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Snowmobile Trail Report

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UPDATE: Due to deteriorating trail conditions, the Southern half (Zones 2 and 3) of Lincoln County's state-funded snowmobile/winter ATV trails will be closing for the season Friday, March 28 at 8 a.m.

The Northern half (Zone 1) will close Sunday night, March 30 at midnight.

Winter ATV trails are closed to ATV use when the temperature is above 28 degrees.

The Lincoln County Snowmobile Council thanks all the club volunteers and riders for a great season!


This site has snowmobile information for Lincoln, Oneida and Price counties, along with a Calendar of Events found below:

OF NOTE, from a story in the March 25, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

Assembly Bill 407 passed the state Senate last week and will provide additional funding for Wisconsin’s snowmobile program. The bill was authored by Rep. Mary Czaja (Irma) and Sen. Rick Gudex. After it was signed by Gov. Walker, 2013 Wisconsin Act 142 will go into effect July 1, 2015. The program is entirely funded through registration sales, trail fees and gas taxes paid by the snowmobilers themselves. Gudex estimated that $4 million-$5 million will be added to the snowmobile fund per year as a result of this legislation. Said Czaja, “AB 407 brings our user fees in line with neighboring states and will provide a more reliable level of funding to maintain Wisconsin trails as the premier destination in the nation.” Gary Hilgendorf of Tomahawk, a member of the Governor’s Snowmobile Council, Lincoln County Snowmobile Council and a trail groomer for more than 40 years, added some insight to this legislation. He stressed that no state money goes into the snowmobile program fund and it is entirely supported by the snowmobilers, themselves. Since there is snowmobile registration involved, the DNR oversees that end, but those monies are directed into the segregated snowmobile program fund. Hilgendorf explained that currently Wisconsin resident snowmobilers pay a registration fee of $30/two years and an annual trail fee of $30, while non-residents pay $35 for trail fees alone. The new legislation will have residents pay a registration fee of $30/three years and a $30 annual trail fee (non-club member) or $10 per year trail fee if they join one of the 600 Wisconsin snowmobile clubs (usually $20-$25/year), while non-resident trail fees would go up to $50 per year. He added that the state figures that each registered snowmobile uses 50 gallons of gasoline during the season, so the snowmobile program fund would receive the tax on that amount of fuel or about $15 per sled. The fund money is dispersed to snowmobile clubs according to how many “funded” miles of trail each has. Hilgendorf shared that locally Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club has 275 miles of trail, of which 80 miles are funded, Knight Owls has 120 miles of trail (88 miles funded) and Northern Trails Unlimited has 80 miles of trail (36 miles funded). Clubs around the state receive $250 per mile of funded trails for brushing, signing and grooming. Hilgendorf praised the new registration/trail fee structure, as it is more user and club friendly. The new legislation also will about double the snowmobile program funding, he added. For more information on 2013 Wisconsin Act 142, go to the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs Web site (www.awsc.org).

Average snow cover is 12 inches


Trails are in good condition! A couple of inches of new snow yesterday made trails white again. With the hard frozen base in most areas, riding should be good. Expect icy corners and some bare areas on roads. More snow is expected. Looks like a bonus week.

Stay on the marked trails. Ride safe and enjoy!


March 23rd, 2014
Average snowcover for the area: 10 inches.

Trails conditions are fair to good in woods. Lots of ice and little snow for slides. Bare spots on southern exposures, road are bad/bare. Done Grooming for the year. Will stay open until Sunday the 30t.,then will close at midnight. No ATV's when temp. is above 28. Hopefully we will see you on the trail. Also as the season winds down we would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the land owners, without you it wouldn't be possible.


**As of March 14 – the Hodag Sno-Trails reports trails are in fair condition with 12-inches-plus of snow in the woods

The trails are a mixed bag out there. Mainly they have a icy base. You can find good trails in the wooded areas. The challenge is when you need to run on the trails/roadways in the direct sun. The trails in those areas have some bare spots.

It can be difficult to keep the sleds cool in these types of conditions. Please try to stay on the trails and respect the landowners private property.

Bottom-line: you can get out and get in a late season ride with some planning, but the end is near.


**All snowmobile trails are open, groomed, and in very good late-season condition. Our snowmobile trails have a good base and our dedicated volunteers will continue grooming as long as the conditions permit. The trails remain open through Mon., March 31. Road routes and areas where logging operations are underway are bare, but snow is predicted for Thursday night followed by an overnight low in the teens. Highs are predicted to be in the low-30s Friday and Saturday and mid-40s Sunday, with lows below freezing. Some barrels have been removed from area lakes; for your safety stay on the beaten path. There are deep holes where the barrels were removed and they cannot be seen due to snow cover. The lakes currently have a hard crust and are very rough in some areas.

There is no gas available at the Ogema One Stop which is closed indefinitely, advertised as business/gas location #75 on the trail map.

Slow down for logging operations where sections of the trail have been plowed and snow cover is thin and watch for equipment: East of Phillips going towards Musser Lake on Trail #161 just before Intersection #92 for about 1 mile. North of Phillips on corridor Trail #21 from Intersection 59 west to the town road and from Intersection 59 going north on Trail #102. East of Ogema in the Timm's Hill area on Trail #120 between Intersections #112 & #108. West of Prentice on Trail #181 between Intersections #101 and #104 for about 100 yards. Southwest of Phillips & Wilson Lake on Trail #80 both northwest and south of Intersection 98. East of Park Falls/Fifield on Trail #105 south of Hwy. 182.



**Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club is sponsoring a season long poker run called the Aurora Run. Starting with RR Gators' Slush Run on Dec. 28, you can purchase a $15 ticket and accumulate points by attending different Northwoods Passage events. Talk to a Northwoods Passage member for more information.

**Sunday, Jan. 5 – Big Cash Raffle by Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club at Bootleggers Supper Club, 2001 Indian Pine Point Rd., off County Road L, Tomahawk. Hors d'oeuvres at 3:30 p.m., drawing at 5:30 p.m. Donation $100; 300 tickets sold. Information: 715-453-7971.

**Saturday, Jan. 11 – Hoegger Memorial Ride held by Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club, at The Bridge Inn, 616 N. 4th St., Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-3819.

**Saturday, Jan. 18 – Harshaw Wanderers Snowmobile Club $50 Cash Raffle, 1 p.m. with 4 p.m. drawing at Schaefer's Wharf, 1969 County Road L, on Lake Nokomis, Tomahawk. Only 100 tickets sold; first place, $1,000. Information: 715-453-2768.

** Sunday, Jan. 19 – Prentice Bushbenders’ 8th annual Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. to noon, Chequamegon Sportsmen’s Club, Prentice. Information: 715-428-2569.

**Saturday, Jan. 25 – Pizza Feed, noon-4 p.m., Twin Bay Resort, 2173 County Road L, on Lake Nokomis, Tomahawk. Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club holding event. Information: 715-453-2679.

**Saturday, Feb. 8 – Ken Kurtzweil Cook Out, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Northwoods Riders Snowmobile Club garage, County Road L, on Hiawatha Trail, Tomahawk. Northwoods Riders event.

**Sunday, Feb. 9 – Northwoods Riders Snowmobile Club Members Breakfast, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bootleggers Supper Club, 2001 Indian Pine Point Road, on Lake Nokomis, Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-7971.

**Saturday, Feb. 15 – Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club Smooth Trail Fund Raffle. Raffle tickets available at members' locations. Raffle at Oak's Pub, N11497 Short Rd. (off Hwy. 8), Tomahawk. Cookout and final drawing noon-4 p.m. at Oak's Pub. First place, 2013 Ski-Doo MXZ600; 2nd, $300 cash; third, $200 cash. Donations: $5 each or three for $10. Information: 715-453-6271.

**Saturday, Feb. 15 – Maday's Fish Trap Fish-O-Ree, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Maday's Fish Trap, 9408 County Road N, Lake Nokomis, Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-2661.

**Sunday, Feb.16 Knight Owls Breakfast fundraiser at Nut-Zees in Harrison, 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome.

**Saturday, Feb. 22 – Northwoods Passage Poker Run & Grub at Twin Bay Resort, 2173 County Road L, Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-2679.

**Saturday, March 15 – Northwoods Passage Winter Celebration, Inshalla Country Club, N11060 Clear Lake Rd., Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-3130.

**Monday, April 7 – Knight Owls Snowmobile Club meeting, Clover Club Bar & Grill, Irma. Information: 715-453-1675.

**Saturday, May 17 – Spring Fling, a Northwoods Passage event at Schaefer’s Wharf, On Lake Nokomis, 1969 County Road L, Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-2768

**Saturday, July 19 – Pontoon Poker Run, a Northwoods Riders event on Lake Nokomis. Hands turned in at The Landing, 10440 Camp Rice Point Rd, on Lake Nokomis,Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-8381

**Sunday, May 25 – Aurora Poker Run Drawing held by Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club at Twin Bay Resort, 2173 County Road L, on Lake Nokomis, Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-2679. Northwoods Passage is sponsoring a season long poker run called the Aurora Run. Starting with RR Gators' Slush Run on Dec. 28, you can purchase a $15 ticket and accumulate points by attending different Northwoods Passage events. Talk to a Northwoods Passage member for more information.

**Saturday, Aug. 16 – Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club Golf Outing at Inshalla Country Club, N11060 Clear Lake Rd., Tomahawk, 715-453-3130, and Schaefer’s Wharf, 1969 County Road L, Tomahawk, 715-453-2768.

**Saturday, Oct. 18 – Noodle-Rama held by Northwoods Riders Snowmobile Club at Schaefer’s Wharf, 1969 County Road L, Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-2768.

**Saturday, Nov. 15 – Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club Gun Raffle at Schaefer’s Wharf, 1969 County Road L, Tomahawk. Information: 715-453-2768.



The Tomahawk area in Lincoln and Oneida counties has more than 400 miles of trails maintained by the Knight Owls Snowmobile Club, Northern Trails Unlimited Snowmobile Club and Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club. For up-to-date Lincoln County trail conditions, log on to www.co.lincoln.wi.us or call 715-536-0327.


Oneida County 1,000 miles of groomed trails connect the area with all of northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Trails flow through highland hardwoods, pine forests, low lying bogs filled with spruce and tamarack, and wide open spaces of frozen lakes and farmers' fields.

There are 10 grooming clubs in the county. They are Bo-Boens of St. Germain, Cross Country Cruisers of Minocqua, Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club, Willow Region Sports Club for the western Willow area, Northern Trails Unlimited, Inc. for north of Tomahawk, Northwoods Passage for Tomahawk to Rhinelander and west of town, Three Lakes Snowmobile Club, Hodag Snowmobile Club which grooms Rhinelander and south to Langlade County, Forest Riders of Minocqua which grooms west of Minocqua to Price County and New Tom Slo Fleas which does the grooming in the Lake Tomahawk area.

For more information, contact the snowmobile or ATV club located within the area that you plan to ride (Oneida County Snowmobile Council, President Steve "Fuzzy" Moran, 715-453-3324; Oneida County ATV Association President Dennis Laddusire, 715-282-5320) or contact the Oneida County Forestry Departmen, Forest Director John Bilogan at 715-369-6140.


Price County, Wisconsin, was rated one of the 10 best places to ride by supertrax international magazine - November 2003. With 500 miles of meticulously groomed trails, there are many unique ways to enjoy a snowmobile adventure in Price County.

Nighttime speed limit
The Department of Natural Resources reminds people of a fairly new law involving a night-time speed limit of 55 mph. The main goal is to keep people from overriding their headlights. The law went into effect a year ago, and the DNR says wardens and police are more likely to write tickets for violations than issue warnings. Depending on one's speed, the ticket can range from $180 to $300.

High Ratings
SnowGoer, the world's #1 snowmobile magazine, announced the 2003 Snow Time Tourism Awards in its March 2004 publication. These prestigous awards are voted on by SnowGoer magazine readers across North America. The results are wonderful news for those who know the beauty, convenience and fun available in the Northwoods! Wisconsin's Northwoods was ranked #1 for "Best Area Catering to Families." It ranked #3 for "Best Overall Snowmobile Area" and for "Area Most Likely to Visit in the Future." Our beautiful Northwoods also ranked #3, tied with Ontario, Canada, in "Best Trail Riding" category. Come join us!

Lots To Offer, But Be Patient
Wisconsin ranks among the top three states in the country offering the most miles of snowmobile trails to the public. Private landowners allow riders on about 90 percent of those 22,000 miles of trail. The Department of Natural Resources urges riders to respect the relationship between snowmobile clubs and landowners. Since it takes time to groom and prepare trails after a snowfall, riders should temper their enthusiasm and wait until a trail system has been officially opened. Riding beforehand jeopardizes future opportunities.

Rules of the Road
'Rules of road' for snowmobilers ... When to report an accident ...
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers a few reminders for riders.

While riding along state numbered and county lettered highways, snowmobilers must be at least 10 feet from the paved portion of the roadway. Along town roads, snowmobiles may operate on the shoulder. However, no portion of the snowmobile may be on the roadway, whether it's paved or gravel.

Prior to operation, one's snowmobile must display valid registration (if received) or one must have a validated registration form. Registration forms can be validated at any DNR Service Center. New machines are validated at the dealership.

As always, riders are reminded to ask permission first before operating on private property.

The DNR further notes that a "reportable" snowmobile accident is any accident, regardless of the number of snowmobiles involved, which results in a fatality or an injury that requires medical treatment by a physician. Wisconsin law requires every snowmobile operator involved in a "reportable" accident to report it without delay to law enforcement officials. In addition, within 10 days of an accident, the operator must submit a written report on Form 4100-174 to the DNR. Forms are available from DNR offices, local snowmobile patrols and sheriff's Departments. Failure to comply with the reporting requirements is punishable by a penalty up to $326.

State Law
State law requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, who wishes to operate a snowmobile in Wisconsin to have a certificate of completion of a snowmobile safety course. Information is posted on the DNR web site: www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/es/enforcement/safety/upcoming.htm.

Thousands Take To The Trails
Each year thousands of snowmobilers take to the trails that Wisconsin has to offer. In 2000 there were 214,331 registered snowmobiles in the state with an additional 43,537 non-residents purchasing a required trail pass.

Last updated: March 28, 2014

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