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Trail Report – : Eagle River, Wisconsin – February 3, 2020

Reporter:Holly t
Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: Plenty of SNOW but it is soft. THINK COLD!
Date of Report: February 3, 2020
Area Report:

February 3, 2020 – 7:31am – 28 degrees

Varying conditions
Extremely heavy traffic

Holy moly!  Thought last weekend was really busy but this past weekend beat it by a mile. Very large groups of as much as 20’s.  Sunday there still were groups out early but by late afternoon saw more trucks with trailers heading south.

Plenty of SNOW on the trails even with the warm up this past weekend.  Early morning the SNOW was soft & by dinner time it was very soft.  Rode yesterday.  Check out my report at the end of this mornings report.

The warms temps are now over.  Finally.   High today of 28 which we have already reached.  10 degrees for a low tonight. Rest of the week mostly low 20’s for high during the day. Overnight very low teens or single digits.  Tomorrow the low will be 2 below.

Due to the temps no grooming overnight.  

Catfish & Eagle Lake trails are marked.  There is surface slush on top of the ice.  Remember if you hit slush “steady as you go”.  Maintain speed.  Please stay by the orange reflective barrels.

Rode yesterday from home on 10E to Land o’ Lakes.  Plenty SNOW everywhere.  Here’s how the trip went.  Left at 9:30am heading east to Nobbe’s North Cenex to fuel up.  Then west toward town.  10E heading west was groomed in good to very good shape.  After crossing the Hwy 70 bridge & back onto the trail could tell there was more traffic a bit “rolley polley”.  Took 10E from Bloom Rd to Loon Lk Rd & found it the best it has been all season.  Nightly grooming has made a difference.  Picked up “the grade” into town.  Through town everything was SNOW covered except road crossings.

West of town took 17N all the way to Manske Swamp aka 3N.  17N has deep deep SNOW.  It was pretty soft & fill with rolling conditions.  Left on Manske Swamp trail to 13N.  The east side of Manske was pretty good.  Near the island there was a bit of open slushy water on the south side.  No problems getting through.  The west side of Manske was a little rougher.  13N had rough sections too.

13N to connect with Conover 3N.  3N in good to very good condition.  3N all the way to 8W along Cty K to 13N.  Very good riding. 6 down Big Portage Lk Rd which in the am was SNOW/Ice covered. Back onto 13/6 to town & The Black Oak for a meat raffle.

Late afternoon headed home from The Black Oak using 6E to Land o’ Lakes.  6E on Crystal Lk Rd & into the woods.  6 all the way to 8 & then to 45 to 13 heading back to Eagle River.  By then the SNOW was mushy with puddles at all the street crossings.  Saw some icy corners on 6 east of Land o’ Lakes.  Conover trails were in pretty good shape.  All SNOW covered with some chop.

Took 13 all the way to Eagle River.  Nightly grooming has really improved that entire trail. SNOW covered all the way to “the grade” & beyond.  There was plenty of SNOW but it was very soft.  Like riding on pudding. 10E heading home had roughed up a bit.  Could tell there was a lot of traffic during the day.  Lots of moguls.  But again SNOW covered.

So I’m hear to tell you with the temps dropping & the guys out grooming tonight trails will be back in good shape.

So…..THINK COLD & KEEP DOIN’ THE SNOW DANCE!!!  P.S. No evil sun either!!

See you on the trails!

Holly Tomlanovich
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Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club

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Snowmobile Information:

February 4 – Sno-Eagles Board meeting – 6pm – Snowmobile Museum – Hwy 45N ALL WELCOME
February 7-9 – Pond Hockey – Due to ice conditions on Dollar Lake this year at the World Championship Derby Expo – Hwy 45N – Volunteers needed
Please contact Sno-Eagles President, Howard Wolf at 262.442.4876 to volunteer for any event.