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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.

    Want us to send you a FREE ATV/Snowmobile trail map? Click here!

    Winter Snowmobile and All-Season Trails (As of 1/17/2020)

    Douglas County received four inches of snow on 1/15 with more to come! Clubs have been working hard to get the trail system open. Currently, ALL of Douglas County trails are open.  Please note, deer have been reported on trails, so please keep an eye out while traveling. 

    PLEASE check the trail you intend to use is open and do not trespass on private property. It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to utilize their property.  It just takes one owner to deny the use of their land for a trail to be permanently shut down, so please be courteous and wait for the trails to officially open. 

    The following all-season trails are currently open to ATV, UTV, and Snowmobiles: 

    SW Quadrant 

    Open Trails
    Trail 5 - Groomed
    Trail 5A - Groomed
    Trail 930 - Groomed
    Trail 925 - Not Groomed
    Trail 935 - Groomed
    Trail 925 - Groomed
    Trail 9 - Groomed between Trail 5 and Trail 925 (Use caution north of Trail 925. There are wet areas and an uneven trail surface.)

    SE Quadrant

    Open trails: 
    Wild Rivers Trail (Trail 35) - Groomed
    Trails 27B - Groomed
    Trail 27C - Groomed 
    Trails 41S - Groomed from Trail 3 to the County line
    Trail 41B - Groomed from Trail 3 to the County line
    Trail 41 WRT to the Warming Shack - Not groomed (watch for uneven trail surface)
    Trail 217 - Groomed
    Trail 17N - Groomed
    Trail 17S - Groomed (Use caution on Creek crossings South of Lower Eau Claire Lake)
    Trail 7 - Groomed
    Trail 27 - Groomed
    Trail 3  - Groomed 
    Trail 5 - Groomed to South Mail Road
    Trail 727 - Groomed
    Trail 541 - Not Groomed (Please watch for uneven trail surfaces)

    NE Quadrant

    Open Trails:
    Most trails are in very good condition with a good base. On Trail 235 there are some large ice chunks in the Box Culvert under the freeway, a little bumpy. All trails are open and groomed except Trail 635. 

    NW Quadrant

    Open Trails:
    Gandy Dancer Trail - Groomed (watch for deer crossing between Moen Road and County Road BB)
    Saunders Grade Trail - Groomed
    Wrenshall Grade - Groomed
    Trail 0 - Groomed 
    Trail 28 - Groomed 
    Cross-Town Connector -  Groomed
    4/41 from the Warming Shack West - Groomed

    Click here for a downloadable map of open trails.

    Cross Country Ski Trails (As of 1/17/2020)

    Douglas County Ski Trails - The ski trails have been groomed and are in good condition!

    Superior Municipal Forest - All trails are groomed and tracked. Only the back end of the Yellow Trail is a bit bumpy. The trails are otherwise in excellent condition.

    Pattison State Park -  All trails were groomed and tracked on 1/9/2020.  Conditions are excellent with full track depth on the Overlook and Oak Ridge Trails. The Riverview Trail has full track depth for most of the trail, except for a few areas that have an uneven base. Please watch out for some debris scattered in areas from the windy conditions. (Last Updated on 1/11)

    Brule River After Hours Trail -  All trails are groomed for skate and all sections but white pine and the new trails are tracked.  Classic Trail has been groomed but not yet tracked, possibly on 1/18. Conditions are excellent with a flat firm skate deck and a perfect track.

    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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