Local Trail Report

The White Thunder Rider trails are mostly Good to Excellent at this time, with light snow falling. Groomer volunteers have been out regularly and even with the continued high traffic, the cooler temperatures have helped cement things in. Watch for a small area marked with cones along South Island Lake Road (trail 13) where we have tried to fill an active water area once again. A change in trail position onto the road is planned there today. Also slow down and watch for equipment and icy corners in logging areas. The trail 17 corridor continues to be groomed daily, and several sections multiple times, but this sugar snow just doesn’t set up as nice as the woods trails.
Ride Safe,, Ride Right, Watch for Groomers, Stay on the Trails, and Use Hand Signals.
Please stay on marked ATV/UTV trails and routes as off trail riding is trespassing and can cause loss of trail use. Be aware of changing trail conditions due to wind or rain.

We would like to remind everyone that NOT ALL trails in the Iron County trail system are open year-round. Please follow an Iron County ATV map that shows the Summer trails and routes that are legal for use. We continue to field concerns from land owners and club members, about areas that are being damaged. Please respect these closed areas, and ALL trail boundaries so we can continue to enjoy this great trail system that has taken years to develop.

To help clarify when ATV trails open/close.  Many other counties have hard dates when the open/close their trails.  We don’t. Typically the ATV/UTV trails do not close in the fall.  They just roll right into Snowmobile season.  But there are a few caveats.  When the trails are froze or December 1, whichever comes first, then ATV/UTV use is prohibited if the temperature is 32 degrees or above.  This is in effect until March 31.  ATV/UTV trails close in the spring when the Snowmobile trails close, no later than March 31.  ATV/UTV trails stay closed until spring break-up conditions are good, generally around May 15.

ATV/UTVs need to follow the ATV/UTV map, even in the winter.  Tracks are not allowed on ATV/UTVs on the trails as they do not meet the WDNR definition of an ATV/UTV.  Tracks are allowed on lakes for fishing.

When we get calls from ATV/UTVers  who are looking to come up during deer season, we do caution them that many of our trails are on public and private property that are used for hunting during gun deer season and caution should be used.  Also, we remind winter ATV/UTVers that we get a lot of snow and there are many areas that they may have to get off of the trail when meeting a groomer.

We hope this helps. Thank you for your cooperation.


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