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Trail Report – : Eagle River, Wisconsin – January 1, 2018

Reporter:Holly t
Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 2 inch on average base with loose snow in most areas
Date of Report: January 1, 2018
Area Report:


Yet another chilly morning.  12 below zero at 7:30AM.  High of 3 above zero.   So if you are planning to ride today be sure to dress warm.  Check out my cold weather riding tips below.

All trails were groomed Saturday night.  Here are some updates from the Trail Boss:

  • On the Sno-Eagles Trail Map what was Alt13 or 13a is now Trail 3.  That is it’s new number.  This is the trail heading south to Three Lakes
  • On Trail 1N there is logging in the section between the Town of Washington Town Hall & Eagle Lake Trail
  • 10W/13N aka Wisconsin River Trail while it is groomed it is still rough & even icy in spots.  Slow down in there
  • 3N aka Manske Swamp is also groomed but rough so slow down there too.

Catfish Lake Loop & Eagle Lake Trails are now both marked and officially open.  Please stay by the barrels to be safe.  Reminder the Catfish Lake Loop to Lumpy’s is NO LONGER a trail.

Cold weather riding tips:

  • Dress in layers.
  • Warm gloves & have an extra pair with you. Granular hand warmers or maybe even battery operated gloves.
  • Fully charged phone. Tuck into on the inside pockets of your jacket next to your body.  Easy to reach & it will stay charged longer.
  • Good cold weather boots.  Rating of 30 below or more.
  • Take a map with you.
  • Tell someone where you are riding & the time you expect to be back.
  • Stop more often for warm drinks & food.  You burn energy when you ride.
  • Watch for the 3 digit brown emergency signs along the trails.  Particularly at intersections.  These are connected into the Vilas County Sheriff’s Dept. system.  Will help locate you if you have an emergency
  • Consider downloading the Vilas County Map It App.  The link is at the end of this report.

Thank you to all who chose Eagle River as their snowmobiling vacation destination.  We hope you enjoyed your stay & hey, come on back.

Start Doin’ the Snow Dance!  The trails really need more SNOW!

Happy New Year!  See ya on the trails!

Holly Tomlanovich
Communications Chair
Sno-Eagles, Inc.
Phone Trail Updates 715.479.5185
 Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club


News and Reports:

January – Every Wednesday & Thursday – Sno-Eagles Guided Trail Ride.  Meet at the Historic Railroad Depot on Trail 13 in town at 9am. All are welcome

  • 9 – Board of Directors Meeting – International Snowmobile Hall of Fame
  • 12-14 – Vintage Snowmobile Races at the Derby Track
  • 18 – Member meeting – Eagle River Inn
  • 18-21 – World Championship Snowmobile Derby
  • 27 – Saturday Night Out – Nutty Squirrel
  • 1/31-2/2 – Week Day Ride-Away

The 2018 Sno-Eagles Club Member snowmobile trip is planned for Wed., Jan. 31 to Fri. Feb. 2. (with a possible extension to Montreal, WI on Fri., Sat. and Sun. if there is interest). We are re-scheduling the trip that was melted out last year. Destination: Konteka Black Bear Resort, White Pine, MI. This is a small resort with a bar & bowling alley. It’s about a 100 mile ride from Eagle River. Mark your calendars now for this fun event. This is a 3 day snowmobile ride (or drive) to a destination for fun, friendship, and lots of silliness with fellow Sno-Eagles members. Event Chairs, Marv & Carol Radloff have reserved all of the rooms at the Resort for SnoEagles. Call 906-885-5170 to reserve your room. Do it soon before all the rooms have been spoken for.  The final date to reserve under the room block is January 6, 2018.  After that you are at the whim of other sledders. WHEN THEY’RE GONE – THEY’RE GONE. Call Carol at 715-479-5153 for more details.

Snowmobile Information:

Handy Snowmobile Links
Wisconsin Snowmobile Registration

Discount Trail Pass for Snowmobile Club Members – $10

Standard Wisconsin Trail Pass – $30

Out of State Trail Pass – $50

Vilas County Map It Trail App