Reports - Trail and Recreation
Paddling/Flambeau River Report - 5/22/17
Early-season paddling has begun for those with cold water gear. With the recent rains both the North Fork and the South Fork of the Flambeau River have high water levels and the current is extremely fast. These conditions could be dangerous for even the most experienced paddlers.
The Flambeau River in Price County, Park Falls, Phillips and the neighboring regions was featured in a recent episode of Discover Wisconsin. View the episode “Northwoods Fun on the Flambeau River”.
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 - 5/22/17
We have received significant rain this week and there may be standing water on the trails. When you encounter water on the trail, PLEASE SLOW DOWN for your safety and to protect the trail surface and surrounding landscape and vegetation. Along with the rain we had strong winds; there may be downed trees and brush.
The Hwy 182 bridge (ATV & UTV route) in Park Falls will be replaced during the summer of 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin May 30 and is expected to last through October 31. According to the Price County ATV Association there will be no alternate route available to cross the Flambeau River in the City of 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 vehicle use. The detour is on roads that will not be open to ATV or UTV traffic.
- Tuscobia State Trail (62 miles) ~ OPEN - The trail is in good condition. Some sections of trail may have standing water but they are passable. When you encounter water on the trail, PLEASE SLOW DOWN for your safety and to protect the trail surface and surrounding landscape and vegetation
- Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ OPEN - We have received significant rain this past week and there may be standing water on the trail in lows areas. When you encounter water on the trail, PLEASE SLOW DOWN for your safety and to protect the trail surface and surrounding landscape and vegetation. There may also be washouts on some of the hills. Along with the rain we had strong winds; there may be downed trees and brush. This spring there has been significant beaver activity in the forest, so there may be water along the trails in those areas due to them building dams in the streams. Currently there are active timber sales on trail 118C-101 by Wintergreen Lake Road and on 118A-111 near FR 144, west of Round Lake.
- Solberg Trail (9.5 miles) ~ OPEN - Repairs are being made on the bridges. The trail remains open and can be ridden.
- Georgetown Trail (18.8 miles) ~ OPEN - There is a logging operation near White Birch Lane; watch for signs along the trail.
- Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) ~ OPEN - There is a 1/2 mile detour north of Feleen Road, which will reopen after they gravel that stretch.
- Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail ~ Closed for the 2016-2017 winter season. This trail is open ATV & UTV use in the winter when the trail is also open to snowmobile use.
DNR Fishing Report - 5/22/17
The cold weather this past weekend has cooled water temperatures back into the lower 50s and has slowed fishing as a result. Angling pressure overall has been low this past week with the poor weather. Heavy rains have caused lake and river levels rise to a very high level right now. Be careful when venturing out on the streams and rivers as current is very strong and can be dangerous. With the cold water panfish have moved a little deeper and spawning activity has been pushed back on most lakes. Crappies have spawned on some lakes and have not on colder deeper waters. Bluegills were reported to have started to move in before this past cold snap and have seemed to have moved back to deeper water. Walleyes are still biting well for anglers that have braved the weather. Minnows have been the best bait in 5-10 feet of water with the best bight coming around sunset. With warmer weather forecasted for Memorial Day Weekend we should see good fishing. Panfish will be moving shallow again as water temperatures warm up again.
5/17/17 - The walleye action continues to be good on our area lakes. The fish are located on numerous spots and taking a variety of presentations. Some walleyes are located in the shallow areas were the weeds are beginning to grow. The are eating the newly hatched perch fry. Casting shallow diving crank baits during low light conditions is having success. Walleyes are also located on the gravel points. Jig and minnow combinations working down the drop offs is providing good action. Underwater rock reefs are also holding fish. Slip bobber set ups with live bait of minnows and leeches are taking fish. Muskies are still in the shallows but most of the fish are just about done spawning. Many of the fish we are seeing have the spawning battle scars. Largemouth bass are just beginning to work on spawning beds. As the water continues to warm anglers should see a fair amount of activity as bass begin to spawn. Northern pike especially the smaller fish are in shallow water eating perch and whatever else swims by. Casting twitch baits and spinner baits in shallow weedy areas will provide action. Good luck fishing! Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service
Outdoor Report - 5/17/17
Check on burning and campfire restrictions on the Wisconsin DNR at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html.
May in the phenological timing of biological events is known as the Flower Moon month. Many wildflowers bloom: hummingbirds and other birds return: mosquitoes and black flies come out; tree leaves emerge; and fawns and calves are born. Blooming plants are everywhere. Large flowered bellwort, trilliums, bloodroot, side oats, marsh marigolds, jack-in-the–pulpits, sessile bellwort, trout lily, early season violets, lilacs, wow, the list goes on! The forest floor is bursting with newness. Geese and ducks are nesting and groups of goslings have been seen. A family of woodcocks were seen by an area resident and he described the chicks as tan little ping pong balls with sticks for legs. We got a chuckle out of that. Song birds are defending their territories where the females are already sitting on the nests. Robins, mourning doves, yellow finches, phoebes, tree swallows, house wrens, owls, wood cock, sandhill cranes, swans, red breasted grosbeaks, orioles and kingfishers have been seen by many of the area residents and Forest staff. There even was a siting of a yellow warbler and Myrtle’s Warbler. Bear are trying to fill up on proteins. The deer and elk have been busy grazing on new green shoots. The elk cows have been making calf scouting moves looking for a safe quiet area to have their calves. We are expecting this years’ young, deer and elk, to be born mid-May to mid-June. Thursday the 23rd of March, the Flambeau River State Forest proudly gained 28 new elk members from the state of Kentucky. They also will soon calve. We are looking forward to a genetic exchange and herd growth for the years to come. Spring turkey Period E is open till the 23rd of May.
Bird activity is increasing, so enjoy the easy viewing before full leaf-on and take extra precautions with outdoor fires. This is peak wildfire season so it’s important to stay aware of danger at: dnr.wi.gov, keyword “fire”. Wherever you are, take time and quietly go out and see the splendor that spring offers, you will be amazed at the wondrous activity. Just a reminder to check and renew your annual licenses. May 6th was the gamefish season opener for 2017. Check your tackle and poles, buy some bait, and visit our region to do some fishing.
Fawn searches provide opportunity to play an important role in Wisconsin deer research
MADISON -- Fawning season for Wisconsin's white-tailed deer is nearly here, and Department of Natural Resources staff needs help from volunteers to place radio collars on newborn fawns in southwest Wisconsin. - Read Full Article
Raccoon young are out! Admire from afar
MADISON -- State wildlife officials remind everyone the best way to enjoy views of Wisconsin's wildlife newborns is from a distance - and that includes the raccoon young known as kits. - Read Full Article
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!