Reports - Trail and Recreation
Paddling/Flambeau River Report - 6/22/17
Both the North Fork and the South Fork of the Flambeau River have high water levels and the current is strong. This is a good time to paddle the river. Be safe and always wear your PFD (life jacket).
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 - 6/22/17
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 have to trailer their machines. From Hwy 182 on the east side of the river, take Case Avenue south/left, go west/right on Grunerwald Road then take Hwy 13 north/right 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) ~ PARTIALLY OPEN - The section of trail from Park Falls west to the Price County line is open. Two sections east of Price County, one just west of Radisson and one just east of Birchwood, washed out during a heavy rain event on June 11, 2017, and are closed. Follow detours around these closed sections. See the DNR webpage: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/tuscobia/ for more information.
- Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ OPEN - Crews have been assessing the recent storm damage and are reporting multiple trees down, some minor washouts, and some flooding on the trail. However they have been making progress on sawing out the trees and we are working on getting a dozer in once things dry out some. The trail will remain open at this time. Riders are asked to ride with caution and at a safe and prudent speed for conditions, and if there is water over the trail to check first for washouts that may not be visible under the water. There is active logging on trails 118C-101 by Wintergreen Lake Road, and on trail 118A-111 by FR 144, just to the west of Round Lake. Trail users may encounter temporary delays when log trucks are loading, but logging activity is only on weekdays. Brushing may be taking place as well, so please ride aware and with caution as equipment may be on the trail. Please contact Brady Howe at email@example.com with the location of the issue so we may address it immediately.
- 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 trails are wet after receiving a lot of rain. I have not had any reports of any washouts though. The logging continues on the Georgetown 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 - 6/21/17 Fishing has been very average this past week. The water temperatures are right around 70 degrees. Most fish species have finished spawning and are in post spawn feeding mode. Walleyes are being caught when on lakes where there are not large mayfly hatches going on. Leeches under a slip bobber have been working best for most anglers in 7-10 feet of water off of weed edges. Larger bluegills are also being found in these same areas and can be caught on small leeches or crawlers. Crappies have dispersed into the deeper water as well. Drifting with minnows and slip bobbers over deeper weeds or near cribs is the best way to target them. Northern pike have been hitting well on spinnerbaits over shallow cabbage beds. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have moved off or their nests and are being caught on rubber worms and top water baits such as frogs and poppers. Largemouth can be found in shallow water near thick cover such as lily pads or wood. Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky bottom as well as near wood. Muskie action has gotten better now that water temperatures have stabilized. The top water bite has really picked up this past week. Look for muskies over weeds on 3 to 10 feet of water. Bucktails and glide baits are also great bait choices this time of year. Bright colors such as orange or chartreuse are good for the stained water in Price County.
6/14/17 - The muskie activity was very good last week. We boated a number of fish with the biggest at 44 inches. Top water was king but bucktails provided the most activity. The walleye action was also good with a shallow water bite during the day. The biggest was a 19 incher. Both species were shallow and relating to weed. Our area has experienced some heavy rain and lakes are swelling. If you are on the water take your foot off the throttle. Many docks are already underwater or close to floating. Too much wave activity is not good. Good luck fishing! Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service
Outdoor Report - 6/23/17
Check on burning and campfire restrictions on the Wisconsin DNR at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html.
June is Time for Picking - Strawberry Moon on the phenological calendar. Loon chicks hatch, turtles lay eggs, songbirds nest, fireflies come out and strawberries ripen. Blooming plants are everywhere. Especially the yellow and white blossoms. Cherry trees, highbush cranberries, the white blossomed dogwoods, basswoods with their bell shaped flowers and soothing fragrance, the forest floor is bursting with newness. Strawberries, swamp dewberries, American fly honeysuckle, and blueberries are ripe or soon to be ripe. Don’t eat the American fly honeysuckle though, they are poisonous. Song birds are defending their territories where some of the females are still sitting on their nests or renesting. The roads are full of snapping turtles and painted turtles crossing to lay their eggs. Horse flies and mosquitoes are out so be prepared. The dragonflies are filling up on those pesky mosquitoes. The deer and elk have been busy grazing on green shoots. New wobbly elk calves and deer fawns are out and about following their mothers, soon to be gallivanting around like teenagers. Our biggest bull elk in the area was seen feeding off the side of the road in the south east part of the Forest. His antlers or so majestic and still in velvet. He is drawing lots of attention. A bear and her 3 cubs were seen suckling by the wildlife biologist, That was a very rare view. There is a New Moon on Friday.
Please drive safely and avoid hitting wildlife crossing the roads, including this years’ youngsters - elk calves, deer fawns, birds and turtles, etc.
Bonus antlerless deer tags available for purchase starting Aug. 15. The first three days of bonus tag sales are management zone-specific and will be available as follows: •Aug. 15, 10 a.m. - Northern and Central Forest (Zone 1); •Aug. 16, 10 a.m.- Central Farmland (Zone 2); •Aug. 17, 10 a.m.- Southern Farmland (Zone 2); and •Aug. 18, 10 a.m. - remaining bonus tags (all zones). - Read the entire story at http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/article/?id=3681
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.
County Deer Advisory Council application period open until July 1
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats before the application period closes for all counties July 1, 2017.Council members meet annually to review deer management data, gather public input from citizens and provide recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer management decisions in their county.
Natural Resources Board approves 2017 deer harvest quotas and season structure
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved deer hunting season framework and antlerless deer quotas for 2017 at its May 24 meeting in Madison.
Entries Sought for Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp design contests
Wisconsin artists have until July 20 to submit artwork for the 2018 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests.
Our autumn color begins to show in September and typically peaks during the first week of October.
Snowmobile Trail Report
Trails are closed for the 2016-2017 winter season. They will reopen December 2017. Thanks for riding with us this season!
Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe & Fat Bike Trail Report
Trails are closed for the 2016-2017 winter season. They will reopen December 2017. Thanks for visiting us this season!