Report by: Bayfield County Tourism
Last Updated: 1/9/2019
Trail Status: OPEN
Trail Conditions: Moderate
The warmer temperatures and stronger sun are starting to take their toll on our trails. In the woods and in shaded areas the snow is holding, but trails can be icy to the freeze/thaw that’s happening. For those riding forest roads on National Forest Service land, please use caution and stay alert! Especially in areas where you see activity i.e. plowed roads. We can’t monitor all the forest roads throughout the county so unsafe conditions may exist. We’ve had reports of large plowed snowbanks on the roads which can be hard to see, so slow down and stay safe. Groomers can be out at ALL times of the day or night – be especially cautious for groomers during the day!
Stay safe and stay on the trails!
Detailed Area Reports:
Namakagon Trail Groomers: 3 to 5″ base
Early riding, not all marshes are frozen yet – some open water. Most trails have been rolled and groomed once so far with the exception of our bigger marshes and nothing has been done from Telemark to Cable as of yet.
Bayfield County Snowmobile Alliance – Iron River Area: Iron River is shaping up nicely. Lots of bent over trees so grooming is slow but steady. By Friday afternoon should have 90% of trails with at least 1 pass
Barnes Barnestormers: Trails around Barnes and to the north are in good shape. Everything has been groomed with the exception of 31 to the south, there isn’t much snow on this and still work to do. Have to move trees the beavers cut down north of mulligan creek road. The new section south of mulligan creek is ready, we are waiting for culverts to be replaced and more snow before trying to groom the rest.
Drummond SnoJacks: Trail 63N to Grand View was groomed on 1/1 and trails 6 & 7 will be groomed on 1/2 and have a 3″ to 5″ base. There will be no more grooming after today until we get more snow. Trial 63S is rerouted on to Lake Owen Station road for 3 miles. Trail 4 is closed east of Mason. Some wet areas still in the Bibon Swamp but still passable.
Frosty’s Vintage Riders: Delta area still ungroomed, conditions ok, low hanging branches on all trails.
Washburn Valhallers: Trail #13 north from Washburn to Valhalla was groomed Wednesday, January 2, for the second time with the Washburn LMC. The trail is in nice shape with only a few thin spots. Trail #13 south from Washburn to the tri county corridor was groomed Tuesday, January 1, for the first time. This trail is In decent shape but the fields are a bit thin and slightly rough. We will regroom Trail 13 South again Friday.
South shore Trail Club – Port Wing, Herbster & Cornucopia: Trail 1,40,41 all have had 1 pass and are decent, we need more snow by the lake but is passable. All downed trees are clear just working on hanging branches now. Woody
WAINO Riders- Northwest corner of the County: Waino groomer tried to go but we had very low hangers over the trail. Club members did some cutting and will groom what we can on Friday. We hope the warm weather will allow all of trail 1 to get done by Saturday.
- Trail 13 outside Washburn, follow signs. Permanent reroute.
- Trail 4 east of Mason, follow signs. Seasonal reroute for now, includes road routes.
- Trail 70 south of Cable, follow signs. Seasonal reroute for now, includes road routes.
Be sure to stop in, warm up and patronize the businesses on our snowmobile map. Their advertising makes it possible to print and distribute the map.
Order a snowmobile map online or pick one up at area businesses. You can also download the Avenza app (for free) and get the updated Snowmobile Map on your device before you hit the trails – locate yourself on the trail map with GPS so you can see where you are, even with no cell reception! If you’d like to see the sponsor businesses on the same type of map, try the Trail Treker app ($1.99); the map is a free download with the code “Washburn2017.”