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Trail Report – : Eagle River, Wisconsin – February 4, 2019

Reporter:Holly t
Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: Hard base in most ares - Snow fatigued & need fresh snow
Date of Report: February 4, 2019
Area Report:

Trails Fair to Poor

February 4 2019 8:120am – 30 – High 32

Some interesting weather in Eagle River this morning.  Yesterday the rain/mist in the forecast did not happen.  Earlier this morning it was SNOWING.  Now is it sleeting in some areas.   Right now east of Eagle River SNOWING lightly.  But it is icy out there. Looks like the precip. will continue to mid to late morning.

Groomer drivers were out last night working hard.  When you see them give them a thumbs up.  The heavy traffic makes their job challenging.  They are out so we can ride.

Went out riding yesterday leaving about 10am & getting back about 3:30pm.  The conditions are all over the place.  FAIR. GOOD. ICY.  THICK BASE.  THINNER BASE. SOFT MUSHY SNOW.  FIRM DRIER SNOW.  CRYSTALLIZED FATIGUED SNOW.  SNIRT & SOME CHOP.  Been asked for detailed report. Here is what I saw in Sno-Eagles Country:

10E about 6 miles out the northside of the one way heading to town was mostly GOOD with some FAIR.  Snirt at many crossings.  Section from Bloom Rd to Loon Lake Rd was very icy with some blow outs.  In the woods sections there was a little chop & plenty of snirt as you entered onto Loon Lk Rd.

3/13Alt/10 aka “the grade” was covered with plenty of white SNOW & GOOD for the most part coming from the south.  A bit of chop. The Hwy 45 crossing was heavy snirty til crossing.  Then the snirt that drags into the trail from the road sand.  SNOW in town was mushy soft but covered.  On average FAIR.  Crossings POOR.  All the way out to Hwy G crossing was the same. SNOW covered.  Turned around there & came back toward town.

Headed west on 70W/7 behind the Dairy Queen.  The section behind Super 8 was thin & choppy.  Section near the Lincoln Town Hall was very snirty at both crossings.  After crossing the section until the model home was thin, icy, grainy & had some small chop.  From the model home all the way past Eagle River Inn & crossing the Rec bridge all the way to the 2nd bridge was FAIR.  The sun took down the SNOW level but covered.  Continuing west the trail was well ridden.  All kinds of conditions.  Grainy. Snirt at crossings. Icy.  Blown out corners.  This all the way to the turn around where Club meets St. Germain. This area is a tough one as it tends to be thin.  Groomers can’t make SNOW.  Just groom it.

From there we rode St. Germain & Sugar Camp trails.  All sorts of conditions.

Returned to Eagle River from Sugar Camp trail 15 connecting to trail 7 aka Paint Ball Field.  That trail was GOOD all the way except just after crossing Hwy H.  Intersect with trail 17S heading north toward Eagle River.  Icy & some heavier deeper chop.  But again SNOW cover.

Took 70 back into town & the grade home.  10E on the south side was SNOW covered.  FAIR to Poor.  Only about 62 miles. In the woods the trails are the best with plenty of SNOW.  More traffic than I expected.

Worth repeating is that:

Sno-Eagles Country has 2 areas that have one-way trails.  10E is a one-way trail from the ERRA Sports Arena all the way out to Nicolet Mini Mart.  The other is the 13’s up near Buckatabon Bridge & Bauer’s Dam area.  Clearly marked with DO NOT ENTER signs.  Plus trail signs are backwards if you are going the wrong way.

EAGLE LAKE TRAIL & CATFISH LAKE TRAIL ARE MARKED & OPEN. Stay by the reflective orange barrels.  


See ya on the trails!

Holly Tomlanovich
Sno-Eagles, Inc.
Phone Trail Updates 715.479.5185
Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club



News and Reports:

Wednesday & Thursday – Trail Rides – Meet at the Historic Railroad Depot on “the grade” Trail 13/3 at 9am.  Contact Club Pres., Howard Wolf 262.442.4876
Tuesday, February 5 – Sno-Eagles Board meeting – 6:00pm – International Snowmobile HQ – Hwy 45N next door to the Derby Track
Friday-Sunday, February 8-10 – LaBatt Pond Hockey – Dollar Lake – Hwy 70E to Dollar Lk Rd
Sunday, February 10 – Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling Snow Show – 11am-4pm Cross Country Cruisers Groomer Barn – 1501 Helminski Rd, Arbor Vitae, WI
Tuesday-Thursday, February 12-14 – Sno-Eagles Week Day Away – Florence, WI
Thursday, February 21 – Sno-Eagles General Member meeting – Ed B’s White Spruce – Hwy 45 at the bridge

Snowmobile Information:

Handy Snowmobile Links

Wisconsin Snowmobile Registration
Discount Trail Pass for Snowmobile Club Members – $10
Standard Wisconsin Trail Pass – $30
Out of State Trail Pass – $50
Vilas County Map It Trail App GPS style app of all trails in Vilas Cty.  Plus includes the brown 3 digit emergency numbering system. If an emergency happens call 911 & give them that number.  Find you quicker.