Reports - Trail and Recreation
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The Price County area offers some of the best trails in the state, along with very nice restaurants, resorts and shopping experiences. Whether your out on the trails Snowmobiling, ATVing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Biking or Skiing you and the family will have a great time in Price County.
ALL TRAILS LEAD TO & FROM THE Price County AREA!
The Price County Area proudly offers a wide variety of trail experiences that will captivate every ATV/UTV enthusiast! Ride over 500 miles of trails with THOUSANDS of miles of connecting trails!
Trails in Price County are now open and in early season status. Watch for downed trees and high water. Drive Safely and be aware of new elk calves and deer fawns in the area.
<<<Solberg remains closed while the bridges are being replaced. Work should be completed sometime this summer>>>
<<<Georgetown is open and in good shape. There will be brushing and gravel work done over the next 3 weeks. Logging is going to be starting on the north end of the trail just west of the White Birch Lane intersection next week. Logging ahead signs have been placed on each end of the sale area. >>>
<<<THERE WILL BE A DETOUR FROM DRAPER TO LAKE WINTER ROAD AGAIN FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE TUSCOBIA TRAIL.>>>
6-21-19 – The trails are starting to get a little dusty, but rain is predicted over the weekend and into the upcoming week. Beavers have been active on trail 118-101 between Smith Rapids Road and the intersection with 118-121. We currently have a trapper working in the area. Brushing will continue and will hopefully be finished by next weekend. Yesterday we had a dozer do some work on a washout on trail 118 J / FR 523. We will also have a small detour on the trail (see attached map) starting on Monday as USFS crews will be replacing the culvert on trail 118-121 near the intersection of the trail and Sailor Lake Road. We anticipate this detour being in effect for a couple of days as we are installing a much larger culvert. Any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Flambeau Trail may be directed to Brady Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-762-5104. Happy Trails!
Flambeau Trail – 70 miles – Open: May 1-March 14
ATVs/UTVs up to 65″ wide, Off-road Motorcycles, Hike, Bike, Snowmobiles, Horseback Riding
The Flambeau Trail System is an interconnecting network of trails which vary in length from less than one mile to over 23 miles. Many lakes, streams and the South Fork of the Flambeau River are accessible from the Flambeau Trails. The CNNF has announced that 65 inch wide ATVs & UTVs are allowed!
Tuscobia Trail – 74 miles – Open: April 15 – November 15
ATVs/UTVs up to 65″ wide, snowmobiles, Hike, Bike, Horseback Riding
The Tuscobia State Trail is an abandoned rail corridor turned recreational trail. It is the connecting bloodline to several other area trails. The trailhead in Park Falls offers convenient loading/unloading ramp and ample parking along with bathrooms, pavilion and playground. Riders can travel from Park Falls non-stop to Birchwood located on the western-most edge of Sawyer County.
Dead Horse Run Trail – 62 miles – Open: May 1-March 14
ATVs/UTVs up to 50″ wide, Off-road Motorcycles, Hike, Bike, Snowmobiles, Horseback Riding
The Dead Horse Run Trail offers a vast array of terrain types. Much of the trail has firm tread however, there is some rugged terrain and some sections go through wet soils where pools of water may even be present. Try it if you feel you are up to the challenge!
Flambeau River State Forest Trail
Open:May 15- November
The Flambeau River State Forest Trail is a 38-mile multiple use trail consisting of forest roads, town roads and snowmobile routes located in the Flambeau River State Forest. The trail system connects directly to the Tuscobia State Trail. There are very few services along the trail. This is a multipurpose trail that allows motorized and non-motorized use. The Trail gives access to 90,000 acres of forest The Flambeau land along two branches of the scenic Flambeau River.
Open: May 1- March 14
The trail is a total of 9.5 miles long including trail riding on a graveled surface and road routes. It crosses numerous wooden boardwalks and meanders through a variety of different forest types connecting to the Flambeau Trail System at Sailor Lake Campground located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF). You can also access Solberg Lake County Campground sites 1-16 and 37-60 via East Solberg Lake Road
Open:May 15- March 14
The Georgetown Trail is located entirely in the Price County Forest, with a mostly gravel surface. It meanders through a variety of forest types. Parking areas with loading/unloading ramp are located on both the north and south ends of the trail.
Pine Line Trail Open: December 15-April 1
The trail is a 26-mile abandoned railroad grade open to ATVs and UTVs in the winter only when trails are declared officially open to snowmobiles and the temperature is below 28 degrees.
WISCONSIN REGISTRATION & TRAIL PASS INFORMATION:
Wisconsin Residents are required to obtain a Wisconsin ATV/UTV Registration; Non-Residents are required to obtain a Wisconsin ATV/UTV Trail Pass prior to operating an all-terrain vehicle on any trail or route. Registrations and Trail Passes can be obtained three easy ways:
Quickly and conveniently go online to register using a credit card by clicking here for the DNR ATV Online Registrations Page;
Purchased over the counter at many DNR Authorized Sales Locations. Click here to find an Authorized Sales Location; or
By calling WDNR at 1-888-WDNRINFO (1-888-936-7463 FREE).
For additional information on Registrations/Trail Passes, click here to visit the Wisconsin DNR ATV page.
as of 7/16/2019
The furnace is on high this week as our area will be getting the hottest temps of the year. Surface water temps are hitting the 80 degree mark.
Anglers should exercise caution during mid day heat and should target early mornings and late evenings for the best bite.
Blue gill action is very good. Work deep edges of cabbage and coontail using small leeches on slip floats.
Musky action is good late.Top water action using top raiders, fat bastards, and hog wobblers. Deepwater action on grandmas, jakes and large rubber baits. Look for bait fish pods when searching for these open water muskies.
Largemouth bass has been very good. Top water eevening action is best using jitterbugs, hula poppers and scum frogs. Look for cover areas like blowdowns and lily pads. Wacky worms are also effective.
Smallmouth bass on gravel flats and humps using drop shot rigs dressed with plastic.
Walleye activity has been so/so. Crawler harness trolled at .9mph off deep weedlines are getting bites.
No matter what species you are fishing for fish can stress out very easy with these warm water temps. Practice quick catch and release.
Good Luck Fishing
The Flambeau River and the surrounding lakes in the State Forest such as: Connors, Lake of the Pines, (walleye, bass, musky, crappies, northern and panfish), Bass Lake (largemouth bass, panfish), Swamp, Pelican, Mason and Evergreen Lakes, are great places to fish. The North and South Fork of the Flambeau has seen some sporadic fishing. The river level is high, but navigable. Fishing activity on the area lakes is certainly picking up now.
Forestry Technician Adv./Visitor Services – Flambeau River State Forest
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
W1613 Co. Rd. W
Phone: (715) 332-5271 ext. 111
Fax: (715) 332-5279
River Conditions as of 5/23/2019River is high though navigable. I believe it will get some use this weekend. Hopefully rain will peter out or not happen Friday. Saturday and Sunday, should be hopping! Happy Memorial Day.
The North Fork of the Flambeau is still out of its banks but is dropping daily. Paddling conditions are good but we advise people to be cautious of debris and swift moving currents. I have not had any fishing reports yet but with high water usually comes tougher fishing conditions.
Big Bear Recreational Rentals LLC.
as of 6/6/2019
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