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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 Trail Report: 3/18/2019

    Effective Midnight on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 we are closing the majority of trails under our management.

    Operating on closed trails is both illegal and may jeopardize our ability to use those lands for future seasons.

    Due to the recent warm temperatures and significant rainfall the trail base has eroded and the thawing snowpack has resulted in reduced quality trails.

    The following Douglas County managed trails remain open at this time: Wild Rivers Trail from the Harroun Road to the CTH A/C Parking Lot

    Wild Rivers Trail from the Douglas/Washburn Co. Line to 300 feet north of CTH Y in Gordon Gandy Dancer Trail – MN stateline to Patzau

    When leaving Douglas County or operating on trails managed by others within Douglas County, please contact the neighboring county, state, or trail operator to its regulations or status for ATV operation before entering the property.

    Thank you to all the members of the Northwest Trails Association for the tremendous amount of work it takes to open and maintain the trail network.


    Downloadable Trail Map (Map is as of 3/18/2019 Trail conditions have changed rapidly due to recent warm temperatures and rain)

    Due to the deteriorated conditions, all trails are being closed to ATV/UTV operations.

    Douglas County Cross Country Ski Trails

    All trails maintained by the Douglas County Forestry Department are closed for the season.

    Superior Municipal Forest - Slow, but still in good shape despite how warm it has been, a few bad spots. Use caution. (As of 3/20/2019)

    After Hours Ski Trail, Brule River State Forest - The main trail system was tracked and range from thin and crumbly to full depth.  The skate lanes still have some equipment ruts but are flat and nice in other areas. Sally's Classic Trail is still tracked from last week.  Until the temperatures cool or until there is workable snow, grooming efforts will be suspended. Warm days and cold nights are making it increasingly difficult to maintain a high quality ski experience. (As of 3/19/2019)

    Pattison State Park - The overlook trail has been groomed and tracked this week.  Warm temperatures and rain have prevented the other trails from being groomed and tracked at this time.  There is half depth track throughout the trail system and conditions may change rapidly with the warm weather. (As of 3/18/2019)

    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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