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, Januar…y 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.
UPDATED TRAIL REPORT: Trails are still rideable, but sorry to say, going down hill fast. All grooming is on hold as the trails are very soft and we want to try to preserve any base we have for as long as possible. Forecast is not good. Temps in the mid to upper 40’s today with sun. Temp to remain above freezing this evening with rain moving in around 4am Friday morning. Rain forecasted for Friday and light rain for Saturday. Warmer temps to continue through next week Wednesday then hopefully back to more seasonable weather.
UPDATE: Effective immediately we have to stop grooming Trail #14 (Game Rd) for timber sales until further notice. Please use caution when riding in that area.
Very busy holiday weekend in the Mercer Area. Groomers have been out full force today working on the trails. Trail #12 to Swamp Creek Road still has not been groomed. Reports are that it continues to be rideable but is rough. Trail #12 between Camp 1 and Midway Bar has been reopened but use caution when riding that area. Reports over this past weekend were that the Mercer trails were all good to very good. Weather forecast right now is for warmer temps and sun. As with most years this is the annual January thaw. In reality it is the true “Indian Summer”. Typically this usually does not cause much damage to the trails and is followed by seasonal temps and snow. So as of now the trail conditions remain good. If conditions change this week we will update this report.
Many thanks to all of you who attended the Mercer Area Sno-Goers Winter Blast. Your support made this years Winter Blast a huge success. Also, thank you to all our members who volunteered their time with setting up, working that day and cleaning up. The time and effort you spent was greatly appreciated. And thanks to all the businesses and individuals who donated to the raffles.
UPDATE: January 14, 2017 Trail #12 between Camp 1 and Midway Bar has been reopened. The trail has not been groomed due to the swamp so please use caution in that area.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: January 13, 2017 –Trail 12 between County FF to the Iron County/Ashland County Line is temporarily closed due to the swamp. This section of trail is between Camp 1 and Midway Bar.
UPDATE: January 12, 2017
***Mercer Area received between 8 – 12 inches of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Trails are being groomed. Most to all of the Mercer Area trails, minus the swamp areas, should be in good shape for this weekend.***
Trails are beginning to take shape with the added couple of inches of new snow. It has been snowing at a steady rate most of the day (Tuesday) and should continue by the look of the radar into late afternoon early evening. On January 6th the Manitowish Waters Sno Skeeters used their Tucker to groom trail #8 between their trail system and the Lazy Ace. The Tucker Groomer has more floatation to go over the thinner ice. Trail #182 has been groomed from Trail #17 to The Birches Resort. Trail #182 to Springstead remains closed due to the swamp. Trail #12 to Swamp Creek Road still has not been groomed due to the swamp. There has been sleds on that trail but it is not good. Also the trail from County FF to Midway Tavern still has not been groomed but is rideable. There are a few areas where the groomers have been going around swamp holes so use caution. The remainder of the Mercer Area Trails have been groomed and are from what riders are reporting in good shape. Please ride carefully this weekend as it is a holiday weekend and there hopefully will be lots of sleds on the Mercer Area Trails. Also, if you are in Mercer on Saturday stop in at the Groomer Barn on Trail #17 for the Mercer Area Sno-Goers Winter Blast. It begins at 3pm and goes until midnight. There will be food, beer, soda, coffee and numerous raffles. Live band from 7pm until midnight.
The flowage has been staked from Gateway Lodge to Sunken Horse Saloon to Trail 9C to Camp 1 to Donner’s Bay Resort. Please use caution as there are spots of glare ice. Reports of little slush. As for the trails, the groomers have been out but it is impossible to keep up as there is little snow in the woods and the grade is like sugar and will not pack. There are still trees down from the Christmas Day and Dec 26 ice and wind storm. The groomers still are unable to get through the swamps. Reports are that Trail 12 to Midway Bar is passable. There is a deep water/mud hole on Trail 9 between Camp 1 and Swamp Creek Road. so please go around the hole. There were reports of open water on Trail 8A. That situation has been fixed. Remember this is early season riding so please ride with caution.
Trails 17S and parts of 51E, besides the swamps, were groomed yesterday. Each time the driver backed into the swamp the drag broke through. Also, finished 10A to the swamp, 310 Road to the White Thunder Riders sign, then back. Trails 12A and 12B will be groomed tonight. Trail 12 to Swamp Creek Road has not been brushed or rolled as we are unable to get in until it freezes up enough. Springstead is going to try and pack the trails there this weekend.
We are a week to 10 days from grooming through the swamps. This is based on cold weather and we need lots of snowmobile traffic to push the frost down. Things are looking positive.
Some Mercer Area Sno-Goers trails will open on Wednesday, December 14th. Early season problems apply. Wet swamps. Stay off lakes. And ride safe. Most of our swamps have been ridden over with snowmobiles, except Trail 12 to Swamp Creek Road. With the cold temps coming, the swamps should freeze good enough for snowmobile travel without water and slush….we hope.
Trail 17 to Lac Du Flambaeu trails is fair to good. Some grooming is to start in the next day or two, for sure by the weekend where the groomer can get to. Think cold. It is looking good for Christmas week.
Mercer Area Snowmobile Trails remain closed. ATV trails are open. Work has begun on brushing all the area trails. A wet fall last year and then an over abundance of rain this summer has caused extremely wet trails and overflowing swamps. Photos have been added to the gallery of some of the trails worked on October 20 – 22. These photos were taken on Trails 12, 13, the 8’s and 10’s and 12A. We would like to thank the following area members and the Heartland Polar Riders; Tom Renz, Wayne Renz, Dave Reigler, Jack Gruenke, Doug Westenberger, Andy Smith, Rob Coplin, Kurt Richter, Norm Weidner and Bill Hollenkamp for doing an awesome job brushing the Mercer Area trails. Think cold temps to firm up the trails and freeze down the swamps and then hope for snow.
All Iron County snowmobile and ATV trails will be closed effective Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 12:01 am. 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.
Thank you for your cooperation during this seasonal transition time.