Reports - Trail and Recreation
Weather Report and Buring/Campfire Restrictions
Visit http://www.wjfw.com/weather.html for weather forecasts from News Watch 12 Rhinelander.
Check on burning and campfire restrictions on the WI DNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html.
Autumn tree color change begins in early September and usually peaks during the first week of October.
Video Wisconsin's Fall Color: Timm's Hill County Park, located in southeast Price County.
Paddling/Flambeau River - 7/19/18
The Flambeau River water levels are moderate and perfect for paddling. There is a nice flow of water on the North Fork of the Flambeau River from the Turtle Dam to Park Falls. For your safety always wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Check with an area rental/shuttle service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on your experience. Resource manager - Flambeau River State Forest - 715-332-5271 or Park Falls DNR - 715-762-3204.
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 without consistent rain. When planning a paddling trip, check with an area rental/shuttle service for the most current conditions and to select a suitable stretch of river based on your experience.
ATV, UTV & Off-Road Motorcycle Trail Report - 7/19/18
- Flambeau Trail System (70 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 15 -
The trails are fairly dry and getting a little dusty in spots. Currently there is a USFS heavy equipment crew working on the trail repairing damage from the Father’s Day weekend storms, as well as doing general trail maintenance. They anticipate working on the trails through the end of next week, so trail users may encounter heavy equipment and should ride with caution. Currently there are no active timber sales on the trails. Beavers have plugged one culvert east of Sailor Lake Campground and we are working on removing them. If anyone finds water flowing over the trail they are asked to please contact Brady Howe at 715-762-5104 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Trail users are also asked to clean their machines before coming to the trials and before going home. Invasive weeds such as spotted knapweed, garlic mustard, and Canada thistle are all found along the Flambeau Trail system. If you pick up seeds from these plants on your machine while using the trails they may wind up on your property. More information on invasive weeds can be found on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forests invasive weeds website, Tread Lightly!, and Play Clean Go.Trail manager - Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest - 715-762-2461.
- Solberg Trail (9.5 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 - The Solberg Trail had brushing and grading done to the open section (non-detour section), so it is in very good riding shape. Due to unsafe bridge conditions, there is a detour in place from the parking located on E. Solberg Lake Road to FR 508. There is a sign posted noting the reroute which uses a town road. The section of the trail north of the bridge remains open from FR 508 going north. The reroute will be in place until late-summer. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department - 715-339-6371.
- Georgetown Trail (15.8 miles) ~ OPEN May 1 through March 14 - The Georgetown Trail is in good shape for ATV, UTV and Off-road Motorcycle riding. There are several active logging operations. One starts just north of the White Birch Lane parking lot and ends at the White Birch Lane trail intersection. Another is just west of where the trail crosses Skinner Creek Road. And another is just south of Scenic Road West. Watch for signs and slow down for your safety and for the safety of the workers. Trail manager - Price County Forestry & Parks Department - 715-339-6371.
- Tuscobia State Trail (64 miles) ~ OPEN April 16 through November 15 - The Tuscobia State Trail is closed between County Highway E and Buckhorn Road in Price County due to a large washout. Detour is via County Highway E and West Buckhorn Road. Temporary Trail Section Closure beginning July 9: A portion of the Tuscobia State Trail east of Winter to Clover Rd. will be closed beginning July 9 due to construction needed to complete washout repairs. Sawyer County will post a detour which will be effective for at least 6 weeks. DETOUR - Click here for the detour map. Trail manager - Natural Resources Property Supervisor - 715-669-4342.
- Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) ~ OPEN May 15 through November 15 - The ATV/UTV trail system is in good condition on the Flambeau River State Forest. There will be 2 logging sales beginning by July 23 along the ATV trail. Use caution and be aware of the signage indicating heavy equipment use on trails. Trail manager - Flambeau River State Forest - 715-332-5271.
- Pine Line / Price-Taylor Rail Trail/Prentice Area ~ CLOSED through November 30 - The Price County section of the trail allows ATV and UTV use December through March 31 when snowmobile trails are officially open. Click here to find Taylor County contact information for inquiries regarding their open and close dates or call 715-748-1486.
Local Fishing & Hunting Guide Reports
7/3/18 - Muskie fishing was excellent this past week. Our groups produced some nice muskies and first for 2 anglers. The action during the day has been on bucktails, suicks, and dawgs. Evening fish on top water and large crank baits. Muskies have been located in weed beds and weed edges. Stable conditions should continue to provide steady action. Bass fishing especially largemouth have been very aggressive. Fish are tight to cover, laid downs and docks during high skies. Drop shots and scum frogs are producing. Walleye action was better during the day when cloud cover is present and fish are biting on jig and leech combinations in 10 feet of water. We are mainly fishing stain water during the day. Good Luck Fishing! Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service
DNR Outdoor Report - 7/19/18
Mid July already. We’re halfway through the Summer Moon on the phenological calendar. Easy access of blueberries and raspberries is dwindling. Monarch butterflies are coming out in force it seems. Butterfly chrysalises, if you look closely, can be found attached to firm vegetation. If you want to attract butterflies be sure to plant pussy willows, lilacs, blueberries, phlox, butterfly weed, marigolds, or zinnias plus there are lots of other plants that provide food for butterfly’s throughout the season. The forest is very fragrant if you are near an opening with milkweed blooming or near a northern hardwood stand where the basswood trees are blooming. This is the time of year you see lots of yellows, whites and purples with the forest edge and roadsides bursting with blooms. Horse flies and mosquitoes are out so be prepared. The dragonflies are filling up on those pesky mosquitoes, though I haven’t seen many dragonflies this year. The deer and elk have been busy grazing on green shoots and this year’s youngsters are gallivanting around like teenagers chasing each other. Cow and calf groups and young bulls have been seen often on some of the main roads. Our biggest bull elk in the area has been seen as a 6x6 with his antlers extended way beyond. They are so majestic.Spring turkey harvest sees 10 percent decline from 2017
MADISON - Preliminary totals show turkey hunters registered 38,885 birds during the 2018 spring turkey hunting season in Wisconsin, a 10 percent decrease from the spring 2017 season. Weather this spring played a significant role in the decreased harvest numbers. With much of the state covered in snow at the beginning of the season, we saw a steep decline in the number of turkeys registered during the Youth Hunt and Period A. The remaining time periods had similar harvest to last year, with a slight decline in Period F when record high temperatures were recorded throughout the state.
MADISON - With high water levels receding on many streams and rivers, state conservation biologists are now encouraging paddlers, anglers, and other water lovers to take a few minutes to help protect some of the most important yet least known members of Wisconsin's aquatic ecosystems: native freshwater mussels.
Snowmobile Trail Report
Snowmobile trails will reopen in December.
Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe, Skijor & Fat Tire Bike Trail Report
Silent sports trails will reopen in December. Snowshoeing, fat biking and skijoring is allowed on some trail systems during cross-country ski season. However, trail managers ask that these trail users stay off of the classic tracked portions of trail.