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Trail Report – : Bayfield County, Wisconsin – January 10, 2019

Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 2 to 12 inches
Date of Report: January 10, 2019
Area Report:

General County Report:
Some recent light snowfall was preceded by warmer temperatures and light rain. Combine that with the current cold temperatures and trail conditions are highly variable, with hard bases and icy conditions being reported throughout the county. Use extra caution when out on the trails. Some swamp crossings may still not be frozen and there are some trails that have only received minimal amounts of grooming. Approach all wet areas with extra caution and be prepared to turn around if the crossing appears suspicious. Be wary of low hanging branches, wet areas, downed trees and/or limbs, and other similar hazards that may compromise the trail. Use extra caution, be prepared to turn around or find an alternate route and stay on the trails!

See below for area specific reports. For the most up to date report of trail conditions, please contact the local snowmobile club.

Drummond Snojacks: all trails will be groomed before the weekend. In general, the trails are snow and ice covered and in good to fair condition. Very little snow cover on sections of trail in the Mason area. Very little snow cover on portion of Trail 63 north of Grand View through the Bibon Swamp. There will not be any grooming through the Bibon until conditions improve. Trial 63 South is rerouted on to Lake Owen Station road for 3 miles.

Namakagon Trail Groomers: 2 to 4 inch base. All trails are groomed (with exception of bigger marshes). Trails are in fair to good condition.

Valhalla Area: All the trails in the Valhalla area are groomed and in good to very good condition.

Iron River Area: Trails in Iron River area are in the process of being groomed until noon Friday, January 11th, including the Tri-County Corridor. Even after the warmer weather and rain they are turning out very nice. The base is hard and icy, so, as always, please use caution.

Frosty’s Vintage Riders (Mason/Delta Area): trails in the Mason/Delta area are thin but rideable, with an icy base. Trails in this area need more snow. Grooming will resume when conditions improve. Be extra cautious when approaching icy corners.

South Shore Trail Club (Port Wing, Herbster & Cornucopia Areas): Trail 1 from Herbster east to 41, 40, have been groomed and are in good to excellent condition. Trail 1 east of 41 has only been groomed once and requires more brushing. All trails are rideable, but please use extra caution.

Barnestormers (Barnes Area): trails were all groomed last week and held up well, even with the previous warm weather. However, a day of rain has turned them all to ice, so conditions are highly variable. We won’t be grooming until there is more snow. Trail 31 just north of Mulligan Creek Road has a water crossing. Trail 31 south of Mulligan Creek Road remains closed until a few repairs are completed and conditions improve (more snow).
Waino Riders (Northwest Corner of the County): Trail 1 from Brule to Highway 13 has been groomed and will be groomed again for the weekend. Trails are in good condition.

Washburn Valhallers: Trail 13 North from Washburn to Valhalla is hard snow covered with a few icy areas. We will regroom this Friday and expect that, even after the slight warm up, the trails will still be in good riding condition for the weekend. Trail 13 South from Washburn to the Tri-County Corridor is hard and icy, with a few bare spots. We will regroom this trail today (January 9th), and expect it to be rideable, but thin with a few bare spots, for the weekend.

News and Reports:

Trail 31S – South of Mulligan Creek Road is closed due to culverts out and trees downed.

Trail 63 in the Cable Area: Trail 63 just south of the intersection with Trail 70 south of the town of Cable is closed until further notice.

Trail 4 just east of Mason: Trail is closed at Yderstad Rd. Take Yderstad north to Brown Rd. then back South on Roy Anderson Rd where you can pick up the trail again. Follow signs.

Trail 4 in Delta: At Camp One road and County H. Follow the signs.

Trail 63 and 70 into Cable: To get into the Town of Cable from the East take Randysek Rd. North into town.

Trail 40 just South of Port Wing: Flag Rd. is closed. Use East White Birch Rd. to get into Port Wing.