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Superior – Douglas County, Wisconsin

Reporter:nikky.farmakes
Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 2 - 5 inches. Some areas are thin. Please help us maintain our snowbase!
Date of Report: January 15, 2021
Area Report:

Snowmobile and Winter ATV/UTV Trails (As of 1/15/2021)

Douglas County managed trails are 98% OPEN! The county received approximately 2 inches of snow last night and this morning, with some areas receiving no snow. There is more snow cover in the northern half of the county and varying cover across the rest.  Most trails are in early season riding conditions so please help preserve our snow base. Please check with our neighboring counties to ensure the trails are open before you ride!

It is critical that we respect our landowners who allow us to utilize their property for these trails. Please stay on the trail and ride safely.  We will provide updates as conditions change.

Click here for a map that outlines open trails. 

Open trails
SW Quadrant
Trail 5 between S. Mail Road and CTH T – Not groomed
Trail 5 South of CTH T – Not groomed
Trail 5A – Not groomed
Trail 9 – Groomed from Cummings Road north to the Warming Shack*Please note Trail 9 is temporarily closed between the North Road and County Road TT. Please use Trail 930 and Trail 5 as a reroute around this section*
Trail 935 – Not groomed
Trail 925 – Not groomed
Trail 835 – Not groomed
Trail 930 – Not groomed

SE Quadrant
Trail 35 Wild Rivers Trail north of Solon Springs – Not groomed
Trail 35 Wild Rivers Trail south of Solon Springs – Not groomed
Trail 27B – Not groomed
Trail 27C – Not groomed
Trail 41S – Not groomed
Trail 41B – Not groomed
Trail 217 – Not groomed
Trail 727 – Not groomed
Trail 17N – Not groomed
Trail 17S South of Lower Eau Claire Lake – Not groomed (Watch for logging)
Trail 7 – Not groomed
Trail 27 – Not groomed
Trail 3 – Not groomed
Trail 41 Wild Rivers Trail to Warming Shack – Not groomed (Watch for logging west of Gregerson Road)
Trail 541 – Not groomed

NE Quadrant
Trail 1 – Groomed
Trail 2 (Tri-County Corridor) – Groomed 
Trail 4 – Groomed 
Trail 6 – Groomed
Trail 18 – Groomed
Trail 24 – Groomed
Trail 24 B – Groomed
Trail 27/27A – Groomed (The wet problem area on the north end of Trail 27 has been temporarily fixed to allow safe traffic)
Trail 35 (Wild Rivers Trail) – Groomed
Trail 235 – Groomed
Trail 635 – Not groomed

NW Quadrant
Gandy Dancer Trail* – Groomed (Watch for deer crossing between Moen Road and CTH BB)
Saunders Grade Trail – Groomed
Wrenshall Grade Trail – Groomed
Trail 0 – Groomed
Trail 28 – Groomed
The Cross Town Connector Trail – Not groomed
Trail 4/41 from Warming Shack West – Groomed
Trail 4 – Groomed (Watch for logging east of Breiztman Lake Road)

*Please note* The Gandy Dancer State Trail will be closed Monday, January 25, and Tuesday, January 26 for maintenance between Moen Road and County Road BB.  The Trail will open again on Wednesday, January 27. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Moen Road and Patzau Foxboro Road can be used as a detour around the closure. 

Closed Trail – Trail 2, Loons Foot Landing to Barker’s Island is temporarily closed.

Douglas County Cross Country Ski Trails
Douglas County CC Ski Trails –  The service roads and parking lots are plowed.  The ski trails were packed on 1/4/21 and touched up on 1/8/21. The trails are in good condition. The trails were packed wide to allow for skate skiing and classic. 
Superior Municipal Forest (Superior) – All trails closed until further notice. The trails have taken a hit as we received rain instead of snow during the last weather event on 1/14. The trails are soft and have thin conditions.  New measurable snow is needed before grooming can start up again. 
After Hours Ski Trail (Brule) – Groomed and tracked as of 1/9. No new update as of 1/15

Enjoy your ride and please ride safe! 




Snowmobiling Information

Three counties, Douglas, Northern Bayfield and Ashland, huddle together along the shores of Lake Superior. Leisurely trips through secluded forest areas and along the lakeshore make this region a paradise for avid snowmobilers.

Superior, at the northern tip of Douglas County, has the honor of being the western trailhead of the famous Tri-County Corridor. This trail also known as Corridor 2 provides a straight path across Northwest Wisconsin from Superior, through Brule and Iron River, before ending at the eastern trailhead in Ashland. A popular side trip along the way is the spur trail that leads to the spectacular view at Amnicon Falls State Park.

From the Brule area at the eastern edge of Douglas County, riders have the option of touring the serene Lake Nebagamon area or traveling south on Trail 27 to Solon Springs and Gordon. This region is a favorite summer retreat for sportsmen and is a great place to watch the wildlife during the winter months.

Journeying east from Brule, sno-tourers are welcomed into Northern Bayfield County by the Iron River community. A trek on the Battleaxe Trail north leads riders to the famous Old Baldy Lookout. If you have the opportunity to be there on a clear day you can see Lake Superior, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Canada. Don’t forget the camera! Continuing north riders will connect with the South Shore Trail offering a journey west through Port Wing and along the pristine Lake Superior shoreline.

Choosing to journey east, the South Shore Trail will guide riders through the northern peninsula of Bayfield County to the communities of Bayfield and Red Cliff where the beautiful Apostle Islands can be seen offshore. Heading southwest from Bayfield, riders will travel to the Valhalla Recreation Area, which provides a warming chalet complete with a fireplace for that chance to stop and share the day’s adventures with other riders.

Continuing south from the recreation area, riders can once again connect with the Tri-County Corridor. From this point Ashland, the eastern trailhead of the corridor in Ashland County, will greet snowmobilers heading east. Two popular choices from this area are a trek on Trail 25 south to the Clam Lake and Lake Namakagon areas or a journey southeast on Trail 21 to Mellen, Gordon, and Butternut. From here riders can continue south to the Park Falls area or choose to head east to the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.

Snowmobilers cannot make a wrong choice in this region. Great food awaits hungry riders along the trail as well as cozy comfortable lodging.