Blog: Snowmobiling Fun in the Northwoods
November 20, 2018
Michelle Martin, Washburn County Native & Avid Outdoors Enthusiast
As winter is settling in along the landscape of Washburn County my mind is turning towards the upcoming winter season. If you remember the “Waiting for Winter” campaign that Arctic Cat ran a few years back, most of us know that feeling all too well. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, do an image search for “waiting for winter arctic cat”, the laughs will be worth your time. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been staring longingly at your snowmobile and gear wondering when the trails will open so you can get out and explore the winter wonderland. With the lakes already freezing and snow on the ground, we’re all waiting for the start of snowmobile season in Washburn County.
While there are many great places to ride in Wisconsin, I’m pretty partial to the northwoods. In fact, it’s rare that we travel more than a county or two away to ride because the trails right out our back door are phenomenal. If you’ve never rode the Casey Loop west of Spooner or Trail 39 north east of Trego towards Minong and Hayward, you’re definitely missing out. These are some of my favorite rides and have been since I was a little girl. You’ll pass through pine plantations, huge forests of hardwood and along several lakes and streams. In fact, just north of Trego on the Wild Rivers State Trail, you’ll cross a bridge that runs over the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park. It’s the perfect stop to view this stunning northwoods treasure.
It isn’t just the trails that make the area one of my favorites, but the incredible businesses and people you’ll meet along the trail. I have so many memories of the people we’ve met at an intersection or one of the area bars while we warm up and wait for our hamburgers. The business owners look forward to the start of snowmobile season and we always feel welcome. Most places even have a spot for us to hang our helmets, a sure sign of a snowmobile-friendly business. If you’re looking for a great place to stay, consider one of the trail-side cabins, we have so many! You can find information on the winter accommodations page. One lodging property to note if you’re looking for a club trip is Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat just outside of Trego. There’s plenty of cabins, duplexes and lodge rooms for your entire group. In addition, there’s a restaurant on site (hours are sometimes limited, so be sure to check first to make sure it’s open) and they even have a gas pump. The main lodge has great sitting areas with fireplaces to warm up as a group and talk about where you want to venture out to the next day.
About the Author: Michelle Martin was born and raised in Washburn County and grew up exploring the area with her family. This avid snowmobiler, kayaker, and outdoor adventurer raises her two kiddos with her husband on a corner of his family’s farm.