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Trail Report – : Eagle River, Wisconsin – January 18, 2021

Reporter:Holly t
Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: Thin 2-7 inches to include crusty snow
Date of Report: January 18, 2021
Area Report:

January 18  – 6:10am 19 degrees  – High of 21 today – Low tonight 7

 Trails are in on average Poor to Fair Very Early Riding Condition

Off trail riding has become a problem throughout Vilas county.  What this is doing jeopardizing trail easements & will cause trail section closures.  Please once again stay on marked trails

Trail 3N aka Manske Swamp has been closed.  Due to high water & off trail riding.  This trail is a cut across between 13N & 17N. It many reopen when it freezes back up.

No report on Trail 10W aka Wisconsin River Trail.  Will do some checking today & update if necessary.

No grooming overnight.  The groomer did go out late yesterday afternoon to close Manske Swamp trail.

Trails have snow from the last Thursday & Friday snow.  The snow fall was only 2-3 inches. Trails are Very Early Riding Condition with conditions at Fair to Poor. The new SNOW covers hard frozen ground covered with an ice base in most areas. Crusty frozen snow under the new SNOW.  As of last night most everything was covered.  Areas of snirt & crusty snow as well.

Catfish & Eagle have been marked by businesses on the lake. This includes the spur to Eagle Waters. Stay by the markers to be safe.  All are SNOW covered with surface slush reported on both lakes. This happens when temps pop up hard ice underneath. This should correct itself this week as temps are dropping.

Temps for this week will be dropping for the most part with the exception of Wednesday where the high will be 27 & low 25.

PLEASE REMEMBER WHILE VILAS COUNTY TRAILS ARE OPEN, ONEIDA & FOREST ARE NOT.  PLEASE DO NOT RIDE IN THOSE AREAS.  This includes Three Lakes, Sugar Camp & Newbold which are all in Oneida county.


Holly Tomlanovich
Phone Trail Updates 715.479.5185 reporting conditions weekly
Eagle River area eventsSno-Eagles club events

News and Reports:

UPDATE – Sno-Eagles Wednesday & Thursday rides start has been cancelled for now.  Will resume when there is adequate SNOW
Be sure to contact Club President, Howard Wolf at 262.442.4876 for more information as to when rides start

  • January 18 – Military Ride – HQ at the Derby Track north on Hwy 45N – Volunteers contact Howard Wolf
  • January 21 – Sno-Eagles General membership meeting – Live stream – check OR sno-eagles Facebook page for information
  • January 29-31 – Women on Snow

To volunteer or for more information on Sno-Eagles activities contact Howard Wolf at 262.442.487

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