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Editor’s Column

DESTINATION PLUS Anywhere, everywhere Winter has officially arrived and whether you hanker for zooming across the frozen lake surface on a snowmobile, or making silent tracks on cross-county ski trails, the great Northwoods is the perfect destination for you. There are literally thousands of lakes flush with walleye and northern pike, as well as perch and crappies, for anglers to discover here. (Some in the fraternity, including this scribbler, spend wa-ay too much time hunkered over our underwater video cameras, mesmerized by the northern or muskie mugging for the camera!) Several downhill ski facilities are within a ski pole reach, offering lots of thrills and far less costly than a trip out West. Pair with an

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overnight lodging option, and you have the makings for a great get-away for couples and families. Overlooked sometimes, but offering top-notch entertainment for the entire family are the sled dog races. You can find them in Langlade, Lincoln, Vilas and Bayfield counties. Just listen for the excited barks of the canine athletes just before the gates open! Snowmobile races are very popular, including at the famed World Championship Derby Complex in Eagle River, the “525” races at Wausau, the straightaway drags at St. Germain, sno-cross at Hayward and other venues. Each county, each town has its special charm and offerings for you to explore and enjoy in the land they call “Up North.”

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Map & Index

NORTHEAST REGION Florence County....................................page 6 Forest County.........................................page 8 Marinette County.............................. page 10 Oconto County................................... page 15 Shawano Country.............................. Page 16 NORTHWOODS REGION Iron County.......................................... page 29 Langlade County............................... page 30 Lincoln County................................... page 31 Marathon County.............................. page 35 Oneida County................................... page 36 Price County........................................ page 43 Vilas County......................................... page 44

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NORTHWEST REGION Bayfield County.................................. page 17 Burnett County................................... page 18 Polk County......................................... page 20 Sawyer County................................... page 21 Washburn County............................. page 26 WESTERN U.P. REGION U.P. Michigan................................. page 50-51 EASTERN U.P. REGION Iron County, Michigan..................... page 52

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Florence County Calendar of Events

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Jan. 26 Florence – Ski Lessons for Children: Keyes Peak Ski Hill. Feb. 2 Florence – Chili SkiIn: Lauterman SC Ski Trail.

Florence County XC ski trails

Lake Emily – This cross-country ski trail is groomed for both classical and skate skiing every Thursday during the snow season. The rolling terrain is a medium difficulty experience. You can do a 2.5-mile loop or by adding the south loop you can ski 4 miles through county forestland near Lake Emily.

Hall’s Creek Trail -- The gentle rolling terrain on the Hall’s Creek Trail will allow you to travel 7 miles with a low difficulty rating. Maps of the area are available at the trailhead to ensure that your experience through this forest is a safe one. Or stop by the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center or obtain a map through their website exploreflorencecounty.com by clicking on the maps and brochures tab.

Directions: From Florence go south on State Hwy. 101 and then travel east on County Hwy. D one half mile. The parking lot is on the south side of the road.

Directions: South on County Hwy. N 7.5 miles, west on County Hwy. C 2 miles, north on LaSalle Falls Road 2.5 miles to LaSalle Falls parking lot on right. Trail is across the road.

FLORENCE – When the snow flys in the Northwoods, cross-country skiers turn to Florence County for three ski trails. The Florence County Forestry and Parks Department maintains the Lake Emily and Halls Creek ski trails. The U.S. Forest Service maintains the Lauterman Trail. Updated conditions of these trails can be obtained by calling the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center at 888-889-0049 or going online to skinnyski.com or travelwisconsin.com. Below is a comprehensive list of the three trails that are groomed and tracked.

Lauterman Lake -- The gentle rolling slopes traverse to steep terrain, giving this trail system a medium to high difficulty level as you trek 9 miles through the Nicolet National Forest. You will find the Lauterman Trail to be an exciting experience, which, in the summer, is used by bicyclists who like the difficulty level with its steep terrains. Directions: From Florence take State Hwy. 70 West approximately 8 miles. Turn left into the Lauterman Trail parking area.

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Forest County Calendar of Events

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Feb. 2 Hiles – Pine Lake Fishoree:

Endless possibilities with Forest snowmobile trails COUNTYWIDE – Forest County has 405 miles of state-funded snowmobile trails for riders to explore and enjoy.

Various services, food, lodging and retail stores are available along the trails.

Five snowmobile clubs work throughout the year, but especially during the snow season to ensure they are signed, well maintained and groomed. Those clubs are The 100 Mile Snow Safari, Blackbear Sportsmen’s Club, Lumberjack Memorial Trails (LMT), Three Lakes/Brule Trails, and Tombstone/Pickerel Trails.

The trail systems

The trails run though the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as well as over thousands of acres of county, state and industrial forestlands. With 92% of the land base being forested, the trails take you through endless miles of pristine forests. As always, be respectful and responsible on both public and private property so that you may continue to have these trails.

100-Mile Snow Safari - approximately 150 miles of marked and groomed trails through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, linking all areas of Forest County. Lumberjack Memorial Trails - over 90 miles of trails in central and southern Forest County. These trails link to the 100-Miler as well as the Townsend trails. Three Lakes/Brule Trails - over 80 miles of groomed trails through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, linking northern Forest County to Florence, Vilas and Oneida counties as well as Upper Michigan. Tombstone-Pickerel Trails - over 20 miles of groomed trails in southern Forest County with numerous pit stops and resorts as well as providing a link to the Langlade County trail system. Blackbear Sportsmen’s Club Trails - over 40 miles of groomed trails, linking the Crandon area north and west to trails in Oneida County. For current snow conditions call the Forest County Snowline at 715-478-2024. Additional information is also available at club’s websites. Detailed trail maps are available at by contacting the Forest County Advertising Department at 1-866-722-7292 or at area businesses.

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Forest County Put your ATV or UTV to winter use

state funded ATV trails.

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Development of ATV/UTV trails, routes, and trailheads is always ongoing in Forest County. As a result of the coordination and cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service, Forest County ATV clubs, citizens and townships, Forest County has over 300 miles of ATV/ UTV routes and 47 miles of

The two state trails in Forest County are the Nicolet State Trail and the Wolf River State Trail. The Nicolet State Trail is located in eastern Forest County. It is 32 miles long connecting with Oconto County to the south and Florence County to the north. The Wolf River State Trail is 15 miles long and is located in the central and southern part of the county.

For further information about trail use, contact the Forest County Forestry Department at 715-478-3475.

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Both trails are abandoned railroad corridors that have been surfaced with gravel and are open year round for ATV, UTV, dual-sport motorcycle, and snowmobile use. These state trails are the only snowmobile trails in the county that are open year round to ATV/UTV use.

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Marinette County Calendar of Events Dec. 8 Marinette – Da Santa 5K Speedo Run/Walk: 10am race starts. Jan. 19 Pound – Ice Fishing Derby: White Potato Lake. Jan. 26 Menominee – Da Yooper Winterfest:

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Ice fishing derby marks 30th year POUND – The White Potato Lake Sportsmen’s Club’s 30th annual ice fishing derby will hand out a number of cash prizes to successful anglers on Saturday, Jan. 19. Tournament headquarters is Wouter’s Front II on the shore of White Potato lake. Fish registration is from 8am to 3pm. Cash prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third largest fish in the categories of

northern, bass, walleye, perch, bluegill and crappie. Your derby entry ticket is also your chance to win one of the hourly drawings. For more information, call 920-897-4162. There will be many separate raffles, some with large cash prizes; along with music, hot lunch and refreshments throughout the day and all housed in a large heated tent. Advance tickets can be purchased beginning at 3pm Friday at Wouter’s. There will also be a kids raffle, free for those age 12 and under, with each child going home with a prize. That drawing will be at 2pm and winners must be present to claim the prizes.

Star-studded field at High Falls Radar Run CRIVITZ – The first of three High Falls Radar Runs will take place Saturday, Jan 26 on the High Falls Flowage. The other dates are Feb. 9 and 23. Sponsored by the Twin Bridge Water Ski Team as a fundraiser, the events will present trophies for top speeds in all classes, including non-studded, studded, stock, improved, and modified. Spectators will see antique snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs and more. Registration begins at 8:30am, with racing from 9am to 4pm on the 800-foot track. The Iron Snow Shoe Associate Club will be selling food and refreshments. The radar run site is just off Boat Landing 3 Road, 12 miles northwest of Crivitz. Parking on land is available. The site is also on the Iron Snow Shoe Recreational Trail. For more information call 715-757-3511.

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Marinette to host Da Santa Speedo 5K Run/Walk Run MARINETTE – Costumes are highly encouraged for the Da Santa Speedo 5K Run/Walk set for Saturday, Dec. 8 in Marinette. The River Cities Community Pool is the event sponsor. You don’t have to run or walk, say the sponsors. Skipping and dancing are also options, just as long as you fill the streets with holiday cheer. For more information, visit rivercitiespool.org. The event kicks off with registration at 8:30am, followed by a free “stretch & flex” with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The race itself starts at 10am.

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The registration fee includes an official Da Santa Speedo t-shirt and photo op with Santa. Awards given for the best dressed male and female (red Speedo, garland tutus or favorite ugly Christmas sweater are among their suggestions) and for fastest times male and female.

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MENOMINEE – Next door to Marinette, Menominee is having some fun this winter, as only the Yoopers can. The 10th annual Da Yooper Winterfest will be Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10am to 3pm at Menominee Marina, 920 Doyle Drive. Registration for the antics starts at 9am with the contests starting at 10am, including races, the Da Yooper Plunge – a polar bear type plunge and the “Da Chill-y” cook-off contest.

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Willow Bend Shoppes have a great selection for different shopping needs. We have breakfast/lunch/gelato/ clothing/gifts, wine/party goods, furniture/home decor, specialty cheese/homemade & novelty candies. Each shop is unique in itself, so visiting them all is definitely a must.

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Excellent snowmobile trails in Marinette County

COUNTYWIDE -- Marinette County has over 600 miles of snowmobile trails for you to explore. The trails are scenic, wide, well groomed and clearly marked. The trail system opens anytime after Dec. 15 each year depending on the snow conditions. Marinette County trails are all tied into the statewide system. Many of them will take you right to the doorstep of your resort or other lodging. For more on the trails, visit marinettecosnowtrails. com. They list the following information on their site: The 10 clubs that make up the Marinette County Snowmobile Alliance include eight that maintain 500 miles of funded snowmobile trails, and two that are just riding clubs. Get more information on the trail system by contacting the Marinette Area Chamber of Commerce at (715) 735-6681, or check the snowmobile club and links information below. Snowmobile Clubs

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Dun-Good Riders (Dunbar/Goodman areas in Marinette County) dungood.com. Iron Snowshoe (High Falls & Caldron Falls Flowages of the Peshtigo River/Thunder Mountain/Twin Bridges/Silver Cliff areas in Marinette County) ironsnowshoe.com.

Ranger City Riders (Amberg/Wausaukee areas in Marinette County) rangercityriders.com. River Road Riders (Peshtigo/Marinette/Menominee River/Lake Noquebay/Crivitz/ Wausaukee areas in Marinette County) riverroadriders.org. Pemenee River Riders (Pembine/ Niagara areas in Marinette County) pemeneeriverriders.com. Social Clubs (No Trails)

Kumalong Sno-Riders (Coleman/Pound/Crivitz areas in Marinette County) kumalongsnoriders.com.

Bear Point Snow-Cruisers (Menominee River/Lake Mary areas in Marinette County) bearpointsno-cruisers.org.

Near North Trail Riders (Athelstane area in Marinette County) silvercliff.com.

Low Buck Vintage Riders (Northeast Wisconsin & UP area) newlowbuckvintageriders.com.

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Oconto County Bring out the fun in Oconto County VARIOUS – Oconto County isn’t going to let January slide by without packing in some fun events for residents and visitors to enjoy.

mobile trail.

The Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club’s annual “Bonfire in the Woods” will be Saturday, Jan. 19. The event runs from 11am to 3pm and is held at Intersection #641 on the snow-

Always a fun and family friendly event, it’s complete with free hot dogs, hot chocolate and other trailside goodies. The snow groomer may be there for you to look over and ask the driver questions. Donations will be accepted to support the trail systems in the Townsend area. Contact Gary Wagner at 920-960-6823 for more information.

Also on Saturday, Jan. 26 is the Paul Bunyan Snow Fun Day at Waubee Lake Lodge, 18398 Waubee Park Ln., Lakewood. The Paul Bunyan Riders Snowmobile Club will have a meat raffle starting at 1pm, raffle baskets, and 50-50 raffles throughout the day.

Calendar of Events Jan. 17-19 Lakewood – Women on Snow: Jan. 19 Townsend – “Bonfire in the Woods”: Jan. 26 Suring – Kelly Lake Bed Races: Jan. 26 Lakewood – Paul Bunyan Snow Fun Day: Feb. 9 Doty – Doty Dog Days of Winter: Feb. 16 Townsend – Fish A Ree:

There’s also a fishing derby on any lake from 7am to 4pm. Registration can be done the day before at Pintsch’s Hardware or the Lakewood Bait Shop. Early morning registration will be at Waubee Lake Lodge. Food and beverages will be available. Those taking part in the poker run have to bring in their poker run books by 7pm. The “Big Ticket” drawing will be at 8pm, but you need not be present for that. For more information call 715850-0264 or 715-340-8824.

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Then on Saturday, Jan. 26 it’s the Kelly Lake bed races on the ice! Teams are urged to register at Walker’s Kraken Shack, 9388 County Rd. G,

Suring, no later than Jan. 19th. The event starts at noon at Walker’s Kraken Shack. Cost is $25 per 5-person team, must be 18 years old. For more information call 920-842-4554.

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Shawano Country Calendar of Events

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Nov. 30-Dec. 31 Tigerton – Festival of Trees: Dec. 8 Shawano – Christmas Craft Sale: Dec. 29 Shawano – Ice Fishing Derby: Shawano Lake. Jan. 19 Operation Tip-Up Fishing Derby: Shawano Lake.

Ice fishing derbys set on Shawano Lake SHAWANO – Anglers will want to mark their calendars for a couple of hard water fishing tournaments on Shawano Lake. The Bonduel Lions’ 50th annual ice fishing derby will be Saturday, Dec. 29 with fishing on Shawano Lake. Headquarters is at Bamboo Bar, W58884 Cedar Ct., Shawano Lake. Fishing hours are 7am to 4pm, with cash prizes for various fish categories to be awarded. There is also a raffle drawing. There will be a meat raffle in the afternoon and cash raffle drawings beginning at 6pm. Fishing derby tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and are available at various outlets, including bait shops and taverns. A drawing from the fishing derby tickets will net the winner $500. For more information, call 715-758-2141. The fourth annual Operation Tip-Up Ice Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Jan. 19 (this weekend is also Wisconsin’s free fishing weekend – no license needed) out of Cecil Bay on Lake Shawano. Registration is at 7am with fishing at 9am and final fish registration at 3pm. Anglers will compete to haul in the largest northern pike, walleye, bass, perch, crappie and bluegill in two divisions: adult and under 15. Prizes will be awarded for the top three places for each species. Go to hooahinc.org for more information. Raffles will be held after the event at The Main Event banquet hall, including for a 2019 CF Moto 800 ATV courtesy of American Marine and Motor Sports. On Friday, Jan. 18, Brian “Bro” Brosdahl of the “Bro Road Show” and Trophy Strike will conduct free seminars at The Main Event banquet hall from 4-9pm. Pro staffers will share tips and techniques for hard and open water fishing, suggested gear, as well as an open forum discussion.

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SEELEY – Compete or tour. Or both, if you decide to race the Seeley Hills Classic Ski on Saturday, Jan. 12 and follow it up by skiing the non-competitive Birkie Trail Tour on Sunday, Jan. 13. Both events start at Seeley. The Classic Ski features classical technique 42K and 22K races in an out-and-back format with a start time at 10am at the Hwy. OO warming building on the Birkie Trail. Online registration available at seeleyhillsclassic.com The Seeley Hills Classic is the second-largest annual classic cross-country ski event on the Birkebeiner Trail. The 42K race is sanctioned by the US Ski & Snowboard and is an American Birkebeiner qualifying race. The marathon race also connects some of the biggest cross-country ski events across the region, as the Seeley Hills Classic is the first of six races in the CXC Marathon Cup series. The Penman Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers of both the male and female divisions of the 42K race: $1,000 for first, $250 for second and $125 for third.

Birkie Tour

The Birkie Tour will begin at the American Birkebeiner trailhead. Park, start, and finish in the same location. The three recommended distance options are the 47 km, 28 km and 16 km. The Birkie Tour is an untimed, “open-track” style event on a loop course up to 47 km. Spend the day skiing with family and friends with a morning start time window, aid stations along the trail, and food and beverage at the start/finish when you’re done. You can get credit for skiing a Worldloppet event. Registration available at Birkie.com. Onsite registration and bib pick up in the Great Hall at the Birkie trailhead from 8am until 9am. Skiers may depart from the Birkie Trailhead between 9am and 10am. There is a discount for signing up for both the Birkie Tour and the Seeley Classic.

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Seeley Hills Ski Classic, Birkie Trail Tour

Dec. 7-8 Cable – Christmas in Cable: Dec. 8 Bayfield – Santa & Mrs. Claus Arrive on the Ferry: Dec. 15 Cable – Christmas Bird Count: Jan. 13 Cable – BirkieTour: Jan. 19 Cable – Ice Fishing Tournament: Jan. 26 Washburn – Winter Triathlon: Feb. 2 Bayfield – Summit Nordic Ski Race: Mt Ashwabay. Feb. 2-3 Bayfield – Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race: Feb. 10 Cable – North End Classic XC Ski Race: Feb. 16 Iron River – Northern Pines Sled Dog Race: Feb. 16 Drummond – Drummond Bar Stool Races: Feb. 17 Washburn – Bike Across the Bay: Feb. 24 Bayfield – King & Queen of the Mountain: Mt. Ashwabay.

Overall winners of the 42K and 22K races will receive an award, as well as the top two in each age class plus the wooden ski class. Awards will be presented and raffle prizes drawn following the race at the Sawmill Saloon. Winners of the 42K receive cash awards in first, second and third place for men and women’s divisions. Age class winners in both races will receive pottery plates produced by Eckels Pottery of Bayfield. The first 500 skiers registered will receive a Swix classic ski hat, and each finisher receives a bowl of soup and roll at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley after the race, where awards and raffle prize drawings will be held.

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Burnett County Calendar of Events

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Dec. 8 Danbury – Christmas at the Forts: Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. Feb. 23 Siren -- The Whopper Ice Fishing Contest:

Winter riding the ATV/UTV trails in Burnett County COUNTY-WIDE – There’s no reason to put your ATV or UTV away when the snow flies in Burnett County. In addition to the 56 miles of summer ATV/UTV trails, Burnett County boasts 87 miles of “frozen ground” ATV/UTV trails and 130 miles of winter ATV/UTV trails. Additional miles of ATV/UTV routes provide connections to its neighboring counties of Douglas and Washburn. ATVs/UTVs are not allowed on the Gandy Dancer Trail except from Dec. 1 through March 31 once trails are officially open. Of course, all ATVs/UTVs must be registered or licensed. Certain county roads have segments open to ATV/UTV travel; check with townships you plan to ride in for additional information. From Dec. 1 through March 31, ATVs are allowed on state-funded winter trails when a four-inch groomed snow-base is present and trails have been officially opened. If there’s no snow, the frozen ground ATV winter trail will be open for use once the ground is frozen. Along the routes and trails, the blue blazers indicate winter-use ATV/UTV trail. Green blazers indicate the frozen ground ATV/UTV winter trail. If you have questions, contact the Burnett County Forest and Parks Department at 715-349-2157.

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Celebrate the holidays with ‘Christmas at the Forts’ DANBURY – If you missed the opening weekend (Dec. 1-2) of Christmas at the Forts, there’s one more opportunity. But it’s just around the corner – on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11am to 5pm.

Warm up outside with cocoa, a hot dog, popcorn or warm up inside with home-cooked wild rice soup or chili. Take care of that nice person on your Christmas list with a unique present from the gift shop. Admission is free, but some events such as sleigh rides, face painting and treats carry a fee. For more information about the event, visit theforts.org or call 715866-8890. Stop by Dec. 9 to vote for your favorite drawing in the 4th grade art contest. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is located on 80 wooded acres along the Yellow River. The park is a living history site with fur trade posts reconstructed at the actual site known to be active from 1802-05. The Burnett County Historical Society operates the park, a National Register of Historic Places site.

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Held at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park near Danbury, the event includes horse-drawn sleigh rides, a North Pole visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live holiday music performed by local musicians, storytelling by Angelique, and affordable shopping and activities for children only at the Elves’ Store.

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Polk County Calendar of Events

‘Lights in the Park’ at Turtle Lake will dazzle you TURTLE LAKE – Experience the magic of the holiday season with a visit with family and friends to Turtle Lake for their “Christmas Lights in the Park” extravaganza. Plan a trip to the Lights in the Park with some local Christmas shopping and dining in mind.

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Dec. 2-Jan. 1 Turtle Lake – Christmas Lights in the Park: Dec. 15 Cushing – Santa in Cushing: Photos & treats. Dec. 15 Frederic -- Christmas at Larsen Auto: 10am to 1pm, sleigh rides and Santa. Dec. 15 St. Croix Falls – Solstice Chase: Bike race. Jan. 26 Frederic – Winter Fishing Contest: Jan. 26 Frederic – Winter Fun Day: Jan. 27 Amery – Ice Fishing Contest:

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The Turtle Lake Lions Club’s 2018 holiday display in Turtle Lake Village Park (227 Maple St. North) will once again glitter for all to enjoy throughout the month of December until Tuesday, Jan. 1. Lights remain lit each evening from dusk until 11pm. The displays include a wide variety of Christmas lights, props and other visually striking holiday themes. Admission is free and you can either stroll through the park or drive your vehicle to view them.


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Angling for some prizes?

Pat’s Landing is hosting its seventh annual Tipper Tourney on the west side of the famed Chippewa Flowage on Saturday, Jan. 5. Door prizes and prizes for longest northern and largemouth bass and for the combined length of the two species. For more information, call Kris at 715-945-2511 or visit patslandingresort. com. On Saturday, Jan. 19 is the Northland Area Builders Association’s ninth annual Ice Fishing Event on Nelson Lake. Register anytime from 8am to 2pm at the Nelson Lake public boat landing. Adults $10, children (14 and under) $5. For every non-perishable food item donated, receive one free raffle ticket. First 40 kids will receive a tip-up courtesy of S.C.O.P.E. and one lucky kid will receive a fish finder. Cash and raffle prizes, including an ice fishing package. For more information contact NABA at 715-296-7881

Door prizes, 50/50 raffle, grand prize. There are other prizes for fish caught. Free fish fry lunch on Sunday, at noon. For more information call 715-462-3328 or visit deerfootlodge.com. Discounts for early registration.

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HAYWARD & CABLE – Anglers will be competing for prizes and bragging rights in a number of upcoming ice fishing contests in Sawyer and Bayfield counties. We hooked four of them for a review, but there’s more out there to catch. Visit the Hayward Chamber of Commerce website for updates.

Dec. 8 Hayward – Light Your Engines Parade: 6pm. Jan. 5 Hayward -- Tipper Tourney: Pat’s Landing. Jan. 12 Hayward – Seeley Hills Classic Ski Event: Jan. 19 Sawyer – NABA Ice Fishing Event: Feb. 2 Winter – Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe Hike: Feb. 2-3 Hayward – Crappie Ice Fishing Contest: Feb. 9 Hayward – Lions Pre-Birkie: Feb. 16 Hayward – WNW Family Ice Fishing Contest: Feb. 21-23 Hayward – American Birkebeiner:

The ninth annual Fishing Contest sponsored by Staudemeyer’s Four Seasons Resort will be Saturday, Jan 19. The resort is located 44705 Birch Point Rd., Cable. Fishing will be on Lake Namakagon, including Garden and Jackson. Registration fee is $15. You must register at Four Seasons prior to fishing. Fish categories include walleye, northern, and panfish, including perch and crappie. For more information call 715-798-2346 or visit 4seasonsresort.net. The seventh annual “Freeze Your Buns Off” Crappie Ice Fishing Tournament will be the weekend of Feb. 2-3, with fishing anywhere on the Chippewa Flowage. Tournament headquarters is the Deerfoot Lodge & Resort, 8534 N Deerfoot Rd., Hayward.

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Snocross race set at Hayward

HAYWARD – The Great Northern Sno-X Series will bring exciting snowmobile snocross racing to Hayward the weekend of Jan. 12-13.

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The Hayward 300 SnoCross Races will be held at the Seven-

winds Casino, Lodge and Convention Center. For more information, visit gnssracing.com/hayward. There are classes for everyone from trail riders to Pro AM. There will be onsite heated concessions and vending.

Flambeau River Candlelight Ski and Hike WINTER -- Get outside this winter and enjoy lighted trails at the Flambeau River State Forest. There’s no better opportunity to do so than the 27th annual Flambeau River candlelight ski and hike on Saturday, Feb. 2. Hours are 6-9pm. A 1.8-kilometer loop of the Flambeau Hills Trail will be groomed, tracked and brightly lit with more than 600 glowing candles. The trail winds through the heart of the forest and is wide enough for diagonal striders and skate skiers. Hiking and snowshoeing are also welcomed on the trail during this event.

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Picnic tables and a large grill will be available, with refreshments and snacks provided. There will also be large warming fires maintained throughout the night. Trail pass fees are waived during the event. This event will take place regardless of snow conditions -- if there is no snow, take a candlelight walk. The Flambeau Hills Trailhead is located on County Highway W, about 21 miles west of Phillips and 15 miles east of Winter.


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Don’t miss the ‘Light Your Engines’ parade

HAYWARD – Rumor has it that the “Light Your Engines” parade in Historic Downtown Hayward is Santa’s favorite, according to the sponsors of this A “Lure” of Lights event set for Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade and other events listed below are part of the annual A “Lure” of Lights promotion – a series of family-oriented events spectacularly set against the backdrop of a downtown ablaze in thousands and thousands of Christmas lights! (Lights turn on at dusk each evening.)

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The parade begins at 6pm on Main Street. The parade will include various lighted vehicles, including snowmobiles, ATVs and tractors. Downtown Hayward is where you will want to be again on Saturday, Dec. 15 for “Hot Chocolate Crawl Round 2.” From 11am to 4pm, you can visit downtown area businesses in search of Hay-

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Spooner welcomes all to Jack Frost Festival SPOONER – Enjoy a winter day with family at the Jack Frost Festival held at Spooner City Park and downtown Spooner on Saturday, Feb. 2. Hours are 8am to 4pm. Admission to the festival is free, but a couple events carry a fee for participation. The frosty fun includes a pond hockey tournament, ice fishing tournament on the nearby Yellow River Flowage, open skating, antique snowmobile show and ride, snowshoe jaunt, fat bike demonstrations, turkey bowling, rib & chili contest, bonfire and s’mores bar, minnow races and other great family events. Check spoonerchamber.org for updates on times and events. Call 715-520-6169 to register for the pond hockey tournament. Hours of the ice-fishing contest are from 8am to noon with registration beginning at 7:30am on the ice. There is a $5 entry fee for all the antique and classic snowmobiles you wish to bring. Registration starts at 10am, trophies awarded at 1:30pm and the ride begins at 2pm.

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Untarnished lakes and lush forests reach out in all directions, with the community of Conover being the focal point. Located just 9 miles north of Eagle River and 9 miles south of the Wisconsin-Michigan border, Conover is the ideal location to enjoy the true “Northwoods”. Come to Conover and experience a way of life that is refreshing and exciting, yet restful and rewarding. Whether it’s fishing a “hot spot” on our one of many lakes, hiking or biking through a dazzling panorama of autumn colors, or skiing or snowmobiling our picturesque forests, year-round Conover is your starting point of ADVENTURE!

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Calendar of Events...................4-5 Northwoods Blizzard Blast ........ 6 Taste of Conover ......................... 7 Town History .............................. 7 Conover Area Trails ................8-9 Recreational Map ..................... 10 Hiking & Biking ....................... 11 Bird & Wildlife Watching & Photography ............................. 11

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing ....................... 12 Snowmobiling........................... 12 Equestrian................................. 13 Hunting..................................... 13 ATV & UTV .............................. 14 Off-Highway Motorcycle .......... 14 Lakes & Waterways ................... 15 Paddling .................................... 15

Fishing & Boating ..................... 16 Beaches & Parks........................ 17 Geocaching ............................... 17 Camping & Campgrounds ..18-19 Forests ....................................... 19 Golfing ...................................... 20 Business Directory ..............20-21 Advertisers ...........................22-23

Photos contributed by: Dolly Burlage, Colleen Carter, Gary Croisatiere, Dawn Finch, and Perry & Joan Renberg

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2019 Calendar of Events JANUARY 26TH - SOUP & CHILI COOK OFF: Make a donation and taste delicious samples of soup and chili and place your vote for the best chef. Proceeds benefit the Conover snowmobile trail system. TIME: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm LOCATION: Dublin Sports Bar & Grill | 4394 Twin Overlook, Conover CONTACT: Conover Sno-Buddies | www.conoversnobuddies.com

FEBRUARY 2ND - ICE FISHING CLASSIC: Join us for our annual ice fishing tournament. Enjoy food, beverages, and drawings for prizes.  The largest fish wins in each category.  Come on out for a day of fun on the ice. TIME: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm LOCATION: Pioneer Lake | Pioneer Landing Rd, Conover CONTACT: Conover Fire & EMS | 715-477-2036 10TH - WINTER FROLIC: Come join us for some sledding fun at the 60thAnnual Winter Frolic. The Conover Sno-Buddies Snowmobile Club will be giving the kids rides up the hill in a sleigh. Sledding races at 1:00pm.  Food and beverages. Heated indoor shelter.  Fun for the whole family! TIME: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm LOCATION:  Conover Town Park | 4689 Park Circle, Conover CONTACT:  Conover Lions Club | Lenny & Kathy Johnson | 715-477-0575 16TH - 25thANNUAL GREAT NORTHERN JERK OFF: Jerky making competition. Come join us and sample the entries. All proceeds go to Warm the Children TIME:  5:30 pm – 8:00 pm LOCATION:  Club 45 Bar & Grill | 4800 Old 45 Rd, Conover CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson | 715-477-0575 16TH - NORTHWOODS BLIZZARD BLAST: Winter fun for everyone! Snowshoe baseball, horse drawn sleigh rides, recliner races, snow sculpting competition, ice bowling, pony rides, dog sled dash, youth archery and snowboard / snowshoe demos. Plus we will have an artisan bazaar, warming fires on site, and food and beverages. Proceeds benefit area Fire & EMS departments. TIME:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm LOCATION:  Conover Town Park | 4679 Park Circle, Conover CONTACT: www.blizzard-blast.com northwoodsblizzardblast@gmail.com

MARCH 3 - KIDS FISHEREE: Ice fishing fun for kids of all ages. Holes will be pre drilled and bait provided. Poles available if needed. Trophies for biggest crappie, bluegill, and perch. The largest fish of the day (crappie, bluegill or perch only) will be mounted by Lax Taxidermy.  Free hot dogs and hot cocoa for the kids. TIME:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm LOCATION:  Club 45 Bar & Grill | Denton Lake | 4800 Old 45 Rd, Conover CONTACT:  Conover Lions Club | Lenny & Kathy Johnson | 715-477-0575 RD

17TH - CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE DINNER: Come join us on St Patrick’s Day and enjoy a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner. Proceeds benefit the Conover snowmobile trail system. TIME:  4:30 pm LOCATION:  Club 45 Bar & Grill | 4800 Old 45 Rd, Conover CONTACT: Conover Sno-Buddies | www.conoversnobuddies.com

MAY 18 - NORTHWOODS DOUBLES THROWDOWN: 18 hole Disc Golf Tournament. Tournament benefits the Callie Rohr Foundation, Inc., funding research for pediatric brain cancer. $25 entry fee includes lunch. TIME:  8:00 am registration  LOCATION:  Rohr’s Wilderness Tours | 5230 Razorback Rd, Conover CONTACT: Jeff & Marcia Rohr | 715-547-3639 | 715-617-1593 715-617-1870 TH

25TH - CHAIN SKIMMERS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SHOW: Watch skilled water skiers perform awesome tricks, jumps, flips and other amazing stunts. TIME: 5:00 pm LOCATION: Lake Pleasant | 5280 Hwy 45 North, Conover CONTACT: Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team | 715-891-8573

JUNE 11 - CHAIN SKIMMERS WATER SKI SHOW: First show of the season. Watch skilled water skiers perform awesome tricks, jumps, flips and other amazing stunts. TIME: 7:00 pm LOCATION: Lake Pleasant | 5280 Hwy 45 North, Conover CONTACT: Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team | 715-891-8573 TH

16TH - TAKE A KID FISHING: Free fishing for kids. Each registrant has a chance to catch trout which will be cleaned, bagged and ready to take home. There will be food, raffles, prizes and the largest trout will be mounted by Lax Taxidermy. TIME: 11:00 am– 3:00 pm LOCATION: Lake Itsy Bitsy | Conover Town Park | 4689 Park Circle, Conover CONTACT: Conover Lions Club |Lenny & Kathy Johnson | 715-477-0575 22ND - CALLIE ROHR MEMORIAL CANOE & KAYAK RACE: 14mile one-day canoe and kayak race on the historic Headwaters of the Wisconsin River. Benefits the Callie Rohr Foundation, Inc., funding research for pediatric brain cancer. TIME: Breakfast at 8:00 am | Race at 10:00 am LOCATION:  Rohr’s Wilderness Tours | 5230 Razorback Rd, Conover CONTACT:  Jeff & Marcia Rohr | 715-547-3639 | 715-617-1593 715-617-1870 30TH - TASTE OF CONOVER: Come sample delicious specialty foods from our area businesses. Great food, live music, and games for the children. TIME: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm LOCATION: Conover Town Park | 4689 Park Circle, Conover CONTACT: Conover Chamber of Commerce | 715-479-4928 www.conover.org conover.org@gmail.com

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JULY 4TH - INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & PICINIC IN THE PARK: Come enjoy the parade and then head to the Conover Town Park for the picnic. Enjoy food, refreshments, music, kid games with prizes, bounce house, and dunk tank. Fun for the whole family. TIME: Parade - 1:00 pm | Picnic - 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm LOCATION: Parade - Town Road Picnic - Conover Town Park | 4689 Park Circle, Conover CONTACT: Parade - Conover Chamber of Commerce | 715-479-4928 www.conover.org | conover.org@gmail.com Picnic - Conover Lions Club | Lenny & Kathy Johnson 715-477-0575 7th - PANCAKE BREAKFAST: All you can eat pancakes and sausage with beverages. Door prizes and 50/50 raffles. Proceeds benefit Conover Fire Department and EMS. TIME: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm LOCATION: Conover Community Center | 4665 Hwy K East, Conover CONTACT: Conover Fire Department & EMS | 715-477-2036 12TH - GRACEFUL WAKES ADAPTIVE WATER SKI CLINIC: Graceful Wakes and the Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team will be hosting a free adaptive water ski clinic. The clinic is open to children and adults with disabilities (ages 6 and up). On-site registration begins at 9:00 am and skiing will continue until 3:00 pm. Lunch, tubing, and pontoon rides will also be provided. Space is limited so pre-register now TIME: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm LOCATION: Lake Pleasant | 5280 Hwy 45 North, Conover CONTACT: grace@gracefulwakes.com 20th - DON GILLUM MEMORIAL BIKE/ HIKE: Participants can enjoy a bike ride or a walk on the Conover-Phelps Trail and join together in honoring the memory of Don Gillum, a valued Great Headwaters Trail volunteer and well-respected member of the Northwoods community. TIME: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm LOCATION: Conover Town Park | 4679 Park Circle, Conover CONTACT: Great Headwaters Trails Foundation | 715-617-0080 ghtrails.org | ghtrails@gmail.com

AUGUST 17 - CHAIN SKIMMERS WATER SKI SHOW: Last show of the regular season. Watch skilled water skiers perform awesome tricks, jumps, flips and other amazing stunts. TIME: 7:00 pm LOCATION: Lake Pleasant | 5280 Hwy 45 North, Conover CONTACT: Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team | 715-891-8573 TH

14TH - SEPTIMBER RIDE: Join us for a fun scenic ride through Eagle River to Three Lakes on the beautiful Three Eagle Trail or for a picturesque 50K loop road ride through eastern Vilas County from Eagle River towards Conover and back. These rides will both start and finish at the Tribute Brewing Company. All riders are encouraged to return to the Tribute Brewing Company at the end of the day for the brat picnic with all the fixings and many door prizes. Proceeds from this ride will support the Great Headwaters Trails Foundation in the development of bike trails for eastern Vilas County. TIME: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm LOCATION: Tribute Brewing Company | 1106 N Bluebird Rd, Eagle River CONTACT: Great Headwaters Trails Foundation | 715-617-0080 ghtrails.org | ghtrails@gmail.com

OCTOBER 31 - HALLOWEEN PARTY: Children’s games and prizes. Costume judging. TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm LOCATION: Conover Community Center | 4665 Hwy K East, Conover CONTACT: Conover Lions Club | Lenny & Kathy Johnson | 715-477-0575 st

RECURRING EVENTS CHAIN SKIMMERS WATER SKI SHOWS: Watch water skiers perform awesome tricks, jumps, flips and other amazing stunts. TIME: Shows every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7:00 pm

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Special Memorial Day Weekend Show: Sat. May 25th @ 5:00 pm First Show of the Season: Tues. June 11th @ 7:00 pm Graceful Wakes Adaptive Water Ski Clinic: Fri. July 12th @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Special Water Ski Show: Wed. July 17th @ 7:00 pm at Wild Eagle Lodge No Water Ski Shows: Thurs. July 18th & Sat. July 20th - Chain Skimmers compete at State Water Ski Show Competition Last Show of the Season: Sat. August 17th @ 7:00 pm Special Labor Day Weekend Show: Sat. August 31st @ 5:00 pm LOCATION: Lake Pleasant | 5280 Hwy 45 North, Conover CONTACT: Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team | 715-891-8573

31ST - CHAIN SKIMMERS WATER SKI SHOW: Special Labor Day weekend show. Watch skilled water skiers perform awesome tricks, jumps, flips and other amazing stunts. TIME: 5:00 pm LOCATION: Lake Pleasant | 5280 Hwy 45 North, Conover CONTACT: Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team | 715-891-8573

SEPTEMBER 8 - NORTHWOODS THROWDOWN: 18 hole Disc Golf Tournament. Tournament benefits the Callie Rohr Foundation, Inc., funding research for pediatric brain cancer. $25 entry fee includes lunch. TIME:  8:00 AM registration  LOCATION:  Rohr’s Wilderness Tours | 5230 Razorback Rd, Conover CONTACT: Jeff & Marcia Rohr | 715-547-3639 | 715-617-1593 715-617-1870 TH

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Northwoods Blizzard Blast A Flurry of Winter Fun Planned for the Northwoods Blizzard Blast

(Conover, WI) The 6th annual Northwoods BLIZZARD BLAST is planned for Sat., Feb. 16 at the Conover Park. Featuring activities for winter enthusiasts of all ages, the event is sure to entertain both participants and spectators alike. Children will revel in the Dogsled Dash event as well as face painting and pony rides. Chilly Charlie’s Children’s Carnival features winter games with prizes for all children. Children will also enjoy creating art in the snow as well as sledding and skating. Giant Ski Races will challenge a group of four to ski together and stay in sync and upright while strapped to a pair of 18 foot long custom made skis. Recliner Races, Ice Bowling and Slap Shot Hockey will be held on the ice rink in the center of the park. The baseball diamond will host the Snowshoe Baseball games. Demonstration and instruction in snowshoeing and archery will be held throughout the day. For a more serene activity, climb aboard a Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride. Rides will depart the park every 15 minutes and travel through scenic forest lands. Activities on the park grounds kick off at 10:00am and end at 4:00pm. There is no admission fee to the park. Single event tickets are available for purchase for those who want to get in on the action. Proceeds raised at the event go to area Fire & EMS departments. For more information, visit www.blizzard-blast.com, Facebook or call 715-547-8120. Sandwiches, S’mores, snacks, and refreshments are available all day. Warming bonfires and heated restrooms are located throughout the park.

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The Northwoods Blizzard Blast Artisan Bazaar is held the same day from 9:00am until 4:00pm in the Conover Community Center adjacent to the park. Handcrafted winter wear, seasonal crafts and jewelry will be showcased. Try tasty samplings of artisan breads, dips, cheeses and candy and take home your favorites. Wildlife art, hand carved wooden creations and chainsaw carvings will also be featured.

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The Taste of Conover Not Just a “Taste” It’s hard to believe that a small town in Northern Wisconsin can have some of the best restaurants in the state. About twelve years ago members of the Town of Conover decided to put together a “Taste of Conover” to introduce the area to what they consider, great food! The restaurants jumped at the chance to have people taste their specialty items. The Taste of Conover was set up in the town park with live music, tents to get out of the sun, activities for kids, and the great aroma of delicious food. Apparently, that was all that was needed – everyone turned out. One thing about Conover, they don’t do anything in a small way. People expected “a taste” and came away with a plate full. And, there were 15 different vendors, so, of course, everyone had to try everything. NO ONE went away hungry. Lots of beverages were consumed to wash down the food. Kids had butter dripping off their chins from the slow roasted corn on the cob (made for a very slippery day for them in the bounce house). Other kids took turns in the dunk tank – a great way to cool off on a hot day. AND, the food was sold out quickly.

Now, twelve years later, people come from all over the state, the last Sunday in June, to the “Taste of Conover”. People have told us that they plan their vacation around the event because Conover actually has some of the best food in the state. Lots of improvements have been made. Lots more food. Serving trays are provided so everyone can carry lots of food items to their favorite spot under the tent to listen to music, have a beverage or two, and go back for more. The kids are still enjoying it all. You can find almost any type of food, a lot locally grown, some gluten free, some organic, something for everyone. It has become a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the park, tummies full, containers to go, and smiling faces. Conover may be a SMALL town in northern Wisconsin, but it sure provides a BIG quench to your appetite. Join us at the next “Taste of Conover” on Sunday, June 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Guaranteed – you won’t go away hungry!

Town History The man for whom our town is named is Seth H. Conover, who came from Plymouth, Wisconsin, and was a prominent cheese buyer. Conover’s hobbies were fishing and hunting. He came to the Northwoods on the logging trains that the timber industry used to get wood to the mills of Central and Southern Wisconsin.

Seth Conover became quite friendly with some of the officials of the CNW Railroad and went on hunting and fishing trips with them. He was familiar with our area and felt that the location of present Conover was as close as possible to Big Twin Lake where he enjoyed fishing. After stopping at the same place for several years, the railroad men began referring to it as Conover’s Place and decided to build a station there. In time it was formally designated Conover on the railroad maps. In 1891, seventy-three acres of land were deeded to Seth Conover on Big Twin Lake and later became Lakota Resort. Guests to the resort were met at the rail station in Conover by a team and wagon for transport. Tourists came from the city and stayed for the season. On January 3, 1907, the town of Conover was formally set aside from the town of Eagle River. Conover is truly a wonderful place to visit because of its natural beauty and rich past. Visit our town’s website: www.townofconover.com and read the entire story of our past.

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Conover Area Trails TRAIL KEY Biking

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Conover-Phelps Trail

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/rail-trail/ Length: 7.6 miles The Conover-Phelps Trail will shortly connect its two namesake communities along the former Chicago & North Western Railroad, providing views of woodlands and wetlands along the way. The Conover-Phelps Trail is a mixed trail surface. Recently completed at the west end of the trail starting at the Conover Town Park are 3.2 miles of hard surface for biking and walking along with three scenic water crossings in its first few miles. From Muskrat Creek Road east to the trailhead, find 8.5 miles total of hard surface trails ideal for hiking and mountain biking. Parking and Trail Access: A parking lot and restrooms are available on the west end of the trail in the Conover Town Park at 4679 Park Circle in Conover.

Decker Lake Trails

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/decker-lake-trail/ Length: 4.5 miles This trail features rolling terrain and meanders through stands of aspen, oak, and pine. The Decker Fire Lane is mowed on a three-year rotation and is not plowed during the winter. Parking and Trail Access: From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy K in Conover, continue west on County Hwy K approximately 5 miles to Decker Lake Fire Lane. Turn south on Decker Lake Fire Lane to various parking areas.

Deep Lake Trails

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/deep-lake-trails-2/ Length: 6 miles Range Line Lake Fire Lane divides this trail system. Terrain is level and winds through stands of aspen, pine, and northern hardwoods. There are ADA compliant picnic sites at Range Line Lake and Deep Lake. Range Line Lake also has a carry-in canoe launch. There is a disabled accessible fishing pier at Deep Lake. Deep Lake Road is part of the Vilas County Snowmobile Trail System and is not accessible by vehicles during the winter season. Parking and Trail Access: From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy G north of Eagle River, continue west on County Hwy G approximately 1.25 miles to Croker Road. Turn north on Croker Road and continue about 2 miles to Deep Lake Road and the first of several parking areas.

Conover is your starting point of adventure on our trails year round. Explore and enjoy our lush forests, and scenic lakes and waterways on your ATV, bicycle, off highway motorcycle, skis, snowmobile, snowshoes, on horse-back, or by foot. Take the scenic route. Adventure awaits here in Conover!

Eagle River – Land O’ Lakes Bike Route

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/eagle-river-land-olakes-bike-route/ Length: 22 miles This route connects Eagle River with the Land O’Lakes Bike Trail in Land O’Lakes. The route follows quiet forested roads and lakes along the way. The ride is relatively easy with some gentle hills. There is an opportunity for food and rest about halfway along the route. Parking and Trail Access: From the intersection of Highway 45 and County Highway G on the north side of Eagle River, continue west on County Highway G approximately .3 mile to Adams Road and a parking area (Oldfield Park) on the south side of Highway G.

Heart Lake Trail

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/heart-lake-trail/ Length: 4.9 miles The terrain is level to rolling. Timber types in this area are predominately aspen, jack pine and red pine. Heart Lake Road is part of the Vilas County Snowmobile Trail System and is not accessible by vehicles during the winter season. Parking and Trail Access: From Conover, continue west on County Hwy K approximately 2 miles to County Hwy S. Turn north about 1.5 miles and watch for the Heart Lake Trail signs on the east side of the road.

Langley Lake Trails

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/langley-lake-trails/ Length: 15.7 miles This extensive trail system for hiking and hunting in the Vilas County Forest features gently undulating terrain of stands of aspen, oak and pine. A segment of trail on the northern edge of the trail system is disabled accessible for hunting. No parking areas are plowed in the winter. Parking and Trail Access: From Conover, take County Hwy K west approximately 7 miles to a parking area at Langley Lake Road just before the intersection with East Laura Lake Road.

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. — Gary Snyder

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Ski Hill Trails

Muskrat Creek Trail

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/muskrat-creek-trail/ Length: 6 miles The terrain is gently rolling through stands of aspen, pine and oak. This area is adjacent to a Spruce Grouse Management Area. Fire Lane Road and Muskrat Creek Road are town roads which are plowed through the winter season. The southern segment of this trail system is part of the Vilas County Snowmobile Trail System. Parking and Trail Access: From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy K in Conover, continue east on County Hwy K approximately 2 miles to Muskrat Creek Road. Turn north on Muskrat Creek Road and continue about 1 mile to the start of parking areas.

Pioneer Creek Cross-Country Ski Trail Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/pioneer-ski-trail/ Length: Various lengths This 1.5 ski trail via access at the Conover Town Park (which has picnic tables, a playground, ADA accessible heated bathrooms and a plowed parking area in winter) is connected by a newly created .6mile connector to the Pioneer Creek Trail system oering additional trail loops for cross-country skiing. The trails are mostly rolling hills for novice and intermediate ski level (some steeper hill climbs at the gravel pit road and the two-way trail to Pioneer Creek Trail). The trail loops pass through a variety of forest types such as young jack pine, aspen, oak and large white pine. Trail will be groomed weekly or as needed. During non-snow seasons, these loops, along with other loops, are open for hiking and hunting with several entry points accessible for disabled hunters. Additionally, several loops of this system are open to equestrian riding via a connector trail from the Torch Lake Loop of the Equestrian Trail System to create almost 20 miles of signed equestrian trails. Additional trail enhancements are planned. Parking and Trail Access: From the intersection of Highway 45 and County Highway K, continue east on County Highway K approximately ½ mile to the Conover Town Park at 4689 Park Circle.

Pioneer Creek Trail

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/ski-hill-trails/ Length: 5.1 miles Gently undulating terrain is featured on this trail system which meanders through stands of aspen, pine, oak, and hardwoods. The first .25 miles of the Ski Hill Road is a Town of Conover Road and is plowed during the winter season, making the system accessible for winter enjoyment. A portion of this trail along with connecting corridors to Torch Lake Trails and Pioneer Creek Cross-Country Ski Trails, has created almost 20 miles of signed equestrian trails. Additional trail enhancements are planned. Parking and Trail Access: From the intersection of County Hwy K and Hwy 45 in Conover, continue south on Hwy 45 about 4 miles to Ski Hill Road. Turn east on Ski Hill Road and continue about .25 miles to parking area.

Torch Lake Trails

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/torch-lake-trails/ Length: 5.35 miles This part of the Vilas County Forest Hunter/Hiking Trail System winds through rolling hills and features mature natural stands of red and white pine as well as aspen, oak, and spruce. Portions of the Torch Lake Road and River Road are plowed during the winter, giving access to the trails. The rolling terrain with the variety of habitats and proximity to the Wisconsin River make this area an excellent choice for wildlife viewing. A portion of this trail along with connecting corridors to Ski Hill Trails and Pioneer Creek Cross-Country Ski Trails, has created almost 20 miles of signed equestrian trails. Additional trail enhancements are planned. Parking and Trail Access: From the intersection of County Hwy K and Hwy 45 in Conover, continue south on Hwy 45 about 2 miles to Torch Lake Road. Turn west on Torch Lake Road and go about 1 mile to a parking area. Or from Torch Lake Road continue on Hwy 45 another mile to River Road. Turn west on River Road and continue about 1 mile to additional parking areas and trail access.

White Squaw Lake Trail

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/pioneer-creek-trail/ Length: 7.35 miles These Vilas County Forest trails pass through rolling countryside in stands of aspen, mature oak and pine. Portions of this trail, via the Pioneer Creek Cross Country Ski Trail, are utilized to create almost 20 miles of signed equestrian trails. A part of this trail, Pioneer Creek, is a County Forest Road which is not plowed during the winter season. Parking and Trail Access: From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy K in Conover, continue east on County Hwy K, just past the Town Park and watch for the Pioneer Creek Trail signs on the south side of the road.

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/white-squaw-lake-trail/ Length: 7.4 miles One of the most remote hunter/hiking trails in the Vilas County Forest, this system of trails passes through stands of aspen, oak and northern hardwoods. Terrain is rolling hills. Roads accessing these trails are town roads and are plowed during the winter. A part of this system, east of White Squaw Lake Road, also serves as a snowmobile trail. Parking and Trail Access: From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy K in Conover, continue west on County Hwy K to County Hwy S. Turn north on County Hwy S and continue to Baker Lake Road. Turn west on Baker Lake Road and continue approximately 7 miles to White Squaw Lake Road. Turn north on White Squaw Lake Road and continue about .5 miles to the first of several bermed access points.

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Hiking & Biking Conover is your starting point of adventure on our hiking and biking trails. Visitors are in awe of the stunning natural beauty of Conover. We welcome you to hike or bike through our bountiful forests and around our peaceful waters. Discover the true serenity of the Northwoods here in Conover.

Area Hiking Trails • Conover-Phelps Trail • Decker Lake Trail • Deep Lake Trail • Heart Lake Trail • Langley Lake Trail • Muskrat Creek Trail

• Pioneer Creek Cross Country Ski Trail • Pioneer Creek Trail • Ski Hill Trails • Torch Lake Trails • White Squaw Lake Trail

Area Biking Trails • Conover-Phelps Trail • Eagle River-Land O’ Lakes Bike Route • Pioneer Creek Trail

For more information on the Conover-Phelps Trail please contact:

Great Headwaters Trails Foundation

Telephone: 715-617-0080 Website: www.ghtrails.org • Email: ghtrails@gmail.com

Bird & Wildlife Watching & Photography Conover is your starting point of adventure for watching birds & wildlife. Whether touring a lake or hiking a local scenic trail you are sure to have an opportunity to view birds and wildlife in Conover. Abundant bird species can be found throughout the Conover area such as pileated woodpeckers, loons, barred owls, great blue herons, eagle and osprey to name a few. Capture the photo of a lifetime while exploring out majestic forests. Frequent sightings of deer, fox, porcupines and raccoons as well as occasional sightings of bear and moose bring visitors from the entire Midwest.

Area Bird & Wildlife Watching & Photography Trails • Decker Lake Trail • Deep Lake Trail • Heart Lake Trail • Langley Lake Trail • Muskrat Creek Trail • Pioneer Creek Cross Country Ski Trail • Pioneer Creek Trail • Ski Hill Trails • Torch Lake Trails • White Squaw Lake Trail

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Cross -Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Conover is your starting point of adventure for exploring our forests on cross-country skis and snowshoes. Few sights fill the heart with peace like the beauty of the Northwood’s forests in winter. Whether it’s the sun sparkling off the blanket of white snow, the sharp tingle of a breath of icy air or the silence broken occasionally by the harsh call of Blue Jays, something magical happens. Our area trails are the place to find it.

Area Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Trails • • • • • • •

Decker Lake Trail Muskrat Creek Trail Pioneer Cross-Country Ski Trail Pioneer Creek Trail Ski Hill Trails Torch Lake Trails White Squaw Lake Trail

Snowmobiling Conover is your starting point of adventure by snowmobile. Discover the exhilaration of a winter wonderland! There are over 80 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Conover alone that link up to a network of over 500 miles of trails in Vilas County. Anyone can easily travel north into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or head south to watch the World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Numerous bars and grills, fine dining restaurants and cafes in Conover provide a short break from riding to enjoy your favorite food or beverage. For further incentive, many of our lodging facilities offer snowmobiling right from the front door. We invite everyone to join us for what is nationally recognized as some of the finest snowmobiling in the Midwest! For further trail information contact:

Conover Sno-Buddies

Website: www.conoversnobuddies.com Inquiries: conoversnobuddies@gmail.com Trail Conditions: snowtracks.com/wisconsin/conover Find them on Facebook

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Equestrian Conover is your starting point of adventure on horseback. Among the woods and waters surrounding Conover are Vilas County Horse Trails which are a well maintained network of riding lands connected to the River Road Equestrian Campground. The campground showcases a new toilet building, a hand pump well, room for portable pens, mowed open areas for camping and a graveled day use parking area. Covering nearly 20 miles in three marked loops each equestrian route is linked by connector trails. It’s a classic Northwoods landscape featuring gently rolling terrain and mixed hardwoods dotted with pine trees. The marked loops have wide grassy surfaces and are non-motorized. Most of the connector trails are located on old railroad grade, remnant of the historic era that is respectfully shared with motorized recreational vehicles. Plan your equestrian adventure today!

Area Equestrian Trails • • • •

Pioneer Creek Cross Country Ski Trail Pioneer Creek Trail Ski Hill Trails Torch Lake Trails

Hunting Conover is your starting point of adventure for hunting. Hunters can utilize thousands of acres of public forest land in Conover year round. Popular hunting seasons include bear, deer, duck, grouse and turkey. Whether you are searching for that trophy buck or looking to bag your limit on grouse, Conover is a hunter’s paradise!

Area Hunting Trails • • • • • • • • • • •

Conover-Phelps Trail Decker Lake Trail Deep Lake Trails Heart Lake Trail Langley Lake Trail Muskrat Creek Trail Pioneer Cross Country Ski Trail Pioneer Creek Trail Ski Hill Trails Torch Lake Trails White Squaw Lake Trail

Vilas County Shooting Range Location: 4.5 miles south of Conover off of U.S. Highway 45 at 4668 Ski Hill Road

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ATV & UTV Conover is your starting point of adventure by ATV and UTV. From May to October, come ride and enjoy our route system over a variety of terrain, from paved roads to dirt routes on former fire roads. Travel through our beautiful forests and past scenic lakes. Travel north to Land O’ Lakes and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or travel south to Eagle River and Oneida County. Travel west to St. Germain and the Minocqua area or travel east to Phelps and Forest County. Conover is your perfect starting point for your four wheeled adventure! For further information please contact:

Landover ATV/UTV Club

Telephone: 715-891-1205 Website: www.landoveratv.com Email: landoveratv@outlook.com Find them on Facebook

Off-Highway Motorcycle Off-road motorcycling is a new opportunity to have adventure and fun in Conover! The single track trail system is for both Limited Use (non-DMV registered) and Dual Sport (DMV registered) motorcycles. To ride on this system, both types of motorcycles are required to purchase an OHM permit from the Wisconsin DNR. Located across from the Tamarack Springs Campground and open for your enjoyment from May to October is approximately 8 miles of family friendly and beginner skill level trails. Further trails are being developed. So, load up and head to Conover for your off-highway motorcycle adventure. For further trail information please contact:

Landover Dual Sporter’s Club Telephone: 715-891-1742 Find them on Facebook

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Lakes & Waterways Conover is your starting point of adventure year round on our lakes and waterways. We have 11 major lakes, the Wisconsin River, and numerous smaller lakes and streams for your enjoyment. Spend a perfect summer day canoeing or kayaking searching for wildlife. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruising along our many shores in the pontoon boat with the family. If you are an angler, the fishing opportunities are endless here in Conover, from catching pan fish with the kids, to landing a trophy musky, or fishing one of our many trout streams. By boat or paddle or with your fishing pole, Conover has what you are looking for. Everything you need for your water filled adventure is also here in Conover. Gas up the boat, pick up some bait and tackle, stay in a cabin on the lake, or go by boat to dine in one of our restaurants. See you on the water!

Paddling Conover is your starting point of adventure by paddle. Enjoy the relaxing glide of a canoe or kayak on any local lake or take a day trip down the Wisconsin River. The peace and tranquility of Conover’s heavily wooded waterways allow relaxation for the quiet sport enthusiast

Wisconsin River Carry-In Access Points in Conover • Rummels Road • Hegemann Road • River Road

Upper Buckatabon Springs State Natural Area

This natural area features a complex of at least five undeveloped soft-water springs and spring ponds that drain into the upper reaches of the Wisconsin River. Club-spur orchids grow along the spring pond margin while emergent and floating-leaved aquatics are found within the springs. Associated wetlands include shrubby shore fen, alder thicket, northern sedge meadow, and tamarack swamp. The surrounding uplands support good quality stands of mixed red pine and white pine with some mature jack pine present locally. A tiny stand and scattered inclusions of old growth red pine occur on a narrow ridge and a steep side slope in the northeastern corner of the site. Fire scars are common on many of these larger trees. Along some of the swamp margins are mature second growth stands of spruce and fir with scattered large remnant white cedars. Mature big-tooth aspen with red oak is present in the northeastern most forty. Upper Buckatabon Springs is owned by the DNR and the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. It was designated a State Natural Area in 2010. From the intersection of US Highway 45 and County K West go 4.7 miles west to Buckatabon Creek. The site lies north of the road.

Wisconsin River Centennial Trail Trip 1

Map Link: https://www.vilaswi.com/wi-river-centennial-trail-trip-1/ Length: 25 miles Time: 11.5 hours

This first trip from the Dam on Lac Vieux Desert to the River Road Landing in Conover runs the gamut from narrow but passable (be prepared for beaver dams and deadfalls) through twists and turns (may need to walk through a stretch of low hazard rapids) to broad floodplain with occasional oxbows and moderately fast current. There are some portages (by the dam, across the road, and some beaver dams). There are also several landings suitable for take-out or put-in. There are also two campsites (one night only) along the route at Rummels Road and the Buckatabon Creek.

Wisconsin River Centennial Trail Trip 2

Map link: https://www.vilaswi.com/wi-river-centennial-trail-trip-2/ Length: 23 miles Time: 9 hours

This trip segment from the River Road Landing in Conover to the beginning of the Rainbow Flowage crosses the broad floodplains through Watersmeet Lake (slow current with boat traffic) to the Otter Rapids Dam area. From the Dam to Hwy O, the tailwater area is fast with many boulders. The river channel narrows through the wooded uplands and marshy lowlands to the beginning of the Rainbow Flowage. Winds can make crossing the flowage difficult. There are portages by the dams along with several landings suitable for take-out or put-in. No camping is allowed on the reservoir shoreline.

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Fishing & Boating

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Baker Lake (37 acres)

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Largemouth Bass

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Northern Pike

Walleye

Buckatabon, Lower (378 acres)

Buckatabon, Upper (439 acres)

Stormy Lake (523 acres)

Tellefson Lake (19 acres)

Clair Lake (51 acres) Deep Lake (10 acres)

Hunter Lake (175 acres) Lake of the Hills (61 acres)

Little Tamarack Flowage (236 acres)

McLeod Lake (54 acres) Pioneer Lake (429 acres)

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Twin, South (628 acres)

Are You Bringing A Boat To The Conover Area?

Your boat may have been exposed to non-native invasive life forms that are not welcome in Vilas County. Animals such as Zebra Mussels or Rusty Crayfish and plants such as Eurasian Water-milfoil can easily be transported unintentionally from a contaminated lake to one that is not. Be a responsible boater. Properly clean and disinfect your boat, trailer and fishing equipment before leaving home. Help keep our area free of aquatic non-native invasive life forms. Our pristine lakes are a heritage worth preserving!

Conover Area Trout Streams • • • • • • • •

Buckatabon Creek Buckatabon Springs Buckatabon Springs Pond Haymeadow Creek Muskrat Creek Pioneer Creek Portage Creek Tamarack Creek

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Beaches & Parks Hunter Lake Park & Swim Area

This park is located on the southeast shore of Hunter Lake at 5710 Hunter Landing Road. The swim area is accessed via the sandy beach. There is no lifeguard on duty. The park contains 2 fire rings with attached grates and 6 picnic tables. There are informal horseshoe pits and a swing set in the play area, and an unimproved boat launch, providing boating and fishing opportunities. The comfort station is located near the parking lot.

Trails close to Hunter Lake Park & Swim Area • Eagle River-Land O Lakes Bike Route • Deep Lake Trails

Torch Lake Park & Swim Area

The park is located on the southeast shore of Torch Lake at 5105 Torch Lake Road. The swim area is accessed via the sandy beach. There is no lifeguard on duty. The park contains a fire ring with attached grate, 3 cooking grills, and 10 picnic tables. There is a horseshoe pit and swing set in the play area. There is no formal boat landing, but there is plenty of room to carry a kayak or canoe to the water’s edge for boating and fishing opportunities. The comfort station is located near the parking lot. Torch Lake Campground & RV Park is adjacent.

Trails close to Torch Lake Park & Swim Area • Torch Lake Trails

Conover Town Park

The park is located at 4689 Park Circle. Playground equipment, basket ball court, pickle ball court, soccer fields, baseball backstop, sledding hill, hockey, ice skating, pavilions and picnic shelter, and heated restrooms.

Trails that start in the Conover Town Park • Conover-Phelps Trail • Pioneer Creek Cross Country Ski Trail • Pioneer Creek Trail

Geocaching

Conover is your starting point of adventure for geocaching. Looking for a great daytime activity that involves the entire family? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt find a geocache (container) hidden at that location. Just go to www.geocaching.com and sign up for free. All ages will enjoy this ever growing outdoor activity. It’s a great way to learn about the area. There are over 92 caches in the Conover area so come on over and have some fun!

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Camping & Campgrounds Conover is your starting point of adventure for camping. Our plentiful lakes and streams and abundant forests offer endless camping opportunities. Conover has campgrounds with all the amenities close to the lakes and our many trails, remote campsites that you can reach by paddle and a campground that you and your horse can enjoy too!

Area Vilas County Campgrounds Tamarack Springs Campground

This campground is located at 5025 Tamarack Road off County Highway S, west of Conover. Campground is open May to October on a first come, first served basis, at a cost of $10.00 a site per night. The campground accommodates tents and small trailers. There are nine campsites. Each campsite includes a fire ring with attached grill and a picnic table. Vault toilets and water pump. There is a day use picnic area with grills and picnic tables. This campground has direct access to the Vilas County ATV trail and the Off-Highway Motorcycle Trail Head.

Buckatabon Creek Campground

This campground is located near the junction of Buckatabon Creek and the Wisconsin River. The campground is for primitive camping, and includes two free standing cooking grills, a fire ring with attached grill, a picnic table, latrine and a small shelter. There is no motor vehicle parking at this campground. This campground is walk-in or boat access only. A self-registration station is located on premises. A camping permit of $5.00/night is required. Camping is limited to 10 consecutive days per site. The camping permit can be obtained by mail or in person at the Vilas County Parks & Recreation Department.

Torch Lake Campground & RV Park

Torch Lake Campground & RV Park is located at 5130 Torch Lake Road, 1½ miles south of Conover. The campground/ RV park offers 21 campsites, with the Campground Host occupying one site. Each guest site includes water & electrical hook-up, a fire ring with adjustable cooking grate, and a picnic table. Free wi-fi is available. There is one comfort station building and a dump station. There is one dedicated ADA guest site within feet of the comfort station, this ADA compliant guest site includes an elevated fire ring with adjustable cooking grate. This Campground/RV Park has direct access to the Vilas County ATV trail system and is a short walk from Torch Lake Park & Beach.

River Road Equestrian Campground

This campground is located at 5065 River Road off US Highway 45, south of Conover. Camping is by permit only (on-site self-registration) and limited to 10 consecutive days. Sites are $10.00 per night. There are six primitive campsites around a large common area. The center common area has 2 picnic tables and a large fire ring/grill. The campsites accommodate equestrian trailers. There is a pump for fresh water and one toilet building (ADA compliant) located at this campground, as well as a manure bunker/pad for your 4-legged friends. The campground accesses the Equestrian Trail system.

Rummels Road Camping

This campground is located on the east bank of the Wisconsin River just south of Rummels Road which is approximately 2½ miles north of Conover off US Highway 45. The campground is for primitive camping, and includes a free-standing cooking grill, a fire ring with attached grill, a picnic table, latrine and a small shelter. There is no motor vehicle parking at this campground. This campground is walk-in or boat access only. This campground is just a few miles south of the world-famous Headwaters of the Wisconsin River at Lac Vieux Desert Lake, where the County also maintains an historical marker, scenic park and picnic area. A self-registration station is located on premises. A camping permit of $5.00/night is required. Camping is limited to 10 consecutive days per site. The camping permit can be obtained by mail or in person at the Vilas County Parks & Recreation Department. For further Vilas County Campground information please contact:

Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Department Phone: 715-479-5160 Website: www.vilascountywi.gov

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Camping & Campgrounds Area Privately Owned Campgrounds

Buckatabon Lodge & Lighthouse Inn

Tel: 715-479-4660 Website: www.buckatabon.com E-mail: web@buckatabon.com Three 2 and 3-bedroom cottages, fully equipped kitchens, color TVs, grills, picnic tables, lawn chairs, boat included. Pontoon, canoe, motor rentals. Sandy beach, playground, bar and game room. Open all year for fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and relaxing. Camping available. Pets welcome. On Lower Buckatabon Lake.

Gateway Lodge, Restaurant & Lounge

Tel: 715-547-3321 or 800-848-8058 Website: www.gateway-lodge.com E-mail: gateway@gateway-lodge.com Come back to tradition. Year-round family recreation center open to public. Adjacent to airport, golf course, ATV, bicycle, and snowmobile trails. Indoor heated pool, hot tub, and redwood sauna. Air-conditioned rooms (studios and suites). Lounge and restaurant on site. Perfect for weddings and banquets. RV hook-ups available. On site trap shooting and sporting clays course. Ski hills and casino nearby. Sorry, no pets.

Northern Waters Casino Resort

Tel: 906-358-4226 Fax: 906-358-0288 Website: www.northernwaterscasino.com Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet, Michigan can provide an all-inclusive getaway in any season. Visitors may stay in the modern 132-room Dancing Eagles Hotel connected to the Casino, which features an indoor heated pool, sauna and whirlpool. Several room options are available including suites that include fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. In the heart of the Ottawa National Forest, the Casino is the perfect destination for weekend getaways. For those traveling by recreational vehicles, parking is available with electrical and water hookups at affordable prices welcoming all and any R.V.s. It is located on Highway 45 approximately 8 miles from the Wisconsin-Michigan border, near many snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle trails.

Forests Conover is your starting point of adventure in our bountiful forests. Fresh air, peacefulness, and abundant wildlife fill every corner of Conover. Wander off the beaten path and savor all our forests have to offer.

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Golfing Conover is your starting point of adventure for golfing. Enjoy a day of golf in the beauty of the Northwoods. There are several golf courses in the Conover area.

Area Golf Course Northern Waters Casino Resort

Tel: 906-358-4226 Fax: 906-358-0288 Website: www.northernwaterscasino.com When you’re ready to play outdoors, play in the great Northwoods on the 18 hole, roughly 200-acre Ottawa National Forest challenging Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, located steps away from the casino. The fairways are planted in a rich variety of blue grasses, cut to just above a half-inch in length and are generously wide at the landing zones offering a tight lie for the best shots. The roughs require skill and discipline to overcome their length and density. Enjoy a beverage in the Clubhouse adjacent to our Pro Shop which carries quality brand name golf equipment and apparel.

Other Area Golf Courses 19th Hole Par 3 Golf Course

Gateway Golf Club

St. Germain Municipal Golf Club

Big Sand Lake Golf Course

Lake Forest Golf Club

Timber Ridge Golf Club

Eagle River Golf Course

Plum Lake Golf Club

Trout Lake Golf Club

9 holes 9067 Hwy. 70W, St. Germain, WI 54558 715.542.4042 9 holes 4710 Airport Ln., Phelps, WI 54554 715.545.2484

9 holes 4126 Cty. Hwy. B, Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 715.547.3929

18 holes 9041 Hwy. 70W, St. Germain, WI 54558 715.542.2614

9 holes 18 holes 3801 Eagle Waters Rd., Eagle River, WI 54521 10030 Timber Ridge Rd., Minocqua, WI 54558 715.479.4211 715.356.9502

18 holes 9 holes 527 E. McKinley Blvd., Eagle River, WI 54521 3160 Club House Rd., Sayner, WI 54560 715.479.8111 715.542.2598

18 holes 3800 Hwy. 51N, Arbor Vitae, WI 54568 715.385.2189

Business Directory BUSINESSES 5 Star Marketing & Distribution 409 South Park Dr. | Tomahawk, WI 54487 Tel: 715-453-4511 E-mail: info@5starupnorth.com Website: 5starupnorth.com

Boat Sport Marina, Inc. 3624 Hwy. 70 E. | Eagle River, WI 54521 Tel: 715-479-8000 E-mail: boatsport@nnex.net Website: boatsport.com

Camp Ramah 3390 Ramah Circle | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-479-4400 E-mail: registrar@ramahwisconsin.com Website: ramahwisconsin.com  

ABC Pest Control 4966 Heart Lake Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-547-3098 E-mail:  gotobugs@nnex.net Website:  abcpestcontrolwi.com

Boones Building Supply 3800 Shangrila Rd. | Eagle River, WI 54521 Tel: 715-479-4679 | Fax: 715-479-7223 E-mail: boones@boonesbuildingsupply.com Website: boonesbuildingsupply.com 

The Community Blood Center 1575 Hwy 51 N. | Arbor Vitae, WI 54568 Tel: 715-358-7015 E-mail: thurmann@communityblood.org Website: communityblood.org

Dereck’s Carpentry Services, LLC 3741 E Buckatabon Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-477-2454 E-mail: jendereck@yahoo.com Eagle Waste & Recycling 701 Recycling Way | P.O. Box 729 Eagle River, WI 54521 Tel: 715-477-0077 | Fax: 715-477-1819 E-mail: info@eaglewasteandrecycling.com Website: eaglewasteandrecycling.com 

BMO Harris Bank 300 East Wall St. | Eagle River, WI 54521 Tel: 715-479-6461 E-mail: karen.klager@bmo.com Website: bmoharris.com

Border Bulletin PO Box 42 | Land O’Lakes, WI 54540 Tel: 715-547-3745 E-mail: info@borderbulletin.com Website:  borderbulletin.com 

Conserve School 5400 N. Black Oak Lake Rd. Land O’Lakes, WI 54540 Tel:  715-547-1300 | Fax:  715-547-1386 E-mail:  information@conserveschool.org Website:  conserveschool.org  

Eskridge Real Estate 4456 Church Road | P. O. Box 237 Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 512-749-6833 E-mail: cheryleskridge@nnex.net Website: eskridgerealestate.com

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Energy Mart 4127 US Hwy 45 | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-479-6092 E-mail: kristavanbree@aol.com Frasier’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling 310 N. Brown St. | Rhinelander, WI 54501 Tel: 888-450-9889 E-mail: contact@frasiers.com Website: frasiers.com Great Headwaters Trails PO Box 609 | Eagle River, WI  54521 Tel:  715-617-0080 E-mail:  ghtrails@gmail.com Website: ghtrails.org  


Business Directory Hallman Lindsay Paints 230 S. Main St. | Eagle River, WI 54521 Tel: 715-479-9977 E-mail: eagleriver@hallmanlindsay.com Website: hallmanlindsay.com Harold Johnson – Sand and Gravel 3572 McPeak Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-479-8280

St. Germain Office 556 Hwy 155 | P.O. Box 267 St. Germain, WI 54558 Tel: 715-542-3949 | Fax: 715-542-2805 E-mail: pobrien@meyer-ins.com Website: meyer-ins.com

Northland Pines School District 1800 Pleasure Island Rd. Eagle River, WI 54521 Headwaters Council for the Performing Tel: 715-479-6487 Arts (HCPA) E-mail: aauestad@npsd.k12.wi.us P. O. Box 1481 | Eagle River, WI  54521 Website: npsd.k12.wi.us Tel: 715-477-1984 E-mail: info@hcpapresents.com Northern Waters Angling & Archery Website: HCPApresents.com 160 US Hwy 45 | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-477-2224 Headwaters State Bank E-mail: northernwatersconover@gmail.com 4175 Cty. Rd. B | PO Box 149 Website: northernwatersconover.com  Land O’Lakes, WI 54540 Tel:  715-547-3383  | Fax:  715-547-3940 Northern Waters Casino Resort E-mail: customerservice@ N5384 US Hwy 45 |  PO Box 129 headwatersstatebank.com Watersmeet, MI 49969 Website:  headwatersstatebank.com   Tel:  906-358-4226 | Fax:  906-358-0288 E-mail: info@lvdcasino.com Jensen-Akins Hardware & Appliance Website: northernwaterscasino.com 156 US Hwy 45 | Conover, WI 54519 Appliances: 715-479-8427 Northfield Cabinet Shop Hardware: 715-479-4530 4780 Old Hwy 45 | Conover, WI 54519 Fax: 715-479-9794 Tel: 715-547-6262 E-mail: info@jensenakins.com Website: northfieldcabinetshop.com Website: jensenakins.com  Northwoods Association of Realtors King Quarry, LLC 320 Oak Street – Ste 2 | PO Box 377 870 Adams Rd. | Eagle River, WI  54521 Woodruff, WI 54568-0377 Tel: 715-479-1517 Tel: 715-356-3400 | Fax:  888-399-2118 E-mail: info@kingquarry.com E-mail:  staff@northwoodsrealtors.org Website: kingquarry.com Website:  northwoodsrealtors.org 

St. Peter the Fisherman 5001 County Rd. G | Eagle River, WI 54521 Tel: 715-479-8704 E-mail: info@stpeterseagleriver.org Website: stpeterseagleriver.org

Dublin Sports Bar & Grill 4394 Twin Overlook | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-350-2121 E-mail: info@dublinsportsbarandgrill.com Website: dublinsportsbarandgrill.com 

Buckatabon Lodge & Lighthouse Inn 5630 Rush Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-479-4660 E-mail: web@buckatabon.com Website: buckatabon.com 

Steffens Insurance Group 417 N Milwaukee St. | Waterford, WI 53185 Tel: 262-534-2727 | Tel: 800-203-9505 Fax: 262-534-4477 Website: steffensinsurance.com

Gateway Lodge, Restaurant & Lounge 4103 Cty. Hwy. B | Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 Tel: 715-547-3321 | Tel: 800-848-8058 E-mail: gateway@gateway-lodge.com Website: gateway-lodge.com

Stop’s Heating & Cooling 6356 US Hwy 45 | Land O’Lakes, WI 54540 Tel: 715-547-3665 E-mail: dispatch@stopsphc.com Website: stopsphc.com

Greenhill’s Log Cabin 226 US Hwy 45 | Conover, WI 54519 Tel:  715-479-2787 Website:  logcabinconover.com

Deer Path Resort 5915 Jacoby Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-479-9620 Tel: 800-261-DEER (3337) E-mail: deerpath@newnorth.net Website: deerpathresort.com  Gateway Lodge, Restaurant & Lounge 4103 Cty. Hwy. B | Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 Tel: 715-547-3321 | Tel: 800-848-8058 E-mail: gateway@gateway-lodge.com Website: gateway-lodge.com 

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino 510 Old Abe Rd. | Lac Du Flambeau, WI  54538 Tel: 715-588-7070 Jefferson’s Landing Resort E-mail: dmorse@ldfcasino.com 3686-3698 Jefferson’s Landing Rd Website: lakeofthetorches.com Conover, WI 54519 Vilas County Construction Tel: 715-479-7066 | Tel: 715-479-9028 5363 Pinewood Ln. | Conover, WI 54519 Lanny’s Fireside Tel: 715-891-6539 Tel:  715-547-1107 5315 Hwy 45 North | Conover, WI 54519 E-mail: jeffersonslanding@gmail.com E-mail:  vilascountyconstruction@gmail.com Tel: 715-547-8120 Website: jeffersonslanding.com Website: vilascountyconstruction.com  E-mail: lannysfireside@outlook.com   Lake of the Torches Resort Casino Maple View Resort WE Energies 510 Old Abe Rd. | Lac Du Flambeau, WI  54538 3360 McPeak Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 4352 Cty. Rd. B | P.O. Box 268 Tel: 715-588-7070 Tel: 715-479-4600 Land O’Lakes, WI 54540 E-mail: dmorse@ldfcasino.com E-mail: info@mapleviewresort.com Tel: 800-242-9137 Website: lakeofthetorches.com Website: mapleviewresort.com  Website: we-energies.com Maple View Resort Northern Waters Casino Resort Welnetz Chiropractic 3360 McPeak Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 N5384 US Hwy 45 | PO Box 129 4096 US Hwy 45 S | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-479-4600 Watersmeet, MI 49969 Tel: 715-479-8003 E-mail: info@mapleviewresort.com Tel: 906-358-4226 | Fax: 906-358-0288 Website: mapleviewresort.com  WERL 950 AM / WRJO 94.5 FM E-mail: info@lvdcasino.com 909 N Railroad St | P.O. Box 309 Land O’Lakes Hometown Pharmacy Northwoods Children’s Museum Website:  northernwaterscasino.com Northern Waters Casino Resort 4348A Hwy. B | Land O’Lakes, WI  54540 346 W. Division St. | Eagle River, WI 54521 Eagle River, WI 54521 N5384 US Hwy 45 | PO Box 129 Sunrise Lodge Tel: 715-479-4451 | Fax: 715-479-6511 Tel: 715-547-3788 Tel: 715-479-4623 Watersmeet, MI 49969 5894 West Shore Rd. | Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 E-mail: landolakes@hometownpharma- E-mail: info@northwoodschildrensmu- E-mail: jenny@wrjo.com Tel: 906-358-4226 | Fax: 906-358-0288 Tel: 715-547-3684 | Tel: 800-221-9689 Website: wrjo.com  cywi.com seum.com E-mail: info@lvdcasino.com E-mail: sunlodge@newnorth.net Website: northwoodschildrensmuseum.com Website:  northernwaterscasino.com Landover ATV/UTV Club FOOD & SPIRITS Website: sunriselodge.com  Tel: 715-891-1205 (Trail Boss) Northwoods Portable Toilets Sandy Shores Resort Wild Turkey PO Box 116 | Conover WI  54519 1578 Hwy. 155 | St. Germain, WI  54558 The Alley Lanes and Tavern 5575 Spruce Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 306 Hwy 45 | Conover, WI 54519 4191 Cty. Rd. B | Land O’Lakes, WI  54540 Tel:  715-479-6673 | Cell:  715-891-1205 Tel: 715-891-0568 Tel: 715-479-9848 Tel: 715-479-9453 Tel: 715-547-3620 E-mail: landoveratv@outlook.com E-mail: northwoodsportabletoilets@ E-mail: sandyshoresconover@gmail.com E-mail: ed.champeny@yahoo.com E-mail: thealleylanes@outlook.com Website: landoveratv.com   yahoo.com Website: wildturkeyinc.com Sunrise Lodge Website: thealleylanes.com LOLA Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church 5894 West Shore Rd. | Land O’Lakes, WI 54540 Bauer’s Dam Resort LODGING 4262 Cty. Rd. B | PO Box 981 3675 Church Rd. | Conover, WI  54519 Tel: 715-547-3684 | Tel: 800-221-9689 3597 E. Buckatabon Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 Land O’ Lakes WI 54540 Tel: 715-479-4966 E-mail: sunlodge@newnorth.net Bauer’s Dam Resort Tel: 715-479-4510 Tel: 715-547-3950 E-mail: pllc@frontier.com 3597 E. Buckatabon Rd. | Conover, WI 54519 Website: sunriselodge.com  E-mail:  kevin@bauersdam.com E-mail: lolaartswi.com@gmail.com Website: pioneerlakelc.org Tel: 715-479-4510 Torch Lake Campground & RV Park Website: bauersdam.com Website: lolaartswi.com   E-mail:  kevin@bauersdam.com Remax Property Pros Vilas County Forestry, Recreation, & Land Buckatabon Lodge & Lighthouse Inn Website: bauersdam.com mBank 888 W. Pine St. | Eagle River, WI  54521 Department 5630 Rush Rd. | Conover, WI 54519   Eagle River Branch Tel: 715-479-4406 Tel: 715-480-4333 Tel: 715-479-5160 Best Western Derby Inn Tel: 715-479-4660 Website: bankmbank.com E-mail: karipropertypros@gmail.com 1800 U.S. Hwy. 45 N | Eagle River, WI 54521 Website: vilascountywi.gov E-mail: web@buckatabon.com Website: northwoodspropertypros.com Tel: 715-479-1600 Meyer & Associates Insurance Agency Van Slate’s Conover Cabin Website: buckatabon.com  E-mail: derbyinn@derbyinn.com Eagle River Office Schindelholz Dental 3954 Twin Lake Rd. | Conover, WI  54519 Buckshots Saloon & Eatery Website: bestwestern.com 701 N Railroad St. | P.O. Box 489 4453 Hwy. B | Land O’Lakes, WI  54540 Tel: Home: 715-479-6734 2230 US Hwy. 45 N | Eagle River, WI  54521 Eagle River, WI 54521 Tel: 715-547-3544 Cell: 715-891-8600 Boll’s Boathouse Resort Tel: 715-479-7468 Tel: 715-479-8808 | Fax: 715-479-1780 E-mail: painlessinlol@yahoo.com 3543 E. Buckatabon Rd. | Conover, WI  54519 E-mail:  bkvanslate@frontier.com E-mail: buckshots@frontier.com E-mail: meyer@meyer-ins.com Website: painlesspetedentist.com Website:  vanslatesconovercabin.com  Tell: Summer: 715-479-9209 Website: buckshotswi.com Winter: 414-352-6563 | Cell: 414-630-6303 Snowmobile Hall of Fame Land O’Lakes Office E-mail:  ingeboll@outlook.com 1246 Sled World Blvd. | St. Germain, WI  54558 Burnt Bridge 4169 Hwy B | P.O. Box 28 5920 Cty. Rd. K West | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-542-4463 Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 Tel:  715-479-8530 Tel: 715-547-3552 | Fax: 715-547-3058 E-mail: jamie@snowmobilehalloffame.com E-mail:  burntbridgetavern@gmail.com Website: snowmobilehalloffame.com E-mail: jcraig@meyer-ins.com Website:  burntbridgetavern.com  Talon Crane & Rigging, Inc. 4349 Goodman Ln. | Conover, WI 54519 Tel: 715-479-3558

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Iron County Winter Blast is a well-rounded party MERCER -- The Mercer Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club will host their annual Winter Blast celebration on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the snowmobile barn in Mercer. The snow-filled, family-friendly event is open to the public; you don’t have to be a snowmobiler to join in the fun.

The club’s poker run starts Dec. 14 and ends Jan. 19 with the drawing at the Winter Blast party. Poker run sheets can be picked up at local businesses.

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8 Mercer – Candy Cane The Sno-Goers Dec. Parade: maintain over Jan. 19 Mercer – Winter 220 miles of safe, Blast: 8am to 4pm, Snowmobile well groomed and barn. Jan. 26 Mercer – Candlelight marked snowmo- Ski & Snowshoe: MECCA trails. bile trails through the scenic and varied terrain found here in the great Northwoods. The thousands of snowmobilers who come here each winter certainly agree with their slogan – Making the Best Trails Better!

The club’s original name was Mercer Sno-A-Go-Goers – picked in part due to the popularity of Go-Go dancers of that era. Today, they have almost 500 members Snowmobilers are invited to join the club and enjoy the fun members find on the trails and at outings. They have club rides throughout the season. For details on all this, visit mercersnogoers.com or call 715-476-2106.

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The winter festival features a pancake breakfast, pig roast, vintage snowmobile show, kids games and live music, along with lots of good food, cold refreshments and raffles. Admission is free.

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Langlade County Jack Lake XC Ski Trail

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Calendar of Events Dec. 5 Antigo – Chili CookOff: 8am to 5pm, downtown. Dec. 5 Antigo – Christmas Parade: 6:30pm, downtown. Jan. 26 Elcho – XC Ski Junket: 11am, Moccasin Ski Trail. Jan. 26 White Lake – County-wide Snowmobile ride: Feb. 2 Antigo – Classic Cruise Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Ride: Feb. 9 White Lake – Fishing Derby: 7am to 4pm. Feb. 9 Pickerel – Pancake Breakfast: Fire station #2. Feb. 9 Pickerel – Pickerel Fun Days & Jump-In: Feb. 9 Pickerel – Chili RideIn: Feb. 9 Polar – Snow Ball Gala: Feb. 16 Post Lake - PLIA Ice Fishing Jamboree:

Glacial activity created great scenery ANTIGO – The Yukon Territory Loop with its many steep hills and sharp turns will challenge even veteran cross country skiers traveling to the Jack Lake Area Cross-county Ski Trail in Langlade County. But Yukon Territory is only one of several loops contained within the 15-mile trail that carves its way through hardwoods and aspen woods of this county forest. Options exist for those less skilled or those with children. The trail is courtesy of Langlade County Forestry & Recreation Department; the beautiful scenery is the result of glacial activity thousands of years ago. The trail system accommodates all skiing abilities and ages. For instance, the Green Thump Loop is a beginner’s loop with only a few gentle hills. Other loops fall between Yukon and Green Thump in difficulty. The groomed and tracked trail offers eight loops of both traditional and skating style skiing. It passes through pine and spruce forests as well as bogs and other wetlands. Glacial features of the area include terminal moraines and drumlins. Parking is off Highway J where the Green Thumb Loop begins. A donation box is also located here. Donations help offset the costs grooming, tracking and equipment purchase. Restrooms and adjacent shelter are located midway through the network of loops. The Outside Passage Loop crosses a snowmobile trail twice so caution is advised.

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Just a mile south of the X-C ski trail system is Veterans Memorial Park where the Jack Lake Trails can be found. The trails are a favorite of snowshoers and hikers. The trail meanders along three underdeveloped glacier lakes, wetlands and bogs as well as northern hardwood, aspen and conifer forest types. Directions: Approximately 12 miles north of Antigo on Hwy. 45, then east on County J for 2 miles to the Junction of Pence Lake Road and the road to Veterans Memorial Park. Other ski trails in the county are Kettlebowl Ski Hill, Gartzke Flowage, and Moccasin Lake Road ski trail. For more information call the Forestry & Rec Department at 715-627-6300. Trail maps are available from the forestry office or at the Antigo-Langlade Chamber of Commerce.


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Calendar of Events Dec. 9 Merrill – Breakfast with Santa: MARC. Dec. 14 & 18 – Merrill – Gingerbread House Construction: Jan. 26-27 Merrill – Winterfest Sled Dog Race:

TOMAHAWK – Become a star and make a splash at the annual STAR Plunge at The Happy Snapper Bar & Grill on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Spectators are welcome to attend and invited to make a donation even if they don’t jump in the hole they cut in Lake Mohawksin. Proceeds support the community foundation, Support Tomahawk Area Resources (STAR). There will be prizes for the best costume and most donations raised. Each jumper will receive a custom beach towel. There will be prizes and raffles from noon until jump time. The event starts with registration at 11:30am for all plungers. The plunge will be at 2pm with a bonfire to follow. For more information, call 715-453-8686. The Happy Snapper is located at 1315 S. Tomahawk Avenue. Registration forms are available at The Happy Snapper.

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Lincoln County 32 Mushers and sled dogs ready for Winterfest races

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MERRILL – If someone mentions sled dog racing, you’re likely to think of Alaska’s great Iditarod race. But you can experience a version of this popular spectator sport in Merrill during that community’s Winterfest celebration Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27.

4-, 6-, and 10-dog, 1- and 2-dog skijoring races (pulling a cross-country skier), as well as kiddie and celebrity races. Spectator admission is free. But leave your personal dog at home as it can be a distraction to the sled dogs.

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If you love dogs – and these four-legged athletes really do love racing – than you’re in luck with the Merrill Winterfest sled dog races, put on by the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club. More than 100 mushers compete in the International Sled Dog Racing Association-sanctioned races, which feature a cash purse and trophies for the top six places.

Winterfest also includes other events, including a co-ed volleyball tournament at Kate Goodrich School, with start time 8am Saturday and ice drags also Saturday at nearby Council Ground State Park. Past Winterfest events have included an ice sculpturing contest, open ice-skating at the Smith Center, cardboard sled races and kids coloring contest.

Steeped in tradition and heritage, the sprint races are held at the Pine River Elementary School, W4165 Hwy. 64. Races begin at 10am Saturday and 9am Sunday. There will be 3-dog junior,

The sled dog races and other outside events are dependent on acceptable weather conditions. For updates, go to witrailblazers. org or the chamber’s site, merrillchamber.org.

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Ice Drag Racers compete

Ice in their veins, fire underneath

MERRILL – The Merrill Ice Draggers invite the public to witness dragsters, muscle cars and trucks blaze down the eighth-mile strip of ice on Lake Alexander during the 2019 World Championship Ice Drags held at Council Grounds State Park. Track speeds for many can reach 100 mph in less than seven seconds on the 660-foot course. Keith Krueger set the course record in a bottle-fed supercharged dragster in the Outlaw class at 5.431 ET and 141.6 mph! The series features single elimination in 15 divisions, including 4-wheel drive classes and 2-wheel drive classes for cars, trucks and dragsters. Vehicle registration is from 9-11am with racing underway at noon. Get a preview of the action on Saturday, Jan. 19, which is the “test & tune” day for racers and their support teams. The winter weekend warriors have four official race dates.

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Saturday, Jan. 26 / Race Day – Merrill Winterfest Saturday, Feb. 2 / Race Day – Mayor’s Choice Award Saturday, Feb.9 / Race Day -- MID Memorial Saturday, Feb. 16 / Race Day – Championship

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If the ice conditions hold good, there will be a “bracket race” on Saturday, Feb. 23. Check merrillicecrags.com for updates, including potential changes due to weather conditions. To reach the race site, enter through Council Grounds State Park just north of Merrill. A state park sticker or daily permit required if parking on state park grounds; otherwise parking on the ice is free. An ice road is plowed for easy access. You can also purchase a pit pass. Food and refreshments will be available.


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‘The 525’ features championship oval racing in Wausau WAUSAU – Many of the nation’s top pro and semi-pro snowmobile racers will descend on Wausau for the 15th annual Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27. They will return for another USSA-sanctioned “525” Double Header race on Feb. 23-24 at the Wausau track. The “525” is part of United States Snowmobile Association (USSA) Pro Star Cup Tour, which is a nine race series. The “525” honors the memory of Philip “Flip” Merwin (#525) who lost his life in a snowmobile racing accident in 2003. Fund raised from the events help local non-profit groups and individuals.

About the January races In addition to the drivers and their extremely fast sleds racing on the third-mile banked ice oval, there will be vendor expo areas, popular local teams and special motorsports features all weekend on both race dates.

Gates open at 8am on both days for spectators. There is a gate admission fee, but kids ages 12 and under get in free. There’s also free spectator parking, along with food and beverages and warming areas.

Saturday’s schedule for the January race also includes the youth snowmobile races sanctioned by Wisconsin Kids Snowmobile Racing Association (WKSRA) and Wisconsin Kitty Cat Racers (WKCR), and on Sunday the Badger State Games youth snowmobiling races will join the action. Inside the heated exhibition building fans will find all the amenities: food, beverages and spectator seating. There is a heated bathroom facility and plenty of parking on site. Fans can also snowmobile to the track via the county snowmobile trails. Snowmobile parking and a helmet check are available and those arriving by snowmobile receive a $2 discount on admission. For more information on both weekends of racing, visit wausau525.com or call 715-351-0525.

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The track runs numerous classes, including Kitty Cats, Novice, Sportsman 600, Outlaw, Champ 440 and even motorcycles.

Calendar of Events Racing gets underway both days at 10am, with Dec. 28 Wausau – Luminary Pro Champ 440 race classes Snowshoe Walk: both Saturday and Sunday. In Jan. 26-27 Wausau – Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship: addition, the January race will Jan. 26 Wausau – Winterfest: feature Flip’s fund raffle and live auction at 5pm that Saturday. Admission to the auction is free and the public is welcome.

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Oneida County Calendar of Events

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Dec. 31 Woodruff – New Year’s Eve Celebration & Fireworks: Community Center. Jan. 6 Minocqua – Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race: Winter Park. Feb. 2 Minocqua – Wolf Tracks Rendezvous: XC ski races. Feb. 9 Minocqua – Ice Cold Beer Fest: Feb. 9-10 Rhinelander – Fisheree & Winter Festival: Feb. 23 Minocqua – Loop Around the Lake:

Ring in a new tradition It’s going to be a ‘red hot’ celebration WOODRUFF – Ring in the New Year by enjoying an evening with family and friends at the ‘Red Hot’ New Year’s Eve chili feed and fireworks in Woodruff on Monday, Dec. 31. Everything will happen at the Woodruff Community Center starting at 3:30pm and with the fireworks lighting the sky at 7pm behind the community center.

Indoors, there will be live music, hot chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate and hot cider available for purchase along with activities such as crafts and kids games. Enjoy the out-of-door activities too: horsedrawn wagon rides (free) until 6:30pm, skating, sledding and a bonfire followed by a spectacular fireworks show . . . come by snowmobile or car, you won’t want to miss it!by Dean S Acheson photo

Admission is free, courtesy of the sponsors: the Town of Woodruff and the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

The community center is located at 1418 1st Avenue (Hwy. 47), about one-half mile east of the Hwy. 51/Hwy. 47 West intersection. Arrive early and avoid the last minute rush to find a parking spot.

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RHINELANDER -- The “Lights of the Northwoods” show premiered for the first time last year in Rhinelander’s Hodag Park. And you said “Wow!” This year, you may have to put “Wow” in all caps, as the organizers are promising to make the second year even bigger and brighter than before. The lights and grand displays will be visible from Dec. 14-23, with community events set for Dec. 14-16 and Dec. 21-23.You can either drive or walk through the park. The show is free to enter, but food and money donations are encouraged. Last year’s event had hundreds of people show up to view the various displays. “We set a very lofty goal and it was a very bold goal to put 50,000 lights in the park,” said event president Shawn Will. “This year with the added interest from the community, we’ve actually set our goal to more than double that.

All six days will have Santa, as Santa’s Gift Shop courtesy of the Oneida County Department of Aging. Small items will be for sale

The Family Land aspect will be a new feature this year. Families can rent a plot of land for $25 and decorate it however they want to be a part of the show.

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“You’re going to see motion displays,” said Will. “You’re going to see our family land. You’re going to see Santa Claus in here. You’re going to see carolers.”

to little ones as family gifts. Concessions with hot beverages and food will be available from the RHS Band Parent Organization. The Rhinelander Fire Department’s volunteers will be overseeing a bonfire (Christmas carols sung by the fire on Dec. 15, starting 6pm). Visit lightsofthenorthwoods.com for schedule updates.

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Oneida County 40 Come out for ‘Fatbikes by Candlelight’ MINOCQUA – If you got a fat bike for Christmas (you were extra nice this year, right?), bring it out to the Northwoods Zip Line Trail in Minocqua on Wednesday, Dec. 26 for an evening of trail riding, fat bike demos, a roaring bonfire and hot drinks. Sponsored by the Lakeland Area Mountain Bike Organization (LAMBO) the “Fatbikes by Candlelight” event starts at 5pm. Admission is free. The event is billed as family-friendly, so it’ll be a fun opportunity to introduce the kids to fat biking. Or, maybe it’ll be mom’s and dad’s turn. Bikes will be available for demo rides along the candlelit trail.

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The trail is located just south of the Island of Minocqua (look for the Zip Line sign). The 3.5-mile trail is groomed for winter fat biking, so you can bring your fat bike out anytime. Considered fast and accessible for riders, the trail was developed with support from the Northwoods Zip Line folks, the town of Minocqua (which owns the property) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Discover the RASTA winter trails RHINELANDER AREA -- Rhinelander Area Silent Trail Association (RASTA) builds and maintains trails in the Rhinelander area for mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and fat biking. Here’s a look at their three cross-country ski trails and one fat bike trail: Cassian Ski – 9 miles in length in each direction, and as its name implies the trail is located in the Town of Cassian. The Cassian Trail is also located on gentle rolling terrain, and is designed to accommodate users with a wide range of skills. The Cassian Trail is groomed for traditional tracked skiing. Nose Lake Ski – located in the Town of Woodboro and offers 7 miles of trail groomed for traditional tracked skiing. The gentle topography makes this system very popular with skiers possessing either a beginner or intermediate skill set. Another popular feature of the Nose Lake Trail is that dogs are permitted. Washburn Ski – the largest and most popular of the three ski trails, is located adjacent to Perch Lake Park in the Town of Woodboro. The Washburn Ski Trail is 12 miles long, offering 4 miles of trail groomed for tracked skiing, and 8 miles of trail groomed for ski skating. As a result of the hilly topography found throughout the Washburn Lake Area, these trails are best suited for skiers possessing an intermediate to advanced skill set. Enterprise Fat Bike – The Enterprise Winter Silent Sports Trail is located 8 miles south on Hwy G. Watch for Oneida County signs. The trailhead is on Zimmer Road. The trail is groomed for fat-tire biking, and has different ability levels. The trail has both an 8-mile loop and a shorter cut off loop about 2-3 miles. Dogs are permitted on this trail, but they must be under voice control at all times.


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ArtStart announces winter exhibits

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RHINELANDER – The non-profit organization, ArtStart, Inc., announces two winter exhibits that will be on display at the historic Federal Building, 68 S. Stevens St., downtown Rhinelander. Gallery hours at the arts and culture center are 11am to 5pm Thursday-Saturday. All exhibitions are selected by ArtStart’s exhibition team and range from work from contemporary artists to historical and cultural collections. The following two exhibits will be on display until Jan. 12. David Hamlow’s installation, “Dark Airing,” is a twilit, day-

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glow environment where Disney dark-ride meets 3D mind-map. Drawing in equal parts from dream logic, psychological diagrams, Buckminster Fuller geodesic utopias, and hobo symbolic language, this immersive environment asks the question: How can we construct meaningful and ethical society in a world that flees from moral reason? The other exhibit, “Out My Window” is by Colleen Ansbaugh. A nationally recognized fiber artist, she was most recently featured in “Quilt National 2017: The Best of Contemporary Quilts.” The Out My Window series is a colorful travelogue of what she saw out the car window on her journeys through Up North Wisconsin.


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Winterfest fun arrives in full force PHILLIPS – The 2019 Winterfest celebration in Phillips on Friday-Sunday, Jan. 25-27 offers a lot of see and to participate in for all ages and skill levels, says the Phillips Chamber of Commerce. This event begins with WinterFest Tour for a chance to win $500 cash by visiting participating Price County Tavern League member establishments. Local merchants will also sponsor a “Shop Local” event – make a purchase at a participating business and get a chance to enter a drawing for a gift basket.

Don’t miss the fourth annual WinterFest Luau at the Phillips Community Pool 5-7pm and a story time, craft making and hot chocolate for the kids at the Phillips Public Library on Saturday 10-11:30am. The Phillips Flurry Snowshoe Race – once again the Wisconsin State Snowshoe Championships -- will be Saturday at the Phillips School Forest. Registration begins at 8am and race start is at 10:30am. The 5K and 10K run/walk offer individual and team entries. Visit phillipsflurry.com for details. Snowmobilers are invited to join the annual snowmobile parade Saturday night beginning with the lineup at 6pm at Birch Island Resort and winding through the chain of lakes and ending up on Lake Duroy in time to see the fireworks show (7pm) over the lake. On Sunday names of winners of the WinterFest Tour will be drawn along with other raffle drawings at noon following the Phillips Chaparral’s Breakfast (8:30-11am) at Club 13 Restaurant on Lake Ave./Hwy. 13 – Trail #102 in Phillips. For more information visit the chamber website at phillipswisconsin.net.

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Saturday is the ice-fishing contest on Duroy, Elk and Long lakes from 6am to 4pm. There are cash prizes for biggest fish in 5 categories. Advance registration at Ross’s Sport Shop or same day registration at the Lake Duroy boat landing.

Dec. 8 Park Falls – Light up Park Falls: 7pm, Triangle Park. Dec. 8-9 Park Falls – Santa Weekend: Dec. 15 Phillips – Santa Visit: noon to 3pm, VFW Post 5778. Dec. 28-30 Park Falls – Tuscobia Winter Ultra: Jan. 1 Phillips – Polar Plunge: Harbor View Pub & Eatery. Jan. 1 Phillips – Snowmobile Club Fundraiser: 2-6pm, Club 13. Jan. 5 Phillips – Ice Fishing Rumble: Jan. 19 Phillips – Ice Fishing Contest: Musser Lake. Jan. 24-26 Park Falls – Poker Run & Breakfast: Saturday breakfast. Jan. 26 Phillips – Ice Fishing Tournament: Soo Lake. Jan. 26 Phillips – Cross Country Snowmobile Race: Jan. 26 Phillips – 5K & 10K Snowshoe Race/Run/Walk: Jan. 26-27 Phillips – Phillips Winter Fest: Feb. 2 Phillips – Ice Fishing Rumble: Feb. 2 Park Falls – Tortoise Day:

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Vilas County

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Calendar of Events Dec. 14 Presque Isle – Olde Tyme Community Christmas: Dec. 15 Eagle River – Craft and Vendor Show: Dec. 16 St. Germain – Craft and Vendor Show: Dec. 26-Jan. 1 M a n itowish Waters – Marvel in Manitowish Waters: Jan. 11-13 Eagle River – Vintage World Championship Derby: Jan. 12 St. Germain – Arctic Warrior Race: Jan. 18-20 Eagle River – World Championship Snowmobile Derby: Jan. 25-27 Eagle River – Women on Snow Weekend: Feb. 1-2 St. Germain – St. Germain Radar Run: Feb. 2 Conover – Ice Fishing Jamboree: Feb. 2 Boulder Junction – Frozen Tozen Ice Fishing Tournament: Feb. 2-3 – Land O’ Lakes -Winter Festival, Sled Dog Races:

Sleigh rides on a winter’s night PRESQUE ISLE – The Presque isle Chamber of Commerce invites you and your family to enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride on Friday, Dec. 14 during the community’s Olde Tyme Community Christmas observance. The free sleigh rides will be available from 6-9pm and leaving every half hour from Pipke Park. The horse will take participants along gorgeous snow-covered roads in Pipke Park, complete with caroling and clear views of the night sky. And if the sky is filled with snowflakes, who could argue against that extra dose of winter magic! There will be a blazing bonfire to warm everyone. Youth (up to age 12) are invited to the children’s party at the park with s’mores and hot cocoa and featuring a special visit with Santa. The event is co-sponsored by the chamber, Lions/Lioness, and the Presque Isle Community Library.

‘Marvel in Manitowish Waters’ promises fun for all MANITOWISH WATERS – Finding family-friendly events and activities during the holiday season (Dec. 26-31) is a snap if you visit the town of Manitowish Waters during that chamber of commerce’s annual “Marvel in Manitowish Waters” celebration. No worries if you splurged the household budget on Christmas gifts as “Marvel” activities are either free or low cost. Some are being held indoors so no problems either with bitter cold if it happens.

Winter Family Play Day The North Lakeland Discovery Center will host a number of free drop-in activities on Thursday, Dec. 27 (Winter Family Play Day) that are fun for all family members. Join in for winter scavenger hunts, snow critter building, crafts and horse-drawn sleigh rides. The center is also hosting a chili cook-off from 11am to 1pm. A chili lunch is available for a small fee. Enjoy snowshoeing at Camp Jorn and North Lakeland Discovery Center, and multi-day open house with crafts at Koller Library. A detailed schedule of activities is available on the chamber’s website at ManitowishWaters.org or by calling the chamber at 715-543-8488.

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at noon, the immensely popular Bikini Run at 1pm, and the Snow Outlaw Winter Nationals finale at 2pm. Expect additional drag racing all day Saturday and into the night as well as the top drag racers compete for over $14,000 in purse money. On the shaved ice track, the fastest speed run on Saturday wins a $500 cash purse. Top speed run also wins recognition on the Sno-King traveling trophy on display at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain. There’s a new $500 cash purse for a new track record currently set at 173.1 mph. Trophies and prizes will be awarded at the Whitetail Inn at 5pm Saturday. For more information and updates on the races, visit radarracers.com. Mark your calendar for this too.

ST. GERMAIN – Northern Wisconsin’s premier lake ice event, the St. Germain Radar Run, returns to St. Germain on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 & 2 with fast sleds, the famed Bikini Racers, food and refreshments – and a new event!

“Freezin’ for a Reason” -- A Pink Carpet Gala will be Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Whitetail Inn. It’s an elegant evening of appetizers, music, raffles and silent auctions to benefit Pink Ribbon Riders and local Bikini Run contestants. Come and “Dress to Impress!”

The event draws thousands of spectators as they watch snowmobiles dash down the two tracks on the West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake -- “The largest winter speed run event in Wisconsin!” The radar runs take place on the 660-foot packed and groomed snow track, and the speed runs take place on the 1,000-foot shaved ice track. Drag racing in 3 classes takes place all day Friday and Saturday. There is spectator parking with bus shuttles on land. There is parking on the ice (at your own risk) for vehicles and trailers. Both days, there will be music and large heated beer tents with hot food provided by the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club. A “vendors row” with snowmobile related gear is also planned. New this year are added heated tents for vendors plus a concierge tent hosted by Boondock Nation, Clutch Energy Drinks and Snow Outlaws. Friday’s events start at noon and they go until 8pm. In addition to the radar runs, practice speed runs and spectator dag races, there will be “Friday Night Under the Lights” racing from 5-8pm and the Snow Outlaw drag racing at 6pm. New drag racing classes have been added in addition to the Snow Outlaw races with over 125 new racers expected filling 3 new venues. Snow outlaw class, open mod, and lake racer. The Pink Ribbon Riders “men’s bikini run” is a new addition, and that will take place at 5pm. Saturday’s events go from 10am to 4pm. They include the fun runs on snow and 32 classes of speed runs on ice, recliner races

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Are you up for the challenge? Arctic Warrior Races return ST. GERMAIN -- Gather up your friends and family members and join in the fun at the St. Germain Chamber’s third annual Arctic Warrior Snowshoe and Winter Obstacle Course Races on Saturday, Jan. 12 in St. Germain.

Proceeds from the race will be shared with the St. Germain Non-Motorized Trail System Fund. For fee schedule and more information call 715-477-2205 or visit the chamber’s website, st-germain.com.

Race choices are the Arctic Warrior 5K/10K Snowshoe Race at 10am, and the 5K/10K Arctic Warrior Obstacle Course Race at 11am (all times approximate). There’s also a family snowshoe race option.

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The Arctic Warrior 5K/10K Snowshoe Race will wind through the beautiful trails in St. Germain and alongside the obstacle course race. The Arctic Warrior Obstacle Course Challenge is a team event so round up friends and family members (suggested team size is 2-6). The race course winds around Little St. Germain Lake and through trails of towering pines that will challenge you though variety of adventure obstacles including, fire walking, tire shuffle, snowmobile pull, dumpster dive, snow hill climb, slack line challenge, snow tunnel crawl and a snowball target launch. The Most Spirited Arctic Warrior Team will be recognized at 3:30pm at the Wild Bear Grill & Pub. Each registered racers will receive a finisher buff and free bowl of soup at the finish. In addition, the snowshoe racers get a long sleeve t-shirt and the obstacles racers get a long sleeve ¼ zip t-shirt.

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DERBY WEEK 2019 World Champions

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EAGLE RIVER – Catch all the excitement – the thrills, the spills, the favorites and perhaps championships upsets – at the World Championship Derby Complex featuring today’s high-tech sleds and vintage iron during back-to-back weekends of racing in January 2019. The Derby has new owners and a new name, with exciting news to share as they plan events throughout the entire year at the iconic Eagle River facility, known far and wide as the “Indianapolis 500 of Snowmobile Racing.” The two events in January draw tens of thousands of snowmobilers from all over North America. The racers themselves will compete in junior, amateur, semipro and professional divisions on the oval track and on the sno-cross course. The Eagle River track will first host the Vintage World Championship Snowmobile Derby the weekend of Jan. 11-13. Come for a whole weekend of classic racing and remember the “good old days” of snowmobile racing. Snowmobiles from 1985 and earlier racing are eligible for vintage racing. Watching vintage racing is like stepping back in time … you will see Ski-Doo, Moto-Ski, Arctic Cat, Polaris, Yamaha, Skiroule, Rupp, Mercury, Sno-Jet, John Deere and Chaparral snowmobiles, amongst many other brands. There will be racing on the half-mile banked ice track as well as in sno-cross competition. The Vintage champion is crowned after that Sunday’s final race at 3:15pm. The following weekend, Jan. 17-20, is the 56th annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby featur-

ing over hundreds of professional and amateur racers in the largest and most prestigious snowmobile competition in the sport. Many of the drivers race sleds at speeds over 100 miles per hour on a solid ice oval, and for the high-flying pilots it’s through a demanding sno-cross course. Lots of vertical excitement for the fans! Don’t miss Friday Night Thunder under the lights where the competition for the Sweet Sixteen pole position race takes on the world famous ice oval to see which World Champ driver will sit on the pole at 3pm Sunday in the Pro 440 class finale. They go head-tohead, bar-to-bar for 30 laps of non-stop action! The winner will be crowned the 2019 World Champion. And returning this year for Friday Night Thunder, you will be able to see the Pro sno-cross racers compete for prize money and trophies. Also, the Pink Ribbon Riders will compete in the ”Dash for Cash” with a two-lap race in their bikinis around the sno-cross course. Then, “Screaming Eagle Saturday” will show off the best of the sno-cross racers when they “Jump for Dollars” on the famed “Table Top” sno-cross track. Mark your calendars for the USSA World Series on March 9 & 10 at the World Championship Derby Complex. Go to the website listed below for latest updates. There are “hot seats,” “Super Tickets” and onsite motor home parking both weekends. Be sure to stop in the Gift Garage for apparel and other goodies, or go online to purchase your favorite items. For ticket prices and more information, visit worldchampionshipderbycomplex.com or call 715-479-4424.

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Nov. 14-Jan. 27 Ironwood – Jack Frost Festival: Dec. 8 Iron River -- Lunch with Santa: Noon to 3pm, Young’s Jan. 12 Iron River – Winter Fun Day: Beechwood Hall.

Lantern-lit skiing and snowshoeing offered SILVER CITY -- Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located on the south shore of Lake Superior near Silver City in Ontonagon County, is offering cross-country skiing and snowshoeing by lantern light in late December, and on Saturday evenings in January and February.

1-mile trail for a unique and memorable experience. The ski trail is track-set for classic skiers, while snowshoers make their own trail adjacent to the lighted loop. Stop halfway around the loop at the warming shelter and join the park naturalist for a campfire and refreshments.

Lantern-lit cross-country skiing and snowshoeing kicks off on New Year’s weekend, Dec. 29 and 31, from 6-9pm and continues on Saturday evenings Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 6-9 p.m., and Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 6:30-9pm.

The ski trail is rated “easy”; however, skiing and snowshoeing at night is always challenging. This event is free; however a Recreation Passport is required for entry to the park.

Nearly 80 old-fashioned kerosene lanterns will illuminate a

The trail is located off M-107 across from the downhill ski area. See the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park cross country ski trails map for the exact location within the park. If the weather is not favorable for skiing or snowshoeing, the event may be canceled. Call ahead to inquire about cancellations at 906-885-5206. For more information on winter recreation opportunities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, call 906-885-5275 or visit michigan.gov/porkies or michigan. gov/dnrcalendar.

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Western U.P. Michigan ‘Snowvaganza’ features fast snowmobile racing

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IRONWOOD – Events in Ironwood’s annual Jack Frost Festival spans two months, so if you liked what they presented in November, there’s even more fun and racing action waiting you in December Mark your calendars -- Dec. 29 for the Pro Vintage Snowmobile and January. For the latest Race -- Jan. 5 & 6 for the USSA/Pro Star Cup Race – and Feb. 16 updates and more informa& 17 for another USSA/Pro Star Cup Race. tion, visit ironwoodchamber. There will be thrilling snowmobile racing by top pros and talent- org. ed amateurs on the half-mile track located in the Gogebic County Fairgrounds. USSA Prostar Racing Series named this track the ‘Race of the Year’ for 2017-18. IRONWOOD – If your winter weekends are starting to glaze over, break out of the doldrums and head to Ironwood for this season’s Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus’s “Snowvaganza.” Before you know it, the sleds will be flying around this fast and historic track, widely known as, “Where the Legends Race.”

The USSA/Pro Star Cup races will have more than 20 different classes of ice oval racing including, Champ, Outlaw, Pro Lite, Vintage, F500, Sportsman 600, Factory 600, Junior and Youth Classes. For more information on the classes, visit ussaprostar. com.

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There is a gate admission fee, but kids 12 years and under get in free. Also free is general spectator parking on-site, space permitting. There is also trackside parking available for a separate fee.

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Dec. 8 Iron River -- Lunch with Santa: Noon to 3pm, Young’s. Dec. 14 Iron River – Deck the House: 5-8pm. Jan. 12 Iron River – Winter Fun Day: 2-7pm, Beechwood Hall. Jan. 26 Iron River – Winterfest: noon-10pm, Young’s.

Play in the snow in Iron County, Michigan

Iron County’s Groomed Trails - Your Gateway to the Western U.P. -- Iron County boasts more than 260 miles of extensively groomed and well-marked snowmobile trails, drawing riders from throughout the region and beyond to enjoy scenic journeys that are a trademark of trails here. The wide open trails traverse abandoned railroad beds, weave through varied wooded terrain and cross lakes for excellent sledding. Snowfall totals are between 90 and 120 inches each season. The season opens Dec. 1 and closes March 31. The county trail system includes Amasa, Crystal Falls, Iron River, Sidnaw and Kenton areas. The Iron Range Trail Club (906-265-7152) maintains and grooms about 150 miles of trail. Additionally, the Chippewa Snokats Snowmobile Club (906- 875-3117) grooms and maintains about 100 miles of trail. Iron County serves as a hub for not only local trails, but far beyond. Snowmobilers can tap into the vast network of trails in the

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Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin for an extended riding adventure. Gas stations, restaurants, lodging and sled rentals available. For trail reports call (906) 265-7152 or (888) 879-4766. Iron County snowmobile trail maps are available at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce office (906-265-3822), at most area gas stations, and many local businesses. Cross-Country & Down-Hill Skiing for Everyone - Whether your preference is challenging slopes or a beautiful nature trail, there is a skiing experience in Iron County for every ability. For the downhill skier there are three great slopes in Iron County. If you’re looking for a full day fun with a wide variety of runs to enjoy, then Ski Brule is the place for you. Amenities includes lodging, skiing and snowboarding rentals, terrain park, tubing, acrobag, fat tire bike trails, cross country ski trails, snowshoe trails, and fun family events throughout the winter. If you’ve just got a couple of hours and want to enjoy the snow,


Eastern U.P. Michigan then check out the Caspian Ski Hill in Caspian or the Crystella Ski Hill in Crystal Falls. While the tow ropes on these hills have limited operational hours, they are great for beginner skiing, sledding or tubing. And when you’re good and tired, hit one of the great restaurants or bars. Nothing pairs with a full day in the snow like a hot coffee and a hot meal!

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If you’re more of a nordic skier that enjoys the trails cut through the wilderness, then you’ll love our diverse cross country ski trails. You can choose the sequestered Lake Mary Plains Pathways in Mansfield Township. One of the local favorites is the Ge-Che Cross-Country Trail. This trail system weaves around three lakes: Hagerman, Brule and Ottawa through the U.S. Forest Service’s Ottawa National Forest in southwest Iron County. Ge-Che (“Big Lake” in Ojibwe) was named for Lake Ottawa. The trail totals nine miles over gentle and rolling terrain and connects Lake Ottawa with Hagerman Lake across the road.

Learn more about these and other great skiing options at iron. org.

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You can also take in the beauty of the Northwoods on Young’s newly expanded cross-country ski and snowshoe trails! Explore the winter wonderland of Iron County on over 6 miles of professionally groomed trails. Afterwards, warm up with beverage and warm meal at FireBrick Bar & Grill on the Young’s campus, then unwind with a soak in the Jacuzzi! They also offer ski and snowshoe rentals for adults and complimentary ski and snowshoe rentals for kids.

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