Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: 12 to 24+ inches
Date of Report: March 14, 2019
General Countywide Report:
Rain and temperatures in the 40’s have impacted all of Bayfield County over the past three days. Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing through the weekend. There is still significant snow on the trails, but with the rain, thaw and freeze cycles, they are expected to be very hard, icy and slippery in some areas, and wet/slushy in others. In addition, many road routes are starting to show bare spots. There may be some incidental grooming this weekend, but trails are basically in late season condition.
See below for area specific reports. For the most up to date report of trail conditions, please contact the local snowmobile club.
Drummond Snojacks: Trails are reported to still be in very good condition with a base of 12″. Road routes and crossing will not be snow covered after mid week rain so plan your rides accordingly and stay off of private property. Trails in the Mason area are entirely on private property so stay on the trail, don’t cut corners or look for shortcuts.
Namakagon Trail Groomers: 12-15″ base. 40 degree weather. Trails are in very good condition but not sure how long they’ll last with the weather. Should hopefully be good through the weekend.
Valhalla Area: With the warm temperatures and rain, the trail will be soft and slushy. Remember StayRight, RideSober.
Iron River Area: Majority of Iron River area trails including the Tri County Corridor were groomed before the warm spell. With temps not falling below freezing a few days this week and potentially heavy rainfall, expect trails to be extremely icy with standing water in low areas. Plowed road routes also have been reported to be showing bare areas at this time.
Frosty’s Vintage Riders (Mason/Delta Area): Road routes are breaking up, but trails are still rideable. Grooming will most likely be suspended.
South Shore Trail Club (Port Wing, Herbster & Cornucopia Areas): Trails 1,40, 41 are still very good, will be back out grooming on Friday, if possible. The trails in the Port Wing area are still in good condition but road segments are breaking down fast. Rain and continued warm temperatures may do us in as the week progresses. Grooming will most likely be suspended in this area.
A portion of Trail 40 (Wally Polk) was recently plowed, but is still open. If riding this section of trail be aware of logging activity, including haul trucks. To get to Port Wing, an alternate route would be Trail 43 to Trail 66 to Trail 3.
Barnestormers (Barnes Area): Barnes trails were all groomed earlier this week with the exception of Trail 17 at Moore Road. With the warm weather we have suspended grooming. We feel with the good base we have and cold weather and a possibility of snow on Friday that there should be good riding this weekend yet.
Waino Riders (Northwest Corner of the County): Trail 1 is still being reported in rideable condition, though grooming is most likely suspended.
Washburn Valhallers: Rain and warm temperatures have made trails soft, with slippery corners. There is still plenty of snow, but road routes are also turning bare. The groomers will not be out this week or weekend.
News and Reports:
Trail 63 in the Cable Area: Trail 63 just south of the intersection with Trail 70 south of the town of Cable is closed until further notice.
Trail 31 South, into the City of Bayfield, is closed for the entire season.
Trail 3 in the Port Wing Area, between Touve road and Almstead road, is closed. This section of trail will remain closed for the entire season.
Trail 4 just east of Mason: Trail is closed at Yderstad Rd. Take Yderstad north to Brown Rd. then back South on Roy Anderson Rd where you can pick up the trail again. Follow signs.
Trail 4 in Delta: At Camp One road and County H. Follow the signs.
Trail 63 and 70 into Cable: To get into the Town of Cable from the East take Randysek Rd. North into town.
Trail 40 just South of Port Wing: Flag Rd. is closed. Use East White Birch Rd. to get into Port Wing.
A portion of Trail 17, located west of Highway 27, and heading west through Sawyer and Bayfield Counties, has been plowed for a logging operation. The trail remains open, but please be aware of logging activity, including haul trucks.
In Barnes, a portion of Trail 31 South, located west of 43 Road has also been recently plowed for a logging operation. This trail also remains open, but please be aware of the logging activity, including haul trucks.