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Trail Report: Watersmeet, Michigan – December 29, 2016

Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 7"
Date of Report: December 29, 2016
Area Report:

Happy New Year to All ~

The U. P. Thunder Riders are grooming every day now. We really need more snow than what we are getting regularly…a real dumper or two is our wish! I don’t have an update from the grooming that was done today but we don’t anticipate much in the way of changes. The base is about 7″ out there and trails are in fair to good condition. A lot of traffic today caused them to be a little rough from what we heard from some sledders, but with the cold and the grooming started this afternoon, we expect that conditions improved and are still about the same:

Trail 3 North has been fair with some bare spots to watch out for about half way to Bond Falls. From that point on, the trail north is in good shape.

Trail 3 South from Land O’ Lakes has been in good condition.

Trail 2 East towards Iron River has been in fair condition while Trail 2 West towards Marenisco and Lake Gogebic has been in good condition.

Trail 13 South has been in good condition, too.

Please be aware that with Christmas night’s freezing rain, there are some icy spots out there. You may also encounter some rocks and gravel that haven’t been totally covered up with snow yet. Also, we are hearing 4″ to 9″ of ice on the lakes. Where there are springs or moving water underneath, we are still concerned. Please, please be careful out there. Ask the locals before venturing across the lakes.

Be safe, have a wonderful time, and enjoy the beautiful Northwoods that we are so lucky to have been given.

For a live trail report update, write me at or call Caryl at 906-358-9961 (the Watersmeet Chamber of Commerce number). We will give you honest reports.  For more information, we invite you to also visit our website at   If there’s anything we can do to help, please let us know. For brochures, trail maps, information on accommodations, etc.,  just let us know. We want your visit to be the best it can be and our area businesses are more than accommodating.  Come on up and give us a try!

We do have openings yet in our area for the holidays. Just call Caryl, and she’ll be happy to give you referrals. Thanks so much. Happy Sledding and Happy New Year.

Carole Yakel at The Arrows