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Trail Report – : Eagle River, Wisconsin – February 13, 2018

Reporter:Holly t
Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: Hard base holding - Icy snow on most top of base in most areas
Date of Report: February 13, 2018
Area Report:

February 13, 2018 – 7:10am

Fresh SNOW wanted

3 degrees this morning with a high of 28.  Happy to report overcast this morning & does not look like the evil sun will be out until later this afternoon or maybe not at all.  There is a slight chance of SNOW this morning.  Looks to be just a schiff.  Best chance for SNOW is Sunday when the weather guys are calling for 1-3 inches.  Start Dancin’

As for the trails they are FAIR to GOOD. The thick icy base under the SNOW is why the trails are holding.  Still loose SNOW over the icy base but it is fatigued & icy too. Another reason to Do the Snow Dance.  Riding you will notice the back end of your sled slipping around. Might even notice the track slipping.  So slow down to be safe. Corners everywhere are icy. Some covered with SNOW. Others blown out with high berms so slow down so you can stay on your side.  As you ride stay on the right side to be safe.

It is amazing the great job the Groomer Drivers are doing with the trails.  Spoke to lots of them who can’t believe that the trails are still holding. Did not get far out myself so can’t report on far in the woods trails.  Here is what was groomed last night:

  • In Town trails
  • 3S to Three Lakes connect
  • 10E to Bloom Rd
  • 70W/13S to the intersection of 17S
  • 17N to Manske Swamp aka trail 3N
  • Manske Swamp – 3N
  • 10W/13N  including Wisconsin River Bridge to Conover 3 trail

Trail 1N logging operation continues in the section between the Town of Washington Town Hall & Eagle Lake. Right now there are logs in piles along sections of the trail. With the log piles and icy grainy conditions in that section it would be good to slow down. Very icy corners. Minimal grooming due to the logging operation.

Catfish Lake Loop & Eagle Lake Trails are marked with orange easy to see reflective barrels.  Please stay by the barrels to be safe.  Have not ridden out either lake myself in a while. Spoke to several who had & there is no surface slush even with the sun as of yesterday afternoon. Reminder that the Catfish Lake Trail that ran from Braywood to Lumpy’s is not open.  Please do not trespass on private land.

Time to say goodbye to the Ice Castle for 2018.  The Eagle River Area Fire Department will be taking it down today, Tuesday, for safety reasons.  Can’t wait until next season!

Celebrate Snowmobiling Snow Show is set for this Sunday, February 18 at the Derby Track Expo Hall.  From 11am-4pm.  Admission if FREE!

Think overcast & Keep Dancin’!
See ya on the trails!
Holly Tomlanovich
Communications Chair
Sno-Eagles, Inc.
Phone Trail Updates 715.479.5185
Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club


News and Reports:

Every Wednesday & Thursday throughout the snowmobiling season – Sno-Eagles Guided Trail Ride. Meet at the Historic Railroad Depot on Trail 13 in town at 9am. All are welcome. Trail conditions permitting.


  • Feb 15 Sno-Eagles General Member Meeting. 7pm – Eddie B’s White Spruce
  • Feb 18 – Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling Snow Show. 11am-4pm FREE admission Open to public – Derby Track Expo Hall
  • Feb 19 – Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling VIP Dignitary Ride – Volunteers needed. Call Eagle River Chamber at 715.479.6400
  • Feb 24 – Ride With Pride drawing – TrackSide – 12 noon
  • Feb 24 – Trail Ride following Ride With Pride drawing
  • Feb 24 – Saturday Night Out (SNO) – Silver Leaf – 5:30pm

Snowmobile Information:

Handy Snowmobile Links
Wisconsin Snowmobile Registration
Discount Trail Pass for Snowmobile Club Members – $10
Standard Wisconsin Trail Pass – $30
Out of State Trail Pass – $50
Vilas County Map It Trail App