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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!



Snow Report from Travel Wisconsin



Trail Reports


 The Cross Country Cruisers

 Cross County Cruisers trails are in good to very good condition. We got about "3 of snow on Tuesday that will make for a pretty good weekend of riding! The spur trail from Lake Minocqua is in fair condition, the 47 trail is good to very good. The 70 trail is fair. The Bearskin is good to very good but some thin spots just south of town. All the trails north of HWY 70 are good to very good.

Remember to use caution on Vandercook Rd, watch for logging trucks. The forecast  for next week looks like we will see several days above freezing temps, so get out and ride this weekend if you can, things are most likely going to deteriorate fast because are base has gotten so thin. We will keep you posted but this could very well be the last weekend of a very good season.

Remember to Ride right, Ride Safe, and have a great weekend.

Updated 3/5/15

CCC Trail Boss`s

Vilas Co Steve Wolfe

Oneida Co John (Ringo) Hereen




Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Report


Updated 03/03/15

Again this week the trails continue to be in good, to in some stretches, excellent condition.

Special Remarks:

  • Throughout the trail system there are icy patches on the inside of many corners.  These conditions could cause your sled to spin out.  Ride into every corner with caution, especially if new snow covers these patches.
  • Some portions of the trails, through heavily wooded areas, continue to have a minimal base and are beginning to show small patches of dirt.
  • Trail 5b is closed for the season.

Grooming Schedule:

Thursday: Corridor Trail 12W (INT676 to INT662); Club Trails 5 (INT658 to INT652) & W

Thursday: Corridor Trail 10E (INT611 to Sutton Rd); Club Trails 9 & J

Friday: Corridor Trail 10W (INT611 to INT621); Club Trails 5 & 5A

Sunday: Corridor Trail 10; Club Trails 5 & 5A

Monday Morning: Corridor Trail 12E (INT676 to INT865);  Club Trail 7

Tuesday:    All other Club Trails

Be aware that this schedule may change due to weather and snow conditions. 

Eye on the Weather:  AccuWeather.com is predicting a temperature change starting on Fridaywhere the temperatures will be above freezing for the weekend and most of the following week.  The long range forecast for the weekend of March 13th shows temperatures nearing 50 degrees!  Be prepared for trail conditions to change significantly with this pre spring warm-up.

This Week’s Club Ride:

Our club is making an effort to sponsor a group ride every week.  We start at the Black Bear Bar at 10:00 AM and ride someplace for lunch.  This week we’ll be riding to the Dublin Sports Bar & Grill (near Conover) on Thursday, March 5th.  Details for the ride are posted on both Facebook and our Internet site.




Ski Trail Report

Reported by NHAL 03/05/15

 All Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest Cross Country Ski Trails are in very good to excellent condition.

  Escanaba was last groomed on March 3rd.  Raven, McNaughton and Madeline were groomed on March 4th.  The only reason they are not rated excellent condition is a small amount of leaves in the track, which naturally occurs this time of year.

This weekend should be some of the best conditions of the year for consistent conditions. On average we groom until mid-March.

For great track I would say skiing today, March 5th through Monday March 9th would be best.  We will be grooming a limited amount after that and conditions will become variable once the 40 degree temperatures arrive.  By variable conditions I mean fast frozen tracks in the morning and slower softer tracks in the afternoon, with klister wax and proper waxing becoming critical for traction and glide.

P  Dan Jacoby
Water Trails Coordinator
Northern Highland American Legion State Forest
Trout Lake Headquarters 4125







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