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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.

    As is typical for this time of year, certain trail segments can be opened and others are not ready yet due to wetland crossings and/or have restrictions due to private land easements.  It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to use their property. Please review the information below carefully before trail riding and confirm that you are using open trails.

    Please note, certain trails or only segments of trails may be open at this time.  We anticipate frequent updates as the clubs begin grooming and report on trails they’ve checked. In all areas where winter recreation trails are closed, our clubs are actively working to get the trails open.

    Trail Report 1/16/2018

    Douglas County has received 2” – 8” of new snow over the last week.  Please be aware of grooming equipment as our clubs are out grooming the trails.

    NE Quadrant
    All Brule River Rider Trails are open and have been groomed as of 1/16/2018. Most trails are in good to very good condition in the North East.  

    Logging updates: There is a logging operation in progress off Trails 27, Bayfield 24, Trail 4 north of Lake Nebagamon off Degerman Road, and along the east/north of Hawthrone. These logging operations cross our trail system near Hawthorne several times, and signs have been upgraded in that area.  There is also a small private logging operation ongoing by the Covered Wagon in Hawthorne.  Conditions in this area are a little thin in some places but trails are beginning to shape up.

    Problem areas:
    Trail 635 - Inquire locally for ice conditions on Lake Nebagamon and Lake Minnesuing.

    NW Quadrant

    All trails in this quadrant are open and are in good condition!

    Logging operations continue on Trail 4 and Trail 41 between Bear Creek Bridge and Wanek Road.  On Trail 4 between Brietzman Lake Road and Big Balsam Road are also experiencing logging activity.  Brushing is ongoing in these areas that are not accessible until this time of year.  Please use caution and watch for equipment on these grails.

    Please note – the parking lot located off Tuff Road is closed for the season and there is no trail access from the lot.

    **A segment of the Crosstown route (Trail 2) from Bardon Avenue East to Grand Avenue will be temporarily closed from Monday 1/15 through Sunday 1/21 for construction activities. No through traffic will be available during this period.**

    SW Quadrant

    All Cozy Corner Trails are open and groomed and are in good condition.  Some areas are still in need of more snow, please use caution where snow pack is low.  Please stay on the trails and keep our landowners happy!

    SE Quadrant
    The trails in this quadrant are all open.

    Trails 7, 27 and 41S are being groomed as of 1/16/18 and are in good condition.  The other trails in this quadrant are scheduled for grooming and updates will be provided as they are completed.

    Wascott Trail 3 is in good condition and has 3-4 inches of new snow with plans to be groomed the evening of 1/16/18.

    Trails 217 and Trail 17
    Trail 217 is in excellent condition and was groomed on 1/12/18.
    Trail 17 is groomed and in great condition.  

    Douglas County Ski Trails                                                      
    The Douglas County Cross Country Ski Trails have been groomed and tracked as of 1/12/18. Additional grooming is scheduled for 1/17/18.

    The Superior Municipal Forest Cross Country Ski Trails have been groomed and tracked.  They are in good condition at this time.

    Brule River After Hours Ski Trail is groomed and tracked and is in good condition.

    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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