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Trail Report – : Oconto County, Wisconsin – January 16, 2018

Reporter:Oconto County Tourism
Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: 4-6
Date of Report: January 16, 2018
Area Report:

Snowmobile Trails
Red Arrow Townsend – Trails are OPEN. The Snow Dance Saturday night seems to have worked, but maybe we should have danced a while longer? It’s 3:42 PM as I type this and we have received 3″ of snow so far today. It’s a blessing though and definitely a step in the right direction. The groomers will be out tonight to work their magic on the newly fallen snow. Check back tomorrow to find out how they did.

Paul Bunyan Riders – Trails are open. The trails are in poor condition due to the warm weather and with rain today they will get worse. The railroad grade is mostly gravel and travel is not recommended. We wish we had better news. I will update conditions if anything changes. The weather is getting back below freezing tonight and very cold for the weekend.

Chute Pond Snowmobile Club – Our trails are currently OPEN and in poor “Early Season Condition”. We got an inch or two of fluffy snow last night and today. Our trails are thin, hard, and icy in most areas now, with a couple inches of loose snow on top. Our groomers are out working to pack the new couple inches of snow down onto the trails, but they’re reporting it’s still pretty rough out there. The rain last week deteriorated our thin trail base and there are many sections with exposed gravel and/or rocks.

Riding is not recommended until we get more snow. We need snow to make the trails rideable again.

Ride at your own risk, and use extra caution- especially in these areas:

The section of trail north of Hwy W up to Mountain Lakes Rd near the Big Y (INT 320).

Watch for logging on the 18 Corridor trail west of Hwy 32.

The wooded trail from INT 455 to INT 472 (Old 64).

The pipeline trail from Jack Pine north to INT 447 is rough, but the pipeline trail from INT 447 north to Crooked Lake should be avoided- it is ungroomed and extremely rough.

The wooded trail between INT 453 behind the Junction east to Jack Pine Rd.

The 18 Corridor trail near Crooked Lake.

Expect some dips, rocks, branches, ruts, and bare spots. Low areas that froze may be icy under a thin layer of snow- and also may have rough broken up ice/dirt in the area. We are not grooming at this time- we desperately need more snow for conditions to improve . Slow down and use extra caution if you choose to ride. Always use caution riding on any lake or river. Ice conditions can be unpredictable and can vary greatly from lake to lake- or from one end of a lake to the other.

Bagley & Brazeau – The trails are from fair to poor condition. The trails in the woods are the best area to ride. The groomers have been out two days and will be out Friday also. Be sure to watch for the groomers on the trails. The marshes and wet areas need to freeze up more before they can get groomed. We do not know the condition of the Lakes so I would not ride on them at all.

Gillett Sno ATV Riders – Trails are OPEN. Trails are in fair to poor condition and groomed. Corridor 7 heading south out of Gillett to Shawano will be closed until we get more snow. Remember early season conditions exist.

Oconto Falls Sno Jokers – Trails are CLOSED.
Lena – Trails are CLOSED.
Chase Sno-Chasers – Trails are CLOSED.