Northern Wisconsin Snowmobiling

SnowmobileThanks to the hard work of our area snowmobile clubs and volunteers, an extensive network of professionally groomed trails — more than 1600 miles — are maintained in the Minocqua area. These trails traverse a magnificent natural environment that includes 1,300 glacial lakes and 233,000 acres of public forest land. This, combined with our 65-inch annual average snowfall, makes for some of the Midwest's best sledding.

SnowmobileTake off in any direction to sled on spacious and well-marked routes across forests and frozen lakes. The locale features a number of trail side pit stops, as well. Step inside and enjoy the atmosphere, but please be responsible. Don’t drink and drive.

Area trail maps are available at the chamber office or can be mailed to you upon your request.

Current Snowmobile Trail Conditions

January 31, 2017

Curt Christensen President, Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club

Overall Conditions:

Our grooming operations began this past Thursday and all the operators are reporting that the trails are in Good to Very Good and sometimes Excellent condition. However, be aware of icy patches in the corners! The swamps are still showing some moisture. When you’re traveling on a swamp, stay in the middle of the trail where the ice is the thickest.

Areas of Concern:

These sections of trail run on roads and will have a layer of ice on them underneath the new snow cover. Please ride with caution: Corridor 10 between TIN-608 to TIN-610; Most of Trail 10A runs on snowmobile routes from TIN-601 to TIN-609; The Kennedy Fire Lane has been plowed on Corridor Trail 12 between TIN-676 and TIN-658.
A swamp on Kobart Trail D has opened up and is NOT passable by snowmobiles. There was also water reported on Corridor 12 in the swampy area between TIN-441 & TIN-667 by our groomer operator.

Grooming Schedule (beginning Tuesday, January 31st):

Tuesday: C10 West, Trail A, Trail 5 & 5A, Kobart Trail D (conditions permitting)
Wednesday: C10 East, Trail 9, Trail C, Trail D, Trail J, Trail P
Thursday: C10 West, Trail S, Trail 5 & 5A, C12 Southeast, Trail 7
Friday: C10 East, Trail BB, C12 Southwest, Trail 5 South, Trail W, Trail G
Saturday: C10 East, Trail 9, C10 West, Trail D, Trail 5 & 5A
Sunday: C12 Southeast, Trail 7
Monday: C10 East, Trail BB, C12 Southwest, Trail 5 South, Trail W, Trail G

This schedule may be altered due to changing weather and trail conditions.

Weather Forecast:

Temperatures will be falling after the snow ends on Tuesday. Look for high temperatures to be in the upper teens the remainder of this week and into the weekend. There is no significant snowfall predicted during the week. We could see a dusting of the white stuff Saturday night and into Sunday morning.


Area Snowmobile Clubs

Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club
P.O. Box 733 
Woodruff, WI 54568

Maintaining 135 miles of scenic and well-groomed trails throughout the Arbor Vitae, Woodruff and Minocqua area. Memberships are $30 for families.

SnowmobileMinocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club
P.O. Box 1161 
Minocqua, WI 54548

Come ride away from the crowds on 190 miles of Bombardier-groomed trails, extending to the Willow Flowage and Price County. Food and gas are available throughout the trail system.

New Tom Sno-Fleas Snowmobile Club 
P.O. Box 45
Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539

Maintaining extensive snowmobile trails south of Minocqua. Lake Tomahawk is the center for going north, south, east or west. We are known for keeping our trails in great condition.

Area Snowmobile Museum

Snowmobile Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 720
8481 Hwy 70 W at Sled World Blvd
St. Germain, WI 54558
715-542-4477 Fax

Wisconsin Snowmobile Registration

Winter forestWisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin snowmobile trails to display either Wisconsin registration or a snowmobile trail pass. Funds from this program will be designated for use as trail aids and related costs to enhance all Wisconsin snowmobile recreation.

The trail pass may be purchased over the counter at many authorized sales locations. The $35.00 non-resident snowmobile trail use pass is valid from July 1st through June 30th.

  • A snowmobile trail pass is required to operate a snowmobile not currently registered in Wisconsin on a snowmobile trail.
  • The snowmobile must be currently registered with another jurisdiction.
  • The trail pass must be permanently affixed by its own adhesive to the bottom center portion of the snowmobile windshield. If there is no windshield, the sticker shall be displayed in a highly visible location on the front of the cowling of the snowmobile.
  • Once affixed, the sticker may not be removed or transferred to another snowmobile.

Snowmobile Safety Certificate

A snowmobile safety certificate is required for all snowmobile operators born after January 1, 1985.  A certificate is required in order to operate a snowmobile on public trails, lands, and frozen waters.  A valid driver’s license does not exempt you from the safety certificate requirement.  It must be carried while riding and it must be displayed to a law enforcement officer when requested. 

For information on how to obtain a snowmobile safety certificate today, click here
For more information on snowmobile laws and regulations, click here