Reports - Trail and Recreation
Updates will be posted as information is received from reporters.
Snowmobile Trail Report -
The snowmobile trails are closed due to insufficient snow, open creeks and wet swamps. Lakes have open water and are unsafe for travel. Our next trail update will be on Monday, February 27.
Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe & Fat Bike Trail Report - 2/24/17 The southern portion of the county has 8+ inches of new snow with northern Price County snow totals around 2-3 inches or so. Snowshoers, hikers and fat bikes MUST stay to the side away from the classic set track.
Timm's Hill Trail - 2/24/17 - The trail will be groomed on Saturday.
ATV, UTV & Off-Road Motorcycle Trail Report - 2/24/17 Due to the warm weather, the Flambeau Trail System, Solberg Trail and the Georgetown Trail will close once the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest completes the news release announcing the Forest Order to close the trails. Contact 715-762-2461 for the current status.
- Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ Scheduled to open for the summer season on May 1
- Solberg Trail (9.5 mines) ~ Scheduled to open for the summer season on May 1 .
- Georgetown Trail (18.8 miles) ~ Scheduled to open for the summer season on May 15
- Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail ~ Price County section is open when the temperature is 28 degrees or below; Closed for the winter season in Taylor County
- Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) ~ Scheduled to open for the summer season May 15
- Tuscobia State Trail (62 miles) ~ The Price County section, from Park Falls west to the county line, is scheduled to open to ATV/UTV use on April 16. From the Price/Sawyer County line west to Birchwood the trail is open December 15 to November 15.
DNR Fishing Report - 2/23/17
The ice is holding up after the past week of above average temperatures on the main body of lakes but access points have deteriorated. Many folks have stopped driving trucks out as the ice has softened a bit. There is still 12-18 inches of ice on most bodies of water. Anywhere where there is current the ice is much thinner. Walleyes have hitting on tip ups at dawn and dusk set in 4-8 feet of water with large fatheads, suckers, and shiners all working well. Northern pike are also hitting these same set ups during daylight hours. Crappie action has been getting better as we are in the late ice season and they are becoming more aggressive. Look for them suspended over the deep water basins or along old river channels in flowages. Use a spoon with a small minnow or wax worm or set tip downs with rosy reds or crappie minnows 2-4 feet off the bottom. Perch have become much more active and are being caught in 15-20 feet of water using minnows or wax worms. Bluegills are still hanging around deep weeds or cribs and are biting on small jigs with spikes.
2/23/17 - The fishing has been good for pike walleye and panfish this past week. Ice thickness on most lakes exceeds 12 inches. I would take caution driving on these lakes since our area has received over a week of well above temperatures mixed with rain. The weather is changing and colder more seasonal temperatures are expected later this week. We had a good pike bite in very shallow water. The pike were on shallow weed flats in 3-6ft. Tip ups dressed with sucker minnows provided a lot of action. Walleye activity was also good. Walleyes were in 9-12 ft of water with a good late afternoon bite. Jigging castmasters tipped with fats along with tip ups dressed with shiners put fish on the ice. The panfish were aggressive. Crappies were located on the deep basins suspended over 20-25 ft and some as high as ten ft. Jigs tipped with crappie minnows provided good action. The key was to drill a lot of holes and move with the schools. Good Luck Fishing! Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service, Park Falls
DNR Report - February is the Sucker Moon month. Logging operations on the Forest are frantically moving wood off the sales as the roads will be posted soon because of the mild temperatures. We have a snow covered world around us but the temperature in the forecast may be changing that. There are at least 12” inches of snow in the woods. The deer and elk are conserving their energy and aggressively browsing in logging areas. Four bulls were viewed by loggers in a forest logging operation on the Flambeau River State Forest just west of Phillips. It was a thrill for them to see those majestic bulls. The deer are shedding their antlers. The warm temperatures were a reprieve to active winter residents like the deer, elk, wolves and coyotes though they are poised for more winter weather. Ermines are active and ravens begin nesting, wolves are mating and the bald eagles are also beginning to nest. It’s getting pretty busy out there for some critters. The hardier birds such as the juncos, snow buntings, woodpeckers, blue jays, crows and eagles are eating seeds, insects under the tree bark or carrion along the roadsides. The great horned owls are nesting. Typically there are young in the nests by early March. Take time and quietly go out and see the splendor that winter offers. It is amazing out there.
The small game season is open till the end of February. Check out your DNR Regulation pamphlets for more information.