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Trail Report – : Western UP, Michigan – March 20, 2019

Reporter:Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 35
Date of Report: March 20, 2019
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Western U.P. Trail Report – Western U.P. Bureau – 03/20

Western U P Snowmobile Report
March 20, 2019
Snowmobile report

Well it looks like our season is starting to wind down. Temps for today will be a high of 39 and a low of 26. Thursday it will be a high of 43 low of 25 and Friday will be 34 and 16.
Trails crossing roadways and parking lots are bare. We still have a great base in the woods but with the thaw you will run into places with water. It is best to ride in early morning for late afternoon.

THE GOGEBIC RANGE TRAIL AUTHORITY Monday 3/18 8:00am CST: We groomed continuously over the weekend seeing many riders out enjoying what was likely the glast best h weekend of riding. The road route sections will become brutal as the snow recedes. However, there is tons of snow in the woods providing a lot of riding season left. Our entire trail system was groomed over the weekend, some of it twice. Friday we did receive 8-12 of Lake Effect snow, but with high 30fs it settled in quickly. LOTS OF RIDING REMAINS, there are just a few trouble spots. See below trail notes, but Trail 2 between Wakefield and US HWY 2 will have a 2 mile portion plowed up for logging. These guys have a job to do so please stay out of their way and if you meet on the trail yield to them!
WARNINGS AND NOTICES: RECENT RAINS: You may encounter ponding on trails and water flowing across or down trails. We have not had any reports of that yet, but riders are just starting to venture out. STAY OFF LAKES, there is 12-18 of slush sticking riders on Lake Gogebic and Sunday Lake in Wakefield. PLEASE STOP AT ALL STOP SIGNS, we have heard of log truck versus snowmobile accidents last Friday that cannot happen!! Pipelines and power lines are NOT public land! Please remember to ride RIGHT, ride TOGETHER, ride SOBER and only off-trail ride where you 100% know it is legal KNOW before you GO. Please keep speeds and noise low through towns.

Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay Crossing is excellent was last groomed 3/16/19. Please do not ride on sidewalks near Holiday and try to keep the noise down in town.

Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield Last groomed 3/18/19. Prospect road ditch trail has been removed by the county to allow proper water drainage, the 3/4 of a mile of concrete is not for the faint of heart. We recommend trailering to Wakefield and catching the trail there. There are water holes near Blackjack Ski Resort. Be sure to stop and see Gabbro Falls by Blackjack ski hill, it is extremely impressive! THERE IS A NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN riders need to follow to cross highway 2, see the below map. Please travel slowly through this area and on this section of trail to Wakefield. It is tight and twisty.

Wakefield to Marenisco Last groomed 3/17/19. There are water holes around the Wakefield area, a short reroute was made around one but the others are across the whole trail. Ride extremely cautiously. There is tons of base yet on the trail!! There is logging on the trail 10 miles east of Wakefield near Great Lakes Road/Dump Road intersections. Please yield to logging crews!! This trail is a mix of twisty but wide forest roads (13mi) and 12mi of rail bed to Marenisco. This beautiful trail is 12 miles of unplowed wide logging roads that wind their way through the Gogebic Range Hills before running 10 miles of rail-trail to Marenisco. PLEASE STOP AT ALL STOP SIGNS ON THE RAIL TRAIL! There is a significant logging presence on FR-8100 with dozens of log trucks hauling out daily.

Trail 8 from Bingos to Tula Crossing Last groomed 3/16/19. Tons of base left. This trail is one of the most heavily traveled trails on our system, but we do groom it daily. Fast and wide trail as it is an unplowed county road we use. Itfs a super highway! Please note Bingofs is closed and has no gas.

Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI) Last groomed 3/17/19. There are a few small water holes, but the trail remains in great shape. PLEASE stay on the trail through the farm fields. This is our most scenic trail and is a treat to ride! There are several scenic vistas on the trail such as Bald Mountain gNORTHh lookout viewing Madeline Island/ mouth of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior, the Bald Mountain gSOUTHh lookout viewing Gogebic Range (Powderhorn, Copper Peak), the Montreal River Gorge look out and finally the amazing Superior Falls Waterfall Complex. Stay on the trail in the farm fields. Over 25 landowners are involved to make this trail a reality, please respect them and ride responsibly.

Trail 11S Overall Rating: Excellent
Last Groomed 3/17/19. The snow remains waist deep, riding will be available for a long time. This 17 mile long scenic trail has 2 stop signs and is a wilderness tour. It provides additional access to Lake Gogebic or Ironwood/Hurley depending on your route. Thank you to the Presque Isle SnoBunnies Snowmobile club whom we groom to in Vilas county. They have helped communicate conditions of this trail as it is one of the most distant ones from our grooming barn

Trail 11 N is closed indefinitely.


Monday, March 18th
What a difference a day can make! Gogebic Area Groomers have reported that they are done for the season. Warm temps and wet spots are not conducive for grooming. We want to thank everyone who came to visit us this season. Itfs a sad time when we shut down for the season!! We appreciate all those who came to ride and we hope to see you back here again next season!!

Trails are open until April 1
Groomers reported the trails are in excellent condition, all trails are being groomed.
The waterhole on Trail #2 27 miles west of Watersmeet is starting to open up again so use caution. Itfs just smart to ride with caution this time of the year anyway, you never know whatfs around the next curve or how the same trail could have changed on your way back!!
Groomers will be running today/tonight and will continue to groom daily as the temperatures allow. Looks like wefll be in the 40fs by Wednesday.


Powder Hound Lodge 906-285-9773
Stay Four nights for the price of 3.
Stay 2 nights get 50% off 3rd night.

Bluffs Inn –
Stay with us any time in March and receive a 10% discount. Must reference promo code SNOW19.

Big Powderhorn Lodging Association 800-222-3131
Right now this is what we have running through March 17th,
Stay 3 consecutive weekday nights = 10% discount
Stay 4 consecutive weekday nights = 15% discount
Stay 5 consecutive weekday nights = 20% discount
So what are you waiting for?? Call 800-222-3131 & book your stay with BPLA today!
*Restrictions Apply: For NEW Reservations Only / Offer Subject to Availability / No Other Discounts Apply
Starting March 17th through April 30th will be our Value Season Rates

Wildernest Chalet 800-461-3426
March for 20% off for the Wildernest Chalet after March 17th.

The Timbers Resort
The Timbers Resort will be offering Cabin rates of $35.00 per person, per night, plus tax based on a minimum of 2 people in your group for the rest of March, April through May 12th. Come ride our scenic trails, check out the fantastic waterfalls which will be roaring this spring, do a little ice fishing or just come and relax. We have everything you need right here! or call 906-575-3542 and mention this special. Your hosts: Tim and Sarah Long

Teal Wing on Lake Gogebic
WWW.VRBO.COM/1504249. We are a 5 star property that sleeps 10 and a Premier partner with VRBO. We are running a special for the month of March. $50 off per night and $75 off per night from April 1st through May 13th. Vacationers can book directly with us through the Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce website and also save an additional $110 per stay by avoiding VRBO traveler fee. Otherwise, vacationers can book directly through VRBO by clicking the link above. Thank you! Hopefully we can bring more vacationers up to the area to support local businesses!!
Dan and Amy McGillivray – Owners 920-224-2531

Pioneer Cleaning & Lodging, LLC
906-932-0746 office
906-364-6566 cell
Stay any two nights get the 3rd night FREE at any of our available listingsc.for the month of March.

The Arrows Resort 906-358-4390
Come check out our super discount rates which are considerably less on our homes.

Konteka Lindy-906-885-5170 2 night stay get 20 % and the 3 night free.

West Shore Resort
Ron and Kristy 1-906-842-3336
We would like to offer 30% off our daily rate starting March 17 through the end of snowmobile season. Customers can mention promo code wsr2019 to get the discount.

Bergland Bay Bar in Bergland, MI
Les and Shelly Newhouse906-575-2222
Wefd like to offer a small sandwich and Bloody Mary for $13.00 and large Italian beef and domestic beer for $11.00. We also have openings for lodging in the apartment above the bar that sleeps 8.

Wilderness Bay Lodge and Resort
E20060 Thousand Island Lake Road
Watersmeet, MI 49969

Dan and Laura Hance

For stays between March 8-31, 2019 only. Not valid for any other month.
Must call direct and mention CVB March Promo.

Timberline Sports
35714 W. M-28
Bergland, MI 49910
March Specials:
$75.00 Off rental on Ski-doo Renegade 2 day minimum. Promo Code Spring 2019

Hoop N Holler
115 Hoop N Hollar Rd.
Bergland, MI 49947
March Daily Specials: Come in and enjoy our March daily sandwich specials through March.

Lake Gogebic Motel
March Specials: Come up in March and get 20% of guest room rates through March.
Friday and Saturday 2 night minimum.

Gogebic Lodge
March 10th thru May 10th Lodging Specials: $35.00 per person/nite! any cabin and chalet. Special for new reservations only. We will also be running bar and restaurant specials daily.