Date of Report: March 14, 2019
The Northwood’s has been receiving some rain and warmer temps the last two days and through today. The temps in the evenings will go back down tomorrow but continue to be at the line of freezing and above during the day. Many groomers were out last weekend and into this early week but with the warm temps and soft conditions groomers have not been out the last few days and there may be sporadic grooming done as it is late season. With that said however there is a lot of snow out there, especially in the woods. On the wooded trails there is much more protection from the conditions so the wooded trails are in good condition. Out in the open and on roads and routes you will find slush and bare spots. Also on the lakes off trail will find slush and with the temps cooling back down and things freezing back up you can expect some hard, icy patches.
Advice would be to stay on the marked trails, and after the warm up and then freezing on the lakes those lake trails may be very nice. Wooded trails and lakes staying on the packed trails will be your best find for riding.
The Chequamegon National Forest typically closes their trails March 15th, however with the late season they may delay that closing and feel those trails will be open this weekend, HOWEVER, they have not made that decision yet and don’t expect to until todays rain has ended. As mentioned, we will update that as soon as the forestry department has made their decision. ***Please note this closure is national forest only, not county forest and land, ALL county trails are open.
Surrounding counties, you will find Bayfield, Ashland, Rusk and Price to have very similar reports. If looking to Washburn you will need to check that area as their forestry is also deciding on closures. Barron County is closed.
As we near the end of the season we want to thank all the members and groomers for their amazing work and dedication! And we thank all the riders who chose Sawyer County as their riding destination! We have had a great season!! We look forward to ATV/UTV Season 2019!!