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Trail Report – : Oconto County, Wisconsin – January 21, 2020

Reporter:Oconto County Tourism
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 6-8
Date of Report: January 21, 2020
Area Report:

Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club (Townsend) –  1/21/20

All of our trails are in excellent riding condition except between intersections 510 & 512.

Paul Bunyan Riders Snowmobile Club (Lakewood) –  1/19/20

All Paul Bunyan Trails were groomed last night and 100 % in excellent condition.  Our trail boss  Bob Prasser has been doing a great job coordinating his grooming crew bringing you these stellar trails.

Chute Pond Snowmobile Club (Mountain) – 1/21/20

Chute Pond Snowmobile Club trails are open, groomed on a regular basis, and in good to very good condition on the NST (RR grade from Suring to INT#605) and all trails west of the NST. There is a park & ride adjacent to the trail on the north side of Main St (Hwy 32) in Suring, which is our southernmost access point. The wooded trails to Boulder Lake, Animal’s, the Mountain Lakes trail to Halfway Bar, and the 18 Corridor west of the NST are all in good to very good condition. The wooded trails east of the NST are in good “early season” condition, which means there will be some bumps, dips, and ruts to deal with as the groomers continue to work on the trails. The 18 Corridor east of the NST is a nice ride all the way to Crooked Lake. Be aware of a water hole/icy spot between Nelligan Lake Rd and Crooked Lake- you’ll need to go around the edge of that spot. On our eastern trails, watch for possible slushy and/or wet/icy/rough frozen areas.

The trail from INT#472 (at Old 64) north to INT#455 (18 Corridor) has re-opened. Please use extra caution in this area as it will not be groomed for a while as we wait for the ice under the snow to develop more. The previous water hole will be icy, so go slow through that area.   

Exceptions (see map): Trails that will remain closed indefinitely are from INT#451-INT#453 (from east of Hwy 32 behind the Junction to Jack Pine Rd), and from INT#447 north to the 18 Corridor trail near Cooked Lake (the northern pipeline trail). DO NOT ride the closed trails- they have not been cleared from the July wind storms because the swamps are still wet and have not allowed equipment to get in to work on those areas yet. The closed areas are tangles of fallen trees in a swampy area- you don’t want to go there.

Cautions for the entire season: Be aware that any off-trail riding- even to take one ski off to “grab a little loose snow”- could be dangerous. The July wind storms have devastated many areas of our forested trails, and there are many trees and limbs on the ground just off the edges of the groomed trails. Please stay safe- stay on the groomed trails. Riders are urged to reduce speed and ride with extra caution, as the forest and the trails look very different since the storm. There are numerous logging operations that will be ongoing throughout the season. Please use extra caution in these areas. No Chute Pond trails cross any lakes or rivers- use extreme caution on all frozen surfaces. You are encouraged to carry a portable hand saw if possible, since limbs and branches continue to fall onto and over the trails. Please- ride sober, stay to the right, and stay on the marked trails.


Bagley & Brazeau Joyriders – 1/20/20

The trails are being groomed this week. There are spots we cannot groom yet, it needs to freeze up more, but we will groom what we can.  Look out for water and icy spots; please use caution as early season conditions on the trails. If you are riding this week  watch for the groomers they well be out there. We have some changes this year; the trail to Suring is the biggest change. It’s 4 miles longer to get downtown, Suring. The trial brings you to the RR grade which is 1 mile south of town. The intersection number is new, 195; this intersection is not on our county maps.There will also be an information sign at the intersection.

Gillett Sno ATV Riders – Opening on Saturday, January 18th at 8:00am.  This will include just the railroad grade from Shawano Line Road to Suring.  The grade has 3-4 inches of packed snow on it and all the water spots we were fighting earlier this season froze up. 

Oconto Falls Sno-Jokers – 1/21/20 CLOSED.

Lena Sno-Drifters – Lena Sno-Drifters trails are open!  Please use caution as early season conditions are present.  Any water crossings could be wet.  Stay between markers, there could be hidden hazards just off the marked trail.  Grooming will wait until snowmobiles pack the trails down and wet areas freeze.  We also ask that riders spread out tracks across the trail to help set frost. 

Chase Sno-Chasers – 1/21/20 CLOSED.