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Ironwood Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report



Watersmeet Area Trail Conditions report provided to you by the Western UP Convention & Visitors Bureau. Visit their website at 
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Wednesday 1/23 12:00pm CST:  We received 5-7″ of new snow since Sunday and there is nothing but SNOW and COLD TEMPS in the forecast!!  We continue to receive complaints about ILLEGAL off-trail riding from Ironwood to Wakefield.  5 Miles east of Wakefield is the 1-million acre Ottawa National Forest that is open to off-trail riding, outside of mapped wilderness zones.  PLEASE do your homework, there is plenty of spots to ride off trail, they just happen to be a few miles OUTSIDE OF TOWN and not in between them.  Pipelines and power lines are NOT public land!    Trails are in great shape, come on up and ride!   Please remember to ride RIGHT, ride TOGETHER, ride SOBER and only off-trail ride where you 100% know it is legal KNOW before you GO.  Please keep speeds and noise low through towns.  This is our 3rd year operating 100% all volunteer grooming staff and with your membership we can continue to do so.  Buy online via link above, click pay with paypal and then you can click to process as a guest with your credit or debit card.  Thank you!!!


Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:

Overall rating:  VERY GOOD

Last groomed 1/22/19.  Packed base 10-14″.  Corners by Walmart get icy as traffic increases.  Please do not ride on side walks near Holiday and try to keep noise down in town.


Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield:

Overall rating:  FAIR to GOOD

Last groomed 1/21/19.  Packed base 5-10″.  Trail gets icy in between grooming runs so please slow down.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO CROSS US HWY 2 IN THE CORRECT LANE OF TRAVEL, DO NOT BLOCK HIGHWAY TURN LANES!  North/East bound riders cross Ramsay Road and proceed with traffic, south bound or west bound riders please cross with traffic as well.  It is a road route, please follow basic rules of the road.  Keep an eye out for icy spots as this tight trail had emergency trail repair work done this fall and that work created drainage issues.  No water holes, but water oozing from the ground ices up the trail.  Conditions change quickly on this section, please do not ride through this tight twisty trail fast.


Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco:

Overall Rating: VERY GOOD

Last groomed 1/22/19.  This trail is a mix of twisty but wide forest roads (13mi) and 12mi of rail bed to Marenisco.  There is logging 3 mi east of Wakefield that has the trail plowed for  3 miles.  The trail will get icy in between grooming runs.  We did groom a path through the Great Lakes Road highline swamp, but be advised off-groomed surfaces will be wet.  Good cold temperatures have allowed us to get the groomer across.  The logging crews left a packed snow base on their road, but after the recent warmth that is likely gone.  YIELD TO LOGGING OPERATION TRAFFIC!  They are working while you are playing, give them space!


Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing:

Overall Rating:  VERY GOOD

Last groomed 1/21/19.  This trail is one of the most heavily traveled trails on our system, but we do try to groom daily.  Fast and wide trail as it is an unplowed county road we use.  It’s a super highway!  Please note Bingo’s is closed and has no gas, travel into Wakefield (1.5mi) and visit our sponsor Holiday for fuel, food and 24-hour trail permits!  This trail will be groomed this evening.


Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):

Overall Rating:  GOOD TO VERY GOOD

Last groomed 1/20/19.  The first 10 miles has some spots where we still need more snow to bury some rocks.  PLEASE stay on the trail through the farm fields.  The next 13 miles is in good to very good condition.  The final 2 miles down to Lake Superior/Saxon Harbor/WISC. TRAIL 3 is thin, this is normal.  This is our most scenic trail and is a treat to ride!  There are several scenic vistas on the trail such as Bald Mountain “NORTH” lookout viewing Madeline Island/ mouth of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior,  the Bald Mountain “SOUTH” lookout viewing Gogebic Range (Powderhorn, Copper Peak), the Montreal River Gorge look out and finally the amazing Superior Falls Waterfall Complex.  Stay on the trail in the farm fields.  Over 25 landowners are involved to make this trail a reality, please respect them and ride responsibly.


11S (Wakefield, MI to Winchester, WI):

Overall Rating:  VERY GOOD

Last Groomed 1/21/19 all the way to the Wisconsin line!  This 17 mile long scenic trail has 2 stop signs and is a wilderness tour.  It provides additional access to Lake Gogebic or Ironwood/Hurley depending on your route.  The southern 3 miles gets thinner, but remains in good condition.  Thank you to the Presque Isle SnoBunnies Snowmobile club whom we groom to in Vilas county.  They have helped communicate conditions of this trail as it is one of the most distant ones from our grooming barn

11N (Wakefield, MI to South boundary Rd/White Pine):  Closed indefinitely.  Seeking local community support with ideas on how to reopen it.  200 yards of private property closed this 25 mile trail.

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