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 - 9/24/18

More fall color is beginning to show each day. Northern sections of the county are at 20-25% changed. Central and southern Price County is at 15-20% changed. Historically, peak color occurs during the first week of October. Good color can be viewed during the days leading up to peak, and following peak until we have a hard frost or until the wind shakes the leaves from the trees. 

A autumn getaway doesn’t have to break the bank. Some of Price County’s best attractions will not cost you a penny. Visit some of the county’s budget friendly travel stops this fall; Timm’s Hill County Park & Rustic Road 62 /Ogema, Wisconsin Concrete Park/Phillips, Old Abe Veteran's Memorial Eagle/Park Falls and the Smith Rapids Covered Bridge/Fifield-Pike Lake. 

When visiting the Timm's Hill area please be aware that there is construction on Hwy 86 from WIS 13 to the Lincoln County line. Motorists can expect to encounter temporary lane closures and daytime flagging operations.

Video Wisconsin's Fall Color: Timm's Hill County Park, located in southeast Price County. 

Paddling/Flambeau River - 9/17/18 

   

Robinson Landing, located on the North Fork of the Flambeau River just below the Turtle Dam, is closed for the 2018 season. Excel Energy’s Dike 10 construction project will begin September 4th (9-13-18 update - the project has been delayed while waiting for permits; the DNR hopes to have the permits by September 17) until and 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

The Flambeau River water levels are normal for this time of year. Sturgeon fishing on the North Fork of the Flambeau is open until the end of September (check the regulations). Canoeing and kayaking on area rivers and lake is an excellent way to get out and enjoy our natural resources and the Northwood's fall colors. Historically, peak color is during the first week of October.   

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 9/24/18 -  

    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 9/24/18 - 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 9/24/18 - 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.
  • 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 9/13/18 - 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

 

9/19/18 - There were two different patterns that developed last week that provided some great action. Let’s start with the water temperature. We saw surface temps as high as 77 degrees! This is mid September and to have this type of surface temperature is not the norm. We decided to fish shallow and fast. We casted buck tails over weed beds with a fast retrieve. Muskie were on these baits right away with most action happening at the boat. Speed was key. We used showgirls twin eights which provided the most action. Our second method brought us out in the middle of the lake basin fishing in water depths of 18 – 20 ft of water. Schools of perch were in fifteen feet. We were able to hook 4 muskies and boat 3 legals in less than 1 hour as the muskies randomly fed. This pattern continued this past week. We searched for schools of bait fish and cast crank baits, bull dawgs and invaders. The best baits was 9 inch grand ma baits. Even though air temperatures are cooling water temps will remain unseasonably warm and these patterns showed continue. Good Luck Fishing! Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service

Outdoor Report - 9/19/18

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. 

Flambeau River State Forest Report 9/13/18: September is upon us and with it comes the fall changes.  Colors begin to turn, raptors migrate, monarch butterflies migrate, cranberries ripen and ferns turn brown.  The heavy apple trees are dropping fruit and many households are making applesauce and apple pies. Gardens are winding down and most tomatoes have ripened.  Colors in the tree canopies are turning and the sumac bushes are bright red.  The under laying brush in the forest is becoming less and less prominent.  Acorns and hickories will soon be dropping as the temperature cools.  The deer have been busy grazing.  Herd elk bulls have gathered harems and are bugling.  The 40 to 50 degree temperatures are exciting the bulls and supporting their mating activity. If you are close to an area when a bull bugles it is a hair raising experience. (PCTD NOTE: Take Hwy W west from Phillips for approximately 15 miles to enter the Flambeau River State Forest). Warming temperatures may slow elk rutting activity.  If you seek to hear bulls bugle chose a cool morning around 6 am.  September 1 is the opening date for Mourning Doves, blue and green-winged teal, Canada goose hunts. This is the time of year for habitat management on the State Forest.  Openings and trails are being mowed and habitat plantings being made. These practices promote holding and supporting deer, grouse, turkeys, woodcock and elk in the area. There are 4 logging sales at this time on the Flambeau River State Forest.  Be aware of large logging trucks on the roads.

Statewide regular season duck zones open Sept. 29

MADISON - Duck hunters in the North, South and Mississippi River zones will begin another fall duck hunt one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept 29.

Natural Resources Board to meet September 25-26 in Hayward

MADISON - Requests to consider an early closure to the 2018 ruffed grouse hunting season in Wisconsin and proposed revisions to rules related to elk management to allow the use of scientific data rather than a percent of population estimates to set harvest permit levels are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets September 26 in Hayward.

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. 

Snowmobile Trail Report

Snowmobile trails will reopen in December.

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!

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.