Trail Reports

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.

Trails upgraded to GOOD

January 31, 2017

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

January 27, 2017

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 25, 2017

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.

All Grooming put on hold

January 19, 2017

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.

As of now the trail conditions remain good to very good

January 16, 2017

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.

Trails are beginning to take shape

January 10, 2017

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.