Reports - Trail and Recreation

Weather Report and Burning/Campfire Restrictions 

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.

Fall Color - 10/16/18

Price County's leaf color is past peak. Tamarack trees are turning from green to gold. Historically, peak color occurs during the first week of October. 

Snowmobile Trail Report

Snowmobile trails will open in December. Order your snowmobile map and begin planning your 2018-2019 getaways today!  

It's time to order you 2018-19 snowmobile trail pass. You must have your AWSC membership number and your Wisconsin DNR snowmobile registration number to purchase a $10 trail pass. You must be a current member of a club to get the discounted $10 trail pass. Join a club today -  Price County Snowmobile Clubs. Your AWSC number does not change from year to year. Trail passes can be ordered online through the AWSC website (fast and easy). Or, send a check with the form that you can print off the AWSC website. Or find the form in the Wisconsin Snowmobile News Magazine. If you wait until the week between Christmas and New Year's don't expect your trail pass to arrive quickly!

Paddling/Flambeau River - 10/16/18 

   

The Flambeau River water level is a high for this time of the year and running fast. Use caution if venturing out. Water temperatures have cooled off; pack your cool weather paddling gear.    

Robinson Landing, located on the North Fork of the Flambeau River just below the Turtle Dam, is closed for the 2018 season. The road is closed to the general public. Xcel Energy’s Dike 10 construction project will last until about November 1, 2018. For more information regarding the closures contact DNR employee Brett Bockhop at 715-476-7846 or
Brett.Bockhop@wisconsin.gov

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.

ATV, UTV & Off-Road Motorcycle Trail Report 

  • Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 15 - Report date 10/9/18 -  

    Trails are in good fall riding condition. There are no active timber sales on the trails. If any trail users encounter a plugged culvert or water over the trail please contact Brady Howe at 715-762-5104 or bjhowe@fs.fed.us

    Trail manager - Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest - 715-762-2461. 
  • Solberg Trail (9.5 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 - Report date 10/16/18 - The Solberg Trail is brushed, graded and in very good condition for riding. Due to unsafe bridge conditions, there is a signed detour, using a town road, in place from the parking area located on E. Solberg Lake Road to FR 508. The section of the trail north of the bridge remains open from FR 508 going north. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department  - 715-339-6371.  
  • Georgetown Trail (15.8 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 -  Report date 10/16/18 - The Georgetown Trail is in good condition for ATV, UTV and Off-road Motorcycle riding. It is a little wet, but the trail is in great shape. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department  - 715-339-6371.
  • Tuscobia  State Trail (64 miles) ~ OPEN April 16 through November 15 - Report date 9/19/18 - The trail is in good riding condition. There is a detour between County Highway E and Buckhorn Road in Price County due to a washout. The detour is via County Highway E and West Buckhorn Road. Riders will find another detour just east of Winter to Clover Road. DETOURS - Click here for the detour maps. Trail manager - Natural Resources Property Supervisor - 715-669-4342.
  • Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) ~ OPEN May 15 through November 15 - Report date 10/9/18 - The ATV/UTV trail system is in good condition. Use caution north of Hwy W, as there is an active timber sale in progress. Slow down in work zones for your safety and for the safety of the loggers as they work. Trail manager - Flambeau River State Forest - 715-332-5271. 
  • Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail/Prentice Area ~ CLOSED through November 30 -  The Price County section of the trail allows ATV and UTV use December through March 31 when snowmobile trails are officially open. Click here to find Taylor County contact information for inquiries regarding their open and close dates or call 715-748-1486.

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.

Local Fishing & Hunting Guide Reports

 

10/9/18 -  If you're an outdoor person now is the time of the year to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors that our area is providing. We are near peak or peaking in north central Wisconsin. Our area has experienced an influx of hunters pursuing birds and deer and with some success. Actually anglers who have been able to get on the water are also enjoying some heavy nets. Muskie action has been very good with s strong shallow water bite. Suicks, bull dawgs and live bait are seeing action. Anglers should look for any green weeds in shallow water. Muskies have been on those shallow weed edges. Lunar activity has provided for some bigger fish catches. Our shallow lakes are mixing with water temps around fifty. The large deeper gin clear lakes are still in pre turnover but a few cold nights and some heavy winds should get them mixing as well. This is a great time for our sportsman to get in on the blast and cast. Good Luck Fishing! Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service

Outdoor Report - 10/7/18

A minor water level reduction is scheduled to begin Monday, October 22, 2018 on the Phillips Chain: Soo Lake, Long Lake, Wilson Lake, Elk Lake, Duroy Lake and Musser Lake. 

Fall fishing has been in full swing on the Flambeau River with landings busy and people enjoying the cooler temps and bug free fishing. The cooler temps also have the waterfowl on the move. The duck opener was a success for many hunters. The recent rains have caused more water to be on the landscape and thus more areas for ducks and geese to frequent. Grouse and turkey hunters are out in force. Turkey are common while grouse are being found in small, isolated pockets. Woodcock hunters in the far north have been successful but hunting has been challenging in the central part of the state where only a few birds have arrived. Acorns and hickory nuts are falling. Deer have been busy grazing and the cooler weather has them on the move. Scrapes and rubs are being observed in the woods.

Flambeau River State Forest Report 10/9/18 
October is falling leaves month. Loons begin to leave lakes, tamaracks turn yellow, and the first frost hits. The Flambeau River State Forest has already had 2 frosts. We are just past peak colors but those marvelous golds, yellows, oranges and that splash of red are just lovely.  With the weather forecast of rain and wind, we’ll see how long we can keep these glorious colors.  Many migrant birds are currently moving through the area.  Cranberries are soon to ripen and ferns are all brown due to the frost. Acorns and hickory nuts are falling. The deer and the elk have been busy grazing. Grouse, fall turkey and archery hunters are out in force.  We hear conflicting reports from all. There are 5 logging sales at this time on the Flambeau River State Forest.  Be aware of large logging trucks on the roads.

Science Update: All About Badgers

Planning to use a tree stand in your hunts? Stay safe with body harness & defy odds of falling

MADISON -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Administrator Jon King is urging Wisconsin hunters to beat the 1 in 20 chances of falling from a tree stand by wearing body harnesses climbing up -- and down-during the archery and crossbow deer season and upcoming gun-deer hunt.

New Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile application has everything hunters need to take their time in the outdoors to the next level

MADISON - New for Fall 2018, the Hunt Wild Wisconsin mobile application has everything hunters need to improve their time in the outdoors. 

2018 Wisconsin Fall hunting and trapping forecasts available online

MADISON - Fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are well underway, and a number of hunting and trapping forecasts are now available to help hunters and trappers prepare for their time in the outdoors. 

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

 

Silent sports trails will reopen in December.  Snowshoeing, fat biking and skijoring is allowed on some trail systems during cross-country ski season. However, trail managers ask that these trail users stay off of the classic tracked portions of trail.