Reports - Trail and Recreation

Discover Wisconsin Television
Price County will be featured in an upcoming episode, air date May 6, of Discover Wisconsin entitled “Northwoods Fun on the Flambeau River”.  The segment features information on fishing, paddle sports and river-side camping. Discover Wisconsin is the nation’s longest running tourism program, and can be seen statewide on Fox Sports North (FSN) Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. For more on this and other episodes or the broadcast schedule in other areas please visit

Paddling/River Report 
Early-season paddling will begin in April 2017. The North Fork of the Flambeau River is controlled by dams and it generally remains near the ordinary high water mark throughout the summer. The South Fork of the Flambeau and other rivers in the area can become quite low at times during the summer months if our area does not receive consistent rain. Whenever planning a paddling trip, always check with an area rental/shuttle/guide service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on your experience.

Snowmobile Trail Report

Trails are closed for the 2016-2017 winter season. They will reopen December 2017. Thanks for riding with us this season!  

Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe & Fat Bike Trail Report  

Trails are unusable due to a lack of snow. The trails in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are closed for the 2016-2017 winter season. 

The Forest has issued a closure order prohibiting the use of wheeled motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, horses or other pack or saddle animals on National Forest System. 

ATV, UTV & Off-Road Motorcycle Trail Report

The Forest has issued a closure order prohibiting the use of wheeled motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, horses or other pack or saddle animals on National Forest System. See below for spring/summer scheduled opening dates.
 Opening dates may be delayed if the trail surface remains wet and muddy.   
  • 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 - 3/21/17 

The lakes have been holding about 12 inches of ice this past week.  Current areas and ice near shorelines are deteriorating. These areas should be avoided.  Panfish action has been fair. Crappies and bluegills have been the target of most anglers.  Bluegills are being found in 8-10 feet.  They have been biting very light on small jigs with a wax worm or spike.  Crappies are being found suspended in 25-30 feet of water and are being caught on tip downs with minnows or jigging with a spoon or jig with wax worms or minnow heads.  The perch bite has been picking up with perch being found on mud flats in 15-20 feet of water.  They are being targeted on tip downs with minnows and jigging.  With the forecast calling for freezing temperatures at night and only 30s during the day, we should see ice holding on the lakes for at least a couple more weeks yet.




- 3/21/17 

DNR Report - We’re nearing the end of March and it’s a busy time out there! The snowshoe hare coats began to turn brown, the male red-winged blackbirds return, the river otters give birth, the grouse start drumming and the turkeys start strutting and gobbling. Some of the geese and ducks are heading north and finding open water patches. Deer and elk have been busy in the logged areas feeding on down tree branches and brush. It’s pretty easy pickings in there. The deer have also been chewing on shoots in the open grass fields. The sap is running, and maple sugarers have been collecting and processing.This week should be a good sap running week with the cold nights and the warm days. Logging operations on the Forest are virtually over till road bans are lifted. 

Hazelnut will be blooming soon, and the silver maples and willows will start to flower also. Ravens, great horned owls and eagles have begun nesting. Pine siskins, yellow finches, mourning doves, woodcocks, sandhill cranes, eagles, owls, a few swans and ducks are sporadically showing up on the landscape.  Pussy willows have begun budding.  Bird activity is increasing, so enjoy the easy viewing before leaf-on and take extra precautions with outdoor fires. Take time and quietly go out and see the splendor that post-winter offers.  

Just a heads up, there is increased illegal harvest of white birch in the area.  Law enforcement is monitoring this closely.  Keep on the lookout.

New catch and release state record fish category to create excitement for anglers when 2017 season opens
MADISON -- Dedicated catch and release anglers know there's little that equals the joy of releasing a healthy musky, northern pike or even a walleye with the hope that it will spawn again and perhaps provide excitement for another angler. - Read Full Article

High school artists, angling enthusiasts sought for DNR trout and salmon stamp contests
MADISON - Students in grades 9 through 12 who have artistic talent or just really like to fish, will want to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources inland trout stamp and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contests for the 2018 year stamps. - Read Full Article

Time to prepare for 2017 spring turkey season
MADISON -- Hunters who plan to purchase a leftover permit or successfully drew a spring turkey permit and are interested in getting an additional permit as they anxiously awaiting heading into the woods have a number of helpful resources available to help them prepare for the hunt. - Read Full Article

Volunteers needed for Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey
MADISON -- With cold weather and snowfall nearing an end, the Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to lend their ears for the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey. - Read Full Article

Fall Color 
Typically our color begins to show in September and peaks during the first week of October.