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Bayfield’s Winter Recreation


Bayfield County Snowmobile Trails

Report by Bayfield County: February 27, 2015

  • Trail Conditions: Good
  • Snow Cover: 10″- 14″

Area Report:

Bayfield County Snowmobile trail conditions have improved, but still range from poor to good.  Groomers throughout the County are now out on a fairly regular basis.

Trail #63 is closed from County Highway E to Bibon Road. Trail closed signs will be posted. Riders should obey all signs and follow signed trails and road routes when necessary. County Highway E is NOT a signed road route and access to the Town of Mason from the west is limited.

Trail #1 is open to Cornucopia, but a portion is closed from Echo Valley Road to Henkens Road. Riders should follow re-route signs and use Echo Valley, Echo Valley Gravel Pit and Henkens Road as connection routes. There will be logging activity in the area for the remainder of the winter.

There will be logging activity on Trail #40 south of Almstead Road, Trail #40 north of Lenawee Road and on Trail #31 a few miles south of Mulligan Creek Road, east of the end of 43 Road (approximately 0.5 miles of trail) and near the Sawyer County line. Riders should use extra caution while traveling in these areas.

There will be drilling and heavy equipment operations south of Gravel Pit Road on Trail #31 until further notice. Riders may encounter some stretches of trail with little or no snow on the surface. Riders should use extra caution and obey all signs in the area.

Please stay on designated trails and routes and do not drive around closed gates.  Changes to the trail system are marked with signage on the trails so when in doubt, follow the signs.  The new 2015/2016 trail maps are available.  Just call the Bayfield County Tourism office at (715) 373-6125 to request a map.  Please ride safe!! Updated trail conditions can be found at:


Mt. Ashwabay Ski & Recreation Area

Located three miles south of Bayfield, Mt. Ashwabay offers both cross-country and alpine skiing in a magnificent setting, featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon National Forest. Cross-country trails cover 35 km of wilderness trails with ratings from beginner to expert. All trails are groomed and tracked as needed. The beginner’s trail is the picturesque Sugar Bush Trail. Intermediate terrain can be enjoyed on Anchor, Seagull and Raven trails. Advanced skiers can venture out on the longer 15 km loop, which combines Sugar Bush, Deer Path and Raven trails, returning to the Mt. Ashwabay chalet. Food, lounge, instruction and equipment rental are available at the chalet. The Ashwabay trails require users to purchase a daily or seasonal pass. These passes may be obtained at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet. Trail user fees and donations made to the Ashwabay Education Foundation, earmarked for cross country ski trail maintenance, will go a long way in keeping this entire network groomed for your enjoyment.

Call (715) 779-3227 for more details.

Report by Mt. Ashwabay Recreation Area: February 27, 2015

Hours of Operation:
Wed: 12:00-9:00 Fri: 4:00-9:00 Sat: 9:30-4:30 Sun: 9:30-4:30

Current Condtions:

Alpine: Open
The slopes are in great shape for skiing and snowboarding at Mt Ashwabay. We’ve got lots of fun events around the corner as we move into March and spring skiing.

Alpine Conditions:
New snowfall last 24 hours: n/a
Base: 18-24 inches variable
Chairlift and Rope-tow: Open
Freestyle Terrain:
There’s a few small jumps to play on, but they’re waiting on more snow before crew and volunteers begin setting boxes, rails, and other features on Little Willie beside the rope-tow. If you’d like to help, please contact Hill Operations.

XC: Base 8-12 inches variable
New snowfall (last 48hrs): n/a

Skate: Groomed: n/a
Classic: Tracked: Raven, Deerpath, Black Bear, and Sugarbush.


Madeline Island – Ice Road Access

Last Updated: February 23, 2015

The ice road is open for cars and light trucks.

2015 Van/Windsled Schedule*

*Van/Windsled will not run while the ice road is open*

Trips subject to change without notice!

Monday – Friday
Trips leaving the Island: 7:10am, 9:00am, 11:30am, 3:45pm, & 4:30pm
Trips leaving Bayfield: 7:20am, 9:30am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, & 5:00pm

Trips leaving the Island: 9:00am 11:30am, & 4:00pm
Trips leaving Bayfield: 9:15am, 12:15pm, & 4:15pm

Trips leaving the Island: 9:00am, 12:00pm, & 4:00pm
Trips leaving Bayfield: 9:15am, 12:15pm, & 4:15pm

For Van/Windsled information call 715-747-5400

Call 715-747-5400 before traveling and for updated conditions.


Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – Ice Caves

Report by Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: February 28, 2015


**The ice caves will be closing temporarily on Tuesday, March 3 at 6pm as a winter storm rolls through the area. If the ice is not compromised by the storm, they plan to reopen on Thursday, March 5. High winds could cause the ice to crack and break away from shore.

Snowmobiling and ATV use is not permitted within 1/4 mile of the mainland from Saxine Creek to Sand Point.

The most up-to-date information on ice conditions is always available on the Apostle Islands ice line: (715) 779-3397 x3.

For additional information click here to visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Sea Caves website.


Mt Valhalla Winter Sports Area – Chequamegon-Nicolet Nat’l Forest

Ten miles west of Washburn, on County C, is the Valhalla Winter Sports Area nestled in the Chequamegon National Forest, offering two sets of cross-country ski trails developed and groomed by the U.S. Forest Service. The three Valkyrie loops run through red and jack pine forests, with magnificent views of the area on the Sun Bowl Loop. The Teton Ski Trail also features three loops in a mixed birch and maple forest with a roller coaster near the end of loop “B”. County C runs between Valkyrie and Teton with parking area and rustic chalet on the Teton side of C. Please contact the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest office in Washburn at (715) 373-2667 ext 238 for more details.

Report by Washburn Ranger District: February 27, 2015

Mount Valhalla Cross-Country Ski Trails:

Valkyrie & Teuton Trail
The Valkyrie Trail was groomed and tracks reset on Wednesday, February 25.  The high winds caused some drifting on the more open sections of Loops A and C after the grooming operations were finished.  The groomer reported the base being 4 to 6 inches in places.  The Teuton Trail was groomed and tracked today.  The estimated base is around 8 inches.  Both trails have leaves, pine needles, and twigs blowing onto the groomed surface.  The groomer rated the trails in good condition.  Please remember that snowshoeing and dogs are prohibited on the groomed trails.  Please see the posted instructions at the trail entrances, chalet, warming room, and fee stations.

Drummond Ski Trail
The Drummond Area Ski Trail Association groomed and set tracks on Tuesday, February 24.  The trails received around 2 inches of new snow.  The groomer reported that the trails are finally starting to shape up with more snow and colder temperatures.  The trails are rated as good.    

For more trail information call (715) 373-2667 and dial 1 for the trail report.

Trail Options:
Two sets of trails: Teuton – three loops 3.5 to 6.6 km, more/most difficult, skate/classic; Valkyrie – three loops 1.7 to 10 km, easy to more difficult, classic only.


Ashland County Snowmobile Trails

Report by Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce

Ashland County Snowmobile Report: February 27, 2015

Trails are open!

Please click on the link below for the most up to date information on snowmobiling in Ashland County.

Bayfield Sled Dog Trails

Report by: Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing February 27, 2015

Trips available:
Friday, February 27: Morning Adventure & Afternoon Run

Thursday, March 5: Morning Adventure & Afternoon Run

Schedule subject to change, call for up to the minute availability!

Call Wolfsong Adventures to check availability or to make a reservation: 715-779-5561


Snowshoe Trails

If skiing isn’t quite your cup of tea, but you are still looking to explore the beautiful trails the Bayfield area has to offer at this time of year, snowshoeing is always a great adventure.

The Brownstone Trail

The trail runs along an old railroad bed which skirts the lakeshore just south of Bayfield. Trailhead access is at the kiosk on Third Street, kitty-corner from Maggie’s Restaurant. You’ll enjoy splendid views of Madeline Island, see people ice-fishing in the Chequamegon Bay and enjoy the sights and sounds of winter in Bayfield.

The Ravine Snowshoe Trail

The trail travels uphill along the steep, hemlock-studded rim of the big ravine. Take young children by the hand! Trailhead access is on 4th Street uphill to the Bayfield School. Turn left on Sweeny Avenue and park at the baseball field. The trail is behind the fence to the right. This trail is also enjoyed by cross country skiers please do not snowshoe on the two track. Also a part of this trail system is the Iron Bridge Nature Trail. This magical winding trail is for sure footed hikers and follows the ravine creek under the old Iron Bridge and uphill to a rocky grotto with small waterfall. Pick up the trail at the Iron Bridge located at 3rd Street and Rice Avenue.

Jerry Jay Jolly – Pikes Creek Trail Network

Just South of Bayfield off State Hwy 13. Take County Hwy J to Star Route Road 2 1/4 miles to the parking lot on the left. This trail hooks up with the Mt Ashwabay ski trails which require a fee so please watch where you are and please stay off of the groomed ski track.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

The center allows guest to check out snow shoes and snowshoe on the trails behind the center.

Houghton Falls

3.5 miles north of Washburn on State Hwy 13. Turn on Houghton Falls Road and go 1/2 mile to Houghton Falls Nature Preserve parking lot on our right. There is currently no fee for hiking or parking and pets are allowed if leashed and cleaned up after!

The North Country National Scenic Trail

Snowshoe the trail and experience winter views throughout the Rainbow Wilderness Area or portions of the National Forest near Lake Owen. This trail is not groomed, but is marked with blue blazes.