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Minocqua Area and Northern Wisconsin

Welcome to the Minocqua Area - Nature's Original Water Park. We call it that because it's located in the middle of Northern Wisconsin's Lake Country. Here there are thousands of lakes, rivers and streams that literally saturate the geography. And vacationers have long been visiting the Minocqua Area to enjoy all this water by boating, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling and more. There's no admission fees and we're open year round!

Snowmobile Trail and Ski Trail Report







 Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club Report


The cold temps and snow has done wonders for the trail conditions.  Over all the trails are in GOOD to VERY GOOD condition!  There are many areas where they are VERY GOOD and a few spots (in town, extreme traffic areas) where they are just FAIR.  Watch for ice in the corners.  There are lots of fun things to do this weekend.  Come up or get out and ENJOY!!!



Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club

February 10, 2016
Curt Christensen - President, Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club

I’m finally pleased to report that beginning after last Saturday night’s grooming shifts, the operators all reported to me that our trails are in Very Good to Excellent Condition!

Special Notes:
Corridor Trails 10E & 12E: Portions of these trails in the wooded areas and through the corners were reported in Good Condition.

The Kobart Trail: The east and west ends of the trail are being groomed once a week and are in good condition. The middle low lying swampy area, in-between steep hills, is not being groomed at this time and is in poor condition. Watch out for possible open water in the low lying area.

Corridor Trail 12W: Slow down, stay to the right of the road construction barrels and ride with caution between TIN-676 & TIN-658. This section of trail is shared with motor vehicle traffic.

Trail 5B: There is a section of this trail that goes through a low lying swamp and does not get groomed at this time.


Cross Country Ski Trails- NHAL

Escanaba Trail – 2/7/16 – All loops tracked.  Very good conditions.

Madeline Trail – 2/9/16 – All loops tracked. Very good conditions.

McNaughton Trail – 2/10/16 – Skaters loop leveled and groomed. All other loops leveled, cut and tracked. Good conditions.

Raven Trail  - 2/8/16 – All loops tracked.  Good conditions.


Tony Martinez

Trails Coordinator

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest


Fishing Report


Hey, the fishing has been pretty good, above average! The bad news is colder weather is coming in over the next week. After enjoying a week where I hardly wore gloves and heavy clothes I guess we'll get back to buying propane for those shelter heaters. But the good news is the fishing usually picks up during colder spells like this. So if you can stand the wind and cold you'll probably be cleaning more fish in the upcoming days.

Crappies, perch, bluegills and the such have been biting pretty good. Minnows, bugs, wigglers on the smallest jigs you can use are the ticket to some really nice fish lately. Be flexible with your presentation. Sometimes they want it jigged fast, sometimes still and sometimes in-between. Waxies, spikes and mousees have been working but not on the same day. Bring all with you and experiment.

Underwater video cameras are helping right now as the bite is slow and light. The camera, focused on your presentation, will tell you what the fish are doing when approaching your bait. If they are investigating but then ignoring, change your bait and/or presentation.

Walleye have been really finicky and their catchable windows have mostly been limited to low light periods. Reports have come in telling of hardships of not being able to catch fish under 14" on those 14" lakes, but in the evening. One guy caught a nice 32 incher with a big shiner five feet off the bottom in 12 feet of water, early morning. Shiners and nice walleye suckers on tip ups are the bait of choice.

Northerns and bass are still active everywhere they live. Big shiners and suckers are hard for them to resist. I caught more than a few of them this week on Kastmasters and Jig-a-Whoppers tipped with spikes or rosie reds. That's fun when they smack one of those.

I see an empty bucket coming into the shop so I better go fill it. Later!

Jeff Bolander, also known as 'How' of Dewey, Catchem and How

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