Welcome to Langlade Snow. The intent of this page is to keep you informed of trail conditions in Langlade County
in Wisconsin. I will also post upcoming events that would be of interest to snowmobilers. If you are a first time
snowmobiler to our County, you will notice that the trail map has numbers at all intersections. The numbers are also
located on the trail at the corresponding intersections. The reason for intersection numbers are two-fold: 1. SAFETY: In
the event of an emergency, rescue personnel will be able locate you quicker. 2. ASSIST the snowmobiler in pin pointing
where you are. In the future GPS coordinates may be added to the intersection signs.
On the Langlade County Snowmobile Map are zones A & B. Usually the trails in Zone A will open prior to those in Zone B;
this is because some of the trails go through open fields in the Antigo area (a lot of the snow can be blown off the fields).
RIDE SAFE STAY RIGHT
LANGLADE COUNTY TRAILS:---6:52 AM 12/30/2014: SECTION "A" LANGLADE COUNTY TRAILS WILL OPEN WEDNESDAY, 31 DEC at 8:00AM. Section B trails in Langlade County will open at 12 Noon, Friday, 9 Jan 2015. ALL trails in Langlade County will close at 5PM, 10 Mar.
TRAIL CONDITIONS:-----------------5:00 PM 3/10/2015: ALL Langlade County trails will be closing at 5PM 10 Mar .
WEATHER:------------5:32 AM 4/27/2015: NOW: 36 HIGH: 62. Abundant sunshine. WIND: N 10-15.
TONIGHT: LOW. 34. Clear. WIND: NNE 5-10.
Total snowfall 2012-2013: 57 3/4"
Total snowfall 2013-2014: 69 3/4"
Total snowfall 2014-2015: 47 1/4"
2013-2014: First snow--8 Nov-1/4", melted next day
2014-2015: First snow--5 Nov-1 1/4"
5 Nov----1 1/4"eve of 5 Nov--wet/heavy snow (melted)
7 Nov----1" eve of 7 Nov--wet heavy snow
9 Nov----1"early morning of 9 Nov--wet heavy snow
10 Nov----2 1/4" up to noon, then stopped snowing
11 Nov----1/2" early morning
11 Nov----2 1/2"morning/early afternoon
12 Nov----1/4" early morning
15 Nov----3/4" eve of 15 Nov
19 Nov----3/4" early morn of 19 Nov
24 Nov----6" aft/eve of 24 Nov
28 Nov----1" morn of 28 Nov
2 Dec----1" eve of 2 Dec
8 Dec----1 3/4" early morning
16 Dec----light rain
17 Dec----1 1/4" morning of 19 Dec
22 Dec----1/2" early morning of 22 Dec
23 Dec----2" early morning of 23 Dec. heavy wet snow
23 Dec----1 1/2"additional morning of 23 Dec
27 Dec----1 1/2" morning of 27 Dec, still snowing
27 Dec----3 1/2" additional late morning
1 Jan----1/4" mormning of 1 Jan
3 Jan----1" early morning of 3 Jan
4 Jan----2" Early morning of 4 Jan
8 Jan----2 1/2" morning of 8 Jan
20 Jan----1/2" early morning of 20 Jan
26 Jan----1 1/2" day/eve of 20 Jan
5 Feb---- -18 deg
11 Feb----1 1/2" Eve of 10 Feb, morn of 11 Feb
15 Feb---- -13 deg
20 Feb---- -26 deg. 1 1/2" day of 20 Feb
23 Feb---- -24 deg
25 Feb---- -16 deg 1" morning of 25 Feb
26 Feb---- -11 deg
27 Feb---- -17 deg
28 Feb---- -12 deg
03 Mar----1 1/2" morning of 2 Mar
25 Mar----2" heavy/wet snow morning of 25 Mar
29 Mar----1/4" snow/sleet mix day of 29 Mar.
06 Apr----1/2" eve of 5 Apr
10 Apr----3 1/2" heavy/wet snow early morning of 10 Apr
20 Apr----periodic snow showers, rain showers, morning, afternoon, evening-no accumulation
22 Apr----Light snow showers off & on all day--no accumulation
Snowfall last 24 Hrs: 0"
Total snowfall Snow at White Lake: 47 1/4"
Snow on the ground at White Lake (measured in an open area): 0".
19 DEC 1st ride of 2013-2014: Trailered to Watersmeet.
5 Dec 1st ride of 2014-2015: Trailered to Watersmeet.
5 Dec 1st RIDE of 2014-2015: Trailered to Watersmeet. Rode East & then North to Kenton, Sidnaw, then North to Rousseau. Backtracked to Watersmeet. Good trail where groomed, but some parts not groomed yet, but very rideable.
6 Dec Trailered to Watersmeet. Polaris had demo sleds at Headwaters Polaris, took a 600 Switchback for a demo ride. The new chassis is a vast improvement over the Rush of past years. This sled will definetely put a smile on the face of anyone that owns/rides one. I then unloaded & rode E. to 3N, took 3N by Bond Falls to 8, E on 8 to Kenton, stopped at Hoppy's for a burger and then 107S. Trail 3 was very good, 8 & 107 were good, the grade back to Watersmeet developed a little chop late in the day.
20 Dec Trailered to Washburn-(Valhalla). Rode mainly on forest roads & logging roads. Very good snow conditions on the forest roads & logging roads. Tried to get in to Cornicopia by trail from the West, had to turn around--to wet. They are having severe water problems in the far northern part of the county--Herbster, Cornicopia, Port wing, Bayfield, & Redcliff areas.
21 Dec Rode the same area as yesterday--forest & logging roads in the Cheqaumigan/Nicolet National forest.
26 Dec Same ride as 5 Dec, more snow, but trails developed some chop late in the day. Considerable trail traffic.
4 Jan From White Lake to Lily & to the ski hill. The grade & trail were good at 7 in the morning, but because of the warmer weather & heavier traffic, the snow got quite loose by early evening with just occasional bumpy sections. In talking with riders at the Sno Birds clubhouse, conditions were good to Bryant, thru the Crockers, North to Pickerel & into Forest county. In the Lakewood/Townsend area reports were that trail traffic was quite heavy & the that trails were starting to get used up.
5 Jan From White Lake to Lily & to the ski hill. The trails had not been groomed, but were very rideable. Met one of the Lily groomers headed South thru the Crockers, the other groomer was gone, but did not see which way it had gone. Stopped at the Sno Birds clubhouse late Sunday afternoon, they said that there had been very few snowmobilers in all day. There were five snowmobilers there that were from white Lake, so after a quick soda, I rode back with them. Temp at the time was -5.
10 Jan Late afternoon ride from W. Lk. to I22C just S. of the wolf River bridge, then West to I22 and then North thru the crockers to the Sno Birds. The short section of the grade was good, also the trail W. & N. to the Sno Birds was good. Then E. Of Lily to I96 & then S. to Langlade, this section had good parts, & some that was used up.
13 Jan From W. Lk. N. up the grade to I22C just S. of the Wolf River bridge, then W. to I22, and then N. thru the Crockers to I98 at the Sno Birds clubhouse, then N., W., & S. to I101B, then W. to I101; trails very good to here. then N. to I100--from I101 to I100 it is plowed for logging-a little thin on snow. From I100 to I73,I74, and I93 in Pickerel, to I92, I91,to Frog Alley, then the grade back to W.Lk. the grade was very good from Frog Alley to W.Lk.
14 Jan From W.Lk. to Lily on the grade, then E. on Corr 9/16 to I95,(Ada Lake Rd.) I95A & I95B, then N. on LMT4-Corr 16 to Wabeno(a few small rocks on the grade for a short stretch just N. of Wabeno), back on the Nicolet trail to FC I29A, then W. to FC I28, then N. on LMT 7 to Laona, took the short spur trail into the Double Buck restaurant, this trail was single track, quite rough & not groomed, but of short duration. From Laona N. on the Nicolet trail to an un-numbered intersection (actually the jct of Corr 9 & 7), W. on Corr 9 to FC I31, then S. & E. to Johnny's for a short stop, back tracked to FC I31, continued W. to Crandon, the grade around Crandon was quite rocky, but once I crossed Hwy 8, the grade was very good. Rode the grade to Lily, to the Sno Birds clubhouse, and then S. through the Crockers to I22, then E. to I22C just S. of the wolf River Bridge, and back to W.Lk. All trails were good to very good, but it is getting to the point where we need snow--the groomers can only do so much.
15 Jan From W.Lk. to Bryant, met up with a group of four from the Bryant Ridge Runners. Been riding with this group for years; we usually meet N. of Bryant on Wed or Thurs. Rode E. to I103A & then N. to the Jack Lake loops, rode some of the loops, and then N. to I60, W. to I49, and the N. to Monico for lunch. Backtracked S. to Oneida Cty I "N", then w. to I "K", then S. to the Enterprise/Parrish/Harrison Hills area. Rode in this area most of the afternoon, getting lost a couple times, you really have to watch the trail signing in this area. All trails were good to very good to this point. Late in the day we ended up Kempster & corr 13S, this is where we encountered some quite bad trail. This is a swampy area where one of the clubs buried a tractor trying to get through the swamp, they fixed the trail as best they could, but a lot of snow is needed to get it back in shape. Anyway, from time to time you have to deal with situations like this. Stopped in Star Neva for a short break, and then back to Bryant where we all parted our ways. A long day, but overall a very good ride.
16 Jan Short local ride
17 Jan From W. Lk. up the grade to Lily, then to the ski hill at 6:30. The grade & trails were very good. Went back to the Sno Birds around 1 o'clock, by then the snow was starting to loosen up, there was a considerable change from on my way up. At 6 when I left the hill, the trails were very used up, and the grade back to W.Lk. had chop all the way. the warm temps did not help at all.
20 Jan From W. Lk. up the grade to Lily, then E. to I95B, (there is logging S. of I95 on the trail where it comes out on Ada Lk rd, but it is smooth with adequate snow) then S. & E. to Diamond Roof Rd., then continued E. to the Half Way Bar, crossed Hwy 32. Road some of the loops to the E. of the Nicolet St Tr. All trails were good to very good to here. Got back on the Nicolet St tr & headed N. to Wabeno & then Laona. Wherever the grade is in an open area and exposed to the win, snow was a little thin, some small stones, but very rideable. From laona W. to Johnny's for a short stop, then W. to FC I23 & then S. to the Wolf River State Tr. to Lily--the trails & grade were very good to Lily. The grade from Lily to Hollister had not been groomed as of 6 last night (Needs grooming) (NOTE: the grade from Lily to Hollister was groomed early Weds morning). From Hollister to W.Lk. the grade was very good. The trails are holding very well despite being short on snow.
21 Jan Met up with a group from the Sno Devils snowmobile club at W.Lk. that rode from the Elcho area. Rode the Wolf River St.Tr. North to Crandon. The grade was very good to Hwy 8. After crossing Hwy 8, quite a few stones were encountered on the grade for a short distance. We continued thru Crandon to the West. Some road running thru the city, continued West to Monico, the trail follows Hwy 8, with stop signs at the driveways. At Monico we headed South, with a stop for gas at Pelican lake. Stopped at a pit stop on the S. side of Pelican lake. After a brief stop I continued S. to Elcho, crossing Hwy 45 to the E. at I58. At I59 (S. of I60 I encountered a few areas that were a little thin on snow) I Continued S. & E. thru Jack lake. At I71, S. to I101, then E. to I101B, and the N.loop to Lily & the grade back to W.Lk. All trails were very good, with the exception of the stretch between I60 & I61.
23 Jan From W. Lk. N. to I22C (just S. of the Wolf River bridge), then W. to I22, then N.up thru the crockers to the Sno Birds, then the N.loop to I102A, then W. to I102, then N. to I73, then to Hummer's for a burger, continued E. to Pickerel I92, ( the trail fromn Hummer's to Pickerel was quite used up), At I92 S. to Cty A to I94A on the grade, (still enough snow on the shoulders of Cty A), the grade to Lily kwas good, from Lily to Hollister some chop was starting to develop, from Hollister to W.Lk. the grade was good. (starting to get a little thin to the S. between I21B & Hwy 64--approx 1/2 mile). It looks to be a busy Saturday as I encountered quite a few sleds late Friday.
24 Jan From W. Lk. to Lily, and then to the ski hill. the grade from Lily to Hollister was groomed early Sat. morning--very good, from Lily to the ski hill was also good. Returning in the early evening I expected the trails to be totally trashed; a few bare spots and a couple corners pushed out and that was about it. The grade also held up very well; still no stones/rocks with some chop starting to develop in stretches. I did not get a chance to talk to any riders for input on the trails from outside the Lily area.
28 Jan From W. Lk. to Lily, and then N. to F.C. I16, then N. to F.C. I23 just W. of Johnny's, then E. to Laona, then S. on LMT 7 to the Nicolet St Tr., then S. to F.C. I3, then W. to Langlade Cty I95, then Corr 9/16 to Lily & the Wolf River St. Tr. back to W. Lk. The snow on the grade N. of Wabeno in the sweeping curves was a little thin on snow with a few small stones, other than this, the trails were good to very good. Surprising how well the trails are holding up with no recent snow.
29 Jan From W. Lk. to Lily, then E. on Corr 16 to I95B, continuing E. & N. to LMT2, E. on LMT2 to the Nicolet St.Tr. (just S. of Carter), N. on the grade to FC8A, then NE to FC30, then E. & N. to Armstrong Creek,(stopped for a bowl of chili at the Green Shack) then N. to the Florence Cty jct., then W.to FC I34 (Nicolet St. Tr.), then N. on the grade thru Newald, Popple River, Long Lake, ending up at the White Tails pitstop, from there we backtracked S. on the grade to the jct of Corr 7 & 9, then w. to FC I31(just N. of Hwy 8)continued S. to the Wolf River St.Tr., then S. on the grade to Frog Alley, after a short stop for a burger, back on the grade S. to W.Lk. All trails were good to very good, maybe a little thin in areas, but nothing to complain about, also, both of the grades (Nicolet & Wolf River) were good to very good. Encountered quite a few riders in the Armstrong Creek area, also quite a few sleds at White Tails. It looks to be a busy weekend.
30 Jan Short ride after grooming the ski hill yesterday. From W. Lk. N. up the grade to I22C just S.of the Wolf river bridge, then W. to I22, and then N. up thru the Crockers to the Sno Birds, Lily, and back to W. Lk. The trails & grade were very good.
31 Jan Early morning ride to the ski hill, then back to the Sno Birds for the ride-in. Spent most of the afternoon at the event. Then back to the ski hill late afternoon, closed up, back to the Snow Birds and then W.Lk. The grade & trails were good in the early morning, but on my return in the late afternoon some corners were pushed out & some chop was on the grade.
3 Feb Late afternoon ride. From W. Lk. N. to I21B, then W. to I22, then N. to I23, then N. thru the Crockers to the Sno Birds, (the trail in the Crockers has been good all winter) at I98, took the N.loop to I101B, then W. to I101, from here back tracked to I97 (jct of the grade & Hwy 55 in Lily) and the grade back to W.Lk. All trails had very recently been groomed, I was the first one on the just groomed loop trail N.of the Sno Birds club house. A few surface rocks poking thru the snow here & there, but overall good to very good conditions.
7 Feb Trailered to the Snowmile Hall of Fame in St. Germain. Left St. Germain for the Fish Tales resort on Lake Gogebic where we had lunch. After lunch, the same route back to St.Germain. The trails were not the best; snirt, rough, and very thin on snow in a lot of areas. Yet there were many day riders. Not the best of trail conditions, but I've been on the ride for the last 30 years, so I kind of put up with whatever conditions are.
9 Feb I did not ride locally or get to talk to anyone this weekend. Trailered to Hayward Monday to participate in the 2nd annual AWSC Celebrate WI Snowmobiling VIP event sponsored by the AWSC, WI Dept of Tourism, and the Hayward Lakes Visitor & Convention Bureau. People attending were from the DNR, legislators, and others. The morning was overcast, but cleared in the afternoon. The trails we rode on were the same type as the Crocker Hills; trail conditions were good.
10 Feb From W.Lk. up the grade to Lily--groomed & very good, back-tracked to the jct just S. of the big bridge, then w. to I22A (jct of the spur trail to Elton)-just groomed, then back-tracked to w. Lk. All trails were very good, a few small stones on the grade. I think all clubs groomed before the anticipated snow.
12 Feb Met up with members of the Bryant club N. of Bryant. Headed W. to Deerbrook, continued W. to I41, then N. to I42 , then E. to 42A, then N. to Parrish, stopped at Fisher's bar for a burger, then N. to Oneida Cty, then E. to Monico & S. to Pelican Lk., took Pratt Rd. to Post Lk., then SE to Hummer's for a short stop, then back to Bryant. Overall, the trails were good to very good. Most had just been groomed and had very little evidence of traffic. Just an excellent ride on a cool, sunny day.
13 Feb From W. Lk. E. thru Langlade, then N. to I18 ( Rose Lk Rd.), then E. to OC I42, then N. to OCI4 (Diamond Roof Rd.) then NW to Langlade Cty I95B, then N. to Wabeno on LMT4 coming out by the water tower, then the Nicolet St. Tr. N. to FC I29A, then W. to FC I28, then N. on LMT7 to Laona, stopped at the Double Buck for lunch & gas across the road, then N. on the grade to jct. of Corr 7 & 9, W. on Corr 9 to FC I31, then S. to Johhnnies-the place was packed, so backtracked to FGC I23, then S.to the grade, a short stretch between FC 18 & FC 17 was a little rough, then S.on the grade to Frog Alley, ( some stutter bumps from where I got on the grade to Frog Alley) it to was crowded, so back on the grade & S.to the Lily Sno Birds, stopped here for a few minutes & then back to W. Lk. Other than the two areas I mentioned, conditions were good to very good.
16 Feb A short ride late afternoon before a meeting. N. up the grade to Lily, then NE. to I95 (Ada Lk. Rd), then E. to I95B, then SE to OC I4, then S. to OC I42, then W. & S. to I20 & S. to Herb's Inn, then back to Langlade & W. Lk. The grade had just been groomed from W. Lk. to Hollister--very good, from Hollister to Lily not groomed, but very good, from Lily to I96-groomed, at I96 the groomer went S., from I96 to I95B, good to very good-even thru the area by Ada Lk. Rd where there is logging--be alert for trucks hauling on the trail for a short distance to Ada Lk. road, from here on all trails were good to very good. I did encounter logging just W. of I20A (junction to Herb'S).
20 Feb Late afternoon ride up the grade to Lily, then NE. to I95, then E. to I95B, then N. to Wabeno on LMT4, then N. on the grade to the jct of LMT7 & the grade, then W. to FC I27 on LMT8, then N. & W. to the grade, then SW to Crane & Pickerel Lk, W. from Pickerel Lk. to FC I83 (Pickerel Creek Rd), then S. to I74 (Hummer's), then S. to I73, 100, 101, then E. to I101B (Otto Mauk Rd.), then the N. loop to Lily Sno Birds, then S.thru th the Crockers to I22, then WE. to I22C (just S. to the bridge), and then back to W.LK. All trails, including the grade were very good.
21 Feb Early morning ride to the ski hill--grade to Lily & ski hill very good, mid afternoon rode to the Sno Birds, probably 30-40 sleds in the parking lot, talked to several riders--all said the trails were good. On my return in the early evening the trails were still good.
24 Feb It was snowing lightly when we left, cleared for a while, then snowed quite heavily again, it then cleared & was sunny the rest of the day. N. up the grade to I22C (jct just S. of the bridge) then w. to I22, then N. up thru the Crockers to the Sno Birds (I98), then the N. loop to I101, then N. to I73 (by Cty A), then N. to the Jack Lk. trails, then to Elcho on Corr 13, then NE to Pratt Rd., (adequate snow on Pratt rd.) then to Pelican Lk, stopped here for gas, then to Monico, continued N. to where the trail crosses Hwy 45, Continued E. to Hiles, intended on stopping at the Pine Lake Pub & Cafe, but closed M,T,W, continued E. to Argonne, stopping at Ed's for a burger, then S. to FC I32, then E. to I31, continued E. on Corr 9 to the Nicolet St. Tr., S. on the grade to OC I1, then E. & S. to the loops E. of Townsend, coming out on the grade at Lake Wood, then S.on the grade to OC I11 crossing Hwy 32 at the Half Way bar, continued S. to Boulder Lk., then N. to Langlade, & back to White Lake. The grade is still thin with small stones in the Wabeno area. Encountered several groomers. All trails were good to very good.
25 Feb A short ride. From W. Lk. to I21B (just N. of Hwy 64) then W. to I22, then N. to I23 (the S.end of the Crockers), then W. to I102, then N. to I101, then E. to I101B and the N. loop to the Sno Birds, then S. thru the Crockers to I22, then E. to I22C (just S. of the Wolf River bridge), and back to W.Lk. Some icy corners in the Crockers, the Bryant segment (part of the N. loop to Lily, and to the W. of I102a & I101B was just grommed-very good), also the grade S. of the bridge & trails to the W. were recently groomed, also very good. At times I could hear the carbides hitting a rock.
26 Feb A short ride for some trail maintainence on the trails to the W. of White Lake & in the Crockers. (The Crockers are starting to get a little thin with ice on several corners). The trails & grade were in very good condition.
27 Feb Left early morning. From W. Lk. up the grade to Lily, and N. to Cty A, West to Northwoods Inn for breakfast, then back to the grade & S.to Lily, and then to the ski hill to groom, after grooming, N. to the Sno Birds for a short stop, then the N.loop to Hummer's for a burger, then to Pickerel, Cty A, & the grade back to W. Lk. Quite a few sleds at the Sno Birds & Hummer's, also met quite a few on the trail. All trails continue to be good to very good, there is adequate snow on the shoulder of Cty A. Of the riders that I talked to, trails are good through out the county.
28 Feb Left just after sunrise for the ski hill. The grade was very good to Lily and also the trail from Lily to the hill was good. Left the hill early evening and stopped at the Sno Birds--talked to a group of riders at the clubhouse that rode from W. Lk. to Post Lk., Pratt Rd. Pelican Lk., Monico, Hiles, Argonne, Frog Alley, Pickerel, Hummer's, and the N. loop to the Snow Birds. they said the trails were good with an ocassional rock & thin spots here and there. The trail & grade were showing the use of the heavy traffic during the day when I returned in the early evening.
2 Mar Left late afternoon for the Northwoods Inn. Back tracked E. to the grade & S. to Lily, then NE I95 (Ada Lk. Rd.) & E. to I95B, (jct to Oconto Cty trails) continued SE. to OC I4 (Diamond Roof Rd.), then S. to OC I12 (Sauls Springs Rd.), then w. & S. to Langlade & to W. Lk. Bostwick rd. E. of Lily getting thin on snow, from the end of Bostwick for a couple miles the trail is packed because of logging, the same for the trail a mile or so W. of Ada Lk. Rd., Ada Lk. Rd. is also packed to I95, but enough snow on the side, from here on the trail was thin & snirty in areas, wherever the trail was brown and exposed to the sun, there was melting occuring. Hopefully we'll get the snow forecast for today.
4 Mar Left mid morning. (-15) N. up the grade to FC I20, N to Fc I23, E. to Laona to top off on fuel, then N. on the grade (Corr 7) to White Tails for lunch, back on the grade & N. to trail 2 in Mich, then E. to 116 & 16 to Crystal Falls, then N. on 111 to Amasa, stopped at Tall Pines for fuel & a snack, continued N. to the jct of 15 N/S, S. on 15 to 2 & E. to Iron River for the night, (the trail from Amasa to Iron River had just been groomed-we caught the groomer just W. of Iron River), on Thursday (-18) W. on 2 to 15N to Sidnaw, short stop at Sidnaw, then N. from Sidnaw up the Struegen River Gorge Trail to the jct of 109 to Alston, continued N. to Twin Lakes, stopped at Krupps for lunch, then 13 to the W.& S. to Green land, short stop at Pat's Yamaha, & Beer Belly Bob's, got gas at Mass City, and then S. on 3 to Bruce Crossing, E. from BC and S. on 3 to 2, W.on 2 to Watersmeet, stayed at Watersmeet Thursday night, on Friday, S. on 3 to Land O lakes, took trail 6 to Phelps, continued S.to the jct of 6/10, took 10 S. & W. to FC I41, then S. to FC I39 & I38, and then to Hiles, Argonne, continuing S. to FC I31, then E.to the Nicolet St Tr. & S. to Laona for fuel, then S.on LMT7 to LMT8, W.on LMT 8, ending up on the Wolf River St Tr, S. to Frog Alley for a burger, then back on the grade & S. to the Sno Birds for a short stop, back on the grade and home to w.Lk. All trails in Michigan were a 10+, for 7 miles S. of Land OLakes the trailswere quite surgery, encountered logging on LMT 7, this astretych will get ugly if it gets warm. Trail trasffic was quite heavy Friday.
7 Mar Early morning ride to the ski hill. the grade & trails were good in the mnorning. Early afternoon I went to the Sno Birds, very, very busy. The trails were starting to show the effect of the heavy traffic & warm temps. On my return in the early evening, the trail from the ski hill to Lily was quite used up, surprisingly the grade was still in pretty good shape. With the warm temps forcast all week, high 40's, (I saw a high of 50 for a week from this Monday) this could be the end.
8 Mar left before sunrise for the ski hill. The grade & trails were fair to good, no bare spots on the grade. The trail from the Sno Birds to the ski hill were fair. Still had excellent snow on the hill with a very good crowd. Early afternoon rode to the Sno Birds, not a sled. In the evening I rode part way back to the Sno Birds, but turned around at the road just before crossing Hwy 52. The trail along the river was getting pretty used up, bare spots and a few rocks. The ride thru the "Crockers" was actually pretty good, several corners down to dirt, but with enough snow on the side. Continued S. to I22, from there E. to I22C just S. of the Wolf River Bridge--this section was very good. The grade S. was good to just N. of Hwy 64, along the fields it was very thin in places, wiht no snow in the middle of the trail, also it was very soft on the edges. This area is exposed to the sun, all snow will be gone here in a couple more days. The trail into White lake will be in the same condition in a day or so. LAST RIDE.
23 Mar 2014: LAST RIDE.
08 Mar 2015: LAST RIDE.
Any comments that you may have about the trails or anything else, please e/m me, thanks.
See you on the trail
Kettle Bowl:--- CLOSED FOR THE SEASON: The normal weekend schedule is 12-4 Sat & Sun. (we are only open Sat & Sun) A ski shop from Antigo brings a large trailer out to the hill with the rental skiis/boots/poles/snow boards. (ANTIGO SKI, 715.623.4300 or 715.350.1002) The normal hours at the hill are 12-4 Sat & Sun. We may at times be open during teachers conventions or holidays. Kettle Bowl ski hill is located approximately 15 miles NE of Antigo on Hwy 52 or 4 miles SW of the Hwy 52/55 intersection at Lily. We have five rope tows, all runs are intermediate with a bunny/beginners hill. Snow boards are very popular and are welcome. There is no sledding or tubing facilities. We have a very modern chalet with food available that is very reasonably priced. Snowmobilers are welcome, use caution when entering the parking lot & do not travel in front of the chalet, park to your left as you enter the parking lot.
Snowmobile public parking:----Summit Lake Park at Summit Lake(on Hwy 45 approx 15 mi. N of Antigo), DNR parking lot at Langlade; You can also park at the Lily Sno Birds clubhouse-Lily, Hummer's (jct of Cty A & TT), BP North-Antigo, FS-Antigo-just N. of the lights at the jct of 45/64. Inquire at the business before off-loading.
The restaurant in White Lake is closed, everything inside was sold at an auction. At the present time the White Lake Market is serving breakfast on Saturdays & Sundays.
WISCONSIN STATE TRAIL PASS INFO--WI ACT 142(CAP-Club Asistance Program)
NOTE: CAP/STEP from now on will be referred to & called the WI Trail Pass
1. WHEN DOES THIS NEW LAW GO INTO EFFECT? July 1, 2015. ACT 142 requires each sled operating on trails to display a WI TRAIL PASS that is purchased annually. This is separate from the WI snowmobile registration.
2. WHAT IS THE COST OF THE TRAIL PASS? Once ACT 142 is implemented, if your membership dues with one of the nearly 600 AWSC snowmobile clubs statewide are up to date and the club has paid your AWSC dues, the cost of the TRAIL PASS will be $10. If you are purchasing the new TRAIL PASS and are NOT an AWSC and snowmobile club member, the cost will be $30 per snowmobile.
3. DO I HAVE TO JOIN A CLUB? NO--It will be your choice to join one of the nearly 600 AWSC snowmobile clubs statewide. Please remember that without the clubs and volunteers there would be NO TRAILS! It is the CLUB VOLUNTEERS that provide and maintain the WI snowmobile trail system. (over 18,000 miles of USER [SNOWMOBILER] funded miles).
4. WHERE DO THE FUNDS FROM THE TRAIL PASS & REGISTRATION GO?--The revenue generated from the sale of snowmobile registrations and trail passes will go into the state snowmobile program's segregrated fund. (trail maintainance, grooming, signing, new projects, etc).
5. HOW DO I OBTAIN MY TRAIL PASS?--Those details and processes have yet to be determined by the State along with the AWSC.(See Trail Pass purchase info below)
6. DO I STILL HAVE TO REGISTER MY SNOWMOBILE WITH THE STATE OF WI?--YES--However the fee structure will change to a $30/3 year registration, currently it is $30/2 years.
7. IS THE OUT OF STATE (NON-RESIDENT) TRAIL PASS GOING TO INCREASE IN COST?--YES--It will increase to $50 (currently it is $35).
8. MY SNOWMOBILE IS 30 YEARS (OR OLDER). DO I STILL NEED A TRAIL PASS?--The new law provides a FREE annual (yearly) Trail Pass sticker to be displayed on sleds 30 years & older. However, snowmobiles still need to be registered. ($30 for 3 year registration).
9. IF I DON't LIVE IN WI, CAN I STILL REGISTER MY SNOWMOBILE(S) IN WI?--YES --If you reside in another state you can still register your snowmobile(s) in WI. If you chose to belong to one of the nearly 600 AWSC snowmobile clubs statewide and are up to date with membership dues and the club has paid your ASWSC dues, the cost of the TRAIL PASS will be $10. If registered in WI, and you do not belong to a Club in WI, your TRAIL PASS will cost $30. You will have to purchase the OUT OF STATE TRAIL PASS FOR $50 if your snowmobile is registered in another state.
10. If you sell or trade your sled during the year that the trail pass is is good for, the trail pass stays with the snowmobile. The trail pass is not transferable.
TRAIL PASS PURCHASE INFO
The club membership chair WILL NOT be resposible for issuing Trail Passes to members. Each member will be responsibile for purchasing his/her own trail passes. The trail Pass is a a separate purchase from your snowmobile registration. Club Membership Chair will continue to be responsible for the timely (immediate) submission to the AWSC office new club/AWSC members, or any changes in the membership status of club members.
There will be 4 ways that current Club/AWSC members can purchase their discounted Trail Pass after July 1, 2015.
#1. Order online through the AWSC website with a credit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover), your AWSC membership # (found on your AWSC membership card or on the address label of your WSN (Wisconsin Snowmobile News) magazine, and your snowmobile registration number.
#2. Call the AWSC office to order your WI trail Pass with a credit card, along with your AWSC member #, and your snowmobile registration #.
#3. Walk in the AWSC office and purchase with cash, check, or credit card; your AWSC member #, and your snowmobile registration #.
#4. Mail in your check or credit card # along with your AWSC member #, and your snowmobile registration # on the Trail Pass form (still under development) available from the AWSC website or your club membership chair.At the end of the business day, the AWSC office will forward to the DNR the requests for trail passes, the DNR will then mail the trail the same day.
5. The size will be 3"X3", color will vary from year to year. The trail pass will be located on the windshield above the headlight, or below the windshield on the hood.
6. The first year, starting July 2015, you can not ride until you have the trail pass. After the second year you (AWSC members) will be able to get a receipt that will allow you to ride a certain number of days (number of days to be determined) until you receive your trail pass.
7. Non club/AWSC people can apply for the Trail pass at any facility that issues hunting/ fishing liceness. The Trail pass will then be mailed. This will take a couple days for you to receive your Trail pass.
8. You will have to plan ahead when applying for your trail pass, do not wait until Thursday to apply for your pass and expect to have it Friday. From application, to you receiving your pass will take a couple days. ALL trail passes will be mailed from the DNR.
Thanks to all that stopped at the Lily Sno Birds clubhouse this past season(2014-2015), and to those that didn't, hope to see you next season.
The ice on White Lake went out 1 May, 2013.
The ice on White Lake went out 3 May, 2014.
The ice on White Lake wnet out 9 Apr, 2015.
85-86: 12-20-85//3-20-86: 1,550****86-87: 12-25-86//3-04-87: 1,293
87-88: 12-13-87//3-05-88: 2,492****88-89: 12-18-88//3-18-89: 2,781
89-90: 12-16-89//2-25-90: 1,757****90-91: 12-19-90//3-03-91: 2,839
91-92: 12-14-91//3-22-92: 1,816****92-93: 12-29-92//3-21-93: 1,995
93-94: 12-23-93//3-12-94: 1,672****94-95: 12-30-94//3-10-95: 2,427
95-96: 12-15-95//3-27-96: 3,090****96-97: 12-10-96//3-23-97: 3,078
97-98: 12-31-97//3-21-98: 2,071****98-99: 12-31-98//3-14-99: 2,510
99-00: 01-05-00//2-20-00: 1,890****00-01: 12-20-00//3-24-01: 3,620
01-02: 12-29-01//4-07-02: 3,178****02-03: 12-28-02//3-14-03: 2,123
03-04: 12-13-03//3-23-04: 2,123****04-05: 12-19-04//3-26-05: 2,503
05-06: 12-11-05//3-23-06: 2,278****06-07: 01-02-07//3-23-07: 1,850
07-08: 12-29-07//3-17-08: 2,391****08-09: 12-26-08//3-14-09: 2,494
09-10: 12-18-09//3-04-10: 3,667****10-11: 12-24-10//3-15-11: 2,858
11-12: 12-23-11//3-09-12: 2,533****12-13: 01-03-13//4-24-13: 4,625
13-14: 12-19-13//3-23-14: 4,208****14-15: 12-05-14//3-07-15: 3,806
If travelling across a lake, follow the marking. Clubs are not required to mark lake crossings, but they do this as a courtesy. Be alert on Pickerel Lake as there are some ice heaves.
LANGLADE COUNTY SNOWMOBILE CLUBS
CLUB----------------------------PRESIDENT/phone number----------------MEETING DATE---------------MEETING LOCATION
Antigo Sno-Drifters-----------Tim Grall--------715.623.3910-----------------2nd Mon--------------------various area pit stops
Bryant Ridge Runners-------Carl Thiede----715.627.6089-------------------2nd Tues--------------------various area pit stops
Deerbrook Bridge Runners-Jamie Denke-715.627.0892-------------------3rd Mon--------------------Quinn's-Neva P/S 15
Elcho Sno-Devils--------------Mike Ramuta-715.610.5095-----------------2nd Mon---------------------Sno-Devils clubhouse-Elcho
Lily Sno-Birds-----------------Don Graves-------715.484.4010---------------2nd Sat----------------------Sno-Birds clubhouse-Lily
N. Woods Boulder Lake Snow Goers---Jim Tilkens--715.276.3290-varied(no winter meetings)-----Wolf River Town Hall-Langlade
Phlox Winter Knights-------Carl Meidl--------715.623.0726----------------4th Mon--------------------Phlox Town Hall-Phlox
Polar Blazers-----------------Brian Braun------715.627.4918-----------------2nd Tues---------------------Groomer Bldg-Polar
Tombstone/Pickerel--------XXX XXXXXXXXXXX-------715.XXX.XXXX----------------2nd Mon---------------------Tombstone-Pickerel clubhouse on Cty DD-Pickerel
NON RESIDENT TRAIL PASSES AVAILABLE AT:
Antigo Yamaha: Antigo 715.623.4144
DNR: Antigo 715.627.4317
Elcho Shell: Elcho 715.275.3622
Fuller Sales: Antigo 715.623.4912
Mike's Service: Langlade 715.882.8901
Fleet Farm: Antigo 715.623.2063
Motor Sports Marine: Pearson 715.484.2106
Schaefer's Ctry Store: Pearson 715.484.5804
Call ahead to make sure they have trail passes & their hours.
GAS: 24 HOUR GAS, TRAIL accessable.
White Lake-------P/S 47---(White Lake Market--down town White Lake) (next to Black Bear)
Pickerel-----------P/S 90---(Northwoods Inn, Shell, (55/Cty A)
Pickerel-----------P/S 104--(Lotter's BP, down town Pickerel)
Elcho--------------P/S 20---(Elcho Shell, down town Elcho)
Pelican Lake-----P/S 19A--(Musky Mart, BP, E. side of Pelican Lake, next to Hwy 45)
Summit Lake----P/S 37---Summit Lake, BP, just South of Billy Timbers, E. side of Hwy 45.
Antigo-------------P/S 58---(Remington Oil, Exxon, Hwy 45, S. of town)
Antigo-------------P/S 59---(FS, just N. of Hwy 45/64)-next to Burger King
Antigo-------------P/S 69---(Northside Ammoco, BP, 1 mi. N. of 45/64)
Antigo-------------P/S 75A--(BP, just S. of 45/64) (next to Pizza Hut & Super 8)
Antigo-------------P/S 75B--(Wagner's Shell, Forest Ave/Hwy 45, S. side of Antigo)
Antigo-------------P/S 82---(Kwik trip---located at the jct of 64/45)
NON 24 HOUR and/or EMERGENCY GAS, TRAIL accessable
Pickerel---------P/S 91--(N. of Pickerel on Hwy 55, (Schaeffer's Country Store)
Pickerel---------P/S 89--(Hwy A/TT jct-Lil Hummer's)(formerly Wolf's Den)
Langlade--------P/S 44--(Hwy 55/64) (Mike's Service)
Langlade--------P/S 38--(Hwy 55/64) (Bob & Joni's)
Pelican Lake---P/S 25--(S. end of Pelican lake, Gerrit's Lakeview)
Rolling Stone Lk-P/S 92---(Walleye Lodge, S. shore of lake)
Lily-------------------P/S 110--(Lily Sno Birds-when the club is open)
Neva Corners-----P/S 13-- (Sikora's Market)
Neva Corners-----P/S 15-- (Quinn's)
Above listed are advertisers on the 2015-2016 Langlade County snowmobile map.
PLEASE stay on marked trails. At times it is tempting to cut corners in fields, or maybe go off the trail in other areas, but the landowners tell the clubs where they want the trail to go across their property. Staying on the marked trail is crucial to the clubs to maintain their trail easements. THANKS
If you would like a 2015-2016 Langlade County snowmobile trail map, send me an e/m with your name & address, my e/m address is at bottom of page.
The WOLF RIVER STATE TRAIL, known locally as "the grade", is open to snowmobiles from White Lake to Crandon.(when the Langlade & Forest County snowmobile trails are open)
LILY SNO BIRDS: The Lily Sno Birds club house is open Wednesdays & Fridays at 7:00PM . ( Open Fri, Sat, & Sun at 11:00AM DURING the snowmobile season when the trails are open) Food and refreshments are available, the family orientated club house is operated by snowmobilers, for snowmobilers & anyone else. There is a large open area to sit & relax, one of the "must stops" if your in the area. Stop and say hi to Don & the crew. Try one of Don's famous steak burgers.
Langlade County is divided in two zones for the purpose of opening & closing of the Trails. Zone "A" is basically to the North & East of the Antigo area; Zone "B" is to the SE, S, SW, & W of Antigo. Zones "A" & "B" are clearly marked on the current map(2015-2016). The zone lines may change; it primarily depends on snow conditions, but there are other factors that determine when a Zone is opened; and if the Zone line is changed.
Questions email: Langlade Snow