Reports - Trail and Recreation
Weather Report and Burning/Campfire Restrictions
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We need snow, but the trails around the Solberg Lake area are rideable and in Fair condition. The Groomers have been out “panning” the trails, but there is not a lot of snow to work with for the full groomer drag. There tends to be more snow in the wooded areas and more going north and east. Solberg Lake was marked with barrels over the week end. The lake has good ice, but it is always best to stay on the marked trail. The Hi-Riders are having their annual Radar Fun Run and Vintage Sled Show this Saturday at Roll In Point on Solberg Lake, so even if trail riding isn’t the best, come out and join us for some fun.
Northwoods Hi-Riders- Solberg Lake Area 1/14/2019
Prentice Bush Benders trail report- 01/11/2019
All of our trails have been groomed once. They are in fair to poor condition with minimal snow cover in the open areas and in the village of Prentice. Trails in the woods are in better shape but are still in early season riding condition with some rough spots. Trails to the South and East of Prentice have more snow cover. All the creeks and swamp areas are frozen. There is logging on trails 181 East of Prentice and 116 East of County Road K. If we get snow the trails will improve quickly with the base we have down. We will be going out Monday and Tuesday to groom all of the trails one more time, after that we will not be grooming until we get more snow. Ride safe and have fun.
Snowmobile Trail Report 1/10/2019
Fifield Sno Drovers
The Sno Drovers’ trails in the Pike Lake area are in better shape than the thin snow cover would suggest. I would rate them as fair to good. We have been grooming and the trails are generally smooth and hard. That being said, RIDE CAUTIOUSLY! There are rocks, dips and other hazards that normally would be covered with snow on the trails. I suspect the snow will not hold up well to heavy traffic so there is no telling how they will be after the weekend. We will continue grooming as we’re making the trails better, but at some point , if we don’t get snow, we’re better off not grooming since we’ll be pulling up rocks and shaving off what snow there is.
Logging continues on trail 120 south of the big swamp and Fould’s Creek Rd and on Trail 108 between Trail 101 and highway 70. Take these slowly and expect icy conditions and logging equipment. There is a small creek running across Trail 101 west of Northernaire/FR144. It is marked with a barrel and will not be a problem as long as you take it slow. We hear there is open water in Iron County on corridor 19 just off our Trail 106.
Eisenstein Bushwackers and The Sno Gypsies
Yesterday groomed 80 from Boyer road to Lake shore drive Today we groomed 89-90-91 all swamps are packed and frozen There are a couple wet areas that are very sort Like less than 10 feet. There really were only 2 spots out of all our trails. Trails are pretty good for the snow we have received so far. The Toscobia getting groomed this evening. Enjoy our trail system Thank you from the gypsies
Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe, Skijor & Fat Tire Bike Trail Report
Snowshoeing, fat biking and skijoring is allowed on some trail systems during cross-country ski season. However, trail managers ask that these trail users stay off of the classic tracked portions of trail. Thank you!
Trail is not groomed but most of the trail has been skied so tracks have been manually set. The trail is covered with 2-4" of snow. The snow cover is firm and not icy making it easy and fun to ski.
Squaw Creek/Solberg Lake Trail
Phillips School Forest Trail (skate & classic xc-ski, snowshoe,& fat tire bike) - 1/2/2019
The school forest ski trail was groomed this a.m., due to lack of snow no track was set.
Conditions are “far to good”. The groomer noted that several people have been walking on the trail, this becomes a problem for skiing.Please use the appropriate trail. There are snowshoe and bike trails to accommodate different sports.
Wintergreen Trail - (skate & classic xc-ski, snowshoe, & fat tire bike) – 12/26/18 - This trail will be maintained once Federal funding has been restored (once the partial government shutdown is over).
Palmquist Farm (skate & classic xc-ski, snowshoe, & skijor) - 1/2/2019 -
We have some skiing at Palmquist Farm groomed the old fashioned way by braking trail!
High Point Trail - (classic xc-ski, snowshoe, skijor & fat tire bike) – 12/26/18 - No report. For the current trail condition or information on lighted night skiing, call 715-767-5287.
Holy Cross Trail - (classic xc-ski, snowshoe, skijor & fat tire bike) – 12/17/18 – We have been waiting for measurable snow in order to start grooming the ski trail. The trail does still have snow cover, and is skiable with rock skis, or fat tire biking. We await Mother Nature to provide us with snow for grooming!
Squaw Creek / Solberg Lake Trail - (classic xc-ski, snowshoe, skijor & fat tire bike) – 12/26/18 - No report.
Timm's Hill Trail - (skate & classic xc-ski, snowshoe, skijor, & fat tire bike) - 12/26/18 - No report.
Flambeau Hills Trail - (skate and classic xc-ski) - 1/3/2019 -
We have approximately 2 to 3 inches of snow depth. Not enough for use. Check with the forest headquarters for trail conditions.
Ice Fishing & Hunting Guide Reports
The Flambeau River and the surrounding lakes in the State Forest such as: Connors, Lake of the Pines,(walleye, bass, musky, crappies, northern and panfish) Bass Lake (largemouth bass, panfish), Swamp, Pelican, Mason and Evergreen Lakes, are great places to fish and explore. The Flambeau River water level is high and partially frozen. Some of the edges are still open. The lakes are ice covered and folks are fishing with an occasional ice shack on the lake.
ATV, UTV & Off-Road Motorcycle Trail Report
- Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 15 - Report date 12/26/18 - This report will be updated once Federal funding has been restored (once the partial government shutdown is over). Trail manager - Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest - 715-762-2461.
- Georgetown Trail (15.8 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 - Report date 12/26/18 - The Georgetown Trail is in good condition for ATV, UTV and Off-road Motorcycle riding. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department - 715-339-6371.
- Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail/Prentice Area ~ CLOSED - The Price County section of the trail allows ATV and UTV use December through March 31 when snowmobile trails are officially open and the temperature is 28 degrees or colder. Click here to find Taylor County contact information for inquiries regarding their open and close dates or call 715-748-1486.
- Solberg Trail (9.5 miles) ~ CLOSED FOR REPAIR - Open May 1 through March 14 - The Solberg trail is completely closed due to bridge repair. The repairs should be completed for the May 1, 2019 spring opening. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department - 715-339-6371.
- Tuscobia State Trail (64 miles) ~ PRICE COUNTY SECTION IS CLOSED FOR THE 2018 SEASON - Open April 16 through November 15 - Click for a trail report
https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/tuscobia/. Trail manager - Natural Resources Property Supervisor - 715-669-4342.
- Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) ~ CLOSED FOR THE 2018 SEASON - Open May 15 through November 15. Trail manager - Flambeau River State Forest - 715-332-5271.
MADISON - With more crashes involving all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicles this late summer state conservation wardens are urging all operators and riders to remember safety steps. Wisconsin has seen 16 fatal crashes involving all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicles this year.
Outdoor Report - 1/3/2019
Facilities closed: Connors Lake and Lake of the Pines Campground, Connors Lake Picnic Area, ATV/UTV trails
Roads to and in the forest: All snow covered, and slippery.
Paddling/Flambeau River - 2018 Final Report
The river will begin to open, become ice free, in April 2019. See you next spring!
For your safety always wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Check with an area rental/shuttle service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on your experience. Resource manager - Flambeau River State Forest - 715-332-5271 or Park Falls DNR - 715-762-3204.
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.
Fall Color - Final 2018 Report
Price County's leaf color is past peak. Historically, peak color occurs during the first week of October.