Reported By: Washburn County Tourism
Trail Report: Spooner and Washburn County
Date of Report: 12/11/2013
Trail Conditions: Trails Closed
Snow Cover: 10-20 inches
Area Report: Current Trail Conditions:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Snowmobile Trails: Washburn County Snowmobile Trails remain closed at this time. Snow totals from earlier last week range from 10 inches of wet heavy snow in the southern portions to more than 20 inches in Northern Washburn County. The clubs are working hard freezing down swamps, grooming trails, and removing downed trees/limbs resulting from the heavy snow. There is a lot of work to be done! With consideration of the antlerless deer hunt of December 12-15, Washburn County Snowmobile trails are planned to open for the season on December 16th. The only exception to this scheduled opening is the Wild Rivers State Trail; this trail is open for snowmobile and ATV use at this time. Southern portions of the Wild Rivers Trail will be groomed early this week.
ATV Trails: All official ATV trails are considered open to year round use, with the exception of the spring closure from April 1 through the first Friday before Memorial Weekend.
All snowmobile trails, on Washburn County Forest lands, are open for motor vehicle use under 900 pounds from December 1 through April 1. This means that ATV’s are permitted on snowmobile trails that are not on private lands during the winter months. UTV’s are allowed on these same trails ONLY during non-groomed conditions. Please note that the April 1 closure is flexible and may close earlier depending on conditions.
Washburn County Forest lands are designated as a gray background on the official Washburn County Snowmobile / ATV map.
Land use agreements with private landowners for snowmobile trails do not permit the use of ATV’s at any time of the year.
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The Spooner area has over 250 miles of groomed trails. These miles of trails link up to the largest network of snowmobile trails in the midwest. Snow-Goer magazine ranks Wisconsin’s system as the 3rd best in North America, behind two Canadian systems. Visitors have remarked that “these trails are the best I’ve seen. They’re so well kept and they’re not crowded like other places we’ve been to, I’ll be back!”
The scenic beauty, wilderness sledding and abundance of services, makes the area unmatched as a destination point for snowmobilers throughtout the midwest. The local snowmobile clubs have worked hard to develope and maintain routes that include a wide assortment of riding pleasures. The trails take you through, both private and public lands, over a variety of terrain including, forests, wetlands, farm fields, streams, lakes and bridges. Many of our summer trails double as cross counrty ski trails, or snowmobile trails in the winter. Within the Spooner area (Washburn County) there are over 100 lodging establishments, from small motels to lavish resorts. There are even winter camping facilities available.