Trail Reports

Thursday, February 25, 2021: All Oconto County Snowmobile Trails will close on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 8:00AM. This decision is being made due to the warm temperatures and sun being predicted heading into this weekend in an attempt to prevent damage to our landowner’s property (like the Golf Course), as well as to preserve the base we have on our snowmobile trails. Its all up to Mother Nature to turn this thing around.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021: It’s 33 degrees at 9:30am in Lakewood, and the snow has ended. We received only 2.5 inches of heavy wet snow, which was not enough to properly cover the bare areas and hills that have been exposed to the sun the last couple of days. The trails are open, but are in Poor to Fair condition, with some areas that are still good here and there. We also have some trees and branches that have come down on some of the trails, as well. We are sending out work crews to remove the debris. You may also see a groomer out to see if panning the recent snow is worth our while. If you must ride, please be careful and slow down to avoid the people out making the trails safe. We also recommend that you avoid the golf course to minimize any damage to the fairways due to the minimal snow cover in areas that melted down. The predicted day time temperatures through Saturday in the 30’s and 40’s with sun will continue to deteriorate the trails. We wish the news was better.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021: It’s 40 degrees at 10:00am in Lakewood. The trails took a “BIG HIT” yesterday with the combination of upper 30’s temps and Full Sun. As you would expect with the limited trail base we had, many of the trails around town are “snirty” with bare spots showing through in many places. Out in the wooded areas you can still find some good riding, but you have to get there. Grooming operations have stopped until we get some freezing temperatures and some more snow. The weather report says we could get 1-3 inches of some fairly wet snow tonight, but we need the higher amounts to do any good. The night time temps will be dropping back into the teens after the front passes, so that’s a positive sign. This could be the end, but we’ll have to see what nature brings us. Please be advised that some of the Southern Oconto County Trails have closed. For more information, click on http://www.ocontocounty.org/trail-reports . Check back later.

Thursday, February 18, 2021: It’s a balmy 15 degrees in Lakewood at 9:00am. What a difference a few days make in the temperature and riding apparel. The high today is supposed to reach 24 degrees. That temperature and any sun, will not be a good combination for the trails. The groomers did their magic again last night making the conditions  “Good to Excellent”,  with some spotty areas of dirt showing through from the lack of snow. Some southern exposed hills are also are showing the same thing. Regardless, there is plenty of good riding to be found throughout our trail system. The highs are supposed to be  in the mid to upper 20’s with some sun this weekend. That will not help. Next week’s forecast is calling for temps to be in the mid to upper 30’s with sun throughout. That obviously will take a big toll as well. You better get up to ride if you can. We’ll update the trail report more often to report any change in the conditions.

Saturday, February 13, 2021: It’s a balmy -5 degrees in Lakewood, with some light snow falling. All three groomers were out last night freshening up the trails for your riding enjoyment. We continue to rate them in Very Good condition, with some areas starting to show wear due to the fragile base. The forecast for next week shows some moderating of the high temps into the mid 20’s, followed by the mid-30’s after next weekend. You better get out and ride when you can because any sun with those temps would not be good.  Check back for more updates, but you can also get up-to-date information on our trails by going to the “Paul Bunyan Riders Groomers Group” on Facebook. Don’t forget to stop by our Business Booster members that are listed on our website to support the folks who support us. Please Ride Safe and Ride Sober!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2021: Two of the groomers were out again last night touching up the trails. The relatively light traffic and cold temperatures are keeping them in great shape. Bob Prasser rates them in Very Good condition. There is a chance for about an inch of snow tomorrow night, so that will only add to our enjoyment.  Just a reminder that there is active logging all around the general area. Please slow down, and be respectful of the crews stacking the logs.  For trail conditions from other clubs in the area, click on https://www.ocontocounty.org/trail-reports/.  You can also get up-to-date information on our trails by typing in “Paul Bunyan Riders Groomers Group” on Facebook. Don’t forget to stop by our Business Booster members that are listed on our website to support the folks who support us. Please Ride Safe and Ride Sober!!!

Friday, February 5, 2021: THE  LAKEWOOD AREA SNOWMOBILE TRAILS WILL OPEN AT 12 NOON TODAY!!! The Lakewood Area received about 7″ of some great panning/grooming snow last night. All three groomers have been out packing it down adding it to the 3.5″ to 5″ base we had already put down. Bob Prasser rates the trails generally to be Good to Very Good, with a few areas in early season riding condition on rocky hills. Please be advised that there is active logging being done in the area. Please slow down, and be respectful of the crews stacking the logs. Also, not all trails are open to the south. For more information regarding other trails in Oconto County, click on https://www.ocontocounty.org/trail-reports/.  Don’t forget to stop by our Business Booster members to support the folks who support us. Please Ride Safe and Ride Sober!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2021: The lack of new snow continues to hinder Oconto County from opening the trails. The Paul Bunyan trail system has been panned, and some of the trails twice to pan down the 3″ of new snow we got last week.  The 3.5″ to 4″ base on our trails is hard and flat in most areas. All we really need is about 2-4 inches of new snow having a moderate moisture content to improve the trail conditions. However, the general forecast for the Lakewood area is only 1″ to 1.5″. Let’s hope they are wrong. Other conditions hindering the trail opening is that club trails south of us have considerably less snow that we do. Another factor is that Forest and Marinette Counties remain closed, as well. Be advised that riding closed trails is illegal, and could result in a fine. If the trails do OPEN it will be posted on the Oconto County website at https://www.ocontocounty.org/trail-reports/. Check back on Sunday for more information and an update on trail conditions. THINK SNOW!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2021: We have been patiently waiting for some measurable snow to add to the  3.5 inches (on average) that is already on the ground in the Lakewood area. And, it appears that the Snow Dances that have been going on for the past few weeks are going to pay off. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory  for Northern Oconto County from 10pm this evening to Noon on Friday. Snowfall predictions range from 2-4 to 2-6 inches, depending on who you believe. But, one thing that appears to be the same is that there will be a fair amount of moisture content which is good for the trails as long as it doesn’t get too crazy. Regardless, we will be out panning it down together with the snow we already have on the ground. And, don’t put those dancing shoes away too far because it sounds like we are going to get into a more traditional winter weather pattern next week, as well. And as always, it is up to Oconto County to make the decision to open the trails. If the trails do OPEN it will be posted on their website at https://www.ocontocounty.org/trail-reports/. Check back on Friday for more information and an update on trail conditions. THINK SNOW!!!

Monday, December 28, 2020: The cold weather has held for the most part continuing to firm up the trails. Generally, the Lakewood Area has about 3-4 inches of snow on the ground after receiving an inch of new snow last night.  The weather forecast is saying we could get about 3-5 inches starting Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  The predicted temperatures suggest it will have a fair amount of moisture content (good for panning).  The weather system is predicted to drop more snow farther south (again). Let’s hope they’re wrong. Regardless, our trails are ready, and we are planning to pan down the 3-5 inches if it happens.  However, we caution everybody that does not necessarily mean the trails are open. It is up to Oconto County to make that decision. If the trails do OPEN it will be posted on their website at https://www.ocontocounty.org/trail-reports/. Check back on Wednesday morning for more information. THINK SNOW!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2020: The cold weather is just what was needed for the trails to start freezing everything up in the swamps, and to make good ice on the lakes. This has allowed us to get into the low-lying areas with the tractor to remove the leaners and cutup the windfalls. All we lack now is the snow. The three groomers are ready to go out to pan the trails once Mother Nature provides a blanket of new fallen snow. We will update the trail report as required to keep you all informed.