Trail Reports

Winter Season Coming Soon

September 28, 2017

The winter season seems far away, but we are potentiality just over two months away from sledding. The club is already working to get ready for the season and we should be receiving our new light weight groomer next month. We are always looking for volunteers for our events, please reach out to us before you get to town and see if you could help make the best trails better. Also we are now accepting memberships foe the 2018 season, if you ride here then why not be a member here?

2016/17 Mercer Area Sno Goers Winter Raffle Winners

September 27, 2017

The Mercer Area Sno Goers are excited to announce the winners of the 2016/2017 Winter Raffle. The raffle drawing was Saturday night, March 4 th at Gateway Lodge. Grand Prize was a 2017 ZR6000 Arctic Cat and the winner was Terrance Maerz from Mercer, WI. Second Place was a Sled EZ Dolly & Lift; donated by Sled EZ, the winner was Cindy Coyle from Sheboygan, WI. Third place was $300 cash and was won by Nancy Edwards of Thorp, WI. Gateway Lodge also conducted a bucket raffle the night of the drawing and the winner of the assorted prizes was Paul Aschenbrener.

The Grand Prize Winner Terrance Maerz of Eunica’s Beaver Lodge and his business partner Eunica Kratochvil have generously donated the sled back to the Sno Goers to be used to help promote next year’s raffle. Darrell Fohr the Sno Goers’ club Treasurer called the donation, “Historical…nobody has ever done anything like that before for our club.” Their generosity and support of the club has ensured next year’s raffle will be even a bigger success.

The Mercer Area Sno Goers would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s raffle a huge success. A special thank you to Gateway Lodge and Sunken Horse Lodge for donating the money to print the tickets, to David McNutt for organizing the raffle, to everyone who bought tickets in support of the club’s raffle, and of course a big thank you to Terrance and Eunica for being so generous with their donation of the grand prize to our club. At the March 2017 board meeting the club discussed putting the proceeds towards the purchase of a new light-weight groomer that would allow grooming of the area swamps earlier in the season.

From left to right: Andy Smith- President, Eunica Kratochvil- Beaver Lodge, Terrance Maerz- Beaver Lodge, David McNutt- Raffle Organizer

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Memberships

July 16, 2017
Mercer Area Sno-Goers membership renewal notices will be sent out within the next couple of weeks. Membership with the Mercer Area Sno-Goers runs annually from September 1st to August 31st. As a member you will receive the clubs newsletter by email (unless otherwise requested by mail), and you will have voting rights at the monthly meetings. Part of your dues goes for your membership with the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC). Through the AWSC you will receive a membership number, a subscription to the Wisconsin Snowmobile Magazine and be entitled to $3000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Benefit for yourself, spouse and children under the age of 19. You will be eligible for a discounted trail pass ($10) for each of your snowmobiles if your sleds are registered in the State of Wisconsin. Please note that when applying for the discounted trail pass through the AWSC you will need to provide your snowmobile registration number and your AWSC membership number. If you renew your membership with a local Wisconsin Snowmobile club annually your membership number with the AWSC will remain the same. Your AWSC membership number will be on the address label of your renewal notice. It is also on the address label of the Wisconsin Snowmobile Magazine. In effort to reduce postage costs, membership cards from the AWSC will no longer be sent out except to new members. Suggestion is to take a picture of your AWSC membership number with your phone so you will have a permanent record. Membership can be renewed by filling in the membership form attached to the renewal notice and mailing with payment to the listed address. Or you can go online to fill out the form and pay with your credit card. Please make sure that your mailing address and email address are correct on your renewal form. Once you renew your membership with the Mercer Area Sno-Goers your membership information is sent to the AWSC. This is done once a week. Thus, renewing your membership and getting a discounted trail pass most likely will not be possible the same day. Renewing club membership by September 1st allows ample time to get your trail pass before the 2017-18 season begins. If you have any questions regarding membership with our club please email
And as always, donations are greatly appreciated.
Mercer Area Sno-Goers thanks you for being a member of our snowmobile club and for any support you can provide. We continue to strive to make riding on the trails in the Mercer Area a positive and memorable experience.
FYI: Club membership has approved the purchasing the All Track Groomer

From the President’s desk

March 19, 2017

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.


March 7, 2017

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

February 28, 2017

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

February 23, 2017

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

February 14, 2017

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

February 8, 2017

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

February 6, 2017

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.