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Outdoor Report

Published February 8, 2018 by the Central Office

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Current information on state property Cross-Country Ski Trail Conditions.

Light snow, accumulating to several inches, fell across the southern portion of the state this past week, with up to 6 inches in other areas farther north. That means a host of properties once again have more than a half a foot of usable snow, leading to ski grooming on many park and forest properties and even some new fat bike trail grooming at the Brule River State Forest. Snowmobile trails are now open in almost 40 counties across the northern half of the state on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report (exit DNR).

With good snow in the north, ski trails are in excellent condition on many properties, like these at Pattison State Park. - Photo credit: Gervase Thompson
With good snow in the north, ski trails are in excellent condition on many properties, like these at Pattison State Park.Photo credit: Gervase Thompson

Anglers report catching a few smaller northern at the Peshtigo Harbor and Little River anglers are reporting catching good numbers of whitefish now that the cracks have frozen up again. Anglers out at the Oconto breakwater have reported catching good numbers of larger whitefish with more than a few limits being caught. Anglers fishing the Fox River at Voyageurs Park are reporting catching good numbers of walleyes and the occasional whitefish. Anglers off Door County reported success early in the week, with some catching limits of whitefish. Walleye fishing on Lake Puckaway has been good. Ice fishermen fishing in the Mckinley Marina or the Summerfest lagoon within Lake Shore State Park in Milwaukee were finding good ice conditions ranging from 10-15 inches. Anglers putting in the time are having success catching a few browns and steelhead early or late in the day.

This weekend kicks off the opening to Sturgeon Spearing on the Lake Winnebago System, so there has been a lot of interest in water clarity conditions on Lake Winnebago recently. DNR fisheries technicians checked water clarity on Lake Winnebago Feb. 5 and then at a couple of spots on Lake Poygan Feb. 6. In early January water clarity averaged 9 feet on Lake Winnebago. Unfortunately, conditions have worsened quite a bit since then. Clarity on Lake Winnebago ranged from 3-9 feet with an average of 6.5 feet of visibility. Looking back through past years of data, the current 6.5 reading marks the worst water clarity since 2006. Clarity on the Upriver Lakes seems to be quite good. Despite the less than ideal clarity conditions, fisheries managers still anticipate a big showing of spearers taking to the ice over the weekend in search of a sturgeon!

Hundreds of greater scaup have been hanging out in the open water areas along Lakeshore Park in Milwaukee, with goldeneye ducks with their bright white sides and dark black backs often seen interspersed.

All the new snow makes it a great time for tracking. Deer and elk are browsing logged areas. Wolves, coyote and fox are mating. Up in the sky, ravens and eagles are actively courting and great horned owls are making their nests.

The snowfall is also very timely for 10 candlelight events that will be held this weekend. Friday night the MacKenzie Center is holding a candlelight snowshoe hike and Saturday night there will be either candlelight skis or hikes at the Brule River and Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine state forests, and at Copper Falls, Devil's Lake, Interstate, Lake Kegonsa, New Glarus Woods and Newport state parks. Richard Bong State Recreation Area is holding a "Return to Romance" valentine themed that as of Thursday was nearly sold out. For all event details, search the DNR website for keyword "candlelight." 

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Upcoming featured events at Wisconsin recreational properties

Friday, February 9, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

For all events search the DNR website for "Get Outdoors."
Find a park, forest trail or recreation property

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Upcoming State Natural Area Workday

Feb 10, 9-noon Bluff Creek Workday: Cutting and burning brush -- Come enjoy spring weather and help volunteers during our monthly Southern Kettle Moraine SNA workdays on the second Saturday. Enjoy a short hike, then help cut and pile brush, learn something, meet knowledgeable people, and enjoy the beauty of this fen area in the process. We will remove buckthorn that can spread and shade out rare fen and savanna plants at this site. No skills needed you will be trained onsite.

Feb 10, 9-noon Meeting location change for Observatory Hill - Warm up with a fire! A large-scale restoration is taking place at Observatory Hill State Natural Area and this is your chance to help. We will be removing downed woody debris and selectively cutting cedar to increase the population of understory plants present at this site. We will throw these on the fire. Work will require energy and take place on sloping to steep terrain. No skills needed you will be trained onsite.

Check the State Natural Areas Volunteer Program page of the DNR website for details. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane

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Northern Region

Superior DNR Service Center area

The Brule River State Forest has begun grooming trails for fat biking and snowshoeing. - Photo credit: DNR
The Brule River State Forest has begun grooming trails for fat biking and snowshoeing.Photo credit: DNR
Danny Page with the fat tire bike trail groomer that he built. - Photo credit: DNR
Danny Page with the fat tire bike trail groomer that he built.Photo credit: DNR

Brule River State Forest - February has been cold so far, but sunny on most days. Last Saturday brought 2-3 inches of snow, but once again there is no significant snow in the forecast. Some warmer temperatures are on the way, so hopefully those of us with cabin fever can get outside to enjoy the snow and beautiful wintertime landscapes. The After Hours Candlelight Ski was groomed on Feb. 5 and is in excellent condition! Base is about 5 inches and about 13 inches of snow on the ground in the woods. One way to beat that cabin fever is to attend the Candlelight Ski Event at the After Hours Trail this Saturday, February 10! The event starts when it gets dark--around 5 P.M. Approximately 5 Km of the trails will be lit by luminaries. There will be bonfires, and marshmallows, coffee, hot chocolate and hot apple cider will be provided. A gas grill will also be available for those that would like to use it. This is a great family event, and it's free! No trail passes are required during the event. Come on out on Saturday! The After Hours Snowshoe trails are now being groomed for snowshoe and fat tire bike use! The Fox Loop is 1.1 km, the Coyote Loop is 3.1 km. Trail passes are required for those 16 or older who are using the trails. Snowmobile Trail information: Douglas County: Douglascountywi.org; search "snowmobile" or call 715-378-4528; Bayfield County: Bayfieldcounty.org; search "snowmobile trail conditions" or call 1800-472-6338. - Diane Gobin, visitor services associate

Pattison State Park - Cross-country ski trails were groomed for classic cross-country skiing and were groomed (corduroy/levelled) on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and are in good condition. The entire trail was groomed and tracked. There are only a few thin spots on River View Trail where the track wasn't full depth. A trail pass is not required, but a vehicle admission sticker is. - Gervase Thompson, ranger

Ashland DNR Service Center area

Copper Falls State Park - Cross-country ski trails were groomed for skate and classic skiing on Monday, Feb. 5 and are in excellent condition. Maps are available at the office, which identify the different ski trails for skate and classic skiing. - Brent Couperus, ranger

Spooner DNR Service Center area

Crex Meadows State Wildlife - Birds are scarce now in the Grantsburg area. Common redpolls are one highlight species that is numerous this winter. Northern shrike, rough- legged hawk and tree sparrows were present this week. Rarities include the golden eagle which is spending its 3rd winter with us and a Great Gray Owl spotted along County Road F. - Lauren Finch, wildlife educator

Interstate Park - Trails are groomed for skate and classic cross-country skiing and were tracked on Thursday, Feb. 8. There is a base of 9-10 inches after an additional few inches this week. Trails are in excellent condition and are very beautiful with the new fallen snow. - Matthew Densow, ranger

Park Falls DNR Service Center area

Flambeau River State Forest - We have a snow-covered world around us here at the Flambeau River State Forest and the temperatures have been bitter cold. The Flambeau River State Forest received several inches of new snow on Feb. 4. The ski trails were groomed/tracked on Feb 8 and are in excellent condition. The trails are beautiful with the new fallen snow on trees. There is about an 8-inch base on the ski trail. Snowmobile Trail is in very good condition. The groomers are out almost daily. The snow depth varies throughout the Forest from 16 to 22 inches depending upon the location. Lake of the Pines is reported to have approximately 20-plus inches of ice and fishermen are catching crappies and northerns. Connors Lake ice depth is reported to be about 20 inches and fishermen are catching walleye. Logging operations on the forest are going full speed ahead. Conditions are perfect for good logging practices and loggers are working diligently to get as much done before break-up. The deer and elk are conserving their energy and aggressively browsing in the logging areas. Many of the loggers are viewing groups of deer and elk daily and it's a thrill for them to view the majestic bulls that wander in. Ravens and eagles are actively courting in February and the Great Horned owls are making their nests. Usually by early to mid-March there are owlets in the nests. Wolves and coyotes are mating. Days are noticeably getting longer and when you are out of the wind, the February sun feels warmer. The weather forecast for the weekend calls for Friday to be sunny, with a high of 12 and a low of -13. Saturday will be sunny with a high of 15 and low of -6. Sunday, will be mostly sunny, with a high of 19 and a low of --3. - Diane Stowell, forestry technician advanced and visitor services associate

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - Knee deep snow blankets most of the Northern Highland this week, making for superb snowshoeing, weather one blazes their own trail or follows in another's footsteps. The current cold temperatures are luring many songbirds and squirrels to area bird feeders, along with mice and bunnies; which in turn, are bringing ermine, shrikes, sharp shinned hawks and owls. Some "fresh air" clears out the senses and invigorates the person who takes the effort to get outside for some activity! - Rosalie Richter, visitor services associate

Cross-country ski trails were groomed on Sunday, Feb. 4 and are in good to excellent condition. The forest received 4-5 inches of new snow last weekend. Trails were leveled cut and tracked. Escanaba has excellent conditions. McNaughton has somewhat soft tracks, but already starting to set up nicely as grooming was completed. Skaters loop packed and groomed. Raven and Madeline have good conditions. - Tony Martinez, parks and recreation specialist

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Northeast Region

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

Marinette County -- Anglers report catching a few smaller northern at the Peshtigo Harbor. Little River anglers are reporting catching good numbers of whitefish now that the cracks have frozen up again. No reports on the Menomonee River. Fishing pressure has been low but there is still one gate open on the Hattie Street Dam. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Geano Beach anglers report catching a few smaller perch and northern. Anglers out at the Oconto breakwater have reported catching good numbers of larger whitefish with more than a few limits being caught. Anglers using Swedish pimples and panfish jigs tipped with waxies report having success in 5 to 12 feet of water. With a few smaller perch being caught around the harbor area. Northern are being caught at the end of the breakwall using tipups and medium shiners. Oconto Park II anglers are catching a lot of perch in the 4 to 5 inch range with reports of catching 50 or more perch in just a couple of hours. But they are all small with the larger perch being tight lipped. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Brown County - Early in the week many anglers were out at Bayshore County Park and Volks Landing. Both locations averaged between 30 and 40 vehicles/trailers however towards the end of the week the numbers dropped significantly due to poor weather. Anglers reported targeting whitefish. Some anglers came back with only two fish while others caught their limit in only a few hours on the ice. Longtail Point area fishermen have reported catching a few keeper perch but having to sort through a lot of smaller ones. Anglers are also catching a few northern as well. Out of Sunset Beach anglers reported catching a few bigger perch but having to fish all just to get a few keepers. Anglers also reported catching a few smaller sized northern as well. Anglers fishing the Fox River at Voyageurs Park are reporting catching good numbers of walleyes using spoons and jigging raps in water between 5 and 15 feet. The occasional whitefish is also being caught as well. -Benjamin Ewoldt, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Door County - Sugar Creek was the most popular area at the beginning of the week with nearly 45 vehicles/trailers. As the week continued the lot only averaged 1-10 vehicles/trailers as the weather conditions deteriorated. Anglers reported success early in the week, catching limits after spending 3-5 total hours on the ice. A few interviews midweek at Limn Kiln Road, Carmody Park and Sand Bay revealed most parties were bringing back their limit of whitefish along with a mixed bag of smelt and a couple of yellow perch. Sturgeon Bay anglers were not having much luck out of George Pinney Park and Birmingham's, spending 2-4 hours out without bringing in any target species (whitefish). - Kara Winter, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Marinette County - Cold air settled over Marinette county following an all-day snow event on Saturday. We now have about 10 inches of fluffy snow on the ground in the Wausaukee area. Temps dropped to the teens below zero early in the week. Snowmobile trails should be in good shape for the weekend. Wildlife staff have been mowing alder in the Dunbar area to regenerate it for grouse and woodcock habitat. As alder stands age, they begin to fall over and no longer provide optimal habitat. Mowing the old stems produces dense new shoots providing good cover and feeding areas for woodcock. Fishing has been slow with many anglers reporting finding fish that were finicky and tough to catch. The new snow put a damper on finding shed antlers for a while. - Aaron McCullough, wildlife technician, Wausaukee

Oconto County - This past weekend in Northern Oconto County we received about 6 inches of fluffy snow. All trails in the Northern Half of the County are open but I still recommend checking the Oconto County Tourism Trail's Report. Most lakes have 12-18 inches of ice and this cold weather will keep most ice pretty solid. Oconto County also has multiple trails open for cross country skiing and other recreational uses. Please check the Oconto County Tourism website on how to obtain a trail map for each recreational use. Individuals have been catching decent size northern on Chute Pond and some pan fish. - Paul Hartrick, conservation warden, Oconto Falls

Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area

Newport State Park - Winter has certainly blessed northern Door County with snow this year. Several weeks ago, we received about 20 inches of wet snow. Trails were groomed and tracked and folks were enjoying cross country skiing, skate skiing, snow showing and hiking. Warmer temps and rain left things hard and icy. With recent snowfall, we now have about 8 inches of fresh powder over the ice. Trails are fair, as they have not been rolled or tracked as of today. We expect them to get done in the next day or two. Temperatures are in the single digits to teens, and expected to stay that way all this week. New snow brings opportunities for wildlife tracking. We see the coyotes and red fox have been active. Nearby residents are sending in pictures of their sightings. We have had otter activity in our picnic area in the past, so we are watching for signs of their return. Bald eagles have been sighted down by the shoreline of Lake Michigan. We hope it is our nesting pair. As is typical of cold winter nights, the skies have been glorious. Winter star gazing has its challenges, but it is well worth checking out the night sky at our International Dark Sky park. - Beth Bartoli, naturalist

Peninsula State Park - Cross-country ski trails that were groomable were groomed Feb. 4. Some trails are skate and classic and some are classic. Depending on the trail conditions range from good to poor. - Jessica Doell, visitor services associate

Potawatomi State Park - Hiking, biking, and pets are not permitted on ski trails when snow-covered. Please see the Potawatomi winter use map for trails open to winter hiking and snowshoeing. Bikes may be ridden on park roadways. The snowmobile trails in the park are open, however a section of the trail from the amphitheater leading up to the tower was plowed so proceed with caution. The observation tower is closed for the season. - Jaclyn Moeri, visitor services associate

Cross-country ski trails were groomed for skate and classic cross-country skiing (corduroy/levelled) on Sunday, Feb. and are in good condition. Classic track is in good condition and the skate deck is firm and level. - Erin Brownstender, property supervisor

Whitefish Dunes State Park - Cross-country ski trails were groomed for classic cross-country skiing and were tracked on Sunday, Feb. 4 and are in good condition. - Jaclyn Moeri, visitor services associate

Waupaca County - We got 3-5 inches of snow in central Wisconsin. Snowmobile trails were groomed but not yet open. Up to 20 inches of ice on many area lakes, not many people out ice fishing lately. Most wildlife has been holed up lately as it has been down to double digits below zero this week. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma

About 6 inches of "light/fluffy" snow fell in the area. It is a great time to get out and look for animal tracks and enjoy your public lands. Walleye fishing on Lake Puckaway has been good. Anglers have been doing well on tip up and shiners during the hours of darkness. The best bite has been right when it gets dark. Most of the snowmobile trails in this area of central Wisconsin remain closed, but some great snowmobiling and ATV operation is still attainable on our frozen lakes/waterways. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma

Hartman Creek State Park - Cross-country ski trails were groomed for classic cross-country skiing and were packed (rolled/compacted) on Monday, Feb. 5 and are in fair condition. Pope Lake Trail system has been groomed and tracked for classic skiing but icy spots exist throughout. The Oak Ridge system has been packed but not yet tracked.- Randy Busch, ranger

Oshkosh DNR Service Center area

Lake Winnebago System - There has been a lot of interest in water clarity conditions on Lake Winnebago recently. We had a couple of our technicians out checking water clarity on Lake Winnebago Feb. 5 and then at a couple of spots on Lake Poygan Feb. 6. In early January water clarity averaged 9 feet on Lake Winnebago. Unfortunately, conditions have worsened quite a bit since then. Clarity on Lake Winnebago yesterday ranged from 3-9 feet with an average of 6.5 feet of visibility. Looking back through past years of data, the current 6.5 reading marks the worst water clarity since the 2006 season. It appears that the clearer water is generally along the east and north shores, which is not abnormal. Clarity on the Upriver Lakes seems to be quite good. We were able to see bottom in both spots that were checked today, including one location in 8.5 feet. Our observations over the last two days confirms what I have been hearing from spearers for the past couple of weeks, dirty water on Lake Winnebago and clearer water on the Upriver Lakes. Despite the less than ideal clarity conditions, I still anticipate a big showing of spearers taking to the ice over the weekend in search of a sturgeon! - Ryan Koenigs, fisheries biologist, Oshkosh

Outagamie County - This weekend kicks off the opening to Sturgeon Spearing on Lake Winnebago. All spearers are reminded to Print and Carry their sturgeon carcass tag with them while spearing. These tags still need to be immediately validated upon harvest of a sturgeon, but no longer need to be attached to the fish, unless the spearer leaves the fish. Additionally, people venturing out on the ice are reminded to take safety precautions. No ice is ever safe. Stay away from discolored ice and cracks. Bring ice picks, rope and other safety gear. - Cara Kamke, conservation warden, Appleton

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Lakeshore State Park - The recent stretch of cold weather and snow has kept the ice thick in the basin at Lakeshore State Park. There is still open water for shore fishing near the pedestrian bridge due to converging currents from Lake Michigan. The ice fishermen have been pulling up brown and rainbow trout through tip ups. The Milwaukee Harbor is currently covered in ice, so we'll have to wait a bit to fish over the rails. Hundreds of greater scaup have been hanging out in the open water areas, with occasional visits from the red foxes, snowy owl, gulls, and a few crows (which are not common in the park, despite their distribution in Milwaukee). Goldeneye ducks with their bright white sides and dark black backs are often seen interspersed with the scaup. If you're walking/running/biking through, the eastern trail of the park is plowed and salted through the winter season. The Summerfest lakewalk is open from the south entrance, but is closed at the north entrance due to construction. - Angela Vickio, naturalist, Milwaukee

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak Unit - All the cross-country ski trails at Lapham Peak were groomed Wednesday, Feb. 7. A track was set on the lighted loop, although it is thin in areas. The upper trails were packed and in good shape, but also quite thin in some areas. The best conditions are still on the man-made snow loop. Snow is expected Thursday night into Friday and we plan on grooming Friday morning and again Friday night. If we get the predicted snowfall the trails should be in great shape for the weekend. Lights ware on until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Skiing is not allowed after 9 p.m. - Jay Abts, ranger

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit - The forest received 5-6 inches of light fluffy snow on Feb. 3 over bare ground. The Zillmer cross-country ski trails were groomed for skate cross-country skiing (corduroy/levelled) on Wednesday, Feb. 7 and are generally in good condition with a 1 to 2 inch base. Set track on the brown, red and green. Skating lanes are in mostly good condition. Tracks are poor to good, varies considerably. Still some debris in places and may bump some rock on the hills of the yellow. Greenbush did not get enough snow to set track, but cold temps have set up a nice base for skaters. - Reagan Arndt, ranger

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit - The Nordic and McMiller cross-country ski trails are groomed for skate cross-country skiing and were groomed (corduroy/levelled) on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The trail is groomed to a 1-2 inch base. There are many areas where ice is under the snow, especially at the base of a hill or flat area. There is not enough snow for a track at this time. Overall the trail is in good condition. - Brian Lemke, property manager

Kohler-Andrae State Park - Cross-country ski trails are groomed for classic cross-country skiing and were groomed (corduroy/levelled) on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and are in good condition, but some tracked areas are worn to the ground. - Chanice Pitzke, ranger

Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee most of the inner harbor and shoreline areas are froze over, boat ramps at both Riverfront in Milwaukee and the Bender boat ramp in Oak Creek were iced in and closed for boat access this week. Ice fishermen fishing in the Mckinley Marina or the Summerfest lagoon within Lake Shore state park are finding good ice conditions ranging from 10-15 inches of solid ice, some ice depths vary near current areas or along the breakwalls and piers these areas should be avoided, and please remember safety first and that no ice is ever considered 100 percent safe. Anglers putting in the time are having success catching a few browns and steelhead early or late in the day, best presentations have been soaking either spawn bags or medium shiners a foot or two off bottom. Jigging white hair jigs or plastic tubes and spoons has also been effective on some days. Trying several techniques through the day to see what the fish prefer is crucial for getting the trout to bite, best of luck and be safe. - David Schindelholz, fisheries technician, Milwaukee

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South Central Region

Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Blue Mound State Park - Cross-country ski trails were groomed Tuesday, Feb. 6 and are in fair condition. All ski trails were rolled and "corduroy" groomed for skate and classic skiing around. The base depth is around 2 inches and an additional 2 inches of powder fell overnight into Wednesday morning. No track has been set and there is no groomed oval in the upper picnic area. No additional grooming will be attempted until future snowfall occurs. - Brad Bates, ranger

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Mirror Lake State Park -Cross-country ski trails were groomed for skate and classic cross-country skiing on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and range from fair to poor condition. The park received 5-6 inches of dry, fluffy snow fell on bare ground, which packed down to about 2 inches so skiers should expect soft snow conditions with grass, leaves and sticks poking through the skate deck and classical tracks. - Brett Johanen, ranger

Governor Nelson State Park - Cross-country ski trails were groomed for classic cross-country skiing and were tracked on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and range from fair to good condition. Most of the Woodland trail has a smooth surface and tracks have been set. Other trails have some minimal snow cover and some exposed grass. - Rene Lee - park manager

Lake Kegonsa State Park -Cross-country ski trails were groomed for skate and classic cross-country skiing (corduroy/levelled) on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and are in fair condition with some areas having patches of grass showing due to the light, fluffy snow conditions. - Sarah Bolser, park manager

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West Central Region

Baldwin DNR Service Center area

Kinnickinnic State Park - Cross-country ski trails are groomed for classic cross-country skiing and were tracked on Wednesday, Feb. 7. All Ski trails have been freshly tracked, and are in good condition. Multi-use trails are packed. - Eric Klumb, ranger

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - The Black River Falls area received 3-4 inches of snow this past weekend. Cross-country ski trails are groomed for skate and classic cross-country skiing and were tracked on Wednesday, Feb. 7 and are in fair condition. Packed and tracked trails are thin in some areas. Trails are open for hiking and snowshoeing. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the mid to high teens with a slight chance of snow on Saturday. Snowmobile, ATV and UTV trails are open. Trails are in fair to poor condition. - Emily Alf, visitor services associate

Eau Claire DNR Service Center area

Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area - Cross-country ski trails are groomed for skate and classic cross-country skiing and were tracked on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and continue to be in excellent condition with recent small snowfalls and timely grooming by volunteer staff. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Red Cedar State Trail - The cross-country ski trails is in good to excellent condition with the better areas south of Irvington. There are still a few icy spots near the mile 1 mark and near the ice wall at 1 1/2. It was last groomed Feb. 1. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Brunet Island State Park - Trails are groomed for classic cross-country skiing and were tracked on Monday, Feb. 5 and are in good condition. We received a dusting of snow on Feb. 7 but the trail is still in good shape. - Zachary Thon, ranger

Lake Wissota State Park - Cross-country ski trails were groomed for skate and classic cross-country skiing (corduroy/levelled) on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and are in good condition. Trails were groomed with secondary groomer. Primary groomer will be fixed and trails should be re-groomed by the weekend. One section along the lake was only rolled. - Nathan Fries, ranger

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Buckhorn State Park - Cross-country ski trails are groomed for classic cross-country skiing and were tracked on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and are in fair condition with some areas have grass showing. New trail system groomed from kids fishing pond but not on map yet. - Chanice Pitzke, ranger

Check out the new trails from the kid's fishing pond parking lot. Wind along a 2.2 mile rough trip trail through pines, past a large sandblow and more. Help us name the loop at the north end. Email or leave your suggestion at the park office. *Note -park map has not been updated yet for these trails. Hiking and pets are not allowed on the groomed ski trails. The trail into the new campground is open for dog walking and is currently packed. - Heather Wolf, park manager



Last Revised: Thursday, February 08, 2018

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