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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.

    The City of Superior recently opened a number of new routes for winter use trails.  These trails connect the Gandy Dance Trail to the Wild Rivers Trail and Tri-County Corridor. The City is in the ongoing process of erecting the signage required. 

    To see a series of maps detailing the City routes, please click here

    It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to use their property.  Please review the information below carefully before riding to confirm that you are using open trails.

    Please note that the connecting Crosstown Trail through the Superior City Limits has been closed.

    *As of 8:00 am local time, Monday, March 19, all Douglas County Forestry Department trails will officially close for the season due to warming temperatures and deteriorating trail conditions. *

    Also, all Year-Round Recreation trails will temporarily close at that time except for the following trail segments:

    1. Gandy Dancer Trail – MN/WI Stateline to Patzau

    2. Saunders Grade – MN/WI Stateline to Schallameir Road parking lot

    3. Wild Rivers Trail – Douglas Co./Washburn Co. line to a point 500 feet north of County Highway “Y”

    4. Wild Rivers Trail – North Trailhead parking lot (CTH “A”) to the Harroun Road

    Douglas County Ski Trails                                                      
    The Douglas County Cross Country Ski Trails are open, but are no longer being groomed as trails are deteriorating.   

    The Superior Municipal Forest Cross Country Ski Trails as of March 13 have been recently groomed, and there is still snow on most of the trail, however bare patches are beginning to show up and grow with warmer temperatures.   

    Pattison State Park has been groomed, but please watch for bare spots as the weather continues to warm-up.

    Brule River After Hours Ski Trail as of March 17 were groomed and in fair condition.  Bare spots are beginning to pop up, so please watch out for them as they grow.   

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FORESTRY AT 715 378 2219 DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS OF 8 AM TO 4:30 PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (EXCLUDING HOLIDAYS). Or Check on Line at www.douglascountywi.org under the Forestry Department tab.

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