Forest County Snowmobile Trails will officially open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 23, 2016 for the snowmobiling season. Forest County has 405.79 miles of state funded trails maintained by five snowmobile clubs including the 100 Mile Snow Safari, Lumberjack Memorial Trails, Black Bear Sportsmen’s Club Trails, Three Lakes Trails and the Tombstone-Pickerel Trails.
Snowmobile clubs have been panning the trails and have all trails cleared and signed. With recent snowfall and cold temperatures trail conditions will improve greatly in the next few days.
New snowmobile maps are also available for the New Year thanks to a sizeable donation by the Sugarbush Snowmowheelers. Thank you Snowmowheelers! This annual donation results in an awesome snowmobile trail maps to guide snowmobilers throughout Forest County.
Snowmobilers will enjoy a greatly improved trail this winter when heading west from the City of Crandon. This trail has been improved through an ATV grant obtained by the County Forestry and Recreation Department. The ATV grant has been used to level and gravel the trail surface for an ATV trail later in 2017. Currently this segment is open for snowmobiling but NOT open for ATV use! This segment of snowmobile trail will be located on the same route as last year with one exception. The trail crossing County Highway S has been relocated approximately 120 yards north of the intersection of County Hwy S and U.S. Highway 8. This move was done to improve safety at this intersection. Please follow the signs and stay on the trail.
Please remember that the Nicolet State Trail and the Wolf River State Trail are the ONLY snowmobile trails in Forest County that are currently open for ATV and UTV use. The Forest County Snowmobile Trail Ordinance currently prohibits ATV, UTV use and motor vehicle use on all other snowmobile trails in Forest County. Snowmobile trails are “NOT” open for motor vehicle use or hunting. THOSE DRIVING TRUCKS ON TRAILS ARE SUBJECT TO FINES THROUGH THE COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAIL ORDINANCE.
Updated trail condition reports can be found daily by calling the Forest County Snowline at 715-478-2024 or logging onto the Forest County website at www.forestcountywi.com. This website also provides links to local snowmobile clubs which provide daily grooming reports and maps of the Forest County trail system. You may choose to log on to a specific snowmobile club for trail information including the 100 Mile Snow Safari at www.100milesnowsafari.com or Lumberjack Memorial Trails at www.lmtsnowmobiletrails.com or Tombstone-Pickerel Trails at www.tombstonepickerel.com or Three Lakes Trails at www.threelakes.com.
The Department of Tourism also provides statewide snowmobile travel conditions at www.travelwisconsin.com/snow-conditions-report/snowmobile.