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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.

    Trail Report 2/16/2018 (MAP)

    *Recent warm-up in temperatures has caused many of the trail’s conditions to deteriorate. Riders are encouraged to keep speeds down as there are icy corners with thin snow and frequent bare spots across the county. There is limited loose snow so overheating issues can be expected.*

    Starting Monday February 19th we will have a temporary trail closure/reroute in the Town of Bennett on Trail 4 where it connects to the Wild Rivers Trail.  All recreational trail users will be rerouted to the Bennett Road for approximately 0.5 miles to facilitate the removal of an old bridge and the installation of a replacement culvert.  The job is anticipated to be completed by the end of the day on Thursday, but is weather dependent so please watch for updates.  (MAP)

    NE Quadrant

    Conditions from last week haven’t changed much.  The trails are getting icier as time goes on, and should continue with a warm-up.  There has been no new snow, but many places are in good condition. Trails are thinner to the west/south and better to the east/north. All Brule River Rider trails have been groomed since the weekend except for the northern portion of Trail 35 (Wild River’s Trail) and the far western portion of Trail 4 (west of Highway L).

    Trail 1 was groomed Monday

    Trail 2 (Tri-County Cooridor) was groomed Monday from Brule to Superior.  There are some thin spots just west of the Brule River.

    Trail 2B was groomed Monday evening and is in poor to bad condition in many areas.

    Trail 4 was groomed Monday from Brule to Highway L and is icy in logging areas. Many areas are in good condition working east.

    Trail 6 was groomed Monday.  South Shore Grade road has snow cover and is in mostly good condition.

    Trail 24 was groomed Monday and is in mostly good condition.

    Trail 27/27A was groomed Sunday and is in mostly good condition for many miles from the north getting with more icy corners southbound.

    Trail 35 (Wild Rivers Trail) was groomed only where it overlaps with Trail 4. Northern area may be groomed later this week. Last week it was rideable but thin in the center.

    Trail 235 was groomed Monday.  The trail is thin, but rideable.

    Logging in progress: Two areas off the north end of Trail 27, Bayfield 24, and Trail 4 East of Bellwood Pit Road and also east of Degerman Road.  East of Hawthorne the logging job T’s off and crosses our trails several times. Signing has been upgraded in that area.  There is also a small private logging job on Trail 4 by the Covered Wagon in Hawthorne just east of Highway 53.

    NW Quadrant

    All trails in this quadrant are open and are in decent condition with the exception of the area between Bear Creek Bridge and Wanek Road on Trail 4/41. Snow is thin in and near Superior. Most of the trail base is good but more snow is needed.

    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.

    SW Quadrant

    All trails in the South West Quadrant are open, groomed and in fair to good condition.  Watch out for brushing and grooming equipment on the trails as well as logging equipment.  We are hoping for more snow this week, just like everyone else.

    SE Quadrant
    All JPR trails are open, icy and in spots are bare.  Most trails have been recently groomed and are in fair to poor condition. The trails are rideable, but they lost a lot of snow with the 46 degree warm-up over the week. We are in desperate need of snow in order to improve conditions. We have decided to suspend grooming until more snow falls.  There is more snow in the forecast for this weekend.

    Trails 217 and Trail 17
    Trail 217  and Trail 17 from Cabin Lane to Trail 8 are in fair to good condition and will be groomed within the next week.

    Douglas County Ski Trails                                                      
    The Douglas County Cross Country Ski Trails have been groomed and tracked the first week of February and they are in fair condition.   

    The Superior Municipal Forest Cross Country Ski Trails have been groomed and tracked.  They are in fair condition with snow thin and icy in some places.

    Pattison State Park has been groomed and tracked.  Trail base is 3.5 inches and there is 7.5 inches of snow on the ground.  There are a few thin spots on the River View Trail, but in overall good condition. Vehicle admission sticker is required but a trail pass is not required.

    Brule River After Hours Ski Trail is groomed and tracked and is in excellent condition! We got 2-3 inches of new snow on Saturday. The base is about 5 inches and about 13 inches of snow are on the ground in the woods.

    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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