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Trail Report – : Eagle River, Wisconsin – January 20, 2021

Reporter:Holly t
Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: Base of 1-2 inches covered with 5-6 inches of snow
Date of Report: January 20, 2021
Area Report:

5:58am 2 below zero – High of 25 today – Low tonight 2 below zero

 Trails remain in on average Poor to Fair Very Early Riding Condition
Off trail riding has become a problem throughout Vilas county.  What this is doing jeopardizing trail easements & will cause trail section closures.  Please once again stay on marked trails.

Some SNOW again yesterday afternoon.  Looked like mix of Lake Effect Snow & Snow. Just a skiff. Weather guys forecast chance of flurries all week.  Next measurable SNOW is Sunday with a 40% chance.  Are you Dancin’?  Temps have dropped Thursday & forward temps at night will be low teens to single digits & even below zero.  Daytime teens to low 20’s.

Trail 3N aka Manske Swamp has been closed for now.  Due to high water & off trail riding.  This trail is a cut across between 13N & 17N.  After it freezes back up it may reopen.  Stay tuned for updates.

No report on Trail 10W aka Wisconsin River Trail.  Will do some more checking today & update if necessary.

Trails Early Riding Condition with conditions at Fair to Poor. Almost daily there is light snow fall since Sunday. Not enough to improve condition but to cover frozen ground & ice base in most areas. Crusty frozen snow under the new SNOW.  As of yesterday most everything was covered.  Areas of snirt & crusty snow as well.  No grooming overnight.

Catfish & Eagle have been marked by businesses on the lake. This includes the spur to Eagle Waters. Stay by the markers to be safe.  Temps have dropped so that will freeze up any remaining surface slush

PLEASE REMEMBER WHILE VILAS COUNTY TRAILS ARE OPEN, ONEIDA & FOREST ARE NOT.  PLEASE DO NOT RIDE IN THOSE AREAS.  This includes Three Lakes, Sugar Camp & Newbold which are all in Oneida county.

The Eagle River Area Volunteer Fire Department has announce that there will be no Ice Castle this winter.


Holly Tomlanovich
Phone Trail Updates 715.479.5185 reporting conditions weekly
Eagle River area eventsSno-Eagles club events

News and Reports:

UPDATE – Sno-Eagles Wednesday & Thursday rides start has been cancelled for now. 
Will resume when there is adequate SNOW

Be sure to contact Club President, Howard Wolf at 262.442.4876 for more information as to when rides start

  • January 21 – Sno-Eagles General membership meeting – Live stream – Go to Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club Facebook page for information & instructions
  • January 29-31 – Women on Snow
  • February 2 – Sno-Eagles Board Meeting – 6pm – VFW Eagle River – Hwy 70 just south of Verizon – Southside of hwy
  • February 9-11 – Mid Week Overnight ride to White Pine – Rooms still available – Contact Carol Radloff 715.479.5153 for details

To volunteer or for more information on Sno-Eagles activities contact Howard Wolf at 262.442.487

Snowmobile Information:

Wisconsin Snowmobile Registration
Discount Trail Pass for Snowmobile Club Members – $10 – Time to join a club!
Standard Wisconsin Trail Pass – $30
Out of State Trail Pass – $50
Newly Updated Vilas County Map It Trail App GPS style app of all trails in Vilas Cty.  Plus includes the brown 3 digit emergency numbering system. If an emergency happens call 911 & give them that number.  Find you quicker.
Newly Updated Groomer Tracking Systems (GTS) Gives you trails groomed in last 24, 48 & 96 hours
AWSC – Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs
DNR Snowmobiling Helpful Information