Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

National Forest Reminds Snowmobilers of Safety


By the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) has over 800 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Due to recent, unusual weather in the parts of the Forest, including rain and warm temperatures, standing water is now present on low lying trails and swamp areas. These places are not frozen yet, which creates a hazard for both snowmobiles and groomers. As a result, the Forest has temporarily rerouted or closed trails due to safety and resource concerns.

The Forest partners with clubs and counties to maintain a high quality, diverse trail system throughout northern Wisconsin. “Our partners have done a tremendous amount of work this year to maintain snowmobile trails for the safety of the public” said Melanie Fullman, Medford-Park Falls District Ranger, “Unfortunately, local clubs are reporting numerous snowmobiles getting stuck in swampy sections of trails that are normally frozen. We are concerned for rider safety and trail conditions, and want to let visitors know that low-lying areas, especially lakes, are not safe to ride on at this time” Fullman continued.

For current trail conditions, please check local county websites and the Travel interactive snow report map.

For more information about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, please visit our website.