Reports - Trail and Recreation

Fall Color - 8/18/17


Our autumn color is beginning to show. Peak color is typically during the first week of October. Roadside vegetation has begun to take on a yellow hue and a few trees are beginning to show a bit of red, orange and yellow. Staghorn sumac leaves are beginning to a deep rusty red. Don't miss the colorful show...book your lodging today.  

  

Paddling/Flambeau River Report - 8/17/17


It is a great time for a paddling adventure! The Flambeau River is near normal summer levels and paddling is good on the North Fork. On the South Fork you will need to avoid rocks and low water in some areas.   Fishermen have had success catching musky, walleye, northerns and bass on the river.  
     
The Flambeau River in Price County, Park Falls, Phillips and the neighboring regions was featured in a recent episode of Discover Wisconsin. View the episode “Northwoods Fun on the Flambeau River”. 
  
The North Fork of the Flambeau River is controlled by dams and it generally remains near the ordinary high water mark throughout the summer. The South Fork of the Flambeau and other rivers in the area can become quite low at times during the summer months if our area does not receive consistent rain. Whenever planning a paddling trip, always check with an area rental/shuttle/guide service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on your experience.

ATV, UTV & Off-Road Motorcycle Trail Report - 8/17/17
City of Park Falls - CLOSURE - The Hwy 182 Bridge (ATV & UTV route) in Park Falls is CLOSED for construction. It is expected to be closed through October 31, 2017. According to the Price County ATV Association there will be no alternate route available for ATVs and UTVs to cross the Flambeau River in the City of Park Falls. Riders who are planning to ride both the Flambeau Trail System (located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest east of Park Falls) and the Tuscobia State Trail (located west of Park Falls) will need to trailer their machines. From Hwy 182 on the east side of the river, take Case Avenue/Old 13 Road south/left, then go west/right on Grunerwald Road, then go north/right on Hwy 13 to Park Falls. Reverse these directions if you are on the west side of the river. Click here for a map. This detour is for autos/trucks hauling trailers and is NOT a legal route to ride an ATV or UTV.   

  • Tuscobia  State Trail (62 miles) ~ OPEN in Price County; Sawyer County OPEN with Detours -  The section of trail from Park Falls west to the Price County line is open. In Sawyer County (to the west of Price County), there are closed sections with detours in place. See the DNR webpage, http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/tuscobia/, for more information.
  • Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ OPEN - Crews have been busy on the trail recently working on hauling material onto low spots and brushing the trail.  Heavy equipment associated with the work may be found on trails 118-101 and 118-111.  Our contract brusher will be finishing up a segment on 118-101 between Clover Creek and Hwy 70 soon, and then he plans on moving to 118-101 to work on a segment between Wintergreen Trail Head and Spillers Road.  Our heave equipment crew recently hauled 1050 yards of material onto trail 118-101 to build up the trail by the Riley Creek bridge.  They will be moving to work on low spots on trail 118-111 between FR 511 and Hwy 182.  We will also have a dozer run various trail segments as needed after the brushing is completed.  Active logging is taking place on trail 118-111 just to the west of Springstead Road and north of FR 144. 
  • Solberg Trail (9.5 miles) ~ OPEN - Repairs are being made on the bridges. The trail remains open and can be ridden without any issue.     
  • Georgetown Trail (18.8 miles)OPEN - The trail is in good condition. The logging continues on the trail from the Nine Mile Creek bridge to where the trail crosses White Birch Lane. Watch for signs along the trail and slow down for safety. 
  • Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles)OPEN - There is a 1/2 mile detour on the north end of the Forest trail, north of Feleen Road, between Hwy E and Hwy 70. This detour is about 200 yards; it will reopen after they gravel that stretch. 
  • Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail ~ Closed for the 2016-2017 winter season. This trail is open ATV & UTV use in the winter when the trail is also open to snowmobile use. 

DNR Fishing Report - 8/14/17

Muskie action last week was hot for a lot of anglers. Big bucktails such as cowgirls and top water baits provided the best action. Jerk baits also put a few fish in boats. The Flambeau River has provided better action than lakes when boating pressure is high. Largemouth bass have been biting well on the area’s smaller lakes. Finesse jigs or rubber worms worked through wood in 3-6 feet of water has been working great. Panfish have been biting well. Anglers have been catching bluegills and crappies near cribs or suspended over deeper weeds. Try drifting a slip bobber with either crawlers or minnows.


Guide Reports

8/15/17 - Bears are hitting baits good; there is a very good hazel nut crop but acorns are far and few between being the blossoms were torn off this spring's by hail. Some good broods of turkey polts but not many grouse seen so far. Rich Kirchmeyer, Black Creature Guides, Prentice
 


Outdoor Report - 8/16/17

 

August is the Ricing Moon on the phenological calendar.  Wild rice ripens, goldenrod blooms, and night hawks migrate. Wild bergamot, bunch berries, blue cohosh, and blue bead lilies are blossoming. Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are abundant. Pollination this year seems to have been very successful, and with good precipitation levels, the berry and apple trees are full of fruit. Trees, shrubs, plants and forbs are healthy and flourishing after our delayed spring.  The Monarch butterflies and hummingbirds seem to be more numerous this year. Horse flies, black flies and mosquitoes are out, so be prepared. The dragonflies are filling up on those pesky mosquitoes. Grouse coveys and young turkeys are being seen by forestry staff and visitors, though the youngsters are nearly adult size.  The deer and elk have been busy grazing, filling up for the winter months.  Cow and calf groups are secretive and hanging out in cover. Elk calves are weaning off of the cows and eating more vegetation.  Bulls are hanging out in bachelor groups constantly eating.  The bulls are still in velvet.  The first to lose their velvet is the raghorns.  All velvet should be off by the end of August and bugling will commence.  Our biggest bull elk in the area (west of Phillips in the Flambeau River State Forest) is being seen feeding off the side of the road from the south end of the Flambeau to Hwy W, mid forest. He is drawing lots of attention and is quite a site to see!  Bears are out and about, though quite elusive. Skunks and raccoons are at their peak activity as well so we would like to remind campers to keep their food in locked vehicles.


Check on burning and campfire restrictions on the WI DNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html.
  
Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey results indicate an increase in breeding grouse
Roadside ruffed grouse surveys [PDF] completed in spring 2017 showed statewide drumming activity increased 17 percent from 2016, based on data collected to monitor breeding grouse activity. 

Third year of reintroduction effort provides 31 Kentucky elk to Wisconsin’s Northwoods
WINTER, Wis. -- After another successful winter trapping effort, 31 elk are now roaming their new home in northern Wisconsin after being released from their acclimation and quarantine pen. - Read Full Article

Snowmobile Trail Report

 
Trails will open mid-December 2017. To pre-order your 2017-2018 Price County Snowmobile Trail Map, click here and enter LOVE to SLED in the subject line and include your name and mailing address in the body of the message.
 

Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe & Fat Bike Trail Report

 
Trails will open in December 2017.