Trail Conditions

Trail status and conditions: (updated 5/15/20)

Notice of Seasonal Trail Opening

Washburn, WI (May 15, 2020) – Bayfield County ATV/UTV trails are officially open as of today, May 15, 2020.  The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest trails are also now open, rescinding the closure order from earlier this year. 

Please be aware that crews are still out on the trails cleaning up debris from last winter’s heavy snow. There are some washouts that will be repaired as soon as possible and logging is occurring on at least one section of trail so ride with caution. 

Trail conditions are variable and in early spring condition, so please tread lightly and report any downed trees or other issues as soon as possible to the Bayfield County Forestry & Parks Department at (715) 373-6114.  

As always, riders should use caution when out on the trails.  Please stay on the designated trails and routes and follow the trail signs. 

Trail maps can be found at area businesses and can also be viewed and ordered online along with updated trail conditions at www.bayfieldcounty.org/778/Trail-Conditions. 

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For further information:

Jen Bratsch
Recreation Forester
Bayfield County Forestry & Parks
117 E 5th St.
Washburn, WI 54891
Office: 715-373-6114
Cell: 715-209-7575


Updates since the last map was printed

Note: a new ATV/UTV map was printed for 2020-2021 and these changes appear on the new map.

Road routes added on County Highways since 2018 (as of Sept. 2019 County Board meeting):

  • County Hwy H (Scenic Drive West to E Knutson Drive) - .512 miles
  • County Hwy H (W Knutson Drive to South McCarry Lake Road) - .981 miles
  • County Hwy H (North McCarry Lake Road to Busky Bay Drive) - .964 miles
  • County Hwy M (Old Grade Road/FR 191 and East Lake Five Road) - 1.1 miles
  • County Hwy H (Horstman Road to Finger Lake Road) - 4.48 miles
  • County Hwy H (between Scenic Drive intersections) - 3.81 miles
  • County Hwy G (USH 2 east to Pristash Road) - 2 miles
  • County Hwy J (Highway 13 to Highway 13) - 8.24 miles
  • County Hwy I - .7 miles
  • County Hwy C (Big Pine Trail to Siskiwit Lake Road) - .25 miles
  • County Hwy D (Highway 63 to Camp 8 Road) - 3.25 miles
  • County Hwy H (McCarry Lake Road to McCarry Lake Road) - .79 miles
  • County Hwy H (Buskey Bay Drive to Wayside Road) - 1.2 miles
  • County Hwy D (Triangle Road to Pioneer Road) - 1 mile
  • County Hwy C (Big Rock Road to McKinley Road) - 1 mile

There are some areas that have more connectivity now that some portions of County highway have been opened as routes. One major change is that you can now ride all the way through to Red Cliff. A new map will be printed soon - hopefully before the end of the year.

When trails are open:

Please report any downed trees or other issues as soon as possible to the Bayfield County Forestry & Parks Department at 715-373-6114.

As always, riders should use caution when out on the trails. Please stay on the designated trails and routes and follow the trail signs. Be aware that there may be grooming equipment on the trails.

Trail maps can be found at area businesses and can also be viewed and ordered online.

Road routes and the Tri-County Corridor are open year ’round. This includes many forest roads that are designated on the map. 

For visitor information or to receive a current Bayfield County ATV / UTV map, you can also contact the Tourism Department.