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Trail Report: Bayfield County, Wisconsin – January 6, 2017

Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: 6-12"
Date of Report: January 6, 2017
Area Report:

Trail conditions are improving with a hard base throughout most of the County.  However, riders may experience trail segments with little to no snow, icy or rocky conditions, wet and muddy areas or otherwise very rough riding.  In addition, some of the areas that were impossible to reach after the major flooding and wind events this summer may still have downed trees.  Report any downed trees or unsafe conditions to the Bayfield County Snowmobile Alliance at (715) 969-4150 or email


Northern Bayfield County:

In the Northern Part of the County away from Lake Superior, trails are very good. We have been receiving Lake Affect snow off and on all week which is helping, but not adding up to much. Port Wing has poor trail conditions. Herbster has fair trail conditions.

Central Bayfield County:

The Iron River area trails continue to improve with several inches of fresh snow over the past couple of days and a very hard base. Main focus has been clearing fallen trees from past high winds and grooming will start again Friday morning due to temperatures.

Southern Bayfield County:

Barnes- Grooming is in progress on all Town of Barnes trails, Trail 7 & Trail 17.  Trail 17N to Iron River has been groomed as well as Trail 18 to Corridor 31. Trail 31S to Mulligan Creek and to the Ounce River has not been groomed due to lack of snow and swamp freeze up.  That area will be addressed in the future after we receive more snow. All trails are in fair to good condition, due to snow conditions, please ride with caution.


Drummond- Drummond trails have a hard base but very little new snow. The groomer will be out over the weekend on all trails with the possible exception of north of Grand View and Bibon Swamp until the ground freezes.

Namakagon- The stick trail will be put up on Lake Namakagon on Friday, January 6th.  The groomers went out late last week and hit all trails.  Conditions are fair with a good base.  Please use caution when riding and stay safe.

Timber Sale Activity:

Trail 1 –just east of Port Wing – between Touve Rd. and Flagg Rd. is CLOSED due to active logging on private land until further notice

Trail 1 – between Cornucopia and Bayfield – near Henkens Rd. there is active hauling on the trail.

Trail 31 – Northwest of the City of Washburn – near Lost Lake Rd. is being actively logged directly on the trail; USE EXTREME CAUTION! There may be times when it is not passable.

Trail 17 – Southwest Barnes into Douglas County – A couple timber sales are starting up in each county and activity is starting. A reroute is being worked on for the winter but for now follow signs but be alert.


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