Snowmobile Trail Conditions

Snowmobiling in Bayfield County

Snowmobile in the woods

January 19, 2022

Trail Status:  Open
Condition: Fair to good
Snow Base: 4-10 inches

Conditions across the county are varied. Good news first - the north central part of the county has gotten quite a bit of lake effect snow and trails are in great condition. Groomers are reporting that their trails are in excellent condition in the north. 

Not so great news next -   the southern part of the county is hurting for some snow. There has been heavy traffic (which we love to see!) and not a lot of fresh snow so the trails are suffering. Trails are rideable but there may be exposed rocks, so ride with caution.   

Just a reminder to all to please respect private landowners and stay on the trail. Stay on the trail or stay home!

Some trouble spots to note:

  • The Wally Polk Trail/Trail 40 near Port Wing and Herbster is closed. Flag road is a suitable re-route.
  • Trail 1 to Red Cliff/the Casino is temporarily closed due to a landowner issue. We have a reroute; just waiting for one more landowner permission. We will update as soon as we have it.

Namakagon Trail Groomers: All trails were groomed 1/16 & 17. We have a 2-4" base. Some areas have rocks exposed. Trails are fair to good condition. We NEED snow ~ please start dancing!! :)

Barnes Barnestormers: Due to the lack of snow, high traffic and warm temperatures I’m downgrading the Barnes trails as poor to good. The trails around town are mostly snirt and gravel. They are better as you head north, with good snow on trail 18 and north. The south end of trail 31 going to Sawyer County is poor, with little snow coverage. We will continue to groom what we can, hopefully more snow coming.

Drummond SnoJacks: No new report

Iron River: No new report

Washburn Valhallers: All Washburn area trails in addition to the Moquah Spur will be groomed for the weekend.  This added snow helped so all trails should be in great shape for the weekend.

South Shore – Port Wing, Herbster & Cornucopia: South shore trails will be all groomed by Thursday and in good shape, need more snow by the lake. Trail 3 and 66 are in very good condition.

Links to trail conditions for all types of trails can be found at

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For further information:

Jen Bratsch, Recreation Forester
Bayfield County Forestry & Parks
117 E 5th Street
Washburn, WI 54891
Office: 715-373-6114
Cell: 715-209-3419

additional info:

Sign up to receive text message or email trail condition updates on the county website under "Notify Me." You can also find updates on Snowtracks and view the new Wisconsin Snow Conditions widget at 

General Info:

Order a snowmobile map online or pick one up at area businesses. You can also download the Avenza app (for free) and get the updated Snowmobile Map on your device before you hit the trails – locate yourself on the trail map with GPS so you can see where you are, even with no cell reception! If you’d like to see the sponsor businesses on the same type of map, try the Trail Treker app ($1.99).

Be sure to stop in, warm up and patronize the businesses on our snowmobile map. Their advertising makes it possible to print and distribute the map.