DOUGLAS COUNTY TRAIL UPDATE 3/13/2020.
All Snowmobile and Winter ATV trails under management of the Douglas County Forestry Department will officially close for the season at 8:00 AM local time on Monday, March 16, 2020.Douglas County received two days of warm weather over the weekend and the trail conditions across the county range from good to poor.The trails that are shaded are still in pretty good shape. There are some areas of bare ground and almost all grooming has stopped on the trails.Snowmobile traffic is not recommended
In addition, all year-round recreational trails will temporarily close at that time except for the following trail segments:
1. Gandy Dancer Trail – MN/WI Stateline to Patzau.
2. Saunders Grade – MN/WI Stateline to Schallameir Road parking lot.
3. Wild Rivers Trail – Douglas Co./Washburn Co. line to a point 500 feet north of County Highway Y.
4. Wild Rivers Trail – North Trailhead parking lot (County Highway A) to the Harroun Road.
It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to utilize their property.
Deer have been reported on trails so keep an eye out while traveling.
Please share this info with anyone that you believe would be interested…our goal is to inform as many trail riders as possible.
I have attached a trail map which outlines the open and closed trails.
SW Quadrant – OPEN TRAILS
Trail 9 (Caution: watch for logging North of Hwy M)
Trail 925 between Swedish highway and Andrews Road (Gates are closed)
SE Quadrant –OPEN TRAILS
Trail 35 (WRT north of Solon Springs)
Trail 35 (WRT south)
Trail 41 (Watch for Logging)
Trail 17S South of Lower Eau Claire Lake(Gates are Closed)
NE Quadrant –Open Trails
Trail 4 Very rough trail lots of ruts
Trail 6 Very rough trail lots of ruts
Trail 35 (WRT)
Trail 235 (Gates are Closed)
Caution Watch for Logging:
Logging operations with on Trail 4 between Hwy D and Trail 24.
Logging on the west end of Trail 6 is finished
Logging on Trail 4 between Trail 6 and Hwy P finished
Logging on Trail 4 east of Hwy F is finished.
NW Quadrant-OPEN TRAILS
Gandy Dancer Trail
The Cross town connectorfrom Tower Ave to East 2nd Street (Gates closed and signed)
Osaugie/Tri County Trail from Loons Foot Boat Launch to Barkers Island (Gates Closed and signed)
Douglas County Ski Trails
The service roads and parking lots are plowed.The Ski Trails where Groomed Wednesday February 19thand are still covered in snow.The trails are packed hard and our groomer is unable to cut new tracks in the packed snow. Grooming is suspended until further notice,
Thank you to all the members of the Northwest Trails Association for the amazing work that you do to open and maintain over 300 miles of winter trails in Douglas County!
This report was prepared March 13th, 2020.
Please enjoy and Ride safe!