Safer at Home
Under the Safer at Home order, we must do all that we can to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Chippewa County understands the public's need to enjoy the benefits of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the Safer at Home order recognizes outdoor activity as an essential activity, people wishing to take a break outdoors are advised by public health officials to exercise in your local neighborhoods and maintain a social distance of 6 feet or more.
Currently, the safety of our staff and visitors supersedes continuing operations at certain locations. Some State parks have already closed and if the public does not follow social distancing guidelines or vandalizes property more State and County parks and trails may close.
When you visit, you will need to take your garbage and recyclables home with you. We all play a vital role in taking care of our natural resources. Following the Leave No Trace principles helps protect the land for generations to come.
All Trailhead facilities are Day Use Only
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there is insufficient capacity to maintain these restrooms. It is our objective to open them as soon as there are adequate staff resources, cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment.
- Visitors are reminded to practice proper personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to limit groups to under ten people when enjoying the outdoors.
- Camping or overnight congregation at any posted trailhead facility is prohibited. Dispersed camping, of small groups (under 10), is allowed in the Chippewa County Forest.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Matt Hansen – Chippewa County Forest Administrator
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.
**Please note that all restrooms are closed until further notice.**
County Forest ATV Trail- Trail Map [PDF]
The County Forest ATV/UTV Trail will open May 1, 2020. Please note that the Chippewa Valley ATV Council and the Chippewa Valley ATVer's each maintain Facebook pages that may contain more details.
To report suspicious or illegal activities along the trail, please call the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (715) 726-7701. If possible, please record the license plate number of the suspect ATV.
Hay Meadow Horse Trail- Trail Map [PDF]
The May Meadow Horse Trail will open Saturday, April 24, 2020, for Day Use Only at this time.
The Facebook Page for the Chippewa Valley Trail Riders has information on trail opening and closure.
Old Abe Bike Trail - Trail Map [PDF]
The Old Abe Trail is open.
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.
For more information on State trails, please see State Trail Pass Information.
County Forest Snowmobile Trails - Trail Map [PDF]
The snowmobile trails in Chippewa County are now closed.
Please click here to link to the Chippewa Valley Snowmobile Organization Website where the most current trail conditions and other information is listed.
Town of Ruby Frozen Ground Road Access -
The Town of Ruby Game Trail is now closed.
Hickory Ridge Ski Trail (3/27/18)
Hickory Ridge Ski Trail is now closed. 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 trail is now closed.
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.