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Trail Report – : Eagle River, Wisconsin – February 16, 2021

Reporter:Holly t
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: 3 inch +- hard base - SNOW covered
Date of Report: February 16, 2021
Area Report:

February 16 – 6:28am Currently 6 below – High of 16 below today
Low tonight of 15 below
Trails remain in GOOD, VERY GOOD & EXCELLENT Condition
GTS Trails app shows groomers out in the last 24 hours

Nearly all trails were groomed overnight.  So this morning listing the trail NOT groomed:

10E – that includes 9mile trail
Trail 1N that leads to the Eagle Lake south entrance
Trail 1 aka Gramp Graham – located off 10E starting at West Carpenter Lk Rd by Catch 22
Trail 1 that leads to the Eagle Lake north entrance (boat launch)

Best way to learn the trails is to buy a Sno-Eagles trail map. It also had the entire Vilas county trails on the backside.  Plus download the GTS trails app  It is available at the App Store.

Very little change in trail conditions due to the very cold weather.  There is a very hard base of 3+ inches with loose SNOW on top.  No new SNOW.  With the hard base there are some icy sharp corners so again slow down. Trails that have a heavy pine tree covering have thinner SNOW & some pale snirt.  The SNOW does not get down through the big pines as well.  With nightly grooming trails are in good shape. 

The arctic cold looks to end today. So if you are riding this it’s another cold morning so here are some cold weather riding tips:

  • Extra layers of clothing
  • Gloves/mittens with long lasting hand warmers or try a pair of battery heated gloves. Gauntlets over handle bars good too
  • Cold weather boots with layered socks. Boot warmers are good too
  • Fully charged phone stored in the inside pocket of your jacket
  • Heated shields are great other wise remember to breath through your nose to prevent fogging
  • Stop more frequently & drink water. Cold can cause dehydration
  • Tell someone where you are riding & download the MapItVilasCo app.  It gps’s your location & the location of the TIN(trail identification numbers)

Please stay on the trails to keep the trails open.

Catfish & Eagle Lake trails are marked with orange reflective barrels.  Please stay by the barrels to be safe. Both are bumpy so might want to slow down. The lakes are marked by the businesses on the lake so stop in & thank them when you’re out riding.


Holly Tomlanovich
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News and Reports:

Sno-Eagles Wednesday Ride today!
Start at the Historic Railroad Depot on Trail 10/13N – 9am departure
Be sure to contact Club President, Howard Wolf at 262.442.4876 for more information on the rides

  • February 18 – General membership meeting via Sno-Eagles Facebook live. 
  • February 20-21 – USSA World Series of Snowmobiling Race – WCDC Track – Hwy 45N – Volunteers needed
  • February 26-27 – UTV Arctic Derby Dash – Volunteers needed
  • February 27 – Groom to Ride raffle drawing – 1pm – Trackside – Hwy 45N

To volunteer or for more information on Sno-Eagles activities
contact Howard Wolf at 262.442.4876

Snowmobile Information:

Wisconsin Snowmobile Registration
Discount Trail Pass for Snowmobile Club Members – $10 – Time to join a club!
Standard Wisconsin Trail Pass – $30
Out of State Trail Pass – $50
Newly Updated Vilas County Map It Trail App GPS style app of all trails in Vilas Cty.  Plus includes the brown 3 digit emergency numbering system. If an emergency happens call 911 & give them that number.  Find you quicker.
Newly Updated Groomer Tracking Systems (GTS) Gives you trails groomed in last 24, 48 & 96 hours
AWSC – Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs
DNR Snowmobiling Helpful Information