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Trail Report – : Eagle River, Wisconsin – January 3, 2021

Reporter:Holly t
Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 7 +- much
Date of Report: January 3, 2021
Area Report:

January 3 – 9:57am 16 degrees  – High of 34 – Low tonight of 12 

Trails are in on average Fair Early Riding Condition

Trails are in in Early Riding Condition.  What that means is all sorts of conditions that change quickly.  Going from Fair to even Excellent up north to Poor and all conditions in between throughout Vilas County.

Many clubs up north in the county have enough snow to groom nightly.  Other clubs in the county are panning & other are grooming off & on. Temps are rising so conditions will go down hill.  Best to check with the area you want to ride for the current conditions.  Chambers.  Snowmobile Clubs.  Friends. All are good sources.

Rode again yesterday, Saturday.  About 120 miles.  Here’s where we rode & what we found:

Headed out on the trails around 11:30am yesterday.  12 degrees when we left.  Left from east of Eagle River.  Took 10 heading west toward Eagle River.  ROW had frozen snow.  Again took spur to Catfish Lake at 12 Pines, which is marked with no slush at all. Off at Braywood Bay.  Road route (10) to Bloom Rd & back on the trail(10).  Frozen solid from Bloom Rd to Loon Lk Rd. Picked up the very smooth grade (10/13) headed north through town.  Much the same as Friday.

Rode north of Eagle River to trail 10W intersection toward the Wisconsin River Bridge.  East side Fair.  Approach to bridge & crossing.  Both side smooth, hard & snow covered.  Beyond the approach on the west side was rough & gritty.

From there picked up 13 heading north.  In the Buckatabon area we took one ways.  There was all sorts of conditions.  All early season & snow covered.  Got better as we rode north as the snow got deeper. Rode that all the way to 8.  Went west.  Fair with grit on the first section.  As we went further west it was better.

Took 8 all the way to 8 & 7 intersection.  Continued on 8 going west heading to Boulder Junction.  That left turn was a great choice.  The entire section of 8 heading due west was excellent riding!  Best all day.  As 8 headed south trail was Fair & snow covered.  In Boulder Junction the back street by pass was snow cover.  Took 15 north for lunch at Gooches.  Back on 15 to Boulder Junction & south on 8 to 15.  Groomers were out.

Rode 15 south to 11.  Back to early riding.  Fair on average.  After crossing county N headed east on 10.  10 was a mixed bag of conditions.  Fair on average with some Poor and some Good.  All snow covered no bare riding but gritty in a few areas.

Rode 10 through St. Germain to Eagle River connect along Hwy 70.  St. Germain was out grooming.  So it was smooth. The hill on 10 across from Wisconsin River was thin which is just what happens there.  Rest was hard snow & had rough sections. 

Connected with grade 10/13 in town & home by 10E.  Looked like Eagle River groomers were out.

Catfish Lake is marked.  Word is Eagle is being marked no confirmation.  Will let you know tomorrow.  Either way stay by the barrels.

Thanks to the clubs for all their hard work.

Need cold weather & SNOW.  KEEP THINKING COLD & DOIN’ THE SNOW DANCE!                
Holly Tomlanovich
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News and Reports:

UPDATE – Sno-Eagles Wednesday & Thursday rides start has been moved forward to
January 13 & 14 SNOW conditions & totals permitting

Contact Club President, Howard Wolf at 262.442.4876 for more information

  • January 5 – Sno-Eagles Board of Directors meeting – 6pm – VFW – Hwy 70W
  • January 8-10 – World Championship Vintage Derby – Derby Track north Hwy 45N – Volunteers needed
  • January 15-17 – World Championship Snowmobile Derby – Derby Track north Hwy 45N – Volunteers needed
  • January 18 – Military Ride – HQ at the Derby Track north on Hwy 45N
  • January 21 – Sno-Eagles General membership meeting – Live stream – check for information
  • January 29-31 – Women on Snow

To volunteer or for more information on Sno-Eagles activities contact Howard Wolf at 262.442.4876

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