From the President’s desk

Hello from the Mercer Area Sno-Goers. I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that visited the Mercer Area, for coming and patronizing the area businesses and enjoying our trails.
It has been a very trying year this year due to the extremely wet summer and fall, which made our swamps a nightmare. We also had a couple melt downs, and an very early end to our snowmobile season. With little snow in the states around as well as Wisconsin, we in this area tend to get an extreme amount of snowmobilers here in beautiful Iron county.
I want to thank all the businesses, volunteers, the Board of Directors, the officers, and all the groomer drivers. All of whom donate their time and money to help make this club a success! We are a 100% volunteer club.
We work year around, working with land owners, the State, the forestry, and town, with reroutes, getting grants and raising money.
Currently we are brushing trails, with very little time to get through the swamps before they thaw for the season.
We are also looking at buying a new light weight groomer, which will help us to get through the swamps earlier. If we could only know what mother nature will do next year?
Enjoy your spring and summer, and we here in the Mercer area are grateful, and we hope to see you here in our winter wonderland again soon.
Andy

TRAILS are CLOSED

Looks like our riding season is over. See posting below. Thanks for all your support this year!

From the Iron County Forest Administrator:
All Iron County snowmobile and ATV trails will be closed effective Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 12:00 noon. Gates along the trails will be closed.

All ATV trails will remain closed until break-up conditions recede. ATV trails will open on a trail-by-trail basis as trail conditions dry up and have been inspected for washouts and grade integrity. This is estimated to be mid-May.

Trails POOR, Grooming on hold

Current TRAIL CONDITIONS: As of now the Mercer Area trails are POOR but rideable. All grooming is on hold until we get some measureable snow. As of 9 am temp is 39 degrees with light rain. Just a reminder….the flowage is no longer marked.

Trails are POOR, Flowage is no longer staked

Trail Report: As of today the trail condition is very very poor and all Mercer Area trails are unrideable. Due to the warm temps, sun and rain this past week most trails and plowed roads are bare. Also, some of the swamps and creeks have opened back up. Forecast is for snow Friday through noon on Saturday. We are currently under a winter weather watch with snow predictions of anywhere from 6 – 12 inches. As everyone knows weather forecasts sometimes tend to be wrong. If we do get some measureable snow the club will be starting back out at square one with the panning, rolling and grooming trails. Also note, the flowage is no longer staked.

Trails listed as GOOD but warmer weather in forecast

Trail Report — There was a lot of traffic in the Mercer Area this past weekend. All trails have been groomed. However, due to warmer weather and sunny skies the past couple of days, the trails have been down graded to good. Corners are again icy, there are a few bare spots and yesterday there were reports of water from melting snow on some of the trails. Forecast as of now is for cooler more seasonable temperatures tomorrow and then warming back up starting Friday with temps being in the 40’s with mostly sunny skies. Including a few other area trail reports below. Reminder there will be a Chili Feed on Saturday at the Great Northern Motel from 11am – 2pm.
HURLEY Snowmobile Trail Report, Monday, February 13, 2017 — 10:00 am White Thunder Riders report all trails in GOOD condition. Trails were well traveled this past weekend as we welcomed numerous riders to the area. The ALL VOLUNTEER groomer team has been out and all trails are groomed and ready to ride. Forecast shows possibility of snow mid week, however, we recommend that you check back daily for updates.
BOULDER JUNCTION – Trail report for February 13 2017-Trails are fair to good. With the warmer weather and the increased traffic over the weekend our trails have degraded somewhat. I took a ride with the wife to Manitowish Waters yesterday and the trails were pretty good. The corners are icy and bare and as you get closer to town it can get bumpy. The logging areas have very little snow and sun is getting stronger this time of year so the trails with the southern exposure can start to degrade quickly.
There is no snow expected in the immediate future so we will do what we can with the trails.                                                                                                                               

PARK FALLS – Warm temperatures on February 13 changed our trail conditions from good to excellent to poor to fair. Most roads are bare, most logging projects are now mud or gravel, in the open areas there are bare spots, creeks are opening up again and we just don’t have enough snow to fix the bad spots. Clubs are grooming and will be where possible until Friday. It looks like the temperatures through Thursday will be cold enough to at least keep what we have, but after Thursday conditions will deteriorate rapidly, the weekend looks really bad. In the Price County Snowmobile Trails Association opinion riders can find trails to ride in the wooded areas but getting there will be a problem. I would NOT recommend telling snowmobilers to come up for the weekend. Hopefully the weather pattern will change and late February and March will provide some good spring riding conditions.

Trails Very Good to Excellent

TRAIL CONDITIONS – Mercer Area got roughly 6 inches of snow yesterday. Some areas got a little more and some a little less. Moisture in the snow made for great grooming as it packed well. All trails are being groomed, minus a few swamp areas, so it should be good riding this coming weekend. Trails are rated as very good to excellent.  If in the area this weekend please check out the All-U-Can Eat Club Breakfast at Gateway Lodge on Saturday from 7:30am to 11am.

Trails remain GOOD

Trail Report….Overall trails continue to be good. The groomers are out getting the trails back into shape after a very busy weekend in the Mercer Area. The Flowage is getting better but there are still some rough areas so use caution and slow down. We are still unable to groom Trail #12 to Swamp Creek Road, Trail #12 from Camp 1 to Midway Bar and about a half mile stretch on Trail #19.  These trails are rough but rideable.  All other trails are good to excellent. Forecast is for snow the next couple of days and hopefully this time we will actually get some measurable snow.

Trails upgraded to GOOD

Updated Trail Report: Groomers are finally back out in full force with the snow we received yesterday and this morning. There was not a lot of snow but enough to get things back going again. Trails have been upgraded to good with a few upgraded to excellent. But be cautious, there is still icy corners. Also, if you venture out on Trial #12 going to Swamp Creek Road, there was a UTV stuck in the swamp this past weekend, so use caution in that area. The Flowage is rough but should be better with this added snow.

Trails upgraded to FAIR

TRAIL UPDATE: Trails have been upgraded from poor to FAIR as grooming continues today. Most of the trail slush has firmed up and for the most part the trails are flat. Corners are icy so please use caution. We definitely need snow.
And a reminder….Cookout at Dear Lodge has been postponed until next week Saturday, Feb 4th and the Club Ride has been postponed until Sunday, Feb 5th.

Trail conditions are POOR

January 26th UPDATE:  Last night a couple of tractors went out and panned the grade. There is not much snow to work with but it did fill in some of the water holes and hopefully it froze down flat. They took a groomer out on 8-10 north of Mercer and found a little more snow to work with. With cold temps and some snow in the forecast, they will try and get the groomers out to at least pan the Mercer trails. Swamp areas are questionable at this time. We definitely need snow and cold temps.

 

January 25th: Trail conditions in the MERCER area remain poor. Received a dusting of snow overnight but that does not help with the current trail conditions. Due to two days of rain this past weekend and the warm temps trails are slushy and there are areas with bare spots. All grooming remains on hold for now. The flowage is rough and slushy. Riding is not recommended for now in the Mercer area.
We are including some area trail reports.
HURLEY Snowmobile Trail Report, Monday, January 23, 2017. Conditions are updated as we receive reports from the groomers.
White Thunder Rider Groomers report trail conditions as POOR! Snow and cooler temps are in the forecast for Tuesday night. Grooming has stopped. WHEN we receive more snow, grooming will resume. We do not recommend riding at this time.
MANITOWISH WATERS- January 24 Our trails are still snow covered with a pretty decent base. They are still a bit soft, for that reason i would call Our trails fair/ poor. We haven’t been grooming because of the warm weather, the snow tends to ball up like rolling a big snowball to build a snowman and tends to do more damage than good.
PARK FALLS – All snowmobile trails are open and in fair condition. The trails are mostly snow covered but are slushy or icy due to temps above freezing. Some bare spots are beginning to appear, and road routes and road crossings are becoming thin or bare. Grooming has been halted and will resume when the temps cool.
Trails in ASHLAND COUNTY are still open, but ride at your own risk. No grooming will take place until we get cooler temperatures and more snow. Conditions are Poor. Keep dancing for more snow! Just a reminder trails are still icy in some areas.