Snow Cover: Unknown
Date of Report: December 20, 2016
As is typical for this time of year, certain trail segments can be opened and others are not ready yet due to wetland crossings and/or have restrictions due to private land easements. It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to use their property. Please review the information below carefully before trail riding and confirm that you are using open trails.
Please note that on certain trails only segments of that trail may be open at this time. We anticipate frequent updates as the clubs report in with trails they have checked. In all areas where the winter recreational trails are closed the clubs are actively working on the getting the trails open.
NE Quadrant – 12/19/2016
With the exception of Trail 4 West of Hawthorne, all Brule River Rider Trails are open. Snow cover is ok for snowmobiles; some areas are relatively decent for the amount of snow. Snow cover is thinner to the west.
ATV TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED OFF RAILROAD GRADE TRAILS.
Many low-lying wet areas and swamps were not frozen when we started packing trails on Saturday. Some small waterways that were packed on Saturday were not frozen over solidly as of today.
Trail 1: Open and fair condition. Trails are groomed with one pass on Monday evening. Waino Riders were working on the Bayfield end of the trail on Saturday, no status to report.
Trail 2: Groomed one pass, Trail 1 to Brule. The trail is scheduled to be groomed between Brule and Amnicon Falls on Wednesday. The condition after grooming is fair to good. Trail maintainers will not be grooming west of Amnicon Falls until we get more snow.
Trail 4: Open between Brule and Hawthorne. Plan to open the rest of the way to the warming shelter at Trail 41 later in the week.
Trail 6: Open on both sides of Lake Nebagamon. Road routes are good.
Trail 18 to Bayfield County: Open but there has not been any traffic in Bayfield County. Travel there is not recommended until we hear otherwise.
Trail 24: Open Trail 27/27A and what we will for now call Bayfield 24 is open and packed. There has been no traffic on the Bayfield County side. Travel there is not recommended until we hear otherwise.
Trail 27 & Bayfield 24 has been rerouted to get us off South Shore Grade Road. There is now an intersection near the top of the hill above the Hwy 27 parking lot. Trail 27 goes straight ahead up the old trail from many years ago and Bayfield 24 heads north and east to meet up with Bayfield County farther east. Travel on Lake St Croix is not recommended at this time.
Trail 35: The snow-cover status in unknown at the time but is assumed to be less.
Trail 235: May be opening gates, but snow cover is thinner on the trail than further East.
Trail 635: Not open at this time.
All Winter use trails in this quadrant are closed at this time with the exception of:
The Saunders Grade – From the MN Stateline to the Schallemeir Road Parking Lot.
The Gandy Dancer – A segment of Trail 2 from the Tri-County Corridor north to the Visitor Center The Crosstown Route.
*The trails in the Superior Municipal Forest are temporarily closed due to deadfalls from the recent storms. Trails will re-open once the deadfalls are cleared.*
All Winter use trails in this quadrant are closed at this time.
#35 Wild Rivers Trail – Not groomed at this time
# 41s from #3 to Burnett co. line – Not groomed at this time
# 5 – From Trail 35 west to W. Mail Route Not groomed at this time
27B Not groomed at this time
27C Not groomed at this time
Trail 3 – Groomed 12/19 Early season condition – scattered areas with limited ice use caution
Trail 41 between Hwy 53 & Trail 3
Trail 217 and Trail 17
Trail 217 from Corridor 35 east to Trail 17 OPEN for ATV’s –rough not groomed
Trail 17 South from Cabin Lane to Fowlers Circle OPEN – OPEN for ATV’s –rough not groomed
Trail 17 South from Fowlers Circle to Trail 8 in Sawyer Co. CLOSED
Douglas County Ski Trails The Ski Trails have not been groomed or tracked yet for the season, once additional snowfall occurs we will open them. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FORESTRY AT 715 378 2219 DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS OF 8 AM TO 4:30 PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (EXCLUDING HOLIDAYS). Or Check on Line at www.douglascountywi.org under the Forestry Department tab.