Reports - Trail and Recreation

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Weather Report and Burning/Campfire Restrictions 

Visit https://www.wjfw.com/weather.html for weather forecasts from News Watch 12 Rhinelander. 
Check on burning and campfire restrictions on the WI DNR website at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html.

The Price County area offers some of the best trails in the state, along with very nice restaurants, resorts and shopping experiences. Whether your out on the trails Snowmobiling, ATVing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Biking or Skiing you and the family will have a great time in Price County.



                                        ATV/UTV


ALL TRAILS LEAD TO & FROM THE Price County AREA!



The Price County Area proudly offers a wide variety of trail experiences that will captivate every ATV/UTV enthusiast! Ride over 500 miles of trails with THOUSANDS of miles of connecting trails!

Trails in Price County are now open and in early season status. Watch for downed trees and high water. Drive Safely and be aware of new elk calves and deer fawns in the area.

<<< There is a small section of the Tuscobia Trail closed due to a washout in Park Falls. The section is just East of Tower Road west of the Trailhead connector. Price County Roads are open year around to ATV travel. Please be careful when using roadways>>>

<<<Solberg remains closed while the bridges are being replaced. Work should be completed sometime this summer>>>

<<<Georgetown is open and in good shape. There will be brushing and gravel work done over the next 3 weeks. Logging is going to be starting on the north end of the trail just west of the White Birch Lane intersection next week. Logging ahead signs have been placed on each end of the sale area. >>>



<<<THERE WILL BE A DETOUR FROM DRAPER TO LAKE WINTER ROAD AGAIN FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE TUSCOBIA TRAIL.>>>



6-21-19 – The trails are starting to get a little dusty, but rain is predicted over the weekend and into the upcoming week. Beavers have been active on trail 118-101 between Smith Rapids Road and the intersection with 118-121. We currently have a trapper working in the area. Brushing will continue and will hopefully be finished by next weekend. Yesterday we had a dozer do some work on a washout on trail 118 J / FR 523. We will also have a small detour on the trail (see attached map) starting on Monday as USFS crews will be replacing the culvert on trail 118-121 near the intersection of the trail and Sailor Lake Road. We anticipate this detour being in effect for a couple of days as we are installing a much larger culvert. Any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Flambeau Trail may be directed to Brady Howe at brady.howe@usda.gov or 715-762-5104. Happy Trails!

Flambeau Trail – 70 miles – Open: May 1-March 14


ATVs/UTVs up to 65″ wide, Off-road Motorcycles, Hike, Bike, Snowmobiles, Horseback Riding
The Flambeau Trail System is an interconnecting network of trails which vary in length from less than one mile to over 23 miles. Many lakes, streams and the South Fork of the Flambeau River are accessible from the Flambeau Trails. The CNNF has announced that 65 inch wide ATVs & UTVs are allowed!

Tuscobia Trail – 74 miles – Open: April 15 – November 15


ATVs/UTVs up to 65″ wide, snowmobiles, Hike, Bike, Horseback Riding
The Tuscobia State Trail is an abandoned rail corridor turned recreational trail. It is the connecting bloodline to several other area trails. The trailhead in Park Falls offers convenient loading/unloading ramp and ample parking along with bathrooms, pavilion and playground. Riders can travel from Park Falls non-stop to Birchwood located on the western-most edge of Sawyer County.

Dead Horse Run Trail – 62 miles – Open: May 1-March 14


ATVs/UTVs up to 50″ wide, Off-road Motorcycles, Hike, Bike, Snowmobiles, Horseback Riding
The Dead Horse Run Trail offers a vast array of terrain types. Much of the trail has firm tread however, there is some rugged terrain and some sections go through wet soils where pools of water may even be present. Try it if you feel you are up to the challenge!

Flambeau River State Forest Trail

Open:May 15- November


The Flambeau River State Forest Trail is a 38-mile multiple use trail consisting of forest roads, town roads and snowmobile routes located in the Flambeau River State Forest. The trail system connects directly to the Tuscobia State Trail. There are very few services along the trail. This is a multipurpose trail that allows motorized and non-motorized use. The Trail gives access to 90,000 acres of forest The Flambeau land along two branches of the scenic Flambeau River.

Solberg Trail

Open: May 1- March 14


The trail is a total of 9.5 miles long including trail riding on a graveled surface and road routes. It crosses numerous wooden boardwalks and meanders through a variety of different forest types connecting to the Flambeau Trail System at Sailor Lake Campground located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF). You can also access Solberg Lake County Campground sites 1-16 and 37-60 via East Solberg Lake Road

Georgetown Trail

Open:May 15- March 14


The Georgetown Trail is located entirely in the Price County Forest, with a mostly gravel surface. It meanders through a variety of forest types. Parking areas with loading/unloading ramp are located on both the north and south ends of the trail.

Pine Line Trail Open: December 15-April 1


The trail is a 26-mile abandoned railroad grade open to ATVs and UTVs in the winter only when trails are declared officially open to snowmobiles and the temperature is below 28 degrees.

WISCONSIN REGISTRATION & TRAIL PASS INFORMATION:



Wisconsin Residents are required to obtain a Wisconsin ATV/UTV Registration; Non-Residents are required to obtain a Wisconsin ATV/UTV Trail Pass prior to operating an all-terrain vehicle on any trail or route. Registrations and Trail Passes can be obtained three easy ways:

Quickly and conveniently go online to register using a credit card by clicking here for the DNR ATV Online Registrations Page;
Purchased over the counter at many DNR Authorized Sales Locations. Click here to find an Authorized Sales Location; or
By calling WDNR at 1-888-WDNRINFO (1-888-936-7463 FREE).

For additional information on Registrations/Trail Passes, click here to visit the Wisconsin DNR ATV page.


Fishing Report

 

as of 6/21/2019



Our area has finally seen some nice consistent weather. Water temps are near 70 degrees.
The walleyes are beginning to relocate to a summer pattern but anglers need to fish a variety of spots. There are a lot of bait fish in the shallow weeds and walleyes are feeding in this location during the day. Popping a weedless jig and plastics through the cabbage are getting good reaction strikes. If your not seeing bait fish in the weeds the deeper rock points and mid lake humps that are holding perch are also holding walleyes. The rock bite is better during the low light hours at dawn and dusk. A slip boober tipped with crawlers and leeches are getting action.
Also the mayfly hatch is upon us and walleye action can be slow during this period but anglers should continue to work these patterns.
Bluegills are all over the shallows and are aggressively protecting their beds. Taking a few fish for the plate is ok but throw back any fish 10 inches or better to protect our resource.
Small-mouth have moved off the bedding areas and are now relocating to deeper gravel rock points. A tube jig worked near the bottom is a good choice. Also top water action should start to heat up. There are many popper style baits used around timber which will produce exciting strikes.
Muskie action has picked up. Muskies are chasing small buck tails and crank baits. Fish are located off the first break in 6-8 ft of water. Activity has been scattered through out the day. Top water action should start to heat up as water temps exceed 70 degrees.
Good Luck Fishing
Joe



The Flambeau River and the surrounding lakes in the State Forest such as: Connors, Lake of the Pines, (walleye, bass, musky, crappies, northern and panfish), Bass Lake (largemouth bass, panfish), Swamp, Pelican, Mason and Evergreen Lakes, are great places to fish. The North and South Fork of the Flambeau has seen some sporadic fishing. The river level is high, but navigable. Fishing activity on the area lakes is certainly picking up now.

Diane Stowell
Forestry Technician Adv./Visitor Services – Flambeau River State Forest
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
W1613 Co. Rd. W
Phone: (715) 332-5271 ext. 111
Fax: (715) 332-5279
diane.stowell@wisconsin.gov


River Conditions as of 5/23/2019

River is high though navigable. I believe it will get some use this weekend. Hopefully rain will peter out or not happen Friday. Saturday and Sunday, should be hopping! Happy Memorial Day.

Diane Stowell Wisconsin DNR


The North Fork of the Flambeau is still out of its banks but is dropping daily. Paddling conditions are good but we advise people to be cautious of debris and swift moving currents. I have not had any fishing reports yet but with high water usually comes tougher fishing conditions.
Dan Schauder
Big Bear Recreational Rentals LLC.
715-332-5544



Camping

as of 6/6/2019



For more information about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/CNNF or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CNNF002 or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CNNF002

Lake of the Pines – This is a very rustic, quiet, and well maintained campground. It is located on a bluff overlooking the lake. Many of the sites are on the lake side, where you can watch the early morning sunrise. It has a nice nature trail connected to the campgrounds where you can hike and explore the area. Six sites are available on a first come, first serve basis and the remainder are reservable. New to the campground is a 50 ft. ADA accessible fishing pier for everyone’s enjoyment!

Connors Lake Campground – Has 3 reservable electric sites. A number of the sites are located directly on Connors Lake and are also very well maintained. Both campgrounds are gems, offering a wonderful camping experience.
Note: Be sure to reserve a site! Please visit our new reservation system, CAMIS, at https://wisconsin.goingtocamp.com/ or call 1-888-947-2757 to do so. Walk ins can also be made in the office the day of. Please visit the office for reservations and walk ins to check into your site and purchase a vehicle sticker.

Flambeau River Campsites – The river sites are located along the North fork of the Flambeau River. This area includes 7 landings and 14 river camp sites that are diligently maintained. The river sites may have up to 3 camping units on them. The sites include a picnic table, fire ring, and bathroom facilities. We also have 3 group sites in operation. All river sites are free to the public, but are only to be accessed by watercraft.

Snowmobile Trail Conditions



The Snowmobile trails in Price County closed on Monday March 18th.
Thank you to everyone that made it up and visited our area. We have to also thank all the Land Owners and Clubs for making the trails possible. We look forward to next year. Have a safe and Busy Summer....


Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe, Skijor & Fat Tire Bike Trail Report

Thank you to all the people that made this year one of the best years we have had. Anyone that was able to use our great trails has to agree that they were in fantastic shape. That can't happen without all the volunteers putting in countless hours maintaining the system. We also need to thank all the land owners that allow the trails to happen, without them there would not be the great Price County system.