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Trail Report: Bayfield County, Wisconsin – March 3, 2017

Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 6-12"
Date of Report: March 3, 2017
Area Report:


Most of the County received some fresh snowfall on Tuesday.  As a result, snowmobile trails NORTH of Highway 2 will be open starting Thursday (3/2/17).  However, most trails are not groomed and all are in highly variable condition.  Expect trail conditions to range from extremely poor to good.  Before planning your trip, please contact the local club for the most up to date condition report.  As always, please use extreme caution when operating on the trails.  


All trails located SOUTH of Highway 2 will remain closed excluding two small trail sections in Namakagon.  The trail from Pioneer Bar to Lake Namakagon and the trail from Evergreen Bar to Rock Road are open for this weekend only.


The numerous warm spells have also created various issues.  Many swamps, lakes and wet areas are not frozen; large rocks may be exposed; some fields and open areas may have little, if any, snow; and many trails could be icy or otherwise very rough.  Road routes may also have very little snow cover.  With the forecasted warm weather this weekend, expect trails conditions to deteriorate rapidly.  As a result, it is very likely that all trails will be closed again early next week.


Please keep in mind that some of these trails are on private land.  Private landowners give us permission to maintain portions of these trails on their property.  If a segment is in poor condition or if riding could result in damage, please refrain from use.  Any damage to the trail system, especially those that exist on private land, will jeopardize our future use privileges and potentially result in permanent trail closures.


Regarding ATV/UTV use on the winter ATV/UTV trails:  To help minimize damage to the trails and snowpack, all ATV/UTV use is strongly discouraged on snowmobile trails when the temperatures reach 28 degrees or higher. This includes tracked or wheeled ATVs and UTVs.  However, ATV/UTV use is still allowed on the Tri-County Corridor and Town Road routes.


Trail Closures:

  • Trail 13 south out of Washburn to the Tri-County Corridor is closed.
  • All trails located south of Highway 2 are closed excluding the two trail sections in Namakagon.