Report by: Bayfield County Tourism
Last Updated: 2/24/2021
Snow base (in inches): 0-12 inches
Status (Closed, Open, Partially Open): Open
Condition (Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent): Good – Fair
The warmup has definitely affected our trails, some areas more so than other. Most groomers are holding off grooming until temperatures get below freezing. Exposed trails will be a thing and dirty, trails in the woods will likely hold their snow for a while longer. So far it looks like trails will be able to stay open for the weekend but keep in mind there is likely to be some dirt. If conditions deteriorate throughout the week, we will update again.
Some areas that need extra attention:
- The Grand View and Mason areas didn’t receive much snow and the warmup didn’t help. Trails looking very poor in that area.
- The trail into the City of Bayfield will not open this year, but we’re hopeful for next year.
- Trail 1 to the casino in Red Cliff is open with a re-route. It’s a bit rough in spots so use caution. The re-route utilizes the right of way along the highway so please respect private landowners and follow the signs and groomed path.
Namakagon Trail Groomers: Trails were groomed Sunday night. With the warmup a lot of brown. We will try grooming Wednesday night after the temperature drops below freezing.
Barnes Barnestormers: Did some grooming Monday 22nd and saw at least 50 snowmobiles on the trail. With the warm weather and heavy traffic, there may be little left. We will try grooming Wednesday after the temperature drops below freezing, however, unless we get the snow tonight not sure how it will go.
Drummond SnoJacks: Unless we get significant snow there are no plans for trail grooming this week due to the warm daytime and overnight temperatures. The trails are snow covered but rough in some spots with road routes thin to bare north of Grand View. With these conditions, a reminder to stay on the trails and stay off of private land, especially on those trails the property owners have allowed us to use.
Iron River Area: Iron River area trails in fairly good shape but some corners are bare. Trail 4 from highway 2 to Delta smith but very dirty. The tri-county corridor is in very good condition. Over-all trails are ride-able but expect some dirty snow in spots.
South Shore – Port Wing, Herbster & Cornucopia: Trails 40, 41, 66, and the Wally Polk trail are groomed and in very good shape even with the warm-up. Trail 1 is groomed into Corny and Herbster today 2/24 and the conditions vary from good to poor. The last mile into corny needs more snow before I will groom it again also last 3 miles into Herbster is the same. Will groom into Port Wing 2/25 AM but think conditions will be the same.
Washburn Valhallers: Rode 110 miles today. We have adequate snow just need to cool down to smooth them out.
Groomer heading out tonight. I Will know more in the morning but right now the warm weather doesn’t look like it affected us much. Some of the snowmobiles I’ve talked to today said the trails were still in pretty good shape.
WAINO: Waino Riders will groom the South end of trail 1 but it’s doubtful there’s enough of a base left on the North end. Snowmobilers have complained of rocks and gravel near Port Wing.
Be sure to stop in, warm up and patronize the businesses on our snowmobile map. Their advertising makes it possible to print and distribute the map. New maps will be available soon!
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