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    Douglas County and Superior are a mecca for recreational opportunities offering four seasons of fun. Here, the history, culture, and beauty of these counties are marvels that must be experienced, not just witnessed.

    A variety of trail activities including mountain biking, snowshoeing, horseback riding, motorcycling, bird-watching, paddling – even downhill skiing are plentiful. Superior- Douglas County has an unbelievable variety of trail settings. Enjoy secluded trails in some of the most pristine wilderness areas in the Midwest. Travel road routes that run along Lake Superior’s sculpted shores, cross raging rivers and follow winding river valleys.

    Whatever brings you to Superior-Douglas County to have fun, be sure to check out the reports on the current conditions of our trails and availability of popular activities. In order for you to get the most from your visit, check back often as updates can change frequently depending upon the season and weather.

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    Winter Snowmobile and All-Season Trails (As of 3/16/2020)

    All snowmobile and Winter ATV trails under the management of the Douglas County Forestry Department are officially closed for the season.

    It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to utilize their property. 

    In addition, all-year-round recreational trails are temporarily closed at this time except for the following trail segments:

    Gandy Dancer - MN/WI Stateline to Patzau. 
    Saunders Grade - MN/WI Stateline to Schallameir Road Parking Lot
    Wild Rivers Trail - Douglas Co./Washburn Co. line to a point 500 feet north of County Highway Y
    Wild Rivers Trail - North Trailhead parking lot (County Highway A) to the Harroun Road. 


    Click here for a downloadable map of open trails.

    Cross Country Ski Trails (As of 3/16/2020)

    Douglas County Ski Trails - The trails are packed hard and the groomer was unable to cut new tracks in the packed snow. Grooming is suspended until further notice.

    Superior Municipal Forest -  Update 3/13: Due to the rain, conditions are poor but skiable in most of the system.  Grooming is limited due to the ice.  Skiers should watch for flowing water and multiple ice spots on the trails. At this time groomers will need to hold off on future grooming operations unless we get snow. 

    Pattison State Park -  No new updates are available. 

    Brule River After Hours Trail -  Update on 3/13: Skate lanes have been groomed.  Tracks are in poor condition except for Sally's Classic Trail which still is decent. There is some debris on the trails.  

    For further information, please contact the Douglas County Forestry Department at 715-378-2219 Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm excluding Holidays.


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