Trail Report: Florence County
Reported By: Blue Ox Trail Riders
Date of Report: 02/04/2016
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 5-8″
Area Report: Well we only received 2-3″ of snow out of our predicted “snow storm” but the trails are looking pretty good this morning. There is a logging operation from Hwy 139 for about .4 of a mile on trail 4 in Long Lake. There will be trucks hauling logs in that area.
All Florence county trails will be groomed by this evening.
One really bad washout going through town in Aurora. And, another note about F 16, the trail is closed between C&R to Niagara. Unfortunately Niagara has lost their trail that connects to ours.
This puts emphasis on sleds STAYING on marked trails. Hopefully we responsible sled enthusiasts will start turning in some of those that make our trails in jeopardy every year.
News & Events: Reminder-trail CLOSED between C&R to Niagara on trail F16.
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The Florence County Snowmobile Club (Blue Ox Trail System) was established in the late 1960s by four men: Tony DeMuri, Paul McCraw, Elmer Washburn and Chucky Kinnear.
In 2010 the Florence County ATV Club disbanded and joined forces with the Florence County Snowmobile Club to form a “new” club called THE FLORENCE COUNTY BLUE OX TRAIL-RIDERS. We feel this gives us the advantage of keeping the trails in the best shape for our riders both winter and summer. We are proud of our trails and invite all of you to come see if it is true that our trails are the best kept secret of the north!
The trail system today includes 140 miles of funded trails and approximately 180 total miles of trail. This system includes all of the trails in Florence County and are maintained by the Florence County Snowmobile Club. The club works hand in hand with Florence County, State of Wisconsin, Federal Government and private landowners in providing what we believe is one of the best trail systems in the state.
The members of the club are all unpaid volunteers and are responsible for grooming, brushing, signing and re-routes as well as all maintenance on the grooming equipment. The Florence County Snowmobile Club owns and operates 4 groomers which we use to maintain all of the snowmobile trails in Florence County. We have 4 trail coordinators that set up their own grooming schedules in their area of the county. This means that at any one time, there could be as many as 4 groomers on the trail, so please ride safely and watch out for the groomers!
The volunteers work very hard to provide and maintain this trail system so please let them know that you appreciate their effort. There would not be any trails in Wisconsin if it was not for the volunteers, and they are essential to the continued success of snowmobiling in the state. Also, about 50% of the trail system in Florence County crosses private landowner’s property. Please respect their property and stay on the trail. As president, I cannot tell you how many times each winter I have to explain and apologize for the actions of irresponsible snowmobilers.
The Wild Rivers Interpretive Center, located on the snowmobile trailhead, offers free over night parking in the lower parking lot. The Wild Rivers Interpretive Center is located at the intersection of US 2 and Hwy 101/70.
Drive safe and Responsibly. If you are not a member of the club, you should join one today. “United we Trail – Divided we Fail”.