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Trail Report – : Oconto County, Wisconsin – January 27, 2020

Reporter:Oconto County Tourism
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 6-9
Date of Report: January 27, 2020
Area Report:

Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club (Townsend) –  1/27/20

Groomers were out last night, and report things cleaned up reasonably well. They took a real beating over the weekend with very heavy traffic. We are very happy to entertain our guests to the area, welcome! With these warm temperatures the trails won’t hold up to heavy traffic like when it’s cold, so try to be easy on them and please understand, we are doing the best that we can!!  All of our trails are in excellent riding condition, except between intersections 510 & 512

Paul Bunyan Riders Snowmobile Club (Lakewood) –  1/24/20

ll three groomers were out last night. The snow was a little sticky but still groomed out nice. We will be out all weekend keeping them in great shape.

Chute Pond Snowmobile Club (Mountain) – 1/26/20

hute 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: 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 – 1/23/20

The trails are getting better; we have a good base and 4 “of new snow. The marshes and low areas still need time to freeze up, before we can groom them. Club member reported this week the trails were good to very good condition in many areas. Pipeline is in fair condition due to lack of grooming.  Forest trails are good. The groomers will back on the trails all day Friday.

Gillett Sno ATV Riders – 1/27/20

Trails took a beating this weekend with a lot of traffic and the warm temperatures, we were not able to groom since Friday due to the warm temps. With the way that the weather looks staying below freezing the groomer will be out nightly to try and fix trails and have them set up for good weekday riding and going into next weekend. Please stay on trails and use caution as some trails have water that started to run onto trail near road crossings, Trails look to have held up nicely considering the warm weather.

Oconto Falls Sno-Jokers – 1/25/20 CLOSED.

Lena Sno-Drifters – 1/25/20 CLOSED.

Chase Sno-Chasers – 1/27/20 CLOSED.