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Outdoor Report for January 29, 2015Published by the Central Office

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A mid-week snowfall brought anywhere from a dusting to 3 or 4 inches of snow to Wisconsin, but once again the larger amounts were in the north and minimal amounts fell in the south. The snow was welcome in the north where it freshened up snowmobile trails and allowed groomers to improve conditions for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. It was not enough to allow additional counties to open snowmobile trails or for most parks and forests in the southern half of the state to groom ski trails.

Snowmobile trails remain open in about a dozen northern counties with conditions ranging from good to excellent on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Snow Conditions Report (exit DNR). Cross-country ski trails are in very good condition at the Brule River and Northern Highland-American Legion state forests. In the south, there was just enough snow for groomers to pack down trails at Blue Mound State Park where conditions were fair and in the Kettle Moraine State Forest where conditions were generally poor in the southern unit but good on the man-made snow loop of the Lapham Peak unit.

Ice thickness on most lakes across the Northwoods varies from 12 to 16 inches and recent snows have added 2 to 3 inches on top of the 6 inches that was already on the ice, making ice travel a bit more difficult. Green Bay is mostly frozen over now with ice up to a foot in some areas, but still areas with ice 6 inches or less.

For fishing action, it seems that the mid-winter winter doldrums have set in and success has tapered off for most species in the north. Walleye action could be considered fair for this mid-winter time and most anglers are experiencing just enough action to keep them interested. Panfish action has been inconsistent and anglers have been moving around quite a bit searching for active fish with success quite variable.

Action also seemed to slow some this week for anglers fishing Green Bay, with the best action still coming from whitefish and some northern pike, but very little for perch. The best spots where out of Stone Quarry and Larsen's Reef on the east shore and off Oconto on the west shore. Anglers fishing open water areas of southeastern harbors were catching some brown and rainbow trout at Port Washington near the power plant discharge and Milwaukee near the mouth of the river. Anges at the Racine harbor were fishing through the ice and catching a few browns.

With the warmer weather there have been lots of wildlife sightings such as porcupines up in trees, otters out and about coyotes being very active. The light snows in the past couple of weeks have provided great opportunities to see their tracks. The majority of white-tailed bucks have lost their antlers, although there are some reports of bucks with one antler still hanging on. The squirrel season closes Saturday, Jan. 31 and rabbit hunting remains open through Feb. 28.

Tree sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, cardinals, black-capped chickadees, woodpeckers, horned larks, white-breasted nuthatches, blue jays, American goldfinches, and tufted titmice are the majority of songbirds currently active. Many people who feed songbirds in the south have reported sporadic feeding activity at their feeders this winter, as the lack of snow has allowed songbirds the luxury of obtaining enough food from the fields and forests.

There are six candlelight events being held this weekend and at this time all have indicated they will be held as hikes if there is not enough snow for skiing or snowshoeing. For details, search the DNR website for "Get outdoors."

Statewide Birding Report

Winter bird patterns have set in, though northbound "spring" movement of some species may only be weeks away. Snowy owls remain in high numbers at most of the haunts in which previously reported. Short-eared owls have also put in good showings at dusk at a number of large grassland/wetland complexes in the southeastern quarter of the state, as well as Iowa County in the southwest. Pine siskins, purple finches, and common redpolls continue to dominate the landbird scene, the latter especially across the northern half of state. Small numbers of evening and pine grosbeaks, and red crossbills were reported in the far north this week, as well as more than 300 Bohemian waxwings in northern Bayfield County. Smaller numbers of Bohemians were also reported in northern Door. Small numbers of waterfowl can be found wherever open water remains. Diving ducks such as common goldeneye and common mergansers and dabblers such as mallards, American black duck, and Canada goose are most numerous, but small numbers of most other species are also being seen. Some hotspots include the St. Croix River near Hudson, Fox River near Menasha, Mud Lake and Babcock Parks in McFarland, and the Yahara River near Madison. Trumpeter swans overwinter at the Hudson site and tundra swans are currently at McFarland. The Lake Michigan shore, especially near Racine, is also hosting waterfowl, including some of the aforementioned species alongside red-breasted mergansers and scaup. The rarest find of the week was no doubt the common eider seen in Superior, Douglas County. This sea duck is very rarely found in the interior U.S. and marks only the second known to have frequented Wisconsin waters since 1968. - Ryan Brady, Bureau of Wildlife Management research scientist, Ashland

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Northern Region

Superior DNR Service Center area

Brule River State Forest - The After Hours Cross-Country Ski Trail was groomed and track was set on Monday after 2.5 inches of new snow. Conditions are very good with a base of 3 to 4 inches and 9 to 10 inches in the woods., Dan Kephart, ranger

Park Falls DNR Service Center area

Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - Ice thickness on most lakes across the Northwoods varies from 12 to 16 inches and recent snows have added 2 to 3 inches on top of the 6 inches that was already on the ice. This has made ice travel a bit difficult, and snowmobiles, ATVs and 4-wheel drive vehicles have almost being a necessity for getting around on the lakes. In addition, there are still areas of slush in many undisturbed areas and that is making travel a bit treacherous in these spots. For fishing action, it seems that the mid-winter winter doldrums have set in and success has tapered off for most species in the area. Walleye action could be considered fair for this mid-winter time and most anglers are experiencing just enough action to keep them interested. Success has been erratic, with the best catches being made on the cloudy and mild days, when temperatures reached up into the 20s and low 30s. The favorite baits continue to be large fatheads and medium suckers, fished 6 inches off the bottom in 5 to 12 feet of water and in the 2 hours before dark. Panfish action has been inconsistent and these anglers have been moving around quite a bit. Anglers have been moving from lake to lake, and from spot to spot on a lakes - searching for the active fish. Success has been quite variable, with perch providing most of the action for the panfish anglers. Northern pike activity has also slowed up in the last week as the increased snow cover seems to have cut back on their activity and moved the fish to a little deeper water. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - Conditions couldn't be better on the Northern Highland. Come and enjoy the "Winter wonderland" whether it be snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, fishing, scouting, bird watching or snowmobiling. The Escanaba Trail was leveled and tracked January 26 and is in very good condition. Madeline, McNaughton and Raven trails were groomed January 27 and are in very good condition. - Tony Martinez, forestry facilities worker

Antigo DNR Service Center area

Council Grounds State Park - Cross-country ski trails have been groomed, tracked and are in fair condition. - Sara J. Gossfeld-Benzing, ranger-assistant property manager

Florence DNR at the Florence Natural Resource Center

Florence County - Bring your cameras because it's a winter wonderland up here in Florence and Forest counties. Currently, there is 24-plus inches of snow on the ground. This has made the snowmobile trails a pleasure to ride on and experience the abundant wildlife in the area. It also makes snowshoeing and cross-country skiing most enjoyable. Ice conditions are solid, but always check local conditions prior to exploring new lakes. With some warmer temperatures, the driving conditions have been difficult due to slush under the snow. It's very advisable to use a snowmobile because fishing has been good when you can get to the right spots. There are always seasonal events going on in Florence and Forest counties, so check your county tourism webpages and newspapers to see what you can be part of next. - Jason Cotter, wildlife biologist

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Northeast Region

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report

Nice weather this past week saw a moderate number of fishermen take to the ice. Anglers are reporting about a foot of ice along the shallow shore line and protected areas on the Bay, but as little as 6 inches of ice as you travel farther out. Those anglers fishing white fish at 2 to 3 miles out are using 4-wheelers or snow machines to reach their destinations. For you bird lovers. Snowy Owls are being seen along the Bay shore from Geano Beach to the Menominee River mouth.

Marinette County - Pike anglers are driving on to the Bay at Thompson Park and off of Pond road. Little River has been a hot spot for whitefish, with anglers taking snow machines and 4-wheelers out to the Trout Bar, fishing in 38 feet of water. Black jig heads with white or yellow eyes tipped with minnow heads has been working extremely well. One gate of the dam was partially open on the Menominee River. The ice pocket below the dam has gotten considerably smaller but walleye anglers are still present. Jigging with minnows or minnow heads has been catching fish with the best bite coming during periods of low light or in the early mornings or evenings. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Geano Beach has seen an influx of both fishermen and non fishing party's using the landing. Anglers are heading south to the reef in search of walleye and whitefish. From Oconto Breakwater to Oconto Park II, pike fishermen are driving their trucks out on the ice but staying relatively close to shore. Pike are being caught in waters ranging from 4 to 12 feet. Large shiner minnows or smelt in the round, fished on bottom is working best. Whitefish anglers are using snow machines and 4-whellers going out a couple miles, fishing in 28 feet of water. Jigging with minnow heads has been productive at times. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Brown County - Voyageur Park anglers have been catching walleye, whitefish, and a few perch, jigging with Swedish pimples, jigging raps, and lead head jigs tipped with minnows or minnow heads. The walleye bite seems to be best early morning before the sun comes up. Anglers with Aqua Views are seeing good numbers of whitefish, but they have been hard to catch at times. Anglers at Long Tail have been targeting perch using tip ups and jigging with minnows and wax worms. The bite has been hit and miss. Very little activity has been observed at Duck Creek or Sunset Beach. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Anglers out of Dyckesville and Red River were driving out on the in search of whitefish, with mixed results. Anglers out of Sugar Creek reported doing well for whitefish and some limits were reported last weekend. No routes were scheduled this week here. -Emily Kurszewski, Green Bay

Door County - Anglers in Little Sturgeon struggled to catch whitefish during the week from Sand Bay down to Lime Kiln Road. A few anglers had little success at Big Rock Place for whitefish jigging a spoon tipped with a waxy. Anglers reported 12-14 inches of ice off of Lime Kiln road and Big Rock Place. Anglers in search of perch have still reported no success. Anglers around Sturgeon Bay have been successful for whitefish out of Stone Quarry and Larsen's Reef, with some limits being reported. Most anglers are reporting fishing in 50-80 feet of water and only seeing a little action on their cameras. Anglers reported using stick baits tipped with a wax worm for the best results. Anglers are reporting 12-16 inches of ice for the most part but some reports of 6-7 inches in places, so take caution when on the ice. Anglers tried their luck in the harbor area at Stone Quarry for perch and had no success. Anglers trying their luck in Little Harbor for brown trout and northern pike had limited success in the early evening hours near shore. The ice in the canal area was pretty slushy on top on Saturday but seemed to freeze again with the cold temperatures overnight and into Sunday, remember to use caution when on the ice. -Emily Kurszewski, Green Bay

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Shawano County - Ice conditions are pretty stable but some cracks are developing so be careful travelling on area lakes. Fishing has been a bit slow but some nice panfish are still being caught along with some nice northern on tip ups. Snow conditions are better on the western end of the county where some snowmobile trails are open. Check with the Shawano County trails association for current trail closings. - Jim Horne, conservation warden, Shawano

Green Bay DNR Service Center area

Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area

Door County - In Northeast Wisconsin the snow is almost nonexistent. We did receive about an inch or inch and a half in Door County Jan. 27 but it was just enough to make everything white again. The Bay of Green Bay is pretty well frozen over and lots of individuals have been out ice fishing. The whitefish fishing is what everyone's excited about but there are some individuals catching walleyes and northern pike. Yellow perch fishing has been slow for almost everyone. Ice thickness on the Bay of Green Bay ranges from 8-16 inches of ice. There are also some bald eagles around. - Brandon Bastar, fisheries research vessel captain, Sturgeon Bay

Potawatomi State Park - Cross-country ski trails were rolled on January 27, except for the return portions of the Red and Black Loop Trails which did not have enough snow for a base. Visitors are hiking and skiing in the park. Ice fishermen are catching some perch in the Sawyer Harbor area. A few weekend tent campers have been taking advantage of the milder temperatures lately. At least one snowy owl is hunting the open fields adjacent to the park. - Lois M. Hanson, visitor services associate

Whitefish Dunes State Park - With the warmer weather lots of wildlife sightings such as porcupines up in trees, an eagle sighting, red-bellied woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, and downy woodpeckers at the bird feeders. Cross-country ski trails are in poor condition and are packed down. Ski trails are groomed for classic skiing only. No dogs, hikers or bikers on the ski trails (Red, Yellow and Green). Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 for a night of candlelight fun. Ski, hike or snowshoe candlelight trails at the park. Ski among the forested dunes for 1.5 miles. Hike or snowshoe a 1.5 mile loop. Warm up in the shelter building with hot beverage and fresh popcorn. Visit the nature center for delicious baked goods, new exhibits or purchase a book. Limited number of snowshoes will be available (first-come-first serve basis). Free Event but a state vehicle sticker is required. At this time this event will most likely be a hiking event due to the lack of snow. Please call for updated conditions 920-823-2400. - Jaclyn Moeri, visitor services associate

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - Currently about 4 inches of snow on the ground in central Wisconsin. Snowmobile trails still closed, cross-country ski trails not groomed. Excellent hiking conditions. Local fishing success has been poor, the mid-winter doldrums so to speak. Some reports of walleyes and white bass being caught on Lake Poygan. Turkey and deer actively feeding during daylight hours - has been an easy winter for them so far. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak Unit - The area received about 1 inch of snow Monday and Monday night. The manmade snow loop of the cross-country ski trails was groomed Monday night with a new classical track being set. After grooming less than 1 inch of new snow fell, so there is a fresh layer of snow on top of the grooming. Conditions on the manmade loop are very good. Off of the manmade loop the groomer is in the process of packing the new snow trying to get it to adhere to the icy base. Lights are on Monday through Saturday nights until 10 p.m. - Paul Sandgren, property supervisor

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit - Nordic, McMiller and Scuppernong trails received about 1 inch of new snow Jan. 26. The groomers were on the trails the next day, with some time spent on Nordic attempting to loosen up the crusty and icy base. There were some skiable sections of trail away from the trailhead area on the Red loop and the Blue/Green trail from the point the Orange breaks off to the white loop. With the new snow there will be more skiable sections but conditions on all three trail systems are poor because of the thin snow cover. - Paul Sandgren, property supervisor

Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee

Ozaukee County - The south end of the Port Washington harbor stays open over the winter due to the power plant discharge. This area provides a good open water fishing opportunity, and anglers there have been catching a few browns and rainbows. Spawn sacs remain the most effective bait.

Milwaukee County - In Milwaukee, ice conditions in the harbor and the mouth of the river have been fluctuating almost daily. When it is fishable, the area under the Hoan Bridge should be producing a few browns and rainbows. Spawn, minnows, and Gulp are generally good baits to try. The fishing pier at the Oak Creek Power Plant is closed for the winter months, and it is scheduled to reopen on March 15.

Racine County - In Racine, the harbor in Reefpoint Marina is mainly frozen over. There are aerators running near some docks, so be aware of varying ice depths. Anglers fishing in Reefpoint have been catching a few browns on minnows, spawn sacs, and jigging gulp. A few rainbows and northerns should be in the area as well.

Plymouth DNR Service Center area

Theresa Marsh State Wildlife Area - As of today local snowmobile trails are still closed and cross-country ki trails aren't groomed due to the lack of snow. Several 2015 agricultural and nursery deer shooting permits have been issued or reissued in Washington County, and one in Ozaukee County. Landowner names and phone numbers for those are on the DNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/hunt.html. Hunters need to know that the "public access" requirement on these permits only applies during the open deer seasons, but some landowners might be looking for hunters to fill the damage tags during the off seasons so it doesn't hurt to call and ask them. The squirrel season closes Saturday, Jan. 31 and rabbit hunting remains open through Feb. 28. The light snow conditions are still great for rabbit hunting. The crow season reopened Jan. 25 and runs through March 20. Two local Learn to Hunt Turkey workshops, one in Washington County at the Daniel Boone Conservation League, and one in Ozaukee County) are being schedule for the last weekend in March and will be listed on the "Learn to Hunt" section of the DNR website soon. Nuisance coyote issues have been in the news lately (Mequon, Germantown, Grafton, other areas). Some good information for dealing with nuisance coyotes can be found in the "Damaging and Nuisance Wildlife" section of the DNR website or by typing "coyotes" in the DNR website search box. - Tom Isaac, wildlife biologist, Hartford

Sturtevant DNR Service Center area

Racine and Kenosha counties - Snow cover in the woodland areas in Racine and Kenosha Counties is in good condition for viewing tracks. This provides an opportunity to see what wildlife species are active this time of year and to see what they are doing. It is a chance to see tracks for wildlife such as white-tailed deer, coyote, fox, mice, vole, and turkey. A factsheet with mammal tracks can be found on the DNR website, when you search for Mammal Tracks. The Kansasville Wildlife crew continues to work on a woodland project at the Honey Creek Wildlife Area north of Oak Knoll Road. The two-year project has involved mowing invasive woody underbrush in the winter and applying herbicide to the re-sprouts later in the year. The goal is to eliminate the dense understory to allow regeneration of desirable trees- oak, cherry, and hickory. The project may also include tree planting in the future. The wildlife crew plans on conducting a prescribed burn on a portion of this project area in the spring. - Marty Johnson, wildlife biologist, Sturtevant

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South Central Region

Dodgeville DNR Service Center area

Green County - Ice conditions appear to be safe on most bodies of water. Anglers have reported catching a few decent panfish, but the overall bite has been slow. Snowmobile trails are currently closed; however, with colder temperatures and some snow in the forecast we may have some opportunity to ride in February. Snowmobilers are reminded to check the State Line Trail Blazers website at Statelinetrailblazer.com for up to the minute trail information. Remember if you abuse it you lose it, so make sure you are only operating on trails and properties open to public use. As always, please report any violations you observe and stay safe! - Ryan Caputo, conservation warden, New Glarus

Get outside and help restore the Stauffacher Unit of Muralt Bluff Prairie State Natural Area [PDF] from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 31. Come warm up with brush-pile fires and help staff and volunteers cut and pile brush while enjoying the beauty of this savanna and prairie. Remove previously killed trees and brush to aid in future prescribed burns on the site. No skills needed -- you will be trained onsite. Meet at the Stauffacher Unit of Muralt State Natural Area. From Albany take Highway 59 west about three miles to a small parking lot on the right across from Towns Road. Dress for the weather and wear clothes that are OK to get beat up: long pants, long sleeves and gloves (we will have extra). This workday depends on snow cover. If the workday is cancelled due to weather conditions, a message will be left at 608-228-4349 at least two hours before the event. If there is no cancellation message, the workday will continue as scheduled. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jared Urban at jared.urban@wisconsin.gov or 608-228-4349. But if you don't get around to notifying, come anyway! - Lisa Gaumnitz, natural resources educator

Fitchburg DNR Service Center area

Iowa County - There is a light snow cover in Iowa County, maybe 1-3 inches depending on location, but much of the snow is on north facing slopes. For updates on local snowmobile trails follow this link: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport/snowmobile Bird sightings include: snowy owl, northern shrike, common redpoll, snow bunting, longspurs, pine siskins, golden eagles, rusty blackbird. Owls are beginning their mating calls, and coyotes and red foxes are gearing up for mating season as well. The majority of white-tailed bucks have lost their antlers, although there are some reports of bucks with 1 antler still hanging on. - Travis Anderson, wildlife biologist, Dodgeville

Lafayette County - Anglers continue to see an extremely slow fish bite on Yellowstone Lake. It's been quite a while since we've been to the end of January without at least a short stretch of open snowmobile trails and there's no significant snowfall in sight. - Nick Webster, conservation warden, Darlington

Blue Mound State Park - Cross-country ski trails were groomed Monday, Jan. 26. No track was set. Fair conditions. Trails on the north side of the mound (John Minix, Willow Springs, Flintrock) have around 2 inches of base. Ridgeview 1.5 inches of base. Pleasure Valley is spotty in places. Caution on downhills. Crust forming from foggy conditions as of Wednesday Jan. 28. Please call the park at 608-437-5711 for current mountain bike trail status.

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West Central Region

La Crosse DNR Service Center area

Vernon County - Tree sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, cardinals, black-capped chickadees, woodpeckers, horned larks, white-breasted nuthatches, blue jays, American goldfinches, and tufted titmice are the majority of songbirds currently active in the area. Many people who feed songbirds have reported sporadic feeding activity at their feeders this winter, as the lack of snow has allowed songbirds the luxury of obtaining enough food from the fields and forests. Unfortunately, people who feed songbirds during the winter have been deprived of the enjoyment that winter feeding provides. That can certainly change in a hurry, though, if we receive accumulating snows. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua

Merrick State Park - - Merrick is a quiet place in the winter. Take a walk in the south campground and enjoy the winter songbirds. You might even catch sight of an eagle as it flies through looking for open water. Ice fishing has been a popular activity along the south campground. Please park in plowed campsites or parking lots. If you want to unload an ATV or snowmobile use the south boat launch only. Be aware of changing ice conditions. - Lois Larson, manager

Perrot State Park - The cross-country ski trails are currently in poor condition. There are sections of trail with decent snow cover but there are also bare spots. Visitors have still been skiing on the Wilbur Trail but have to go off the trail for short stretches into unpacked snow to go around bare spots. The skate lane in the campground and the Bay Trail are currently closed due to hazard tree work that is being done in the area. We plan to open those trails once the work is completed. The hiking trails are mostly bare but there are icy spots and slippery steps. There is just not enough snow to enjoy snowshoes at this time. Hiking, snowshoeing and pets are not allowed on designated cross-country ski trails when they are snow covered. Brady's Bluff, Perrot Ridge, Black Walnut and the Riverview trails are open for hiking and snowshoeing. - Lois Larson, manager

Black River Falls DNR Service Center area

Black River State Forest - Join us this Saturday, Jan. 31 from 6-9 p.m. at the Smrekar warming shelter for our annual candlelight ski, hike, and snowshoe event. Due to lack of snow, the trails will not be groomed for skiing; however some of the trails were packed on Tuesday Jan. 27 for easier hiking and snowshoeing. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the high teens to mid-20s with a slight chance of snow. Warmer weather over the last few days has melted most of the snow in the area. Winter ATV trails remain closed due to warmer temperatures and poor trail conditions. Highs this week are expected to be in the 20s to low 30s.-Emily Alf, visitor services associate

Eau Claire DNR Service Center area

Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area - This week saw some additional snowfall within the Chippewa Valley. Volunteers groomed all the trails on Wednesday and skiers are reporting very good conditions. The trails east of the park road are only open to cross country skiing when snow covered. Trails west of the park road and the trail from the overflow parking lot to the tower are open to snowshoeing and hiking. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Red Cedar State Trail - Volunteers made it out to groom and track the ski trail after a little snow fell this week. Skiers are reporting very good conditions with some icy spots due to the warm weather. Trail should be in great shape for the upcoming candlelight event this Friday, January 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Trail fee is waived for Friday Night Ski, warming fire, prize drawing and hot chocolate available. Activities start at Depot Visitor Center area, off Highway 29, west side of Menomonie, WI 54751. Please call 715-232-1242 with questions. - Calvin Kunkel, ranger

Chippewa Moraine Ice Age State Recreation Area - - The woods are covered with about 6 inches of snow and the trails are mostly packed powder with the cold temperatures. However, the trails will be getting slippery as the weather moderates. The farther you travel from the Interpretive Center the softer the snow, and you can always venture off trail. So come out and borrow a pair of our wooden snowshoes or bring your own and enjoy a hike. The kettle lakes are frozen hard and make for easy travel. This is also a great way to get the dog out. Dogs don't have to be leased at the Chippewa Moraine as long as they are not disturbing people or wildlife.

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Buckhorn State Park - Trails are in great condition for hiking. A timber sale is taking place in the Buckhorn Wildlife Area around the Partridge Trail and portion of Turkey Hollow Trail. People have been accessing the lake from the park to ice fish. Remember - we do not monitor ice conditions. - Heather Wolf, park manager

Roche-A-Cri State Park - The main gate and campground are closed for the season. Parking is in the winter lot on Czech Ave. Park stickers are still required; please use the self-registration. Please do not park in front of the main gate. - Heather Wolf, park manager



Last Revised: Thursday, January 29, 2015

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