Trail Conditions

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

 Washburn County

Current Trail Conditions: 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Snowmobile Trails: 

All of the Washburn County snowmobile trails are OPEN at this time after receiving 3 to 4 inches of snow on Thursday, January 11th. The trails are in fair to good condition with a 3 to 6 inch base. Please note that many of the Birchwood/Long Lake area trails have not been groomed. Trail snow cover in the southeast part of the county is marginal in spots. Due to the time of the snow fall some of the trails may not be groomed right away but are still in good riding condition. Please use caution as you may encounter active trail grooming equipment. Enjoy the trails!

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Fat Bike Trails:  

Wild Cat Mountain Bike Trail: Trails are groomed and open at this time with good snow conditions.

College Street Park (Spooner City Park): Trails are groomed and open with good snow conditions


Cross Country Ski Trails: 

Beaver Brook Wildlife Area Trail: 1/15/18: All of Beaver Brook West side trails were groomed and double tracked. Logging is finishing up on the east side trails but trails will not be able to be groomed right after logging finishes. Get out and enjoy this classes dog friendly trail!! 

College Street Park (Spooner City Park): 1/16/18: Trails were just groomed and tracked. The 7 kilometers of ski trails are firm, level, and have very good coverage. Bundle up and have fun! 

Heartwood Trails: 1/12/18: 13.1 km of ski trails are freshly groomed and are in good condition after the recent snow fall. Enjoy!

Nordic Woods Trail: Due to extensive trees down from a summer storm, Nordic Woods will be closed for the 2017-2018 Winter Season. 

Totogatic Trail: 1/12/18: Trail system is open for use at this time and groomers will be out today after receiving 3 to 4 inches of snow on Thursday, January 11th. Trails are in fair to good condition with a 4 to 6 inch base.

For ski trail maps, visit our Ski Page


Snowshoe Trails:

Great early season snowshoeing can be found at Hunt Hill, Trego Nature Trail, Wildcat Mountain Bike Trail, Spooner City Park, and Beaver Brook Wildlife Area. There is currently 6-10 inches of snow on the ground right now and we've received a dusting of snow almost every day for several days. It's the perfect time to get out and enjoy the winter wonderland! For snowshoe maps, visit our Snowshoe Page

Heartwood Trails: 1/12/18: 12 km of snowshoe trails are open. Enjoy!


Winter ATV Use:

All official Washburn County ATV trails are considered open to year round use, with the exception of the spring closure from April 1 through the first Friday before Memorial Weekend.

Most snowmobile trails, on Washburn County Forest lands, are open for motor vehicle use under 900 pounds from December 1 through April 1.  This means that ATV's are permitted on snowmobile trails that are not on private lands, during the winter months.  UTV's are allowed on these same trails ONLY during non-groomed conditions.  Please note that the April 1 closure is flexible; Trails may close earlier depending on conditions.

Washburn County Forest lands are designated as a gray background on the official Washburn County Snowmobile/ATV map.

Land use agreements with private landowners for snowmobile trails do not permit the use of ATV's at any time of the year.


ATV Trails:  

All Washburn County ATV trails are open at this time with the exception of ATV Trail 25.  All trails are in fair riding condition with a few inches of snow coverage.  

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.

There are two locations on the Tuscobia State Trail in Sawyer County that are closed due to storm damages—one just west of Radisson, one just east of Birchwood. Sawyer County has established an alternative route around the Wooddale section. They have been able to place temporary approaches to the existing trail bridge just west of Radisson.  This repair is interim and final repair of the bridge will still need to occur.  The interim repair has been reviewed by an engineer and deemed safe for public use at this time.  Caution signs are posted due to the heightened approach needed.

Tuscobia Wooddale Reroute                            

Check Fire Danger Level:

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!

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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.


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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.