Thanks 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.
Take 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.
12/12/18 Trail Update:
NEWS RELEASE / PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
DATE: 12 December 2018
TO: News Media and Other Parties of Interest
FROM: Dale Mayo, Vilas County Parks & Recreation Administrator
RE: Vilas County Snowmobile Trails Remain CLOSED
THE VILAS COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAIL SYSTEM OFFICIALLY REMAINS
CLOSED. ADDITIONAL SNOW AND COLD TEMPERATURES ARE REQUIRED TO
ENHANCE THE SAFETY AND CONDITION Of THE TRAILS.
The volunteers in the eleven snowmobile clubs in the Vilas County
Snowmobile Alliance (VCSA) have worked hard to get trails brushed and
signed in a timely manner. All funded trails have been inspected by the
County. It is the consensus of the VCSA, not to open for this weekend, rather
wait until next Wednesday’s 19 December VCSA meeting to reevaluate the
conditions. Another announcement will be forthcoming at that time.
Maintaining 135 miles of scenic and well-groomed trails throughout the Arbor Vitae, Woodruff and Minocqua area. Memberships are $30 for families.
Minocqua 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.
Wisconsin 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 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