Reports - Trail and Recreation
Weather Report and Burning/Campfire Restrictions
Visit http://www.wjfw.com/weather.html for weather forecasts from News Watch 12 Rhinelander.
Check on burning and campfire restrictions on the WI DNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html.
Paddling/Flambeau River - 6/13/18
Area rivers are at normal levels for this time of year and conditions are good for a paddling trip on the North Fork or the South Fork of the Flambeau River. The river is reported to be at a good flow below the Turtle Dam on the North Fork of the Flambeau River and the fishing is picking up.
River anglers have reported success fishing for smallmouth bass.
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 without consistent rain. When planning a paddling trip, check with an area rental/shuttle 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 - 6/11/18
Price County Highway ATV / UTV routes are open May 15 through October 15. There is bridge construction taking place on County Highway H; the designated detour route is County Highway F to Flemings Rapids Road to County Highway W (Map PDF). Detour signs will be posted, and the speed limit will be 25 mph on Town of Elk roads. The use of Flemings Rapids Road as a route is on a temporary basis for this detour only. Please abide by the speed limit.
Municipalities - open and close dates for road routes vary by city, town and village. Please contact the municipality where you are interested in riding to verify dates.
- Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 15 - The trail is getting a bit dusty. Brusher is currently working south of Hwy 70 between Wintergreen and Sailor Lake, we expect him to be finished this week. Logging is taking place on trail 118A-111 by Hwy 182, so please use caution as logging equipment may be crossing the trail. Please report any issues, especially water over the trail, to Brady Howe at email@example.com or 715-762-5104 and leave a detailed message on where the issue is. Maps of the trail system are available for free for smartphones via the Avenza PDF Maps app, which is free - https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/cnnf/maps-pubs/?cid=fseprd530550.
- Solberg Trail (9.5 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 - The Solberg Trail had brushing and grading done to the open section (non-detour section), so it is in very good riding shape. Due to unsafe bridge conditions, there is a detour in place from the parking located on E. Solberg Lake Road to FR 508. There is a sign posted noting the reroute which uses a town road. The section of the trail north of the bridge remains open from FR 508 going north. The reroute will be in place until late-summer.
- Georgetown Trail (15.8 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 - The Georgetown Trail is in good shape for ATV, UTV and Off-road Motorcycle riding. There are two active logging operations. One starts just north of the White Birch Lane parking lot and ends at the White Birch Lane trail intersection. The other is just west of where the trail crosses Skinner Creek Road. Watch for signs and slow down for your safety and for the safety of the workers.
- Tuscobia State Trail (64 miles) ~ OPEN April 16 through November 15 - There is a small washout about a mile east of Draper by Hathaway Road at the culvert; it is passable and has green markers on it. Beginning July 9 (originally scheduled to begin June 18), there will be a detour for a trail repair east of Winter near Sundling Road in Sawyer County through July 25, 2018. There will be signs posted for the reroute. For questions regarding the detour, contact Sawyer County Forestry at 715-634-4846.
- Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) ~ OPEN May 15 through November 15 - The trail is in very good condition. Please be aware there is a stretch of trail on Hines Grade Road that is in need of some repair work; half of the road bed has washed away. It is clearly marked and still passable.
- Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail/Prentice Area ~ CLOSED through November 30 - The Price County section of the trail allows ATV and UTV use December through March 31 when snowmobile trails are officially open. Click here to find Taylor County contact information for inquiries regarding their open and close dates or call 715-748-1486.
Local Fishing & Hunting Guide Reports
6/13/18 - Fawns are really showing up all over In my travels in the woods, and to meeting and work I have seen quite a few so far. Grouse drum counts are down for me from last year but no one can tell at this time what or how good hatch and success rates for chicks will be. Goose babies are all over and it looks like they had good hatch success. Lightning bugs are out and giving us a free show each evening. Rich Kirchmeyer, Black Creature Guides
6/13/18 - Anglers have been catching all species of fish this past week. The weather has been warm and stable bringing water temps into the high 60s to lower 70s. Largemouth bass have been in shallow weeds around docks and weed edges. Wackies and senkos have produced some nice catches. Smallmouth bass are leaving the bedding areas and are beginning to move to off shore areas sunken islands. Muskie activity is picking up and the bigger females are beginning to feed. Shallow weed beds are the target area with bucktails and twitch baits getting the most activity. Walleye activity is good with a variety of presentations working. Shallow weeds, rocky gravel points and rock bars are producing. Weather predictions is for some warmer temps and fishing activity should remain good. Good Luck Fishing! Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service
6/11/18 - For fishing - things have been pretty good. Most of my action has been around new weed growth, which is running about 1-2 behind it seems, probably due to the late spring. But it's making for some great weed edge fishing right now for mixed bags of panfish, bass, pike, and a few walleye. Marc Morrone, Elk River Custom Rods & Bait Shop
DNR Outdoor Report - 6/14/18
Multiple goose and duck broods are being seen and a sandhill crane colt was reported last week. Grouse broods should have started hatching this past week. Bird migration is slowing down. Sightings of deer fawns are being reported. If you see a fawn alone, please leave it where it is as the survival strategy for deer is to leave the nearly scent free fawns “hidden” while the doe feeds somewhere nearby but the mother will return to retrieve the fawn after feeding. In the forest wetlands, the spring peepers have quieted down somewhat, but now the toads, tree frogs, green frogs and bullfrogs contribute to the nighttime symphony. Turtles nesting season is in full swing. If you see a turtle trying to cross a road, please try to avoid it or stop and assist it across, if you can do so safely. Some spring woodland flowers are in bloom. Raspberries and blackberries will be blooming soon. Poison ivy is out, so try to avoid it. Ticks and mosquitoes are quite numerous.
Flambeau River State Forest Outdoor Report - 6/14/18 - It’s June, so get ready to pick some strawberries! Gardens are all planted. Loon chicks hatch, turtles lay eggs, songbirds nest, fireflies come out and strawberries ripen. Blooming plants are everywhere. The forest floor is bursting with newness. Geese and ducks are nesting and groups of goslings are being seen, some are sizeable already. Song birds are defending their territories where the females are sitting on the nests and youngsters are appearing. Robins, mourning doves, yellow finches, phoebes, tree swallows, house wrens, owls, wood cock, sandhill cranes, swans, red breasted grosbeaks, orioles and Myrtle’s warblers, all being seen and enjoyed. Cheep, cheep, cheep! The deer and elk have been birthing this years’ young. The elk cows have been making calf scouting moves, looking for a safe and quiet area to have their calves. Many have calved already. Be sure to drive safely as the roads are full of elk calves, deer fawns, bear and cubs, birds, and turtles. Take time and quietly go out and see the splendor that nature offers.
Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey results indicate a decrease in breeding grouse
MADISON - Roadside ruffed grouse surveys completed this spring showed statewide drumming activity decreased 34 percent between 2017 and 2018; while this decline does not follow the generally predictable grouse population cycle, the 2018 drumming observations do fall within the normal range of variability of the grouse cycle.
Entries sought for Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests
MADISON -- Wisconsinites with an artistic talent are reminded that they have until July 16 to submit artwork for the 2019 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests.
Fall ColorHistorically, peak color in Price County is during the first week of October.
Snowmobile Trail ReportPrice County snowmobile trails will reopen in December.
Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe, Skijor & Fat Tire Bike Trail Report
Silent sports trails will reopen in December.