Reports - Trail and Recreation


Discover Wisconsin Television


Price County will be featured in an upcoming episode, air date May 6, of Discover Wisconsin entitled “Northwoods Fun on the Flambeau River”.  The segment features information on fishing, paddle sports and riverside camping. Discover Wisconsin is the nation’s longest running tourism program, and can be seen statewide on Fox Sports North (FSN) Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. For more on this  episode or the broadcast schedule in other areas please visit www.discoverwisconsin.com.

Paddling/Flambeau River Report - 4/20/17


Early-season paddling has begun for those with cold water gear. Area rivers are currently at spring levels.  Both the North Fork and the South Fork of the Flambeau River have good water levels for paddling.
 
The North Fork of the Flambeau River is controlled by dams and it generally remains near the ordinary high water mark throughout the summer. The South Fork of the Flambeau and other rivers in the area can become quite low at times during the summer months if our area does not receive consistent rain. Whenever planning a paddling trip, always check with an area rental/shuttle/guide service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on your experience.

ATV, UTV & Off-Road Motorcycle Trail Report - 4/20/17
The Hwy 182 bridge (ATV & UTV route) in Park Falls will be replaced during the summer of 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin in early June and is expected to last 3 months. According to the Price County ATV Association there will be no alternate route available to cross the Flambeau River in Park Falls. Those planning to ride both the Flambeau Trail System, located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest east of Park Falls, and the Tuscobia State Trail, located west of Park Falls, will have to trailer their machines and follow the marked detour that is for vehicles. The detour is on roads and will not be open to ATV or UTV traffic.   

See below for spring/summer scheduled opening dates. Opening dates may be delayed if the trail surface remains wet and muddy. Please call ahead to check the status prior to traveling a long distance.  
 

  • Tuscobia  State Trail (62 miles) ~ OPEN- The Price County section, from Park Falls west to the Price/Sawyer County line opened to ATV/UTV use on April 16. From the Price/Sawyer County line west to Birchwood the trail is open December 15 to November 15. 
  • Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ Scheduled to open for the summer season on May 1. USFS crews have been busy clearing trails for the summer season.  So far the trails have been in fairly good shape and about half have been cleared. 
  • Solberg Trail (9.5 miles) ~ Scheduled to open for the summer season on May 1 .
  • Georgetown Trail (18.8 miles) ~ Scheduled to open for the summer season on May 15.
  • Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) ~ Scheduled to open for the summer season May 15
  • Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail ~ Closed for the 2016-2017 winter season. This trail is open in the winter when the trail is also open to snowmobile use. 

DNR Fishing Report - 4/20/17 

Redhorse remain the main target for anglers in Price County this week.  Anglers are catching them from shore along the tail waters of the dams and in the deeper holes.  Some boats have been out trying for panfish, but the cold weather this past week has slowed the bite.  The yellow perch have finished spawning and can be found in the mud flats from 6-10 feet of water.  Crappies are still being found in 10-20 foot range.  Water temperatures are still in the mid to upper 40s and have not warmed much with the cooler weather this week.  


Fishing Reports


4/19/17 - The early spring ice out is providing good spawning activity for walleye and northern pile in the northwoods. The slow warming trend will continue into next week and it should help extend the spawning period. The muskies should begin to visit the shallow bays and shorelines as water temperatures reach the 50 degree mark. The extended open water period will allow angers to have boats and equipment all ready to go once the opener arrives. Remember it’s time for a new seasonal fishing. Get your boat ready!  Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service, Park Falls

Outdoor

 

Report

- 4/18/17 

Check on burning and campfire restrictions on the Wisconsin DNR at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html.
 
April in the phenology calendar is Maple Sugar Moon; however, this year’s quality sap flow has ended. It’s near time to plant tree seedlings. The wood frogs and spring peepers are calling; walleyes are spawning; wild leeks and fiddleheads come out; early wildflowers bloom; tree buds burst and trees begin to flower. The snowshoe hare coats are turning brown, the male red-winged blackbirds have returned, the grouse are drumming and the turkeys are strutting and gobbling and are gathering hens. Geese and ducks are back. Tree swallows are back, though seems to be a week early. Robins, mourning doves, yellow finches, phoebes, owls, wood cock, sandhill cranes, and some swans and kingfishers have been seen by many of the area residents and Forest staff. The deer and elk have been busy grazing on new green shoots. Elk cows and deer does have entered their third trimester of pregnancy and the early spring will ensure large and feisty youngsters. Deer shed hunters are on the hunt; and if you are in the elk areas, soon the elk will be shedding their antlers. Thursday, the 23rd of March, the Flambeau River State Forest proudly gained 28 new elk members from the state of Kentucky. We are looking forward to a genetic exchange and herd growth for the years to come.  

Anglers, boaters key to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species
MADISON -- As fishing activity ramps up in waters with early season opportunities and anticipation builds for the general inland season fishing opener on May 6, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that a few extra minutes spent emptying live wells and cleaning plant debris from anchors and trailers plays a critical role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. - Read Full Article

Focus on safety for a successful spring turkey season
MADISON -- Approximately 80,000 hunters will be heading to the field for the 2017 spring turkey hunting season, with the first season starting April 19. - Read Full Article

Fall Color

 
Our autumn color begins to show in September and typically peaks during the first week of October. 

Snowmobile Trail Report

 
Trails are closed for the 2016-2017 winter season. They will reopen December 2017. Thanks for riding with us this season!   

Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe & Fat Bike Trail Report

 
Trails are closed for the 2016-2017 winter season. They will reopen December 2017. Thanks for visiting us this season!