Reports - Trail and Recreation

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Weather Report and Burning/Campfire Restrictions 

The area received a very nice amount of snow over the last few days. All clubs are reporting that the trails are being groomed multiple times a week now. Come and enjoy the trails in Price County this week.

Visit https://www.wjfw.com/weather.html for weather forecasts from News Watch 12 Rhinelander. 
Check on burning and campfire restrictions on the WI DNR website at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html.

The Price County area offers some of the best trails in the state, along with very nice restaurants, resorts and shopping experiences. Whether your out on the trails Snowmobiling, ATVing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Biking or Skiing you and the family will have a great time in Price County.



Snowmobile Trail Conditions


Prentice Bush Benders trail report 02/14/2019


With the over 2 feet of snow we have had in the last 8 days it is easy to write this report. All trails will be groomed by the end of the day on Friday and will be in good condition. The groomer is out every day working to make the trails better. The groomer got stuck on trail 189 Tuesday night and there will be a rough spot in that area until we groom it a few more times so use caution on this trail. We need riders to help pack the snow down so get out and enjoy our trail system and all the new snow. As always ride safe and have fun. Thanks, Prentice Bush Benders snowmobile club.

Sno Gypsies 2/14/2019


Trails are being groomed a couple times a week now. All trails are open. The fresh snow the last few days really added to the good base we had. The trails are in the best shape they have been in years. Enjoy the trails and ride safe

Lugerville chasers 2/14/2019


Trails are being groomed twice a week and are in excellent condition. Most of our trails are privately owned so Please stay on marked trails.


Fifield Sno Drovers 2/13/2019


Given the 12+” of new snow we got over the past 24 hours all trails are covered. The snow is deep right now, but the groomer is out and all our trails will be groomed by the end of the day on Thursday, and are in excellent condition. This is the weekend to get out there and ride!
PLEASE: RIDE WITH CARE!
Logging continues on Trail 120 south of the big swamp and Fould’s Creek Rd and on Trail 108 between Trail 101 and highway 70. Take these slowly and expect icy conditions and logging equipment.


Eisenstein Bushwackers 2/13/2019


Groomed all Bushwacker Trails 101,103,104-105,110,and 111 on 2-11-19 was snowing hard at the time. We got 14 inches of new snow. These trails will be groomed again on 2-14-19 The the trails are in the best in several years enjoy our trails and be safe.


NorthWoods Hi-Riders 2/7/2019


We finally got the snow we needed. Trails have a frozen base from the melting over the weekend and now we have a very nice covering of 10+” of fluffy white snow. Perfect. Groomers are out and will be catching up. Trails will be in very good to excellent riding condition for the weekend.


Kennan/ Catawba Driftsplitters 2/6/2019


We will have all trails groomed and in very good shape by Thursday. There is logging on trail 94 and on trail 181 between intersection 100 and intersection 101. With the good snow we got all trails will be groomed twice a week.

Elk River Pioneers 2/6/2019


All area trails have been groomed and are in Good to excellent condition




Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe, Skijor & Fat Tire Bike Trail Report

  

Snowshoeing, fat biking and skijoring is allowed on some trail systems during cross-country ski season. However, trail managers ask that th

Timm’s Hill Trail 2/14/2019


I groomed the southern half of the THT (Rib Lake Blue Loop to Blomberg Bridge) 3 times today.
It turned out pretty good - but it's a little narrow and no tracks set.
I'm planning to groom it again Friday to widen the trail and set tracks.
Grooming the northern half of the THT is "in-progress".

Squaw Creek/Solberg Lake Ski Trail 2/14/2019


The Squaw Creek/Solberg Lake Ski Trail was packed, groomed and tracked Wednesday morning, 2/13/19. Once the trail sets up, skiing will be great. This is a nice trail for snowshoeing as well but please use care not to snowshoe on the (2) parallel tracks used by skiers. The trailer is groomed wide enough to easily accommodate both activities.

The Flambeau Hills Ski Trail 2/14/2019


is 15 miles long with loops and trail links. The Flambeau Hills Ski Trail is 15 miles long with loops and trail links. We have had problems with our equipment with the heavy snowfall. The trail has been packed down and the plan is to groom on Friday the 15th of February if the equipment is up and running.
Snowshoe Trails: Lake of the Pines Nature Trail, Little Falls/Slough Gundy Scenic Area, Sobieski Wildlife Area and Bass Lake Wilderness Area are just to name a few of the trails in the Forest. Some of these trails can be a real challenge. Get those snowshoes out! Be sure to bring a compass, just in case you get turned around.

Phillips School Forest Trail (skate & classic xc-ski, snowshoe,& fat tire bike) - 2/12/2019


The trail was rolled today and is skiable, however hope to groom it tomorrow.
Holy Cross 2/10/2019
Trail was rolled on Friday, 2/8/19, groomed and tracked on Sunday, 2/10/19. The trailer has a firm base and the track set well. Sunday's snow will fill the track some but it should still be defined to provide good skiing for the next several days until the next mid-week snow event.


Wintergreen Ski Trail 2/14/2019


Trails were rolled/packed at Wintergreen yesterday and will try to be groomed again today. The snow is really deep and difficult to work with. Given that it is a holiday weekend though, The intent is to have A and B loops groomed and tracked by the end of the day, and possibly C loop. Monday is also a fee free day on the National Forest, so day use passes are not required.


Palmquist Farm (skate & classic xc-ski, snowshoe, & skijor)


SNOW REPORT: Our trails are in perfect condition for fresh grooming. There are 3 inches of cold light snow on top of a hard packed base. The groomer was making tracks today and will be out again tomorrow.



Ice Fishing & Hunting Guide Reports

 

The Flambeau River and the surrounding lakes in the State Forest such as: Connors, Lake of the Pines,(walleye, bass, musky, crappies, northern and panfish) Bass Lake (largemouth bass, panfish), Swamp, Pelican, Mason and Evergreen Lakes, are great places to fish. The lakes are ice covered with 20+ inches of ice. Folks are placing their buckets, ice shanty’s and ice tents in strategic positions and heaters are a desired commodity out on the ice with the frigid temperatures we are experiencing. They have been fishing for walleye on Connors Lake and crappies on Lake of the Pine with some success. Mason and Evergreen Lakes are being fished for crappie, walleye and perch. To learn more about ice safety, go to the DNR website and type in “ice safety”.
If you need more information about the FRSF, call us at 715-332-5271 ext.111 or email us at: diane.stowell@wisconsin.gov .



ATV, UTV & Off-Road Motorcycle Trail Report   

  


  • Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 15 - Report date 12/26/18 -  This report will be updated once Federal funding has been restored (once the partial government shutdown is over). Trail manager - Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest - 715-762-2461. 
  • Georgetown Trail (15.8 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 -  Report date 12/26/18 - The Georgetown Trail is in good condition for ATV, UTV and Off-road Motorcycle riding. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department  - 715-339-6371.
  • Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail/Prentice Area ~ CLOSED -  The Price County section of the trail allows ATV and UTV use December through March 31 when snowmobile trails are officially open and the temperature is 28 degrees or colder. Click here to find Taylor County contact information for inquiries regarding their open and close dates or call 715-748-1486. 
  • Solberg Trail (9.5 miles) ~ CLOSED FOR REPAIR - Open May 1 through March 14 - The Solberg trail is completely closed due to bridge repair. The repairs should be completed for the May 1, 2019 spring opening. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department  - 715-339-6371.  
  • Tuscobia  State Trail (64 miles) ~ PRICE COUNTY SECTION IS CLOSED FOR THE 2018 SEASON - Open April 16 through November 15 - Click for a trail report   

    https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/tuscobia/. Trail manager - Natural Resources Property Supervisor - 715-669-4342.


  • Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) ~ CLOSED FOR THE 2018 SEASON -  Open May 15 through November 15. Trail manager - Flambeau River State Forest - 715-332-5271. 

DNR Conservation Wardens reminder to ATV and UTV riders: “Wear it, Wisconsin!”

MADISON - With more crashes involving all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicles this late summer state conservation wardens are urging all operators and riders to remember safety steps. Wisconsin has seen 16 fatal crashes involving all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicles this year.

Outdoor Report - 1/17/201

A total lunar eclipse will appear overnight from Sunday the 20th to Monday the 21st. The potentially copper colored moon (blood moon) will appear

Roads to and in the forest: All snow covered, and slippery.

Paddling/Flambeau River - 2018 Final Report 

   

The river will begin to open, become ice free, in April 2019. See you next spring! 

For your safety always wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Check with an area rental/shuttle service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on your experience. Resource manager - Flambeau River State Forest - 715-332-5271 or Park Falls DNR - 715-762-3204.      

The North Fork of the Flambeau River is controlled by dams and it generally remains near the ordinary high water mark throughout the summer. The South Fork of the Flambeau and other rivers in the area can become quite low at times during the summer months without consistent rain. When planning a paddling trip, check with an area rental/shuttle service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on your experience.