​DOUGLAS COUNTY TRAIL UPDATE 3/16/2020

DOUGLAS COUNTY TRAIL UPDATE 3/16/2020.

All Snowmobile and Winter ATV trails under management of the Douglas County Forestry Department are officially closed for the season.

In addition, all year-round recreational trails are temporarily closed at this 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.

Please share this info with anyone that you believe would be interested…our goal is to inform as many trail riders as possible.

Douglas County Ski Trails

The service roads and parking lots are plowed. The Ski trails are still covered in snow but are packed hard and our groomer is unable to cut new tracks in the packed snow. Grooming is suspended until further notice.

Thank you again to all the members of the Northwest Trails Association for the amazing work that they do to open and maintain over 300 miles of winter recreation trails in Douglas County!

This report was prepared March 16th, 2020.

Please enjoy and Ride safe!

Clint Meyer

Park and Recreation Supervisor

Douglas County Forestry Department

9182 East Hughes Ave.

Solon Springs, WI. 54873

Phone: (715) 378-2219

Fax: (715) 378-2807

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web:www.douglascountywi.org

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ALL DNR EDUCATION CLASSES CANCELLED from March 16th to March 31

 Volunteer Education Instructors:

This notification is in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) and program direction on how to conduct business as a volunteer instructor. Effective immediately, the Department of Natural Resources has taken the position to cancel all Safety Education Classes for Hunter-Internet field days-Archery-ATV-Snowmobile-Boating-Trapper Education classes from March 16th to March 31st.

Please review your pending roster and notify the public of this. If you need help in closing your class, please call your Outdoor Skills Trainer. CONTACTS: https://dnr.wi.gov/Volunteer/instructorcorner/outdoorSkillsTrainers.html

We are aware of classes posted that are after April 1st and we will notify you as soon as were able on any future closures. If you decide on your own to postpone your class we support your decision.

Planning a class soon:

We encourage our instructors to consider waiting until this virus has run its course in Wisconsin before posting a new class. We look forward to getting back to normal and offer safety courses to our public soon.

If you should have questions please contact your OST. You may also call the appropriate program administrator for questions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause now and into the short term future. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. 

Respectfully,

Jon King 
Hunter Education Administrator
Conservation Warden
608-575-2294 

Martin Stone
OHV Administrator
Conservation Warden
608-778-2035

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​DOUGLAS COUNTY TRAIL UPDATE 3/13/2020

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 QuadrantOPEN TRAILS

Trail 5

Trail 5A

Trail 930

Trail 935

Trail 835

Trail 9 (Caution: watch for logging North of Hwy M)

Closed Trails

Trail 925 between Swedish highway and Andrews Road (Gates are closed)

SE QuadrantOPEN TRAILS

Trail 35 (WRT north of Solon Springs)

Trail 35 (WRT south)

Trail 27B

Trail 27C

Trail41S

Trail 41B

Trail 217

Trail 727

Trail 17N

Trail 7

Trail 27

Trail 3

Trail 5

Trail 41 (Watch for Logging)

Trail 541

Closed Trails

Trail 17S South of Lower Eau Claire Lake(Gates are Closed)

NE QuadrantOpen Trails

Trail 1
Trail 2
Trail 4 Very rough trail lots of ruts

Trail 6 Very rough trail lots of ruts
Trail 24
Trail 27/27A
Trail 35 (WRT)

Closed Trails

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

Saunders Grade

Wrenshall Grade

Trail 0

Trail 28

4/41

Trail 4

Closed Trails

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!

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Annual Meeting Postponed Due to COVID-19

WATVA Followers & Friends,

This week our board of directors met to discuss the upcoming annual meeting and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We unanimously decided to postpone our event to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 as well as comply with state mandated health guidelines regarding the limitations of gathering of people in public or private spaces. The safety of our members and WATVA team are of the utmost importance to us.

The Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Stevens Point has indicated they already cancelled those rooms that members called in under the WATVA block, but if you wish to verify, please call Jennie Wierzba at 715-254-9940 or email her to verify at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To cancel your meal tickets, please complete the following form (you can also log into eventbrite): https://forms.gle/oFXDTb3GWn6YvvX66. Please allow a few days for processing your refund request. You may also choose to keep the earlier payment as a credit for the rescheduled date, whichever you choose. We will very likely have the same meal options, if not the same, just at a later date when we've all defeated this COVID-19 challenge! This is also another opportune time to thank our dealerships that have contributed to our meal / conference costs, we thank you for your continued support. You can check out a full list of our supporting dealerships here: https://watva.org/index.php/about/2020-annual-meeting

We are working with the hotel on some possible future dates, however making this decisions at this point in time is like hitting a moving target with so many variables at play.

As of now, our regional meeting and rides are still moving forward. Our Northeast regional meeting will be held August 1st in Woodruff with our Northwest regional meeting being held August 15th in Rusk County.

Please watch our Facebook page or our website for more details on further upcoming events.
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Marinette County Trail Closures

Date: March 10, 2020

From: Pete Villas, Forestry Administrator

Subject: ATV Trail Closure

The entire Marinette County ATV Trail System will be closed to all vehicles effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and until further notice. This closure is required to protect the soft trail bed from erosion damage caused by ATV's and other vehicles during spring break up. ATV trails will re-open when conditions warrant. Another press release will be placed in the paper when the trails are re-opened.

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