Trail Conditions

Trail Conditions for Washburn County, Wisconsin-ATV, Cross Country Ski, Snowshoe, Mountain Bike, Fat Bike, Snowmobile

 Washburn County

Current Trail Conditions: 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Spring ATV Use:  

All Washburn County ATV trails are now open.  Recent rainfall has reduced fire danger in the area and trail surfaces have stabilized nicely since the spring thaw.  These conditions are allowing us to open trails earlier than the normal Memorial Weekend opener.

All ATV gates are open and trails are cleared of any downed trees but please use caution as you may encounter rough trails.  Washburn County staff and the local ATV clubs are grading trail surfaces over the next several weeks. Please tread lightly and stay on the trail.

Please note that the Washburn County ATV Trails will remain open unless fire danger is listed as very high, or higher. This also includes the Wild River Trail and the railroad grade to Shell Lake. Riders are encouraged to check on fire danger levels before operating on the trails.

Washburn County is home to the ATV Scenic Tour, highlighting over 35 points of interest along the 100+ mile ATV system. Find out more about the scenic tour here. For assistance in planning your ATV getaway to Washburn County, visit our "Request Information" page and order your ATV map, scenic tour brochure and more!

To order your FREE ATV/Snowmobile map, visit:

Off-Highway Motorcycles:

Motorcycles Prohibited on Washburn County Trails

September 28, 2016 - Much confusion is centered around the October 1, 2016 potential allowances for Off-Highway Motorcycles on state funded ATV trails.  Per County Ordinance, all Washburn County ATV trails are closed to two-wheel motorcycles.  This closure affects all ATV trails, including the Wild Rivers State Trail.


Bike Trails:  

Washburn County Area Bike Report: Mountain bikers out at Wildcat will see lush conditions with plenty of ferns and green undergrowth, lots of dragonflies but bugs are not too bad.. there are a couple trees down that volunteers will need to cut but the trails are generally in good shape. Russ Tripp added more map signs so navigation should be easier. Spooner City Park is in good shape as well, you can access the six miles of single track from the elementary school, high school soccer fields, behind the middle school storage garage, from the water tower, or from behind the picnic pavilion in the park. Road riding has ramped up with Tuesday's 5:30 Alley Cat rides, these are usually no drop rides and at times two groups will form for everyone's riding ability... helmets, water bottles, spare tubes/pump and road bikes are recommended. Rehydrate at Alley Cats, Dock Coffee or any other other fine Spooner area needs...see Saw This in Spooner as well...enjoy! 

Visit the fat bike trail page for an up to date map of the new fat bike trail system. Enjoy!


  To order your ATV Trail Map, ATV Scenic Tour Brochure, Snowmobile Map or Visitor Guide:

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CALL 1-800-367-3306 FOR TRAIL CONDITIONS 24/7 



All Washburn County Snowmobile Trails remain open at this time with good snow conditions.  Forecast for the coming week calls for warm temperatures and likely significant melting.  Trail conditions report will be updated sometime later today.