According to a press release from the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce, temporary snowmobile routes within the town have been opened due to unsafe ice conditions on area lakes.
It’s an effort to make it easier for visitors staying at area lodging establishments to access the trails.
“These will only be temporary until the ice is deemed safe for travel,” the press release states. “Snowmobilers are asked to stay on these temporary routes only and use of other roads, sidewalks, and public/private property could result in law enforcement action being taken.”
Visitors staying at establishments downtown Minocqua can reach the Bearskin Trial by using Torpy Park and Lakeshore Drive. From the Bearskin Trail, either head south on the Bearskin Trail or go north to Doctor Pink Drive to access the trails on 70 West.
Visitors staying just south of downtown can use the southern access roads of Northern Road and Kawaga Road to access the Bearskin Trail and travel south on the Bearskin, or north to Doctor Pink Dr. to access the trails on 70 West.
Maps will be visible at the front desk of each of these establishments and printed copies can be picked up at the Visitors Center. They are also available here for download.
In addition to temporary routes, the town of Minocqua has opened two designated snowmobile “park and ride” lots to allow snowmobilers easy access to the area’s trail system until the ice conditions become safe for riders.
The two lots opening for snowmobile trailer parking are parking Lot C behind the Minocqua post office and Lot Q at the Minocqua Park Complex at 10295 State Highway 70 west of Minocqua. From the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and Hwy 70 in Minocqua, drive 2.5 miles then turn left on Camp Pinemere Road.
Lot C is open from 6 a.m. to midnight. Overnight parking is available in Lot Q.
All lake trails in Oneida County remain closed and are considered unsafe until they have been clearly marked by a local snowmobile club.
For more information on area snowmobiling including trail reports, maps, and local snowmobile club information visit minocqua.org