Trail 41 WRT to the Warming Shack – Groomed (Watch for logging)
Trail 727 – Groomed
Trail 17N – Groomed
Trail 17S – Groomed (Use caution on Creek crossings)
Trail 7 – Groomed last week
Trail 27 – Groomed last week
Trail 3 – Groomed
Trail 5 – Groomed
Trail 541 – Groomed
Trail 1 – Groomed
Trail 2 – Groomed
Trail 4 – Groomed
Trail 6 – Groomed
Trail 24 – Groomed
Trail 27/27A – Groomed
Trail 35 (WRT) – Groomed
Trail 235 – Groomed
Some high traffic areas have developed scattered icy corners. Groomers are avoiding the logging job between HWY D and Trail 24. Watch for logging on Trail 6 and Trail 4.
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
Cross Country Ski Trails (As of 2/18/2020)
Douglas County Ski Trails – The ski trails have been groomed on 2/14 and are in good condition!
Superior Municipal Forest – All trails are groomed – but please note, grooming will be limited this week due to staff training. Staff will be back to normal schedules next week. Trails are in very good condition, watch for ice in some areas.
Pattison State Park – Last confirmed grooming was on 2/5. The trails are hard and icy in some areas with track missing. Vehicle admission to the park is required.
Brule River After Hours Trail – Skate lanes have been freshly combed for skating and a new track has been set and tracked for the classic trails. 11″ well-packed base. Trail conditions are excellent!
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.
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.