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EDITOR’S column

Continue the fun in the Northwoods

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e invite our warm weather visitors and first-timers to discover the numerous adventures that can be found in the great Northwoods during winter. From exciting downhill skiing and snowmobile races, to the magical stillness of candlelight cross-country skiing in the forest, there’s something that’s a perfect fit for visitors. Set up base camp at one of many friendly communities and enjoy the inspiring natural landscape from the shores of Lake Superior, past the Kettle Moraine and to the Driftless Area to the south.

This is the land inhabited by the original Natives that drew the lumberjacks, the railroad builders and the settlers. Each carved out a niche and left a legacy for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Today, we work and play in an environment that’s clean and refreshing.

Most of the birds and animals have either migrated or are hidden away, but look closely and you’ll see shy Dean S. Acheson deer peeking under the snow-laden pine boughs, the occasional eagle snatching up a panfish left by a fisherman, and maybe – as we did one February day last winter – a snow-white weasel scurrying across the road on its hunt for sustenance. Speaking of food, we know you’ll appreciate the crusine at our local restaurants, as well as discovering the finds at our unique shops, and the nightlife and other entertainment that draws out the night owls. It’s a good time to be visiting the land they call Up North!

Inside this Issue

Editor’s Column..................................................................................................................................................................................................................Pg. 4 St. Croix Rods.......................................................................................................................................................................................... Inside Front Cover General Beer Northwest........................................................................................................................................................................ Inside Back Cover Muskie Expo..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 25

Counties Covered in this issue

NORTHWOODS REGION Forest County.........................................page 6 Iron County.............................................page 8 Langlade County............................... page 10 Lincoln County................................... page 12 Marinette County.............................. page 16 Marathon County.............................. page 18 Oneida County................................... page 19 Price County........................................ page 28 Shawano Country.............................. page 31 Vilas County......................................... page 32

NORTHWEST REGION Ashland County................................. page 40 Bayfield County.................................. page 41 Burnett County................................... page 42 Polk County......................................... page 44 Sawyer County................................... page 45 U.P MICHIGAN Big Snow Country.....................pages 25-27 SPECIAL IRON COUNTY MICHIGAN VISITOR GUIDE ...........................see center section

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Historic Ironwood Track to host ice oval races

RONWOOD – Fans will be treated with exciting snowmobile racing action this season when the fast and historic half-mile Ironwood Track at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds in Ironwood hosts two races – one featuring vintage sleds, the other modern sleds.

The Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus race weekend begins with testing on Friday and great racing action both Saturday and Sunday. The popular GPR F-500 or Jim Adema Memorial Cup is run on Saturday.

The kids will have their chance at a trophy, as the Wisconsin Kids Snowmobile Racing Association First up are the vintage snowmobile races under the (WKSRA) will hold races Jan. 7 & 8 at the track. flag of Pro Vintage Racing series on Saturday, Dec 31. The Ironwood site was selected after USSA and Admission for both events is $10 per day with chilTLR dropped all vintage classes, according to a track dren 12 and under admitted free. For a fee, you can official. Racing starts at 9:00am. enjoy trackside parking. General admission parking is free. Track amenities include the Oval Office Bar, heated concession area and restrooms, and vendors Snowmobile Olympus in the heated building. The following weekend, Jan. 7 & 8, they will host the USSA/TLR Cup races during the Ironwood Snow- Call 906-364-1845 or visit ironwoodsnowmobileomobile Olympus. New this year for TLR will be the lympus.com for more details and updates. The track Factory 600 class. Again, races start at 9:00am each is located at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds, 648 day. W. Cloverland Dr., on the west side of Ironwood on Hwy. 2. 5 Star Marketing & Distribution • 5 StarUpNorth.com • UpNorthAction.com


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Calendar of Events

Dec. 10 Crandon – Breakfast with Santa: Crandon Schools.

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Discover Forest County snowmobiling

njoy your next snowmobiling adventure in Forest County with over 405 miles of groomed, state-funded trails winding through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. All trails link to both casinos and all hospitality businesses in Forest County, providing many pit stops along the trail for food, lodging, and refreshments. For current snow conditions call the Forest County Snowline at 715-478-2024. To request a Forest County snowmobile map call 715-478-3475. The county forest department lists these trail systems for sledheads: 100 Mile Snow Safari Trail: The 100 Mile Snow Safari has approximately 150 miles of marked and groomed trails through

the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest linking all the localities of Forest County. Maps, food, etc., are available at pit stops throughout the system. Lumberjack Memorial Trails: The Lumberjack Memorial Trails Club grooms and maintains over 90 miles of trails in central and southern Forest County. These trails link to the 100 Miler as well as to the trails in the Lakewood area. Three Lakes/Brule Trails: The Three Lakes Trail system has over 80 miles of groomed trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, linking Forest and Oneida counties in the western half of the county as well as upper Michigan. Tombstone-Pickerel Trails: The Tombstone-Pickerel Trails include over 20 miles of groomed trails in southwestern Forest County, with numerous pit stops and resorts, as well as providing a link to the Langlade County trail system. Black Bear Sportsmen’s Club: The Black Bear Club has over 40 miles of groomed trails, linking the Crandon area north and west to trails in Oneida County.

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O U N T YW I D E – Crosscountry skiers in Forest County can enjoy some 40 miles of groomed XC trails with variations suited just for beginners on up to technical trails to challenge the experts. Here’s a look at the more popular trails:

Hemlock Lake Ski Trail, Forest County Forestry Dept.: The two-mile Hemlock Lake Ski Trail is located 1 mile east and 4 miles south of Crandon on Hemlock Lake Road off Hwy. W. The first loop is 1.25 miles in length and has more aggressive, hilly terrain. The second loop is a more of a beginner/intermediate trail with gentle and rolling terrain. A parking area is available.

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Ed’s Lake Trail, Nicolet National Forest: This groomed trail is located between Wabeno and Crandon on Hwy W. There is a 2.3-mile loop trail suitable for beginners, with the intermediate trail offering a 2.7-mile loop as well as a 3.5-mile loop. Nicolet North Trail, Nicolet National Forest: Nicolet North is located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on FR 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of groomed trails with several loop opportunities. Anvil Trail, Nicolet National Forest: Anvil Trail is located 8.5 miles east of Eagle River on Hwy. 70. There are 12 miles of groomed loop trails ranging from gentle, rolling to hilly terrain. Otter Springs Trail, Forest County Forestry Dept.: This trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon on Forest Road 2378 off Hwy. 8. Lo-

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Forest County has a number of quality XC trails

cated in a large area of hardwood forest, the trail offers a scenic view of Otter Springs and Bug Lake. The eight-mile trail comes complete with a parking area and a ski shelter between the two intermediate trails. The 0.75-mile loop is suitable for beginners. The intermediate trails consist of a 1.25-mile segment and the third is a 3-mile loop with more hills and curves than the others. Decades ago, a WCC crew built the shelter out of cedar logs. It’s equipped with benches and an area for a small fire.


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IRON county

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Calendar of Events

Dec. 10 Mercer – Candy Cane Parade: Parade at 3:30pm; raffle, treats and hot cocoa, baking contest. Dec. 17 Hurley – Santa Shuffle: 5K walk/run/shuffle. 10am, Hurley K-12 School. Dec. 30 Hurley – Vintage Snowmobile Parade: 6pm, Silver Street. Also fireworks show. Jan. 14 Mercer – Mercer Snow Goers Winter Blast: 10am to 11:45pm, Snowmobile Barn. Food, drink. Jan. 28 Mercer – MECCA Candlelight Ski: 6-9pm, MECCA ski trails.

Mercer Sno-Goers planning a fun season of riding

MERCER – The Mercer Sno-Goers always have their 220-mile winter trail system ready for riders when the first snowflake drops in this part of the picturesque Northwoods and the trails officially open.

This 400-member strong club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! Can you imagine the fun stories told by the “old timers” as they recount bushwhacking back then -- the norm rather than the groomed trails we all enjoy today! Hear some of those stories with a stop at the groomer barn on Saturday, Jan. 14 when the club hosts its annual Winter

Blast celebration from 11am to midnight. There will be food, live music and the drawing of the poker run hands. Sledders can access the groomer barn in downtown Mercer via the Railroad Grade, also called Corridor 17. You don’t have to be a sledder to enjoy Winter Blast, as everyone is welcomed. There is no cover charge. For more information, contact Wayne Riebe at 715-476-7878 or visit mercersnogoers.com. Burgers, brats, pulled pork sandwiches, hot pork plate and mashed potatoes, along with refreshments will be available all day and night starting at 11am. The band starts playing at 7pm. They expect to give away some $4,000 in prizes during the raffles, so be sure to get a fist-full of tickets! Poker Run The poker run begins Dec. 26 and ends at Winter Blast. Pick up entry sheets at participating business locations. Cost is $10 per sheet. Prizes are 100% of winners fund. Prizes are awarded to the

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Snowmobile raffle Speaking of tickets be sure to get a ticket or two for the club raffle drawing of the grand prize, a 2017 Arctic Cat ZR6000 LXRES. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The drawing will take place at 6pm March 4 at Gateway Lodge. Second prize is a Sled EZ dolly and lift and third place is $300 cash.

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overall top 4 poker hands: 1st place payout is 40%, 2nd place is 30%, 3rd place is 20%, and 4th place is 10%. Each business stamp will earn you a poker card. Five stops will be mandatory for a full hand.


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Langlade county

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Calendar of Events

Dec. 10 Antigo – Breakfast with Santa: 8-11am. Elk’s Lodge. 715-627-1389. Dec. 31 Antigo – Waffles at Gartzke: 9am to 1pm, Gartzke Flowage: Sponsored by Antigo Bike & Ski Club. Feb. 4 Deerbrook – Classic Cruise Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Ride: Sponsored by Deerbrook Bridge Runners. 10am registration, noon ride. Drawings, food, prizes, karaoke. Feb. 11 Deerbrook – Jack Lake Ski Fest: 10am to noon. 20 km ski race. Mass start at 10am. Food and refreshments. 715-216-3559. Feb. 11 Pickerel – Pickerel Fun Day & Schuh’s Winter Plunge Jump In:

ANTIGO – Enjoy some good old-fashioned iceskating fun at the indoor and outdoor rinks in Antigo. The rinks are open to visitors who can join local families in a favorite sport that doesn’t require a lot of money to enjoy – just skates and maybe helmets for the younger set. Future Olympians and novices alike will enjoy taking a spin around these rinks: Antigo Outdoor Hockey & Inline Rink at 1011 First Ave, Antigo is flooded in the winter to create an ice rink. Hockey players and figure skaters share the ice so be courteous to others. Park hours are 7:30am to dusk. The park is lighted for late hockey games or

Now open for the winter season – ice-skating rinks

practices. A portable toilet is available next to the rink.

Langlade County Indoor Ice Rink is in the Multi-Purpose Building at the Langlade County Fairgrounds. The building features a seasonal ice rink with scoreboard, announcer booth, bleachers, a full-service kitchen, large restrooms and lots of room. The indoor rink is home to the Antigo Red Robins Hockey teams. Peaceful Valley Ice Rink at 420 Field Street is open from 7:30am to dusk, and is lighted for after-dark practice or games. The park features a new restroom and warming house facility (open from 8am to 8:30pm) and playground equipment. Third Ward Park at 1120 Second Avenue features a rustic iceskating rink during the winter months. The park has benches and is open from 7:30am to dusk.

Cranky Scott’s – for all your high performance needs

ANTIGO – Sledheads and other racers looking for peak performance – with an extra boost in horsepower out of their engines to get on the podium –should check out Cranky Scott’s in Antigo.

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Enjoy snowmobiling in Langlade County 28 degrees as damage to the packed trail can occur when temperatures rise above that point. There is no set date when trails open or close. There are also two different Zones (A and B) that can open at different times, or all at once. Trails are groomed as conditions warrant, based on snowfall or heavy use. Eleven clubs and county employees help to maintain the trails. The county trail system would not be possible without the dedicated club members and the private landowners who allow trails over their properties.

The trails are scenic and traverse glacial terrain, upland hardwood, cedar swamps and farm fields, as well as across small streams and lakes. The city of Antigo allows snowmobile access through its jurisdiction. Trails may close at any time due to lack of snow or unsafe conditions. Winter trails close to ATVs when the temperature is above

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C O U N T YWIDE -Langlade County provides an abundance of opportunities for snowmobilers to enjoy the outdoors with over 500 miles of groomed snowmobile and ATV trails.

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LINCOLN county

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Calendar of Events

Dec. 10 Merrill – Breakfast with Santa: 8-11am, Smith Center (MARAC). Registration required – call 715-536-7313. Jan. 1 Tomahawk – Polar Plunge: 11:30am to 3:30pm, Happy Snapper. 715-453-8686. Jan. 21 Tomahawk – Family Fishing Contest: 6am to 6pm/ 715-612-0926. Jan. 21-22 Merrill – Winterfest Sled Dog Race: 10am Saturday, 9am Sunday: Pine River Elementary School. Jan. 21, 28 Merrill – Merrill Ice Drags: noon start, Lake Alexander, Council Grounds State Park. Merrillicedrags.com. Jan. 21-22 Merrill – Winterfest & Sled Dog Races: Pine River Elementary School. Feb. 4 Tomahawk – Alice in Winterland Ice Fishing Festival: 7am to 3pm, Lake Alice. 715-3402442. Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Merrill – Merrill Ice Drags: Noon start, Lake Alexander, Council Grounds State Park. Merrillicedrags.com. Feb. 25 Tomahawk – Ice Fishing Jamboree: 8:30am to 3pm, Somo Lake. 715-453-0701. Feb. 25 Tomahawk – Kinship Polar Plunge: 11am to 2pm, (noon start of plunges) SARA Park. 715-453-1910. March 1 Tomahawk – Taste of Tomahawk: Inshalla Country Club. 715-453-5334.

Catch the drag race excitement on lake ice

MERRILL – If you know your E.T.’s – and we’re not talking about extra-terrestrial beings here – you’ll be impressed by the elapsed times (E.T.’s) posted by racers competing during the Merrill Ice Draggers’ races on Lake Alexander in Merrill. The club holds the record for the fastest 1/8-mile drag auto racing on ice in the world, they say. The world records posted there are 141.6 m.p.h. and 5.431 e.t. They’ve been putting the rubber and the nails to lake ice since 1965 and feature “rubber tire” class to “Outlaw class. The club welcomes visitors to watch the spirited races on these upcoming Saturdays: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and Feb. 25. Racing starts at noon. The championships are to be decided Feb. 18 with grudge matches/bracket races on Feb. 25. If you want to get a sneak peak come out Jan. 21, which is their “test and tune” day. Access to the racetrack is through Council Grounds State Park (state park sticker or daily permit required if parking on state park grounds; parking on the ice is free). An ice road is plowed for easy access. You can also purchase a pit pass. Council Grounds is located just north of Merrill. Food and refreshments will be available courtesy of the Cub Scouts. Check out merrillicedrags.com for updates.

About the races Speeds can reach 100 mph in less than seven seconds. The series features single elimination in 15 divisions, including 4-wheel drive classes and 2-wheel drive classes for cars, trucks and dragsters. You can race your own car in the rubber tire class or enter any of the 13 other “nailie” classes (tires have 5,000 to 6,000 screws in each tire). There are weekly cash prizes and trophies with yearly points, trophies and payouts. They run a five tenths, full tree, complete with time slip.

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TOMAHAWK – Be a STAR supporter and take the Polar Plunge in Lake Mohawksin on Sunday, Jan. 1. The Happy Snapper is the headquarters for this fun and so cool event. Registration and raffles begin at 11:30am with the plunge to follow. There will be prizes for best costume and most pledged donations raised. Each plunger will receive a free Polar Plunge tshirt. To register, e-mail your name to starpolarplunge@gmail. com. For additional information, call The Happy Snapper at 715-453-8686. The Happy Snapper is located at 1315 S. Tomahawk Avenue. Spectators are welcomed, too, and are encouraged to donate toward a great cause that benefits the community. Proceeds from the event will go to the Tomahawk STAR (Support Tomahawk Area Resources) Foundation, which acts as a community chest by making charitable grants to community groups, clubs and non-profit organizations that contribute to the health and vitality of the area.

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Gleason track hosts ice oval races

GLEASON – Come see the thrills, chills and spills of during the Winter Races held on the iced oval of the Gleason International Raceway, Gleason Community Club Park, downtown Gleason. The 2017 race dates are Jan 7 & 21 and Feb. 4, 18 & 25. Gates open at 8am with races starting at 11am for all dates except for the 3pm start for the Feb. 4 “night race under lights.” After the racing on Feb. 4, follow the crowd to the Gleason Community Park building where there will be dancing with live music. They run some 45 classes for snowmobiles, carts, motorcycles, ATVs. Hot food and refreshments will be available at each race. Bathrooms are in the heated building. There is a spectator admission fee with kids under age 10 admitted free.

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Enjoy snowmobiling in Marinette County

OUNTYWIDE -- 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. Marinette is one of the largest counties in Wisconsin, which means snowmobile trail conditions can vary a great deal from

one end of the county to the other. The southern part may have no snow and the trails may be closed while in the northern part the trails are in excellent condition. The southern one-third is from the Oconto county line north to Marinette County Highway C (encompasses Marinette, Peshtigo, Coleman, the villages of Crivitz and Wausaukee). The trails are maintained by Kum-Along Sno-Riders, Bagley-Brazeau Joyriders, River Road Riders, and parts of the Iron Snowshoe and Ranger City Rider trail systems. Riders will find lots of flat, open farmland and urban trails in this area. Snow conditions are generally the least in the southern one-third. ATVs and UTVs are not allowed on these trails during winter. The middle one-third is from County Highway C north to U.S. Hwy. 8 (Athelstane, Wausaukee, Amberg, Beecher and parts of Pembine and Dunbar). The trails are maintained by Near North, Iron Snowshoe, Ranger City Riders, Pemenee River Riders and Dun-Good Riders. These are mixed terrain trails -- some farm areas, urban trails and some forestland. Near North, Iron Snowshoe, Pemenee and Dun-Good’s trails are also open for winter ATV-UTV use. Ranger City Riders are “snowmobile only” trails. The northern one-third covers trails north from Hwy. 8 to the Michigan state line and west to join the Forest and Florence county trails. This includes trails maintained by Iron Snowshoe, Near North, Pemenee River Riders and Dun-Good Riders. This northern area generally has the best early season and late season riding and exceptional mid-season conditions. Trails are mainly through the woods and on county forestland. Trails can be in good winter riding condition with only a few inches of snowfall because of the summer grooming for ATV/UTV riding.

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MARATHON county

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Calendar of Events

Jan. 6 Wausau – Snowshoe Walks in the Gadens: Jan. 6-8, 13-15, 20-23 Wausau – Badger State Games: Jan. 6-8 Wausau – Granite Peak Family Festival Weekend: Jan. 13-15 Wausau – Leinenkugel’s Classic Pond Hockey Tournament: Jan. 14-15 Wausau – Women’s Highlander Bonspiel: Wausau Curling Center.

Top talent race at Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship

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AUSAU – They had record spectator attendance at last season’s Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship in Wausau, proof that this hot action, ice oval track is becoming well known and well liked across the Midwest by fans and racers alike.

Dates for the Wausau 525 in 2017 are Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29. The track will be part of the 2017 TLR Cup Tour, a nine-race competition across four snowmobile racing associations for Pro Champ, Factory Stock 600 and Outlaw classes at ice oval races. In addition to the excellent track, the race attracts some of the top racing talent in the U.S. and Canada, as well a host of amateur racers. The professional racers will compete for Wausau 525 Cups and TLR Cup points and cash. The track runs numerous classes, including V-Force Pro Lite,

Sportsman 600, Outlaw, Champ 440 and motorcycles. On race weekend gates open at 9am with racing at 10am both Saturday and Sunday. Champ 440 final for the Wausau 525 Cup is at 3pm Saturday and the Champ 440 final for the TLR Cup is at 3:15pm Sunday. The exposition building is heated and has viewing for fans, beverages, food and other amenities.

TLR Circuit Pro Champ drivers will compete for $95,000 in TLR prize money, $60,000 for points accumulated at the nine designated races, $30,000 in “Show Money” and $3,000 in prize money for the Friday Night Thunder Race that will be held at the Eagle River Derby Track. Also, $5,000 in added purse will be paid out for the season in the Outlaw 600 class. The Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship is held in the memory of Philip “Flip” Merwin, who was killed in a snowmobile accident in 2003. The Flip’s Fund charity supports local families with critically ill children, high school scholarships, Circle of Friends, Locks of Love, the Boy Scouts, and other like-minded organizations. To date they have raised over $200,000 for these groups and families.

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Lots of fun planned to welcome in New Year MINOCQUA AND WOODRUFF – The Northwoods folks who bring you cozy cabins and scenic snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, also go to great lengths to entertain you and your family over the holidays. Book your lodging now and stay and play in the great outdoors! Among the holiday entertainment planned – and going for a good cause – is the 10th annual Chill Out polar bear plunge on Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Thirsty Whale, downtown Minocqua. Beginning at 1pm, jumpers will plunge into the oh-so-chilly waters of Lake Minocqua. A large section of the ice over waist-deep water is removed for this event that attracts an excellent turnout of good-hearted folks raising pledge money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). There’s food and drinks inside the restaurant. Registration begins at 11am with a minimum of just $35 in pledges getting you in line for the jump. A few come in costume, but all exit the water covered in goose bumps! Of course, they welcome your monetary support and cheers even if you are not a polar bear. For more information, call NRG Media at 7185-362-1975 or Peg, who is the annual giving coordinator for CMN, at 715-892-212. Fireworks and more Welcome in the New Year with a stop in downtown Woodruff for the annual winter fireworks show on Saturday, Dec. 31. The Red Hot New Year’s Eve Celebration runs from 3:30-7:30pm with fireworks at dusk. The Town of Woodruff and Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce are again partnering to bring you this family event. Bring your skates and sleds, as there is all-day sledding and ice-skating, along with free horse-drawn wagon rides from 3:30-6:30pm. Beginning at 5pm, enjoy hot chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate and hot cider in the Woodruff Community Center. There will also be kids crafts and party favors for everyone. Proceeds will benefit the Woodruff Beautification Fund. Fireworks will begin at 7pm behind the Community Center, so plan to be there early, because you don’t want to miss this neat fireworks show. There is parking available in nearby lots and along the side streets.

Dec. 10 Minocqua – Cookie Walk: 9:30am start. United Methodist Church of the Pines. Dec. 10 Minocqua -- Skijor & Ski Shop Demo Day: 10am, Minocqua Winter Park. Dec. 31 Minocqua – Chill Out: 1pm, polar bear plunge. Thirsty Whale. Dec. 31 Woodruff – Red Hot New Year’s Eve Celebration: 3:30-7:30pm, Woodruff Community Center. Ice skating, chili feed, kids activities, fireworks. Dec. 31 Minocqua – Light up the Night Concert & Party: 5pm, Minocqua Winter Park. Night skiing, skating and tubing, food and music. Jan. 7 Minocqua – Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race: 11am to 3pm, Minocqua Winter Park. 715356-3309. Jan. 7 Three Lakes – Polar Bear Plunge: Bonnie’s Lakeside. Plunges at 1pm. Jan. 14 Rhinelander – Snowshoe Hare Race/Walk: Holiday Acres Resort. Race start is 10:30am for 5 km and 10 km. Jan. 21 Minocqua – Inga Lami Women’s Ski/Snowshoe Social: 1-3pm, Minocqua Winter Park. Jan. 28 Minocqua – Ice Cold Beer Fest: 1-3pm, Outdoor tent next to Minocqua Brewing Co. Feb. 4 Minocqua – Wolf Tracks Rendezvous: 9am to 3pm, Minocqua Winter Park. Skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating. Half and full marathons. 715-3563309. Feb. 18 Minocqua – Northwoods Wildlife Center Photo Contest Gala: 6-8pm, Campanile Center for the Arts. Photo judging, raffles, food, wine. Feb. 25 Woodruff – Carol Lake Ice Fishing Contest: 7am to 3pm, Carol Lake. Feb. 25 Lake Tomahawk – Vintage Sled Show and Ride: All day. Downtown Lake Tomahawk.

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Wildlife Center’s photo contest underway MINOCQUA – The Northwoods Wildlife Center (NWC) invites you to combine your love of the outdoors and pets with your skill as an amateur photographer by entering a photograph in their annual photography contest. The contest categories and prizes are as follows: North American Wildlife ($100 first prize), Naturescapes, Bugs and Blooms, Trail Cameras, Pets, Youth-ages 17 and under, (all $50 first prizes). Entries must be an 8” x 10” photograph with 11” x 14” cream or white mat. Entry fee is $10 per photo. Photos are due by Friday, Feb. 10. The photographer cannot make more than 25% of his or her an-

nual income through photography. Photographs can be taken anywhere at any time. Multiple entries are allowed. Complete contest rules are available on northwoodswildlifecenter. org. Public voting occurs at the NWC’s Photo Gala on Feb. 18 at the Campanile Center for the Arts, downtown Minocqua, from 6-8pm. The top four North American Wildlife category entries are eligible for the Artist of the Year designation. A panel of judges will make the final Artist of the Year selection based on criteria of creativity and photo quality.

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Proceeds benefit the Northwoods Wildlife Center, whose mission is to treat and rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife for successful release back into the wild. On average each year the not-for-profit center takes in between 700 and 1,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and the occasional amphibian for treatment and care or transport when necessary.

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Polar Bear plunge set at Three Lakes

THREE LAKES -- The 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place Saturday, Jan. 7 on Spirit Lake with headquarters at Bonnie’s Lakeside, 1426 Hwy. 32, Three Lakes. The event usually attracts between 80 and 100 plungers. Plunge time is at 1pm, but come early and enjoy the food and refreshments and raffles. To date, the Polar Bear Plunge has raised over $422,000 for the non-profit cancer support foundation, Angel On My Shoulder. This money benefits the charity’s various camps: Camp Angel, Camp Teen Angel, Angel Adventures and Angel Adventures Extreme, along with providing support for other programs. All plungers will receive a plunge t-shirt and plunge towel. There will be as a hot tub for plungers to warm up afterwards. For a pledge form and more information, go to wrjo.com.

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Make a dash to the Snowshoe Hare race

RHINELANDER – Got a brother-in-law who believes in the existence of Big Foot/Sasquatch/Yeti? Bring him to Rhinelander on Saturday, Jan. 14 where he can marvel in the size of the tracks laid down by winter enthusiasts. Just don’t tell him the runners in the 2017 Snowshoe Hare Race/Walk left them. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) will be holding the sixth annual Snowshoe Hare Race/Walk at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.

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This event is a part of the Braveheart Series of snowshoe races and will feature 5 and 10-kilometer events as well as a free kids’ race. The event course traverses beautiful trails through deep woods and is suitable for everyone from the casual walker to the dedicated racer. Registration is 9-10am with the race start for the 5K and 10K at 10:30am. Awards will be given to the first overall male and female finishers as well as the top 3 males and females in each division. Those in the kid’s race (start time is 11:30am) will receive a participant token. For more information, including registration fees, go to rastatrails. org. Early registration deadline is Jan. 9. There will be a chili lunch after the race.

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Thirteen . . . 2,3, and 4 bedroom units, some with fireplaces are your choices for summer or winter vacations. Our resort has an indoor pool, whirlpool, and a sauna and gameroom which is staffed during the day and evening. 8 cottages are on the lake and six are in a wooded setting. Some cottages are full log units. For views of the cottages go to our website at: www.lacoseasons.com and click on the “cottages” link.

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Welcome to Iron County, Michigan

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ron County, Michigan is in the heart of the “Winter Wonderland,” and we know how to play, relax and enjoy the splendor of the outdoors when the snow blankets the landscape and the lakes freeze into tabletop playgrounds. Plan your next unforgettable vacation in Iron County where you can revel in the many winter recreational activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice fishing and scenic snowmobile trails. When the calendar transitions to the warmer months, you can be among the thousands of visitors who enjoy fishing, boating, camping, ATVing, golfing, cycling, hiking, sightseeing, and much more in Iron County.

Our communities invite all to celebrate with them on special occasions. Among the notable ones is the “Holiday in Lights” Parade each December in Iron River, “Hometown Christmas” in Crystal Falls and back in Iron River, the IronLine Dog Sled Races in January. Summer brings exciting rodeo action when the UP Pro Rodeo pays a visit to Iron River. All generations will love the Iron County Fair. Stop by at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Iron River for information about all the above, as well as for shopping and lodging suggestions. You can also visit www.iron.org for updates on our celebrations and other events.

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Welcome Letter............................................................................................................. page 4 Winter Fun...............................................................................................................pages 6-8 Communities................................................................................................................ page 9 Scenic Trails.........................................................................................................pages 10-11 Heritage Trail......................................................................................................pages 12-14 Iron County Area Map ......................................................................................pages 16-17 Theatre & the Arts......................................................................................................page 18 Apple Blossom Trail...................................................................................................page 19 Camping......................................................................................................................... 20-21

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Let winter fun take your breath away

hen the mercury drops and the snow piles up on the front door, it’s time to bust loose and embrace winter in Iron County, Michigan. Our downhill skiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking adventures offer an escape from the crowds and a unique perspective on having fun in the Great Northwoods.

Snowmobiling 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. 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 Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin for an extended riding adventure. Gas stations, restaurants, lodging and sled rentals are available. 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 early December, closes late March.

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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 while the Chippewa Sno-kats Snowmobile Club (906-8753117) grooms and maintains about 100 miles of trail. Snowmobile derbies, festivals and races are sponsored each season by clubs and communities. Here’s one recommendation: “Trail 16, known as the Chippewa Trail, travels east on a well-groomed scenic route to Crystal Falls. From here it continues on to the Sagola area on the Arsenia Hershey Trail. A jaunt on Trail 15 takes riders north deep into the magnificent Upper Michigan Northwoods offering the lucky rider many opportunities to photograph wildlife and scenery. The trail gives sno-goers the option of traveling to Sidnaw or connecting with Trail 4 toward Kenton or Trail 111 to Amasa.” You’re never far from a snowmobile rental or service center in Iron County. Pick up a snowmobile trail map at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce office, at most gas stations and many other local businesses. You may also purchase a trail permit at the chamber office. For weekly trail condition reports call one of the two area snowmobile clubs: Chippewa SnowKats, 906-875-4993, Iron Range Trail Club 906-265-7152 or the state Travel Michigan toll-free number 800-MI-4SNOW.


Downhill Skiing Ski Brule, located off M-189 near Iron River, enjoys a reputation for being “first to open, last to close,” and historically, has a season that lasts just over five months. Ski Brule has ski slopes to match the expertise of any skier or snowboarder and is dedicated to offering a family friendly, customer service-based vacation.

Cross-Country Skiing Ski Brule’s 32 km cross-country ski trail system winds through the wooded and rolling terrain of the Brule River Valley. The trail is flat groomed for ski skating and tracked for traditional Nordic skiing. The trail system winds along the base of the mountain and the Brule River, offering ample scenic views to enjoy. Rentals and instruction available. The Ge-Che Cross-Country Trail weaves around three lakes, Hagerman, Brule and Ottawa, in the U.S. Forest Service’s Ottawa National Forest in southwest Iron County. Ge-Che (“Big Lake” in Ojibwa) was named for Lake Ottawa. The trail totals 10.8 km over gentle and rolling terrain and connects Lake Ottawa with Hagerman Lake across the road. A couple of loops are classified as expert but are easily avoided by those with lesser skills. The trail is groomed by the nearby Covenant Point Bible Camp, which is the recommended trailhead for skiers. The trailhead at Lake Ottawa is not plowed, but fishermen do put the snow blade down on occasion. There is no trail fee but donations are welcome. Trail maps are available at the Covenant Point trailhead. Call Covenant Point 906-265-2117for more information. The Iron River Nordic Cross-Country Ski Center at the George Young Recreational Complex 906-265-3401) offers 6 km of meticulously groomed trails, prepared for both classical and skating techniques. Follow the trails to explore Wagner Lake or wind through the wooded expanse of the complex. Varying terrain provides excellent skiing for all ability levels, from novice to expert. Trails open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open Wed-Sun). No fee for trail use; rental equipment available.

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Lake Mary Plains Pathway, located off M-69 in Mansfield Township, between Sagola and Crystal Falls, features 9.6 miles of DNRE maintained trails. Three loops totaling 19 km are marked, groomed mostly for classical skiing, which will appeal to novice and intermediate cross-country skiers. For more information, contact the DNRE office at 906-875-6622. Bewabic State Park, 4 miles west of Crystal Falls on US-2, has a 2.5-mile groomed classic style ski trail. Trailhead is at south end of day use parking lot. Park headquarters 906-875-3324 Bear Paw Trails are at The Listening Inn Bed & Breakfast in Crystal Falls. A total of 14.5 km of groomed, classic-only trails wind over creeks and through hardwoods and virgin stands of pine. Loops range from beginner to intermediate. There are separate and well-marked snowshoe trails. Open to the public for a small fee. Rentals. 906-822-7738

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Snowboarding continues to grow in popularity in the Upper Peninsula. Ski Brule’s has a tubing park and its 30-acre snowboard terrain park features the best tabletops, half-pipe and quarter-pipe in the Midwest. The variety of terrain accommodates all levels of expertise, from the novice to the expert, as well as the entire family. For those whose desire is to go softly through the woods on snowshoes, there are snowshoe trails around Brule Mountain and at The Listening Inn. Snowshoe enthusiasts can also “bushwhack” almost any direction they wish,

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with terrain from nearly level to rolling landscapes.

Ice Fishing Tip-up! Flag! Either of those words gets an immediate reaction from ice fishermen chatting up a storm in their ice shelter. Legs flying, they race to the tip-up, watch intently as line is pulled from the spool, and then reach down to set the hook on a walleye or northern pike. Modern and sophisticated electronics along with portable shelters or ice shacks, and snowmobiles make ice fishing a sport that can be enjoyed in comfort by family and friends. Fishermen oftentimes work a jig-and-minnow combo for game fish or a small jig tipped by a waxie for panfish while waiting for flags to pop up. Perch is the top draw for winter fishermen in the county. But you may have to keep mobile to stay on top of schooling perch. Walleye can be found in numerous lakes, including Stanley, Sun-

set and Emily. Sunset is an “action” lake for smaller and medium size pike, although it gave up a monster 48-incher a few summers ago. Appropriately named, Ice Lake is another good lake for pike and walleyes. Golden and Ottawa lakes are good prospects for lake trout. Check with local bait shops to see what’s hitting as well as for ice conditions. The bait shops stock all the favorite artificial bait, live bait and supplies such as chisels, buckets, scoops, ice augers and tips-ups.


Our Communities Welcome You Alpha The Village of Alpha is on the Heritage Trail tour and includes the historic Porter School and Alpha Museum, both in the Alpha Circle Historic District. Several buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Village of Alpha was incorporated in 1914, which also marked the opening of the K-12 Alpha Porter School. The last class to graduate from Porter School was in 1967. Several small businesses are now located in the former school, as well as a summer/fall farmers market held on the school grounds. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 145.

Amasa The unincorporated community of Amasa is home to renowned NBA and NCAA basketball flooring manufacturer, Connor Sports Flooring. The community began in 1910 as a Finnish iron mining and logging boomtown of just over 1,000 people. Now with a population of 283, Amasa residents are largely employed in the forest products industry. Attractions include the Amasa Historical Society Museum, which includes replicas of a trapper’s cabin and old time barbershop.

Caspian The City of Caspian’s development mirrors the expansion of the mining industry on the west side of the county after the turn of the century. At one time, six mines operated in the immediate area, including the Caspian from which the settlement took its name by 1913. Caspian was incorporated as a city with a commission-manager form of government in 1950. The city includes the Iron County Multi-Purpose Building/Ice Arena, Apple Blossom Biking and Walking Trail, Caspian Community Center and an Industrial Park. Caspian is also home to the Iron County Museum that comprises 25 buildings that make up the Heritage Village. The museum is home of the Lee LeBlanc Wildlife Art Gallery.

Crystal Falls Crystal Falls is the county seat of Iron County and was named for the falls on the Paint River. The city’s heritage includes early iron mining and timber exploration. The pride of downtown Crystal Falls is the 1890 Romanesque-style Iron County Courthouse, which sits on top of the hill and affords those who tour it a stunning vista of the countryside. The Harbour House Museum is also located in the city. The city owns and operates its own hydroelectric plant and cable TV system. Its industrial park is located one-half mile west of town. The local golf course overlooks the Paint River and offers 9-holes of challenging play. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,469.

Gaastra Gaastra is named after Douwe Gaastra, a building contractor and real estate speculator who bought the land in October 1908 and platted the town. It was incorporated as a village in 1919 and as a city in 1949. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 347.

Iron River Iron River is the largest city in Iron County and home to the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo, held in late July each year, and the Iron County Fair. Like other communities in the county, it owes its existence to the iron first mined here in 1879. In a 2000 election, adjoining Stambaugh and Mineral Hills were consolidated with Iron River, adding about 1,500 citizens to Iron River, now pop. 3,029. The city has an 18-hole disc golf course (The Tailings), which has drawn good reviews. Ski Brule, one of the Northwoods busiest ski hill complexes, is located just a few miles south of the city.

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Scenic trails are full of rewards

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hether you’re a gear-grinding mountain biker or a leisurely hiker, Iron County has many scenic hike and bike trails that meander through forests, along skyblue waterways and even a couple in the cityscape -- close to ice cream shops! Some pull double-duty in the winter and serve as cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. We invite you to sample these popular trails: Apple Blossom Trail The 2.5-mile paved trail (wheelchair accessible) starts across the road from the Iron County Museum in Caspian and weaves its way through areas of beautiful and historical Iron County, ending at North Fourth Avenue. It travels along the Iron River and near the site of the original railroad line that carried iron ore from the area. The site of Harvey Mellen’s discovery of iron ore in 1851 is on the route. Among the scenic views are the abandoned mine quarry stocked with trout and a view of a small waterfall on the

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Iron River. Don’t miss the humorous sign at the trailhead that speaks the “language” of dogs! Bewabie State Park Located on US-2 west of Crystal Falls on Fortune Lake. The tail starts in the campground and ends in the day-use area of the park. The easy hike takes about an hour to complete. Vehicle entrance fee. Stateline Historical Site Trail 0.5-mile trail starts at the Ottawa National Forest picnic area and boat launch on the southwest end of Brule Lake, headwaters of the Brule River. The serene trail leads to the Historic Treaty Tree and Wisconsin-Michigan overland border, about a 10- to 15-minute hike.


Lake Mary Plains Pathway (also known as Glidden Lake Foot Paths) Glidden Lake is on Lake Mary Road, south of M-69 about five miles east of Crystal Falls. There are three loops (3.4, 4.5 and 3.9 miles) to these well-marked trails with signs every half-mile. The starting point is in the parking area adjacent to Glidden Lake. Cool off after your hike or bike with a dip in Glidden Lake. There’s a small sandy beach just off the parking area. The facility is part of the Copper Country State Forest managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Ge-Che Trail West of Iron River on Ottawa Lake Road, off M-73, one mile south of US-2. Ge-Che Trail begins at Lake Ottawa Park boat landing and meanders for 10.8 km between Lake Otttawa and Hagerman Lake. The Bennan Lake Loop (2 miles) and the GeChe Loop (2.5 miles) are the most popular. The Lake Ottawa Nature Trail is 1 mile in length.

Pentoga Park The Brule River Trail starts at the registration booth, crosses County Road 424 and continues to the Brule River a distance of 2.5 miles. The Indian Ceremonial Bowl is a short 1-mile long trail from the registration booth to the Bowl. George Young Recreational Complex Wolf Track Nature Trail is a unique, selfguided nature walk open to the public, with a one-half mile loop trail (with a 1/3 mile spur to Mt. Margaret) that winds leisurely through scenic woods. Interpretive signs along the way. Paint River Walk As you cross the M-69 Bridge in Crystal Falls, the Paint River Walk on the north side of the road draws attention for its beauty and connection to nature. The boardwalk is the site of weddings, musical performances and picture taking. Mountain Bike Trails At The Listening Inn. 8 miles of trails, some technical, rocky and hills.

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Unique finds along the Heritage Trail Iron County, Michigan is set amid the scenic forests, lakes and streams of the state’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, an array of cultural and natural attractions awaits your discovery along the Heritage Trail. These following designated sites, some of which are on the National Register of Historical Places, can be found along the 36-mile route. Along the way are many other historic and natural features to be enjoyed. The Friends of the Heritage Trail, a non-profit organization, coordinates site maintenance and development of these sites. Site #1 Iron County Museum Directions — US-2 stoplight in Iron River, south on M-189, east on County Road 424, left on Museum Road. What It’s All About — Relive the past as you explore the 10-acre outdoor museum on former mining company property. The grounds include 22 buildings that reveal the early pioneer, mining and logging days. Plan to spend the entire day to view Iron County’s largest collection of historic objects and information. Over 100 exhibits include the largest miniature logging display in the world, glass dioramas of underground mining, Native American artifacts, the home of composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond, the Wildlife Art Gallery of Lee LeBlanc, the Giovanelli Italianati Art Gallery and the Bernhardt Contemporary Art Gallery. Other buildings include the Toti Tavern, the Carrie Jacobs Bond House, the St. Mary’s Church, the Brandon Giovanelli House, the Stager Railroad Depot and many more. Site #2 Pentoga Park Indian Burial Grounds Directions — County Road 424 at south end of Chicaugon Lake. What It’s All About — Discover the site of a pre-European Native American settlement and permanent area headquarters where Ojibwa bands congregated. Wooden burial structures have endured over time to protect and mark the graves of these ancient bands. When Chief Edwards moved west in 1891, he disposed of these lands with their traditional burial grounds. The county purchased the land in 1924 to develop a park on the beautiful shores of Chicaugon Lake and to preserve the burial grounds as a tribute to Native Americans. Site #3 Alpha Circle Historical District Directions — County Road 424, center of Village of Alpha. What It’s All About — Relive the early days of an Upper Peninsula village during mine exploration. See a wonderful example of early engineering on this 4 ½-acre site. All the significant public buildings were constructed around a traffic circle. Established in 1914, the same year as the village, the Alpha Circle contains several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Several small businesses have sprung up in the former Porter School. Site #4 Iron County Courthouse Directions — 2 S. Sixth Street at the top of the hill in Crystal Falls. What It’s All About — Enjoy an amazing vista of the surrounding area while listening to the chimes from its bell tower. The wealth and pride of the pioneers are revealed through the architecture and construction of their county courthouse. Located in the Historic District, it is the most architecturally significant building in the county. Due to the use of regional materials in its construction and the numerous and varied tributes to the area’s influential cultures, this building is an accurate reflection of the days when Iron was King. Restored and renovated in 2004, the site offers sightseeing tours to the bell tower observation deck with an amazing 150 foot elevation view of the surrounding landscape and provides a self-guided tour though time in the History Room. Listed on both the National and Michigan Registers of Historic Places.

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Site #5 – Harbour House Directions — 17 North 4th Street in Crystal Falls (guided tours). What It’s All About — Explore the feeling of early life as residents in a small rural mining town. Originally built in 1900, this Queen Anne Colonial Revival home has been restored and is now a museum. The first floor furnishings and decorations reflect the craftsmanship and culture available at the turn of the century. Six exhibit rooms on the second floor display artifacts of past area influences such as logging and mining, military veterans and the Ojibwa Indians. Be prepared to spend an afternoon exploring the unique gift shop and antique shops in Crystal Falls. Open June-August (Thurs-Sat) 10am-2pm, or by appointment. 906-875-4341 or 906-875-6026. Site #6 – Mansfield Location & Pioneer Church Directions — Seven miles north of M-69 on Mansfield Cutoff Road, 1 mile north on Stream Road. What It’s All About — In 1893, the Michigamme River broke through and flooded the underground mine, dooming 27 miners to death. Enjoy the view as you take a stroll across the Michigamme River on the historic concrete-filled spandrel arch bridge built in 1915. Just west of the Mansfield mine disaster you can visit some of the original buildings from the community including the Mansfield Church which was completely restored in 1987 and serves as a landmark and reminder of the small mining settlement. Open all year. Site #7 Amasa Museum Directions — 12 miles north of US-2 just off US-141 on Pine Street in Amasa. What It’s All About — Open Memorial Day for summer months. Tours in winter by appointment. Free admission. The Amasa Museum is located in the Main Street Historical District. The building, formerly the township hall, is a fine example of late 1800s balloon-style architecture. The main floor has many pictorial displays of the mining and logging industries that helped build Amasa plus Amasa School and Triangle Ranch memorabilia. An ongoing renovation of the second floor will result in a replica of “The Streets of Old Amasa.” The importance of Amasa as a major hub for logging and rail transportation can be seen in the old depot that stands sturdy against time. Site #8 Fortune Pond Directions — Located 3/4 mile north of US-2 on New Bristol Road, 2 miles west of Crystal Falls. What It’s All About — This site is a wonderful example of the many mines that have been reclaimed by nature as she heals the scars of the miner’s pick. Imagine the pumps that worked 24 hours a day to keep the open pits and tunnels dry. This mine produced 1,316,905 tons of iron ore from 1953-58. It had one shaft with two drifts used to drain the 210-foot deep pit. The pit is 1,930 feet long by 750 feet wide. What was once a major mining operation now lends itself to a scuba diver’s and fisherman’s paradise. Site #9 Be-Wa-Bic State Park Directions — Four miles west of Crystal Falls on US-2. What It’s All About — A leisurely drive around the 315-acre state park provides an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the region. Interpretive signage on the upper level near the campgrounds affords the visitor a chance to see how the early settlers cleared the land for lumbering, mining, agriculture and tourism. The state park’s wonderful public log buildings were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and includes fascinating stonework along the beach and parking lots. State entrance fee required.

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Site #10 Larson Park Directions — On US-2, four miles east of Iron River. What’s It’s All About — Established in 1919, imagine the trip early road engineer Herbert Larson made as he toured around the area. Noting the lack of public rest areas along his way, he became determined to provide a stop for travelers where they could relax, rest and share information before proceeding on their journey. While not the original site, which was on Stager Lake, the State Register sign commemorates Larson’s efforts here as the first roadside picnic site in Michigan and perhaps in the entire U.S. Explore the giant trees in the old growth birch and maple forest surrounding the site. Site #11 Apple Blossom Trail Directions — Begins on Brady Avenue in Caspian across from the Iron County Museum. What It’s All About — This restored walking/biking trail along the banks of the Iron River was originally the major corridor for the rail lines to the steel mills of Chicago and Indiana. See the site of Harvey Mellon’s discovery of iron ore along this route in 1851, when only one settler lived here. Local high school students continue to contribute and develop site and natural history signage on this historic site. Site #12 Lake Ottawa Recreation Area & Campground Directions — One mile south of US-2 on M-73 to Ottawa Lake Road, 7 miles. What It’s All About — A 30-minute hike to “Orville’s Beach” on the Ge-Che Trail (primitive) in the Ottawa National Forest will introduce you to one of the most breath-taking natural views in the county. When you return, walk along the shore of this pristine lake, which archeologists affirm contain the remnants of some of the area’s earliest residents: prehistoric Indians dating back to at least 2,000 years. Several site reconstructions have been created from recent archeological digs sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. Site #13 Mile Post Zero & Treaty Tree Directions — Continue on Ottawa Lake Road 7 more miles. What It’s All About — Visit the site where Captain Thomas Cram placed the first marker of the survey point establishing the Wisconsin-Michigan state boundary in 1840. As part of the settlement of the “Toledo War” between Michigan and Ohio, most of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was granted to Michigan for the “Toledo Strip,” which was granted to Ohio. He made a treaty for passage with Chief Co-Sha-O-Sha and his band of Ojibwa (Chippewa) near a large tamarack tree at the headwaters of the Brule River. Site #14 Camp Gibbs Recreation Area Directions — Ten miles north of US-2, approximately 2 miles west of Iron River. What It’s All About — This property was purchased by the U.S. from the Michigan Mineral Land Company in 1934. In 1935, Camp Gibbs was established as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Nineteen buildings were constructed consisting of barracks, kitchen, shower room, bakery, garages and storage for the CCC workers. It is a unique example of vernacular American architecture of the period. The material and methods of construction represent a time when frugality was critical to the survival of society. In the 1940s, the State of Michigan Social Welfare Commission used the camp to house indigent people from all over the area.

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vibrant and growing art community resonates throughout Iron County, promoting the fine arts through art shows, local art galleries and theater performances as well as three art galleries at a large museum complex in Caspian. In addition, enjoy summer concerts on the Paint River Boardwalk in Crystal Falls and the Rum Rebellion Revue Players performances in the Windsor Center in Iron River. Crystal Theatre — The restored Crystal Theatre in downtown Crystal Falls opened its doors in the spring of 1991. It hosts a wide variety of entertainment. Artists marvel at the purity of the acoustics, which many modern theaters cannot match. Currently, the Crystal Theatre hosts performances 2-3 times per month. 906875-3208 and www.crystaltheater.org. Windsor Center – The West End Players hold theatrical productions in the auditorium of the Windsor Center in Iron River. The Iron River Community Concepts presents its annual Rum Rebellion Revue in the auditorium of the former school. Open mic night last Saturday of each month. Recreational activities available also. Iron County Historical Museum – The museum is the home to three outstanding art galleries. The best known is the Lee LeBlanc Wildlife Art Gallery. LeBlanc graduated from Iron River High School in 1931. He worked for a number of years in Hollywood as an animator and artist as well as art director for MGM. He returned to his hometown and began painting wildlife. Over 200 of his works are on display at the museum. The complex also houses the Giovanelli Italianati Art Gallery. Giovanelli is another native son of Iron River. His artistic works range from Renaissance style to contemporary art. The Bernhardt Contemporary Art Gallery contains a collection of the works of prestigious 20th Century American artists as well as some Canadian and Japanese artists. From the stoplight at US-2 in Iron River, take M-189 south to County Road 424 east and then Museum Drive (left).

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Apple Blossom Trail leads to more adventures

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ASPIAN & IRON RIVER – The Apple Blossom Trail in Iron County, Michigan is a treat for walkers and bikers who can follow the trail for two miles as it hugs the banks of the Iron River. Access the paved trail from Brady Avenue in Caspian across from the Iron County Museum (100 Brady Avenue), or at the other trailhead on Genesee Street in downtown Iron River near the chamber office.

Along the way, interpretive historical signs display the significance of the trail and mark points of interest, including a wayside where Harvey Mellon discovered iron ore in 1851. Mining companies were looking for copper in the Upper Peninsula. At that time, only one settler lived there. The restored trail originally was the major corridor for the rail lines that hauled thousands of tons of iron ore from local mines to the steel mills of Chicago and Indiana. This trail is also one of the main points on the Heritage Trail system. It closely parallels the 107-mile State Line Trail, which bikers may wish to hop on for a longer ride. The City of Iron River itself is a pleasant place to spend a few hours shopping and taking in lunch or perhaps an ice cream treat. The Iron River is popular for trout fishing. We strongly suggest looking for local lodging because there is so much for families to explore in the area. The view from the county courthouse is spectacular – especially in autumn when the trees are ablaze with color -- the fishing is excellent, golf courses and disc golf await, and the county parks have beaches, boat landings, shelters and camping. And the list goes on! For more information about the trail, contact the Caspian City Hall at 906-265-2514 or visit iron.org.

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hen it’s time to park the backside against a sleeping bag, or park the camper in the reserved area, you are certain to find the perfect camping spot whether it’s rustic in nature or loaded with amenities with your RV as “the home away from home.” Camping is very popular in Iron County so be sure to make reservations early, particularly for the major holidays. Also, check to see if the campground allows pets. Some campgrounds do not have reservation options or even a telephone, so it’s first-come, first-served. Though they may be located in a wilderness setting, all campgrounds are within an easy drive to towns and cities for food, camping supplies and sunscreen. Remember, firewood must be purchased locally as none can be brought in from out of the area. Among the more popular campgrounds in Iron County are:

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Iron River RV Park, downtown Iron River, easy access to retail shopping, restaurants, and services. 32 sites. 17 sites have water, electric, sewer, cable. 1 site has water, electric and cable. 14 sites have water and electric. Access to showers & restrooms. 906-2653822. Pentoga Park, located on 1,100-acre Chicaugon Lake. 135 sites, with sewer, water, hot showers, electric, picnic area, pavilion, concession stand, excellent sand beach for swimming, fishing, boating, sand volleyball. 906-265-3979. Sunset Lake Park, Bates Township. 13 sites. Swimming, fishing, boating. Runkle Lake Park, about 1 mile east of Crystal Falls. 57 modern and primitive sites, some with water, sewer, electric. Picnic area, swimming, boating, fishing, wheelchair accessible fishing pier, tennis, ball diamond. No entry fee. 906-875-3051. Holmes Lake Park, Southwest Iron County. 4 sites. Swimming, fishing.


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Block-House, 3 sites. Picnic area. Fishing, canoeing. Bewabic, on Fortune Lake. The 144-site campground St. Katherine, 25 sites. Picnic area. Swimming, fishis situated in a shady, wooded area with buffer strips ing. between most of the sites. Excellent beach, a boat Norway, 28 sites. Picnic area. Swimming, fishing. launch to Fortune Lake, two playgrounds, hiking trail Paint River Forks, 3 sites. Fishing & canoeing. XC ski in the winter), picnic areas, tennis court, water, sewer, toilet, electric. 906-875-3324. Reservations Crystal Falls Township 800-44PARKS. Gibson Lake Campground, 4 sites. Swimming, fishDeer Lake, North Iron County. 12 rustic sites for tent ing, picnic, playground. Crystal Falls Township 906and small trailer use. Swimming, fishing, boat launch. 875-3062. (906) 875-6622. Glidden Lake, East Iron County. 23 sites. Picnic area. 906-875-6622. Private Perch Lake, 10 miles south of Sindaw. 20 drive-in Camp Christine, Crystal Falls, 906-875-6456. sites. Picnic area. Fishing, boat ramp. Paint River Hills, Crystal Falls. 40 sites. Hiking trail. 906-875-4977. Federal Forest Wilderness Shores, Developed by Wisconsin Electric Power, there are 15 wilderness recreation areas locatCampgrounds Ottawa Lake, 32 sites on crystal-clear, 551-acre Otta- ed on Michigamme Reservoir and Peavy Falls Pond. wa Lake. Picnic area, dump station, swimming, boat- Primitive camping in wilderness setting with vault toiing, hiking trails, fishing pier, CCC-era pavilion/bath- lets, boat launches, refuse containers, fire pits. Swimming, fishing. 906-779-2481. house with fireplaces. Golden Lake, 22 sites. Swimming, fishing.

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WESTERN U.P. – The Western U.P. of Michigan – “Michigan’s Trailhead” -- is renowned for its lake effect snow that blankets the ski resorts each winter season. The Western U.P. averages 17 feet of pristine snowfall each season, living up to its “Big Snow Country” reputation! However you want to mix it up – downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, nightlife – Big Snow Country offer visitors a multitude of recreational pursuits, entertainment and great dining spots. Ice fishing Western Upper Michigan is well known for its excellent ice fishing. Whether you’re looking to hook walleye, perch, whitefish, bass, lake trout, northern pike or a variety of panfish – the Western U.P. has got you covered even during the winter months. In fact, some experienced anglers say that winter is the best time to fish, because with the warm weather gone, so are the weeds. An ice fishing excursion can be as simple as drilling a hole in the ice and dropping in a line while perched on an overturned bucket. Or it can be an all-day outing complete with an elaborate ice shanty boasting all the comforts of home. With proper clothing and equipment, knowing the condition of the ice and following safety precautions, ice fishing can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Snowshoeing The area offers nearly 100 km of trails across various snowshoeing terrain, some winding along roaring rivers and most through pristine wilderness. ABR – Offers 10 km of snowshoeing with rentals available. Friends of the Miners Memorial Heritage Park – MMHP trailhead starts at the Ironwood High School baseball field off Ayer St. in Ironwood. The first loop is 1 mile in length; total trail length is 2.6 miles of easy, groomed trail. It goes on the groomed cross-county tail so please stay off the set track of cross-country trail. There are also some single track snowshoe trails in the MMHP that are off the main trail these are more up and down with some steep parts. Michigan Welcome Center Snowshoe Loop – Michigan Information Center West end of Ironwood on U.S. Hwy. 2 is the trailhead for the cemetery trail system. The trail consists of 3 loops or one big loop: half mile, one mile & 1.5 miles. Trails are flat with some rolling hills but very easy to snowshoe for everyone.

Hunting in the Western U.P. The Western U.P. is a hunter’s paradise. Whitetail deer, black bear and grouse hunting are all popular in the forests. Hunting for other small game and waterfowl as well as fur bearing trapping are also excellent in the Western U.P. The many guide services available will make sure your hunt is successful and fun. Many of the resorts in the Lake Gogebic and Watersmeet area are your full service base camp for a great hunting experience.

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Indianhead Mountain – Offers over 2 km of snowshoeing on the mountaintop trail. Rentals available.

Glide down over 125 trails at the ski resorts. Ride thousands of miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Let adventure guide you out into the wilderness on cross-country skis and snowshoes. When the sun has set, the fireplace lit, sit back and relax in the knowledge that tomorrow brings another day of fun.

Wakefield’s Sunday Lake – North side of lake has free trails. Wolverine Nordic Trails & Snowshoe –Trailhead for Wolverine snowshoe trail starts at Wolverine cross-country ski area northeast of Ironwood. The trail is 2.1 miles in length is an advanced trail, as it’s very hilly with steep inclines and declines. Great snowmobiling Each Western U.P. snowmobiling adventure is unique and exciting, as there are over 2,000 miles of groomed trails, unplowed logging roads and secluded National Forest trails throughout the area. Share the experience of a Western U.P. snowmobiling vacation with your family and friends. Rated #1 snowmobile destination by readers of American Snowmobiler. This is what snowmobiling is all about. Because when natural beauty, brilliant exhilaration and good times come together, the sensation is Pure Michigan. The winter’s heavy snowfall gives riders the very best conditions and trails. Downhill Skiing In one incredible ski vacation you can visit these downhill ski areas: Indianhead Mountain Resort – Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort -- Blackjack Ski Resort.

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Indianhead Mountain Resort is a ski and snowboard resort offering 30 downhill skiing slopes. The village and resort facilities are located on top of the mountain overlooking the Ottawa National Forest. Indianhead boasts award-winning dining, lodging, live entertainment and full-service conference/banquet facilities. Readers of OntheSnow.com voted it Best Family Resort. Indianhead was also recognized as the Best Terrain in the Midwest. In combination with Blackjack, Indianhead offers skiers two resorts with one ticket – access to 56 trails, 3 terrain parks, 410 skiable acres and 15 lifts. Blackjack Ski Resort - Vertical 465 ft / 26 Runs Blackjack’s commitment to “excellence” begins with excellent service. Their trail grooming, snowmaking and day chalet upgrades offer you the best value in family skiing fun. Two unique terrain parks entertain skiers and riders of every level. Pick a weekend and they have packed it with fun indoors and out. Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort- Vertical 622 ft / 33 Runs Combine 17 feet of average natural snowfall with incredible views of Upper Peninsula forests. Add a dash of renowned grooming, family friendly specials, and a down-home staff who treats you like family. Throw in a charming Bavarian style village with a complimentary shuttle and you have the makings for an unforgettable winter getaway. There are more than 250 skiable acres, multiple terrain parks and

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Cross-country skiing Western U.P. offers over 100 km of cross-country ski trails. Piston Bully groomed for skating and diagonal striding, and backcountry ski/snowshoe trails of varied terrain. ABR Trails -- 60 km of scenic cross-country ski trails. ABR Trails is a full service ski touring center located on over 1,100 scenic acres of varied terrain along the Montreal River in Ironwood. Facilities include a heated warming cabin with light concessions, full service ski shop, change rooms, indoor restrooms, and a large heated wax area with many wax benches. There is additional room for tables and chairs available for teams or groups to use.

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Jan. 6 Park Falls – Tuscobia Winter Ultra: Run, bike or ski with 160-mile and 80-mile options. Jan. 21 Phillips – Radar Run Run & Vintage Show: 10am, Solberg Lake, Roll-In Point & Comfort Cove. Various classes including lawn mower class; live music 8pm at Comfort Cove Resort. Jan. 21 Butternut – Butternut/ Schnur Lake Association Fisheree: 7am to 4pm. Cash payout, raffle prizes.

Jan. 21 Phillips – Musser Lake Ice Fishing Contest: 6am to 3pm, Musser Lake. Cash prizes, raffle prizes. Jan. 28-29 Phillips – Winter Fest: Ice fishing contest, snowshoe race, snowmobile races, wine tasting, snowmobile parade, fireworks. Feb. 4 Phillips – Chili Golf Open: 9am to 4pm, Harbor View Pub & Eatery. 9-hole golf course on the ice; chili-cook-off, auction, raffle.

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HILLIPS – The Phillips’ outdoor winter recreation scene is rosier than ever – and we don’t mean just cheeks and noses! To help celebrate the wintertime fun to be found in Phillips, the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the WinterFest celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 & 29. Saturday, Jan. 28 That Saturday looms big with the WinterFest PACC ice-fishing contest, Phillips Flurry Snowshoe Race and the CorPower XCounty Snowmobile Races.

The ice fishing contest will be held on three lakes: Long, Elk and DuRoy, all from 6am to 4pm. Limited to 150 participants. If a registered tournament angler catches the specially tagged walleye during the tournament he or she will pocket a cool $5,000! There are also prizes for the biggest fish in 5 categories. The $10 entry tickets are available at Ross’s Sport & Guide Service in Phillips. Winners announced at 5pm Saturday at Harbor View Pub & Eatery in Phillips. Wisconsin State Snowshoe Championships will be determined at the snowshoe race with the 5K and 10K race/run/walk held at the Phillips School Forest. Registration begins at 8am and the race is at 10:30am. Sanctioned by the US Snowshoe Association.

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Awards given for the top male and female finisher, top team in each division, and top three finishers in each group. Participation medals for children ages nine and under. You don’t have to be in the race to win – non-competitive ‘shoers are welcomed also. For more information, visit phillipsflurry.com. The cross-county snowmobile races from 9am to 3pm Saturday are based out of Birch Island Resort on Wilson Lake. That evening’s snowmobile parade is set for 6pm from the resort and ending at Lake DuRoy boat landing. Then at 7pm, marvel at the fantastic winter fireworks display over Lake DuRoy. Birch Island Resort is located at N8221 East Wilson Flowage Road, Phillips. Sunday, Jan. 29 On Sunday, the Chaparrals breakfast will be from 8:30-11am at Club 13. Drawings take place at noon. The snowmobile races are in their last day, from 9am to 3pm, again on Wilson Lake. As a reminder, the WinterFest Tavern League Tour for those 21 and older runs Jan. 19-29 with $1,100 in cash prizes. Make a purchase at establishments in return for a stamp on the tour sheets. Completed sheets will qualify for the drawing. Check it all out at pctlw.org. For more information about WinterFest events, call the chamber at 715-339-4100 or visit phillipswisconsin.net.

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RICE COUNTY – ATVers won’t be remiss in choosing Georgetown Trail, located on county forest property west of Phillips in Price County. UTVs up to 65 inches wide are now allowed on this trail. Described as “easy to moderate” for riding, the out-and-back trail is 15.8 miles long, has a gravel surface and meanders through a variety of forest types. It is open from May 15 to March 15 of each year and allows dirt bikes and off-road motorcycles. The parking areas located at both the north and south ends of the trail have unloading/loading ramps and ample room for parking. There are no amenities at either of the parking areas or along the trail; however, there is road route access to businesses on both ends of the trail. The north parking area is located west of Phillips at N8383 Carpenter Creek Road. From Highway 13 in Phillips go 10 miles west on County Highway W and then about 1 mile south on Carpenter Creek Road.

The south parking area is located on Fairview Road north of Kennan. From the south parking area there are ATV road routes into the village of Kennan. From the U.S. Highway 8 and County Highway J intersection, go west on U.S. Highway 8 approximately 2 miles to Fairview Road, then north 3 miles on Fairview Road to the parking area.

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Shawano country Dec. 3-31 T i g e r t o n – Festival of Trees: 9am to 5pm, Village Hall. Dec. 10 Wittenberg – Swim with Santa: 1-3pm Community Aquatic Center. Free swimming, lunch, cookie and

ornament decorating. Dec. 31 Bonduel – Lion’s Ice Fishing Derby: 7am to 4pm, Shawano Lake. Headquarters at Bamboo Bar (formerly Sparky’s Sunset Grill). Cash and prizes. 715-524-0470.

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SHAWANO – The Bonduel Lions annual Ice Fishing Derby will be one of the first tournaments out of the gates in the Northwoods with this season’s 48th annual Derby set for Saturday, Dec. 31 on Shawano Lake. Headquarters is at Bamboo Bar (formerly Sparky’s), W5884 Cedar Ct., Shawano Lake. Fishing hours are from 7am to 4pm. Fish categories are the usual species, such as northern pike, walleye and crappie but can include others such as bullheads. Cash prizes are awarded for the heaviest fish overall. 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 715758-2141.

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Dec. 16 Presque Isle – Sleigh Ride, Advent Walk & Santa Visit: Thoma’s parking lot. Presqueisle.com Dec. 26-31 Manitowish Waters – Marvel in Manitowish Waters: Story hour, crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, snowshoeing, dances, and more. Jan. 7 St. Germain – Tundra Plunge: Polar bear plunges. Noon to 3pm on Big St. Germain Lake, Fibber’s Bar & Restaurant. 715-542-3810. Jan. 7 St. Germain – Pink Carpet Gala: Whitetail Inn. Radarracers.com. Jan. 13-15 Eagle River – Vintage World Championship Vintage Snowmobile Derby: derbytrack. com. Jan. 14 St. Germain – Arctic Warrior Race: Community Center. Snowshoe and obstacle races. St-germain. com Jan. 19-22 Eagle River – AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby: derbytrack.com. Jan. 28 Sayner – Vintage Snowmobile Show: Sayner Pub. 9am to noon. Feb. 3-4 St. Germain – St. Germain Radar Run: Little St. Germain Lake. Radar run, bikini run, food, vendors. Feb. 4 Phelps – Winter Carnival: 4-7pm, Phelps School. Feb. 4-5 Land O’ Lakes – Three Bear Sled Dog Races: 9am each day, town hall grounds. Feb. 10-12 Eagle River – Labatt Blue USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships: Dollar Lake. Feb. 11 Conover – Lions Club Winter Frolic: 3-7pm, town park. Downhill sledding, tubing, snowboard for kids. Prizes, races, food. Feb. 18 Manitowish Waters – Winter Rendezvous: Rest Lake Park. Ice fishing contest, games, food. Mwsnoskeeters.com Feb. 18 St. Germain – Ride with the Champs Snowmobile Tour: snowmobilehalloffame.com.

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T. GERMAIN – The West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake -- home of the fastest shaved ice track in Wisconsin – will become the epicenter of snowmobile racing and fun in the Northwoods on Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4 when the 15th annual St. Germain Radar Run pays a visit. Radar runs will take place on the 660-foot groomed snow track and speed runs on the 1,000-foot shaved ice track. The radar runs are open to all; entry fees apply to both tracks. The race attracts hundreds of spectators and racers each year. There is spectator parking with bus shuttles on land.

There will be tethered hot-air balloon rides both days (weather permitting), as well as vendors, music and a heated beer tent. Friday’s events will start at noon and go until 8pm. In addition to the radar and speed runs, there will be the Snow Outlaw Winter Nationals, grocery cart races, and Friday Night Under the Lights racing from 5-8pm. Saturday’s events go from 10am to 4pm. They include the top 10 Snow outlaw racing finale, the immensely popular Bikini Run at 2pm, and the Snow Outlaw Winter Nationals finale at 2pm. The fastest class on Saturday wins a $500 cash prize. Top speed wins the Sno-King traveling trophy on display at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain. Proceeds from the Bikini Run races will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Riders, St. Germain Fire Department and Plum Lake Ambulance. Prizes will be awarded at the Whitetail Inn at 5:30pm. For more information and updates on the races, visit radarracers.com.

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ANITOWISH WATERS – Marvel in Manitowish Waters offers a schedule of activities for all ages to enjoy during the Christmas to New Year holiday week (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) in addition to the great winter recreation the area is known for. There are after-Christmas sales at unique shops, and good eats at restaurants, said a Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce spokesperson. “Marvel” includes both indoor and outdoor scheduled events, such as snowshoeing at Camp Jorn and North Lakeland Discovery Center (bring your own ‘shoes), and multi-day open house with Christmas crafts at the Koller Library. Thursday, Dec. 29 appears to be the peak day of activities at the Discovery Center with snowshoeing (all sizes available for on-site snowshoeing use), chili cook-off, family play day (11am to 2pm) and horse-drawn sleigh rides, (11am to 2pm), all promising great fun There’s also a fat tire biking demo Saturday, Dec. 31 on the WinMan Trails. Bikes will be available for use and guided rides offered. Enjoy the fireworks at midnight at the Pea Patch Motel & Saloon. Then on Sunday, stop at a local pub or restaurant and cheer on the Packers. A detailed schedule of activities is available on the chamber’s website at ManitowishWaters.org or by calling the chamber at 715-5438488.

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ARBOR VITAE – Everything you loved about Cruiserfest returns Saturday, Feb. 18 when the Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club members host their second annual Open House & Radar Run in Arbor Vitae. Formerly known as Cruiserfest, the event will start at 10:30am at the Cruisers’ Clubhouse & Barn located behind the Arbor Vitae Fire Department on Arbor Vitae Drive (just off Hwy. 70 East). There will be raffles, antique snowmobile display, groomer rides, clothing sale, food and beverages throughout the day Feb. 18. The radar runs will be from 10:30am to 2:30pm on the south end of Big Arbor Lake. Registration begins at 9am. The alwayspopular bikini runs begin at 3pm. The raffle drawing will take place at 4pm at the clubhouse. First place prize is a 16-foot utility trailer or $3,000 cash.

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AGLE RIVER – Catch all the excitement – the thrills, the spills and the championships upsets – at the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby Track featuring modern racing sleds and vintage iron during back-to-back weekends of racing in January 2017. The Eagle River track will first host the Trig’s Smokehouse Vintage World Championship Derby the weekend of Jan. 1315. Come for a whole weekend of classic racing and remember the “good old days” of snowmobile racing. There will be racing on the half-mile banked track as well as snocross competition. The Vintage champion is crowned after that Sunday’s final race at 3:15pm. The following weekend, Jan. 19-22, it will be the 54th annual AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby featuring professional and advanced amateurs racers in the largest and most prestigious snowmobile competition in the sport. The organizers are partnering with USSA Pro Star Racing to put on this event. Known as the “Indianapolis 500 of Snowmobile Racing,” the Derby attracts thousands of spectators to watch more than 500 U.S. and Canadian drivers race high-tech snowmobiles at speeds over 100 miles per hour on a solid ice oval, High-flying snocross pilots will maneuver over the demanding snocross course. Friday’s events include the TRL Cup races, Sweet Sixteen qualifying, Pro SnoCross qualifying and the fireworks show. Sunday’s championship race takes place at 3pm as a field of 12 puts on a display of expert racing over 30 laps. Fans will see a new victory lane this year, can take part in the world’s largest snowmobile poker run, enjoy new warming and eating area, interactive vendor area, fan Grand Prix event, and kids sledding and play area. For ticket prices and more information, visit DerbyTrack.com or call 715-479-4424.

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RESQUE ISLE – Santa doesn’t have far to go from the North Pole to reach Presque Isle (“The Last Wilderness”) so he’s probably going to be extra jolly on Friday, Dec. 16 when he visits this Vilas County community for its annual Children’s Christmas with Santa celebration.

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For more information about the event, contact the chamber at 715-686-2910 or visit presqueisle.com.

Christmas with Santa will include horse-drawn sleigh ride (6pm sharp!) along Main Street, caroling, an advent walk, and a children’s party with a special visit from Santa. Meet at Karsyn’s Korner parking lot on corner of Highways W and B to hop on the sleigh wagon. The event is co-sponsored by the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce, Lions/Lioness and the Presque Isle Community Library.

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Arctic Warrior Races premiere at St. Germain

snow tire shuffle, Arctic stair challenge, frozen cargo net climb, snowy tundra tunnel crawl and a frozen tire bike race, among others.

T. GERMAIN – There is no “Off Season” to fun in St. Germain. Which is why they are bringing you a new opportunity to get out and play in the snow this winter!

The Obstacle Course Challenge is a team event so round up your friends (team numbers can range from 3-9). The “Most Spirited Arctic Warrior Team” will be recognized at 3:30pm at the Wild Bear Grill & Pub.

Welcome to the St. Germain Chamber’s inaugural Arctic Warrior Snowshoe and Winter Obstacle Course Race on Saturday, Jan. 14. Base camp headquarters will be the Wild Bear Grill & Pub at the Black Bear Lodge, just east of St. Germain.

There will be a timing clock to check your course time, but the event is not chip timed.

The Arctic Warrior 8km Snowshoe Race (10am) and Little Warrior 1km Snowshoe Race (11am) will take participants through the beautiful trails in St. Germain and alongside the obstacle course race. The Arctic Warrior 8k Obstacle Course Race (noon) will wind around Little St. Germain Lake and through trails of towering pines that will challenge all you hardy folks though a variety of adventure obstacles. Those obstacles will include a stuck-in-

For fees and other information, call 715-477-2205 or check the website: stgermainwi.com. Proceeds from the race will be shared with the St. Germain Bike & Hike Trail Fund. Snowshoe racers will receive a long sleeve t-shirt, a finisher buff and a free bowl of soup or chili at the finish. The obstacle racers will receive a long sleeve 1/4 zip sport t-shirt, a finisher buff and a free bowl of soup at the finish.

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FEBRUARY 3 & 4, 2017

Home of the Fastest Shaved Ice Track in Wisconsin ! ! Held on the West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake

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ASHLAND county

Calendar of Events

Jan. 14 Ashland – Sleigh & Cutter Rally: 11am hook-up time, 1pm exhibition begins. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. 1800s costumes, antique sleighs, food available. Jan. 21 Clam Lake – Ice Fishing Contest: 8am to 3pm on Upper Clam Lake. Raffle prizes include Honda Rancher ES. 715-794-2298. Feb. 18 Ashland – Bike Across the Bay: 1pm. Maslowski Park. Bike 15 miles across Chequemegon Bay. Feb. 18 Ashland – Book Across the Bay: 6pm. Crosscountry ski race and tour, and snowshoe trek across Chequamegon Bay from Ashland to Washburn.

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Popular Sleigh & Cutter Rally returns to Ashland

SHLAND – A grand spectacle of horses, 1800s costume and antique sleighs will be on display when the Northwoods Harness Club presents the 31st annual Sleigh & Cutter Rally on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Admission is free, and food is available for purchase inside the center. Before the parade you can talk with club members and watch as they harness the horses and hitch them to a sleigh or cutter. Hook-up is at 11am and drivers will often take the horses out for a quick trot to warm them up. There are free sleigh rides from 11am to 12:30pm. The parade gets underway at 1pm and lasts for about

two hours. As the bells jingle on the trotting horses, judges score each entry on costume, sleighs and how the driver and animals interact with each other. You can expect to see loggers, bobsleds, several Portland cutters made by Studebaker, and the graceful, swan-like Albany cutters that originated in the New England states. Rally members switch to wheels on their sleighs and bob sleds if there is little or no snow. Deep snow can sometimes force a cancellation. So you might want to check www.northerngreatlakes.org or call (715) 6822256 if a major snowstorm has hit the area just before the event.

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Calendar of Events

Dec. 10 Bayfield – Santa Arrives on the Madeline Island Ferry: Lakeside pavilion. Dec. 10 Iron River – Holiday, Gift and Craft Show: Community Center. Feb. 3-5 Bayfield – Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race: Saturday and Sunday races start at 10am. Feb. 4 Bayfield – Ashwabay Summit Nordic Ski Race: Mt. Ashwabay. Feb. 5 Cable – North End Classic Cross Country Ski Race: 13 km and 24 km races using classical technique. 715798-3599.

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Discover the winter fun at Mt Ashwabay

AYFIELD -- Mt Ashwabay, located 3 miles south of Bayfield, overlooks the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Its roots as a community downhill ski facility dates back to at least the 1940s. Today, families and others will find there’s plenty to do at Ashwabay Outdoor Recreation Area (AORA) throughout the year. AORA hosts Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in the summer, and the trails are opened for hiking and biking. Winter focuses on the Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, tubing and fat bike events. The chalet offers warmth, food and refreshments as well a place to mingle.

advanced skiers. Challenges include National Standard Racing (NASTAR) for alpine skiers and snowboarders on a giant slalom course, as well as the Mt Ashwabay Summit Nordic Ski Race (Feb. 4, 2017), Rychel Cup Race Series, and the Double Doughnut Derby Bike Race for fat-tire enthusiasts. WinterDASH will test one’s stamina to survive this winter obstacle course (a baker’s dozen) over a 5-6 km course. WinterDASH is one of many activities of the annual WinterFEST held inMarch. Check out the ski-and-stay lodging packages offered by facilities partnered with Mt Ashwabay. To learn more about AORA, put your clicker on mtashwabay.org or call 715-779-3227.

They offer various ski and snowboarding programs for youth and

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BURNETT county Calendar of Events

Dec. 10 Webster – Santa Day: Dec. 10 Danbury – Christmas at The Forts: Forts Folle Avoine Historial park, theforts.org. Dec. 11 Danbury – Wolf Ecology Workshop: 9am to 3pm, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area.

Jan. 29 Siren – Destination Wedding Fair: 11am to 3pm. Northwoods Crossing Event Center. Feb. 25 Siren -- Whopper Ice Fishing Contest: 8am to 3pm. Clam Lakes. Prizes, raffles and door prizes.

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OUNTYWIDE – Cross-country skiers can enjoy the beauty of Burnett County first hand. Seventy-five kilometers of cross-country trails are available and can be skied in either classical or skating technique. Here’s a run-down on those scenic trails: Known locally as the “Big G”, the Grantsburg Nordic Ski Trail gets a lot of attention from cross-country skiers. Easy to see why because Big G offers 10.5 km of trails along the shores of Memory Lake, Wood River and Hay Creek. Breathtaking scenic views and several fun loops are well laid out and groomed nicely. Grantsburgwi.com. A local favorite for moonlight skiing is Grettum Ski Trail, a short figure eight trail that loops gently through rolling terrain of the Fish Lake Wildlife Area. There are no large steep hills so the 2.2mile trail is perfect for an easy ski outing. Parking available at the trailhead just off Highway 41. Another recommended XC trail is Brandt Pines, a state trail six miles northwest of Grantsburg. Trails run through woodlands and are gently to moderately rolling. There’s a splendid little run through tall pines down to the river basin. The Tall Pines Trail is 2.7 miles. The YCC Trail adds another 6.5 miles to your day of skiing. Also consider Sandrock Cliff Ski Trail as an interesting possibility. This trail (5 miles, 4 loops) follows the river closely then turns onto a ridge providing a variety of terrain and scenery. Beginner to intermediate skiing. The groomed trail derives its name from the fact it’s built on a knob of Cambrian sandstone some 600 million years old. Trailheads located at the Highway 70 landing parking area and off Tennessee Road near the north end.

Want more? Check out these options listed by BurnettCounty.com. • Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park -- The Forts are located 3 miles west of State Highway 35 between Danbury and Webster. Enjoy skiing over 5 km of trails along the Yellow River. Trails groomed for classic skiing are beginner to intermediate level. For trail conditions call 715-866-8890. • Grantsburg Nordic Trail -- Located in the village near Memory Lake. The trail system has been redesigned with 4 miles of groomed trails. • Hay Creek -- At Crex Meadows, 1.5 miles long. Contact the Crex Education Center for trail conditions. 715-463-CREX. • Upper Phantom Lake trails – At Crex Meadows, 3.7 miles long, located north of County Road D on East Refuge Road. Relatively flat. Call Crex Meadows Education Center 715-463-CREX for trail conditions. • Timberland Hills -- Located 15 miles south of County Roads A & H and 18 miles southeast of Siren, Timberland Hills is located in the county forest on County Road H. Offers 24 km of groomed trails. Check out facebook.com/timberlandhills for more information. • Voyager Village – There are 11 miles of public XC ski trails (golf course and Hanscom Lake). Snowshoeing is also allowed. Located on Kilcare Road Between County Road A (North Sand Lake) and Webb Lake. • Webb Lake Ski Trail -- 13 miles east of Danbury. Three trails totaling 8.7 km. Located on North Bear Lake Road. You can access it off of County Highway H between Webb Lake and Hwy. 77.

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Sat., Feb. 4 • Oak Ridge Inn • Webb Lake, WI

AWSC ‘Celebrate WI’ Snowmobile Show Sun., Feb. 19 • The Lodge • Siren, WI

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POLK county

Calendar of Events

Dec. 3-31 Turtle Lake -Christmas Lights in the Park: Dec. 17 Frederic -- Christmas in Frederic-Sleigh Rides: Larson Auto. Dec. 17 Frederic – The Solstice Chase: 42 km (10am) and 21 km (10:15am) fat bike races, community festival: Big Rock Creek Retreat. 715-483-3278. Jan. 21 Clear Lake -- Fireman’s Oyster Supper: Jan. 28 Frederic -- Winter Fun Day: 10am to 3pm, vintage snowmobile display, fishing contest, snow sculpturing, more. Jan. 28 Amery -- Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Walk: Stower Seven Lakes. Jan. 28 Amery –- “Celebrating the Haggis”: Northern Lakes Center for the Arts. Jan. 29 Amery -- St Joseph’s Ice Fishing Contest: 7am to 3pm. North Twin Lake. Door prizes, raffles, kids fishing contest. 715-268-7717. Feb. 4-5 Balsam Lake – Winterfest/UTV Race: Pond hockey, polar plunge, ice bowling, minnow races. Feb. 4 Amery – Wanderoos Ice Fishing Contest: Headquarters at Waterside Bar & Grill. Feb. 11 Centuria -- Long Lake Ice Fishing Contest: Feb. 11 St. Croix Falls – Valentine’s Candlelight Night: 6-9pm. For skiers and snowshoers. Interstate State Park. Feb. 11-12 Luck -- Winter Carnival:

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Winterfest to feature UTV races

ALSAM LAKE -- The Balsam Lake Area Chamber invites visitors to experience all that Balsam Lake has to offer, especially during the upcoming Winterfest set for the weekend of Feb. 4-5 on Town Bay and the lake.

In addition to the inaugural UTV Championship Winterfest 250, there will be ice bowling, minnow races, kids games, pond hockey, polar plunge and lots of food and refreshments. Billed as “250 miles of hell on wheels,” the UTV race is an official RTC Event. Race classes that fans will see are the Pro Modified (800/900/1000), Pro Stock (800/900/1000) and Sport Stock. Drivers should expect a variety of challenging race conditions including long, wide-open straight-aways, sweepers, hairpin turns, obstacles and a few others they have up their sleeves. Those interested in racing can go to RTCeventsllc.com for more information.

See the ‘Lights in the Park’ at Turtle Lake

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URTLE LAKE – There is no place better to capture the holiday spirit at the brightest and most beautiful place than at Turtle Lake during “Lights in the Park” extravaganza.

The Turtle Lake Lions Club’s 2016 holiday display in Turtle Lake Village Park will once again glitter for all to enjoy throughout the month of December. Lights remain lit each evening from dusk until 10pm (11pm weekends). If this is your first time visiting, prepare to be dazzled. The displays include a wide variety of Christmas lights, props and other visually stimulating holiday themes. Admission is free and you can either stroll through the park or drive to check them out.

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Calendar of Events

Dec. 17 Hayward – Christmas Bird Count: Includes Sawyer County. 715-798-3890. Jan. 7 Hayward – Pat’s Landing Tipper Tourney: West side of the Chippewa Flowage. 715-945-2511. Jan. 14 Seeley – Seeley Hills Classic Ski: 22 km and 42 km races. 10am start time, OO warming building. Jan. 15 Seeley – Birkie Trail Tour: Various distances, food. Jan. 15 Hayward-Cable – Birkie Tour: Birkie.com.

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Jan. 29 Hayward – Women’s Ice Fishing: Chippewa Flowage. Door prizes, raffles, food. 715-462-3276. Feb. 4 Winter – Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe: 6-9pm on Flambeau Hills Ski Trail. Feb. 11 Hayward – Lions Pre-Birkie: 42 km skate/classic races; 26 km race; food stations. 715-634-4994. Feb. 22-26 HaywardCable -- American Birkebeiner Weekend: Birkie.com.

Trio of January fishing contests await anglers

AYWARD – Ice fishing contests pop up like ice shanties each winter, much to the delight of novice and hardcore anglers anxious to get on the ice and maybe win a bit of cash or other prizes. We found three that you might like in the Hayward area. Tipper Tourney Pat’s Landing kicks off the month of January with its fifth annual Tipper Tourney on the Chippewa Flowage on Saturday, Jan. 7. Fishing hours are 8am to 4pm, with fishing on the west side of the Chippewa Flowage only. Registration is $15 with prizes (based on total length) for largemouth bass, northern pike, and a combo of largemouth bass and northern pike. For more information call Kris at 715-945-2511 or visit patslandingresort.com. Pat’s Landing is located at 7476 N. Pats Landing Rd., Hayward.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Nelson Lake Association Fish Sticks and other local non-profits. For more information contact NABA at 715-558-1555. Women’s Ice Fishing Fundraiser The fifth annual Women’s Ice Fishing Fundraiser for Kids Cancer will be Sunday, Jan. 29, with the headquarters at Deer Run Resort, 9107 N River Rd, Hayward. For more information, call 715-462-3276. A reminder The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to take their kids fishing during the statewide free ice fishing weekend of Jan. 21-22. No fishing license is required, but bag limits and other regs apply.

NABA Ice Fishing Event The Northland area Builder’s Association (NABA) invites anglers to their annual Ice Fishing Event on Saturday, Jan. 21. Headquarters will be the Nelson Lake public boat landing, Gerlach Road, Hayward. Registration from 8am to 2pm. Entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under. For every non-perishable food item donated, you will receive one free raffle ticket. Food and refreshments will be available. The first 25 kids will receive a tip-up courtesy of Hayward Home Center. There will be cash and raffle prizes, including a chance to win a new Ford Escape SE 4WD. Grand raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. You must be present to win.

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Let the light of candles guide you on ski trail

WINTER -- The 24th annual Flambeau Hills Candlelight Ski/ Hike/Snowshoe event will take place Saturday, Feb. 4, from 6-9pm Flambeau Hills Ski Trail near Winter. A 1.8-kilometer loop of trail will be groomed, tracked, and lit with over 600 candles. The trail is for skiers or hikers and winds through the heart of the forest. The trail is wide enough for diagonal striders and skate skiers. Picnic tables and a large barbecue grill will be available near the trailhead for persons who wish to cook out. Large warming fires will also be built and maintained throughout the night. The Flambeau River Forest staff promotes this as a casual familytype outing and hopes that families and friends will spend the evening with them. Starting at 5pm that Saturday, all day-use fees at the trailhead will be waived. The Flambeau Hills Trailhead is located on County Hwy. W, 20 miles west of Phillips or 15 miles east of Winter. This event will take place regardless of snow conditions.

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