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.
We have had allot of snow the last week, trails are in great shape. The trails are the best they have been this year right now. Come and enjoy them just ride safe.
Good News we had between 6″ and 8″ of new snow in the last 24 hours. This snow is wetter and should pack very nice on the trails. They are out grooming right now so by the weekend all of the trails should be groomed. The Bad news is the temps for the weekend are mid 30’s so this will make the trails not so good in a short time. Of course this depends on traffic!
Snow Cover: 6″ – 12″
Trail Conditions: Fair
This past weekend with the amount of snowmobile traffic and warmer weather deteriorated the trails considerably. It’s snowing as I write this and they are calling for 3″ to 6″ which will help some. I will have another post later in the week to fill everyone in conditions after the snow and we get the trails groomed.
What a weekend in the Northwoods, every lodging establishment for miles was sold out and the trails were busy. Thankfully the brutally cold, below zero temperatures, resulted in the trails holding up nicely. We picked up 7 inches of Lake Effect snow in the last 7 days and this set up nicely for a solid base. There is a couple trails that they still haven’t been able to groom due to swamps and open water, 8A and 12 west of 17 to trail 9, but all other trails have been groomed and the flowage has been marked. Overall most riders were very happy with the conditions of the trails and while we always want more snow, the trails for this weekend should follow the same conditions we saw last weekend. Ride Safe!
Things are looking very good with about 6″ of new snow last night in the Mercer area the trails will be improving. The trails will be groomed today and tonight so by morning they should be in very good condition. Trail 12 going west from Mercer has allot of open water spots so ride with caution “everywhere”. The winter blast starts tomorrow 01/16, food, beverages, raffles all day, music, and the Packer Game!
This Monday 01/18 @ 6:30 PM at the groomer barn there will be a drivers meeting. Please let Brian know if you can’t make this meeting.
Winter Blast Poker Run News: The Cranberry Inn is closed so there is no need to go there and get your poker run sheets stamped. Everyone will get one free stamp for the Cranberry Inn, sorry for this inconvenience.
Overall most trails are being groomed and in good condition with 4-7″ of snow cover. Trails improve even more as you head north. The flowage is marked now from Gateway Lodge past Sunken Horse Saloon to Donner’s Bay including the spur heading west to Camp 1. Trail 10/ 10a/ and 12B have been groomed heading to the flowage as well. The rest of the flowage should be marked sometime this week from Donner’s Bay to Springstead landing to Murray’s landing. Temps have been below zero, so things are freezing up nicely. Groomers have not been able to cross the swamp areas yet- but are going to be attempt them in the next couple days. We will keep you posted!
REMINDER: We do have a lot of river systems so do not attempt to ride across any lake without it being marked and be sure to stay along the marked paths.
This Saturday is the Sno-Goers Winter Blast at the groomer barn. Come out and enjoy great food, drinks, vintage Sled show, music, raffles, and FUN! Oh and the Packer Game will be shown on the TV too!
Well we have had some snow since the last posting. Most trails are fair to good because its been cold. The last two nights we have had below zero temps and that’s just what we have needed for the swamps to freeze up. There is some snow in the forcast for this week but not allot. But with the cold by the weekend the tails should be in good condition for the winter blast this weekend. Remember stay off the lakes until they are marked, Ive been told the flowage will start to be marked this week depending on ice conditions. Make sure you stay on the marked trails that’s not only on the lakes but all trails!