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Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Reporter:Hodag SnoTrails
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: some base
Date of Report: February 25, 2021
Area Report:

We did get a few inches of fresh snow earlier in the week.  All of the trails were groomed this week and the fresh, heavy snow helped.  There are some thin spots and a few icy corners.  Some rocks are starting to be rolled up.  I would rate the trails as GOOD.      Please be aware, we try to do all of our grooming at night, but there are instances that we have activity in daylight.  Keep a watchful eye out for groomers on the trail.  If you meet a groomer, please pull over and let them by.  The guys worked hard and got another groomer up and running.  One is still down, but the other two are making up for the downed machine.

A hate to say it, but this is rapidily moving to “late” season riding.  The areas in the woods are really good, the exposed areas have a marginal base.  You will find a range of conditions out there, but they are rideable.  Warm temperatures on Saturday will put a big hurt on the trail base.  There is a chance of more snow late in the weekend.  

We are continuing to groom on our regular schedule.  All lakes are marked and ready for traffic.  It is always beneficial to ride near the lake markers for the best ride.  There are some signs of slush on the lakes, but they freeze up as soon as they form.  There is more a risk of frozen slush than wet slush.  Also, Boom Lake (Wisconsin River) does end up with roads being plowed across them.  The club can’t keep up on marking all of them, so beware when running the river sections.

As always, please stay on the marked trails.  It may sound like a broken record, but it is sooooo important for the life of our trail system that all riders respect the rights of our landowners (over 150 just on Hodag Sno-Trails system).  

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Make tracks to Rhinelander for your next snowmobile safari! Rhinelander is the county seat of Oneida and offers a variety of lodging, shopping, nightlife and fun for every visitor’s taste and budget.

Oneida County 1,000 miles of groomed trails connect Rhinelander with all of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan Upper Peninsula. Trails flow through highlands hardwoods, pine forests, low lying bogs filled with spruce and tamarack, and wide-open spaces of frozen lakes and farmer’s fields.

Rhinelander is blessed to have two snowmobile clubs to take good care of the trails. The clubs strive to keep up to date with top-notch grooming equipment and groom heavily traveled trails up to four times a week.

The Northwoods Passage grooms trails from Rhinelander to west to Tomahawk, north to Minocqua, and south to the Gleason trails. The Hodag Sno-Trails Club maintains the East side of Rhinelander from Rhinelander to Pelican Lake, Sugar Camp and Monico. This area includes the scenic wilderness area of the Enterprise Trail System. Visitors are welcome to join the club’s group trail rides, which occur several times throughout the season. It’s a friendly rivalry between these clubs to try to outdo each other for grooming quality. The winner, of course, is you and the other visiting snowmobilers, who rave about the area’s outstanding trail grooming.

Many snowmobilers find that Day Trips are easy from Rhinelander and can be planned to all area’s of the Northwoods and into the Upper Peninsula. These trails will connect you to Minocqua and Eagle River, the Oneida County Forest Trails, Pelican Lake, Crandon, and Elcho, as well as the splender of the Nicolet National Forest.

When it comes to dining, Rhinelander knows how to eat! We offer full-menu supper clubs, all-you-can-eat buffets, “beer and burgers” places, fast food restaurants, and a gamut of other tongue tempting delights. Our nightlife offers live music at several locations, a variety of special wintertime events, and at least one karaoke contest a night, where you can break out the microphone and strut yout stuff.

We leave the welcome mat out for you! Our lodging offers the rest you need after a long day of hitting the trails. Whether you are looking for rustic woodland cottages, modern motels, or national-chain hotels, you’ll find it at Rhinelander. Many are located right on the trails.

So when you are planning that next snowmobile safari, consider Rhinelander, the Home of the Hodag. What’s a Hodag? Come visit and find out!