7th Annual Snowmobile Fun Run
Meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month September through April. Locations vary. Meetings start at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!
Next Meeting: January 14th at the Valhalla View Pub & Grub. We will discuss the upcoming Poker Run, Trail Pass information, trail work needed and any other issues that we may have.
From our first meeting:
We held our first meeting of the year September 10th, 2014. We will follow up with better "minutes" later but here is a quick summary:
1. Election of officers: Pres-Nate Swiston; VP-Cory Smith; Secretary/Treasurer-Mary Ross; ...Director of trail operations; Dave (Butch) Warren.
2. Discussion of date for annual Fun (poker) Run; sounds like we are leaning to Saturday, February 7th which is the week after the Super Bowl.
3. Discussion of 2 large trail #13 re-routes in process. Will be completed prior to December.
4. New sign posts going up on trail through the City of Washburn.
5. We need ideas for Washburn Homecoming 2015; float and fundraising.
6. New Trail Passes in 2015...read more click here...
Another addition is a potential Trail Work Weekend of October 11th and 12th which the weekend after AppleFest...not much time after that!!! I think that's about it other than another good meal at the Valhalla View Pub & Grub.
Bayfield County Snowmobile Alliance Annual
Bayfield County Snowmobile trails will officially open Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, but grooming will not start until at least the 15th. Snow conditions are highly variable. As always, riders should use caution when out on the trails.
Please stay on the designated trails and routes. Changes to the trail system are marked with signage on the trails so when in doubt, follow the signs.
Check back for updates or call or text Butch for up to date information at 715 209 2191.
Click Below for Bayfield County Trail Information:
Bayfield County Trail Report
Pick up your 2015 Bayfield County Snowmobile Trail map at Leino's Gas and Goods, downtown Washburn or click here.
New Trail Route Announced
Due to a sudden, private-property land closure, we have been required to quickly re-route a portion of our existing trail between Cook Road and (North) Church Corner Road.
Heading North from Washburn (toward Valhalla), the trail will exit the property of Dave Cook at Old County C, cross County C and proceed on the roadway behind the old C-Side. The trail will then run along Church Corner Road on the property of Frank Faulkner heading down to the intersection of County C and North Church Corner Road. The trail/route will follow North Church Corner Road until it meets back with the existing trail at the end of this road.
This is not a desired route for our trail but we were forced to find a quick resolution for re-routing this trail for this season. It is our hope to have the trail redirected for the 2015 season. To see a map of the new route click here.
WI Snowmobile Trail Pass
The WI Trail Pass will not be available until July 1, 2015. Each sled operating in WI will be required to display a Wisconsin trail pass to be purchased annually. For more information click here.
Just a couple of updates....on Saturday, I sent out 35 business membership (invoices) to Washburn and area businesses...I included Pine Creek, Iron River, Herbster and Corny thinking ahead about the Poker Run. I will start with individual memberships this week.
We got some good news that we do not have to complete the large re-route on the Dave Blong property this year. That will be next Spring/Summer. We still have to re-route around the old Gary Maki property onto the Mike Nelson and BJ Marx property. Hopefully that won't be too involved.
We got up new sign posts and stop signs through the City of Washburn trail. Replaced the metal posts with new 4x4's.
Thanks To everyone for the Fun Run Success!
Thank you to all who participated in our 6th Annual Fun Run on Saturday, January 25. We had about 60 riders who braved the brutal cold and most made it to all 9 stops. Also thank you to all the establishments who supported the run: Pub-N-Grub, Patsy's Bar, Battle Axe Saloon, Ino Bar, Tri-Lakes Timbers, Woody's Food & Spirits, Pine Creek Pit Stop, Village Inn and Pine Cone Oly's. The winners of the poker hand were:
1st Place - Bobbie Jo Jonas
2nd Place - Dan Truchon
3rd Place - Jeff Mashlan
We would also like to give a big "Thank You" to the following businesses who donated door prizes for the evening:
Hugo's of Washburn
Leino's Gas & Goods
Holiday Gas Station
North Cost Coffee
Washburn Snowmobile Club
New! Tales from the Trails
We've added a new page to our website called Tales from the Trails. This is where you will find stories about trips on the trails submitted by members and visitors. We're sure everyone will have stories to share. Click here to go to the Trail Tales page.
Special Thanks To Our Business Supporters
We would like to thank the following businesses for their continued support:
Valhalla Pub and Grub
Sell's Pine Creek Pit Stop
Tri Lakes Timbers Resort
Pine Cone Oly's
And we would like to welcome and thank Little Nikkis of Cornucopia.
Thank you all for your support!
Welcome New Members
We would like to welcome our new members:
Mark Ledin, John Mead and Mark Misun. Thanks for your support.
Hats Off to Our Landowners!
Equally as important as our sponsors, we would be nothing if not for our local landowners that allow us access to their property in order to offer some of the best trails in Bayfield County!
Thanks to all who support our club!
Snowmobiling Safety Tips from the Wisconsin DNR
Zero alcohol keeps you safe on the trail. Drinking alcohol before snowmobiling or during your ride slows your reactions, impairs your judgment, and is a leading contributor to snowmobiling deaths. Last winter, alcohol was involved in 70 percent of the 23 snowmobiling fatalities. Join DNR in the international zero alcohol campaign that urges every snowmobiler to take personal responsibility for reducing alcohol-related crashes. Wisconsin conservation wardens will be handing out zero alcohol stickers to snowmobilers and asking you to display it.
Wisconsin's recreation safety specialists recommend you take these other precautions to stay safe on the trails this winter: Slow down. Speed is a contributing factor in nearly all fatal snowmobiling accidents. Drivers should proceed at a pace that will allow ample reaction time for any situation. Drive at moderate speeds, and drive defensively, especially after sunset. Carry a first-aid kit and dress appropriately, Your first-aid kit should include a flashlight, knife, compass, map, and waterproof matches. Always wear a helmet with goggles or a face shield to prevent injuries from twigs and flying debris. Wear layers of water-repellent clothing and make sure you have no loose ends that might catch in the machine or tangle in equipment. Avoid traveling across bodies of water when uncertain of ice thickness or water currents. Rapidly changing weather and moving water in streams and lake inlets also affect the thickness and strength of ice on lakes and ponds. Snow cover can act as a blanket and prevents thick strong ice from forming. Stay on marked trails or, where allowed, on the right shoulder of the road. Be alert for fences, tree stumps and stretched wire that may be concealed by snow. Never travel alone. Most snowmobile accidents result in personal injury. The most dangerous situations occur when a person is injured and alone. If you must travel alone, tell someone your destination, planned route, and when you will return.