Reports - Trail and Recreation
Weather Report and Buring/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 - 8/16/18
Autumn tree color change begins in early September and usually peaks during the first week of October. Roadside vegetation, especially ferns, are beginning to turn color. As you take an auto tour through the county, you’ll find that Black-Eyed Susan, a North American native plant with daisy-like flowers and dark ‘eyes’ with brightly-colored yellow petals, are abundant. Hints of color are showing in early changing maple trees.
Video Wisconsin's Fall Color: Timm's Hill County Park, located in southeast Price County.
Paddling/Flambeau River - 8/14/18
The Flambeau River water levels are normal for this time of year. There is a nice flow of water on the North Fork of the Flambeau River from the Turtle Dam to Park Falls, with some rocks showing. This makes for a nice paddling challenge. There are fewer bugs pestering paddlers. Fishing has been slow lately, but is expected to pick up as the water temperatures cool off in September. 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 - 8/15/18
- Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 15 - The trail is in good riding condition. On Sunday afternoon
(August 5, 2018) a small isolated thunderstorm hit the Flambeau Trail in the Sailor Lake area. Trails 118G-102, 118LN, and 118H-121 had trees down, primarily between FR 653 and Sailor Lake Road. USFS crews were able to saw out the trails and make them passable on Monday. The USFS Heavy Equipment crew has wrapped up their work, so trail users should not encounter any equipment on the trail. Several failed culverts were replaced, mud holes/wet spots fixed, and rough spots were bladed.
- Solberg Trail (9.5 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 - The Solberg Trail had brushing and grading done to the open section (non-detour section), so it is in very good riding shape. Due to unsafe bridge conditions, there is a detour in place from the parking area located on E. Solberg Lake Road to FR 508. There is a sign posted noting the reroute which uses a town road. The section of the trail north of the bridge remains open from FR 508 going north. The reroute will be in place until late-summer. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department - 715-339-6371.
- Georgetown Trail (15.8 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 - The Georgetown Trail is in good shape for ATV, UTV and Off-road Motorcycle riding. There are several active logging operations. One starts just north of the White Birch Lane parking lot and ends at the White Birch Lane trail intersection. Another is just west of where the trail crosses Skinner Creek Road. And another is just south of Scenic Road West. Watch for signs and slow down for your safety and for the safety of the workers. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department - 715-339-6371.
- Tuscobia State Trail (64 miles) ~ OPEN April 16 through November 15 - The Tuscobia State Trail is detoured between County Highway E and Buckhorn Road in Price County where there is a large 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 - The ATV/UTV trail system is in good condition on the Flambeau River State Forest. 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.
Local Fishing & Hunting Guide Reports
8/14/18 - If you have been outside lately you probably noticed the prolonged heat wave. As air temps continue to push the 90 degree mark water temps are also rising. Saturday I had surface water temps at 82.5 . Not only is that warm but it can really stress the muskies. The high water temps reduces the oxygen levels in that water column. Anglers hooking, fighting and landing a fish from this shallow water can REALLY stress these fish out. Releasing a fish even after resting it in a net for a while can still cause delay mortality. As an anglers it may be better to forgo fishing for a few days and let the extreme heat pass and water temps cool slightly before heading back out to some of your favorite spots. When water temps reach this level our fisheree becomes very delicate. Some anglers have reported seeing dead muskies floating and this can be a sign of the delay mortality associated with releasing stressed out fish. The other concern for anglers is when we have this warm weather we also experience some high boat traffic. This is a great time to do a little night fishing. Besides the bugs you usually have the lake to yourself. Also the rivers provide some good action this time of year as muskies move to more predictable spots. Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service
Lake-Link Price County Lakes Fishing Reports
DNR Outdoor Report - 8/8/18
August, the Ricing Moon. Wild rice ripens, goldenrod blooms, and night hawks migrate. Wild bergamot, bunch berries, blue cohosh, and blue bead lilies are blossoming. Gardens are flourishing. Occasionally there is a tree in the canopy that’s changing in color. Fall is coming. The Monarch butterflies seem to be flittering here and there. Horse flies, black flies and mosquitoes are out, so be prepared. The fewer than normal dragonflies and the ever nocturnal bats are filling up on those pesky mosquitoes. Grouse coveys and young turkeys have been seen by staff and visitors. The deer and elk have been busy grazing. Cow and calf groups are secretive and hanging out in cover. Elk calves are weaning off of the cows and eating more vegetation. Bulls are hanging out in bachelor groups constantly eating, eating, eating. All, filling up for those long lean winter months. The bulls are still in velvet. The first to lose their velvet is the raghorns. All velvet should be off by the end of August and bugling will commence. Our biggest bull elk in the area has been seen as a 6x6 with his antlers extended way beyond. 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 and elk in the area. Turkeys, woodcock and grouse are some of the other animals that benefit from these efforts.
Try these bassin' basics for success during the dog days of summer ALMA, Wis. -- While longtime Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Brian Brecka takes pride in being a multispecies angler, he typically finds time to catch a bass or two on each of his angling outings. https://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=653#art3
Bonus Fall Turkey Harvest Authorizations On-Sale Begins Aug 18 at 10 a.m. MADISON -- New for 2018, one fall turkey harvest authorization is issued to each person purchasing a fall turkey license or conservation patron license, instead of being issued through a drawing. https://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=653#art1
Snowmobile Trail Report
Snowmobile trails will reopen in December.
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.