Trail Conditions

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The Chippewa County Forest hosts numerous recreational trails that are well-used.  Mutual respect between all trail users is essential for maintaining the quality of the recreational experiences available within the forest.  The following link is for a YouTube video that demonstrates good trail etiquette when trail users meet each other - with an emphasis on Horses.  Mountain bikes and hiking boots don't spook as easily as a horse!  Please take a few minutes to review the video by clicking here


Please note:  The trails within the Chippewa County Forest are not subject to routine safety inspection.  Excessive wetness can lead to potentially hazardous trail conditions.  Use of any trail within the Chippewa County Forest is at your own risk. Wisconsin Statutes 895.62 is applicable as to liability.

County Forest Spring Road Closures Map [PDF]

At many locations, county forest roads have become completely ice-covered and in other locations they are saturated.  These conditions pose a safety risk to the public,  present challenges for emergency response and/or wreckers, and are prone to costly, but avoidable degradation.  Therefore, as of 2:00 pm on April 4, 2019, the following County Forest Roads will be closed until further notice:

O'Neil Creek Trail

Hickory Ridge Trail

Hay Meadow Trail

Deer Fly Trail

High Ridge Trail

Willow Flowage Trail

Birch Creek Flowage Trail


County Forest Snowmobile Trails Trail Map [PDF]

All snowmobile trails in Chippewa County will close Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 8:00am until further notice in attempt to preserve the trail system during the anticipated above-freezing temperatures and potential rainfall.


Please click here  to link to the Chippewa Valley Snowmobile Organization Website where the most current trail conditions and other information is listed.

County Forest ATV Trail- Trail Map [PDF]

As of 11/12/2018, the County Forest ATV/UTV Trail is CLOSED,


Operation of licensed and registered ATV’s is allowed on the County Forest ATV Trail, for the sole purpose of game retrieval, after hunting hours until midnight on each day of the Gun Deer Season. Chippewa County Code of Ordinances, 16-9(g)(2).

individuals who have been granted a County Forest Disabled Access ATV Permit by the County Forest Administrator may operate on the trail during daylight hours, and as described above, during the Gun Deer Season. Chippewa County Code of Ordinances, 16-9(l)(2).

To report a violation of the rules described above, please call the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (715) 726-7701.  If possible, please record the license plate number of the suspect ATV.

At this time, it is UNKNOWN if the ATV/UTV Trail will be dry enough to open by May 1, 2019.


Town of Ruby Frozen Ground Road Access

These secondary forest access roads are CLOSED as of 4/1/2019.  Please click here for more information.


Hickory Ridge Ski Trail (3/27/18)

Please click here to link to the Hickory Ridge Trail Conditions Report on the Skinny Ski website.  This site contains the most current information posted by skiers and trail maintenance staff.


River Road Ski Trail (3/27/2018)

The ski trail is closed but the trails offer great hiking at any time!


Please click here to link to the River Road Ski Trail Map and Conditions Report on the Skinny Ski website.  This site contains the most current information posted by skiers and trail maintenance staff.


Hay Meadow Horse Trail- Trail Map [PDF]

As of April 9, 2019, the Hay Meadow Horse Trail is CLOSED until further notice due to wet conditions.  The Facebook Page for the Chippewa Valley Trail Riders may have additional information relating to this trail closure.


Old Abe Bike Trail - Trail Map [PDF]

The Old Abe Bike Trail is open for use.  The trail will be groomed for snowmobile use as soon as conditions allow.  Self-registration is available at: the Riverview Conservancy near the intersection of County Hwy I and State Hwy 178, the Lake Wissota Trailhead near the intersection of County Hwy S and O, and in the City of Cornell across from Mill Yard Park.  Daily and annual State trail passes are also available at:  Spring Street Sports, Jim Falls Cenex, Cornell City Office, and Lake Wissota and Brunet Island State Parks.













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