Date of Report: May 24, 2018
News and Reports:
Washburn County ATV trails will officially re-open Saturday morning, May 26th. This marks the end of our spring closure as county ordinances set Saturday morning of Memorial Weekend as the trail opener.
Washburn County received much needed rainfall, in amounts ranging from 0.5 to 0.9 inches across the County, Thursday morning. Fire danger has been lowered and we do not anticipate fire danger levels to be elevated to a point forcing ATV trail closures over the Memorial Day Weekend. Riders are, however, still encouraged to monitor fire levels prior to heading out on the trail. ATV trails automatically close at any time that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fire danger is listed at very high or higher. ATV use on Washburn County Forest lands is also restricted during periods of very high or higher fire danger.
Fire danger conditions are listed at the website listed below:
If fire danger is elevated to very high or higher, Washburn County will have enforcement staff monitoring trails for unauthorized use. Be aware that fires can start from grass and dead leaves in contact with hot machine components. Be cautious not to stop or park machines in areas of dry grass or other forest litter. Be careful with any cigarettes or other smoking materials and campfires are not recommended. Please note that campfires on county forest lands are not permitted in the towns of Chicog, Casey, Springbrook or Minong (sand/pine townships).
Also be aware that not all trails have been graded for the start of the season and riders may encounter portions of rough trails.
OVER 100 MILES OF SCENIC TRAILS – HOME OF THE ATV SCENIC TOUR AND HUNDREDS OF ATV-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES!
Washburn County, Wisconsin is host to over 100 miles of scenic, well-maintained ATV trails through the gorgeous, rolling hills of Washburn County. The area includes the communities of Spooner, Birchwood, Shell Lake, Minong, Stone Lake, and Long Lake. Washburn County is known for some of the best ATVing in Wisconsin. With hundreds of ATV-friendly businesses, you’ll find easy trail access from many lodging facilities in the county.
All of the county trails connect with other area trails (Sawyer, Douglas, Burnett and Barron Counties), making this the perfect location for an afternoon, a day, or even a week of ATVing. You will find easy access to lodging, dining, gas, shopping and more.
Washburn County offers over 100 miles of incredible ATV trails. All of the county trails are UTV-friendly as well! The majority of the trails are located on county land and pass through dense forests, across rivers (including the Namekagon, part of the National Park System) and through many ATV-friendly communities.
In addition to the county trail system, Washburn County is also home to two great state trails:
Wild Rivers State Trail, a 96 mile trail that follows an abandoned railroad grade. The trail is open to ATV use from Rice Lake to the southern edge of Superior where it connects with the Tri-County Corridor. 40 miles of the Wild Rivers Trail is located in Washburn County and goes directly through the communities of Sarona, Spooner, Trego and Minong. Parking areas exist in all four communities. In addition, Minong is home to the Wild Rivers Trail ATV Campground which offers 10 RV sites and 5 Tent sites.
Tuscobia State Trail, 74 mile trail that extends from Birchwood, through Sawyer County and ends up in Park Falls. From the Tuscobia, you can access the incredible Spider Lake Loop in Washburn County, head over to Sawyer for an afternoon of riding or make the trip over to Park Falls for a leisurely ride on the Tuscobia.
ATV Scenic Tour:
Washburn County has a fun new way to explore the area ATV trails. The Washburn County ATV Scenic Tour is now available for ATV enthusiasts to learn about over 35 points of interest located along the 100+ mile ATV system. If you have ever been riding on a trail and wondered what river you were passing by or what the giant fish along the trail represented, you’re in luck! The tour highlights waterways, natural points of interest, quirky landmarks and historical sites such as an old homestead where remnants of the original buildings still stand.