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Northern Wisconsin Outdoor Adventures begin here in Langlade County. Langlade County offers many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, ATVing, snowmobiling, hiking, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, snowshoeing, swimming, cycling, mountain biking, golfing, camping, horseback riding, canoeing, and so much more! Langlade County has hundreds of miles of recreational trails, a quarter of a million acres of territory open for public hunting, 841 natural lakes, 225 streams, 200 spring ponds, and the famous Wolf River, if you are an outdoor enthusiast, we guarantee that you won't be bored here in Langlade County, the County of Trails. Check below of important reports, maps and information to help you get out and enjoy it all!

Click here to download a Langlade County Recreation Map


Snowmobile Trails
Langlade County Snowmobile
Date of Report: December 10, 2018

CLOSED until further notice.  The Langlade County Snowmobile Ordinance prohibits snowmobilers and all-terrain vehicles from operating on the above trails. Anyone operating on the above trails will be cited.

Also, the Langlade County ATV trail system will remain closed until further notice.
 
Langlade County Forestry and Recreation Department
 
Fishing
Fishing Reports
With 841 natural lakes, 225 streams and 200 spring ponds, Langlade County provides unlimited fishing opportunities from pan fish to musky. Many of the lakes have public launch access. However, most County lakes are small (less than 100 acres) and are located in remote forest settings. The nearly 400 miles of trout streams support excellent populations of brook, brown and rainbow trout.

Eastern Langlade County is also home to one of the finest trout streams in the Midwest. The Wolf River offers excellent dry-fly fishing, especially in May and June, with good catches into autumn. The famed trout waters occur in a 40-mile section between Highway T, south to Highway M, and are divided into 10 public access points. This section of the river has a steep gradient creating numerous complex rapids and should only be navigated by experienced anglers. From Post Lake Dam to Highway T, the river is slow moving and is easy to float with a canoe. Anglers will find good populations of northern pike, walleye, bass and musky.

Skiing
Downhill skiing - Kettlebowl Ski Hill
Downhill Report: December 10, 2018

Kettlebowl Ski hill needs more snow before the hill can open.

A huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers that make Kettlebowl so successful all season long!

To map the location: N6875 Hwy 52, Bryant, WI
Lat: 45.2637
Lon: -88.9082


A ski shop from Antigo brings a large trailer out to the hill with the rental skiis/boots/snow boards. (ANTIGO SKI, 715.623.4300 or 715.350.1002) The normal hours at the hill are 12-4 Sat & Sun when we are open. We may at times be open during teachers conventions or holidays. Kettle Bowl ski hill is located approximately 15 miles NE of Antigo on Hwy 52 or 4 miles SW of the Hwy 52/55 intersection at Lily. We have five rope tows, all runs are intermediate with a bunny/beginners hill. Snow boards are very popular and welcome. There is no sledding or tubing facilities. We have a very modern chalet with food available. Snowmobilers are welcome, use caution when entering the parking lot & do not travel in front of the chalet, park to your left as you enter the parking lot.

General Information: The hill is solely run by volunteers which keeps the cost having outdoor fun affordable. The hill is open on weekends only, weather permitted. They rely on mother nature only.....Adults can get lift passes for $5. Teenagers can get passes for $3, kids 6-12 get passes for $2 and kids five and under get to ski for free.

4.3 miles long, includes three loops, groomed for classic skiing.

From Antigo, travel North on Hwy 45 to Hwy I. East on Hwy I to Hwy 52 approximately eight miles.
 

Cross Country Skiing-Gartzke Flowage Cross-Country Ski Trail
Date of Report: December 10, 2018

There is not enough snow to groom Gartzke Flowage this winter season.  Antigo Bike and Ski Club has been out on the trails to cut fallen trees and remove debris from the trail.  The trail just needs more snow to be groomed.  Think snow!

The trails are always open, so you will not see a "trails closed" announcement.

Trail location: W6379 Fifth Ave, Antigo WI 54409
Lat: 45.1326
Lon: -89.9641


General Information:

5.5 miles long, designed for all abilities, and groomed for both classic and freestyle. Parking area, restrooms, and a recreation shelter.
From Antigo, travel east on County F. Once past County S intersection continue East on fifth Avenue Road 2 more miles.
 

Cross Country Skiing-Jack Lake Trail
Date of Report: December 10, 2018

The Jack Lake Ski Trails has not been groomed yet this winter season.  The trail needs more snow.  Please keep checking back.

Trail Location: N8375 Park Road, Deerbrook, WI 54424
Lat: 45.3374
Lon: -89.1367

Typically Jack Lake Ski Trails are groomed on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (Fridays as needed) every week during the winter.


General Information
15 miles long, designed for all abilities, and Piston-Bully groomed for both classic and freestyle. Parking area, restrooms and a warming shelter.

Location
From Antigo, travel north on Hwy 45 to Hwy J. Turn east on Hwy J and travel approximately 2 miles. Trailhead will be on your left.
715-623-6214

Jack Lake Trail Map

Cross Country Skiing-Kettlebowl Ski Trail
Date of Report: December 10, 2018

The Kettlebowl Cross Country Ski Trail has not been groomed yet this winter season.  The trail needs more snow.  Please keep checking back.

To map the location: N6875 Hwy 52, Lily WI
Lat: 45.2637
Lon: -88.9082

Important Notice:
The parking lot by Kent Fire Tower Road will not be plowed.

Kettlebowl Ski Trail is groomed on Thursdays every week during the winter.

General Information
4.3 miles long, includes three loops, groomed for classic skiing.

Location
From Antigo, travel North on Hwy 45 to Hwy I. East on Hwy I to Hwy 52 approximately eight miles.

Kettlebowl Cross-Country Ski Trail Map
 

Cross Country Skiing-Maranatha Ski Trail System
Date of Report: December 10, 2018

Silver Birch Ranch / Maranatha Ski Trails will not be groomed until after Christmas.
 
Trail location: N6120 Sawyer Lake Rd, White Lake, WI 54491
Lat: 45.2479
Lon: -88.7513

General Information

Maintained by Silver Birch Ranch and is open to the public. Nine clearly marked trail loops encompass 6.7 miles of beautiful wooded scenery in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The trail ranges from beginner to expert levels and is groomed for traditional skiing.

Location
The trailhead begins ½ mile East of Silver Birch Ranch located at N6120 Sawyer Lake Road (4 miles North of Langlade). From Langlade, follow Hwy 55 about 4 miles north to Sawyer Lake Road (FR 2122). Turn right and go about 2 miles. The parking area is at the trail head on the right (south) side of Sawyer Lake Road.

Maranatha Ski Trail Map

Cross Country Skiing-The Moccasin Ski Trail
Reported: December 7, 2018

Some of the trails at Moccasin Lake are being logged.  Go to Elcho XC Ski Clubs Facebook page to see the areas affected. Ski equipment is available for people to use at Michelle’s Lodge. The trails are packed on Sunday, December 2 and Chuck skied the trail on December 7. Tracks are not set. The trail is in good condition, but it is recommended to use older skies. It is not recommended to ski on those segments of the trail being used by the loggers. The Elcho XC Club will groom again when there is more snow and will keep everyone informed on the progress of the loggers.

 The snowshoe trail was also packed and is good at this time with just boots or one can use snowshoes.​

For information on trail condition Chuck Wetzel (715-275-3068) or check www.langladecounty.org. If anyone does work on the trail like brushing, please contact Chuck Wetzel as we will be receiving a grant again this year for work done on the trail.

General Information
5.5 miles long, designed for all abilities, and groomed for both classic and freestyle. Parking area, restrooms, and two warming shelter with heat source and tables.

Location
From Antigo, travel North on Hwy 45 approximately 18 miles. Turn left onto Enterprise Lake Road. West on Moccasin Lake Road to Bear Road. South on Bear Road one mile to the trailhead.

Lat: 45.4370
Lon: -89.1367


Moccasin Ski Trail Map

Cross Country Skiing-Springbrook Cross Country Ski Trail
Date of Report: December 7, 2018

Springbrook x-country ski trail will be packed but not tracked on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Location Trailhead: 300 block of Byrne Street (off of Langlade Road), Antigo WI 54409
Lat: 45.1413
Lon: -89.1506


Please Note: the City of Antigo does not staff on the weekend. Any snow occurring in the evening hours or on the weekend will be taken care of during regular business hours.

General Information
The City of Antigo offers two miles of cross-country loops on the Antigo Lake trail. Access is available from the 300 block of Byrne Street, off of Langlade Road, the dead-end of Virginia Street or behind North Elementary School.

Springbrook Cross Country Ski Trail Map
Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing in Langlade County
Packed Snowshoe Trails
Gartzke Flowage
The trail is located entirely on Langlade County property east of Antigo off 5th Avenue Road. It's approximately 5.5 miles in length and has a variety of trails for all abilities. It is managed by the Langlade County Forestry and Recreation Department and the Antigo Bike and Ski Club. The trail is groomed and tracked by the Antigo Bike and Ski Club.

Moccasin Lake
The trail system is designed for snowshoeing and horseback riding. The snowshoe trail starts on the west side of the parking lot. Feel free to make your own trail but please stay off the cross country ski trail.

Back Country Snowshoeing
If Back-country snowshoeing is more your style of snowshoeing, enjoy the 130,000 acres of County forest lands or try one of these signed but ungroomed trails.

Jack Lake Mountain Bike Trail Map
The trail system is designed for mountain biking but is open to snowshoeing in winter. The trailhead is located within Langlade County's Veteran's Memorial Park.

The Game Lake Nature Trail Map
The trail system is designed for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and horseback riding. Motor vehicles are prohibited on these trials. The trail is on Langlade County property and is managed by the Langlade County Forestry and Recreation Department. The trailhead is located within Langlade County's Veteran's Memorial Park.

Single Track Mountain Bike Trail - Open for snowshoeing and is in fair condition.
This ungroomed fat tire bike and snowshoe trail is close to Antigo and is a great place to ride or snowshoe. The two one mile loops of rolling hills and beautiful scenery. The trailhead is located at N1985 Dump Rd, Antigo, WI 54409.

Ice Age Trail
Langlade County boasts 50 miles of the thousand-mile Ice Age Trail that can be snowshoed in the winter. There are 5 segments: 13 miles Kettlebowl, 12 miles Lumbercamp, 9.5 miles Old Railroad, 13.5 miles Highland Lakes and 12 miles Parrish Hills.

Sledding
Antigo Sledding Hill
Report: December 10, 2018

The sledding hill is closed until we receive more snow.  Lights illuminating the sledding hill from 5 pm-9:30 pm.

Location: Off First Avenue (between Edison and Dorr Street)
 
Ice Skating
Outdoor Skating Rinks
Report: December 7, 2018

Peaceful Valley Large Rink (figure skaters and non-hockey skaters):  Peaceful Valley large rink is not open.  Please stay off of ice.

Peaceful Valley Hockey Rink: Peaceful Valley hockey rink will be opening on the night of December 7, 2018.

Peaceful Valley Warming House: Peaceful Valley Warming House will be open from 8 am to 8:30 pm daily.
 
Peaceful Valley Ice Rinks and Warming House are located at 420 Field Street (near the community-built playground). When open the rinks have light for evening hockey and skating and a warming house with restrooms that are open from 8 am to 8:30 pm daily.

Please Note: the City of Antigo does not staff on the weekend. Any snow occurring in the evening hours or on the weekend will be removed the next business day after sidewalks have been cleared.
 
Dog Park
City of Antigo Dog Park
The Dog Park is located off of Century Avenue or the new Hwy 64 bypass (Address: 2000 Hwy 64, Antigo, WI 54409). This area was formally a landfill, but has since been capped. It will now be utilized as space for owners and their pets to enjoy socializing and off-leash time within an expansive and beautiful fenced-in area.

The park features a separate small dog area (approximately 2 acres), various access gates to enter and exit the park, and various trails and open spaces which will be mowed throughout the summer season.

Hunting
Hunting in Langlade County
Whether you carry a shotgun, rifle or bow, and with over 126,000 acres of territory open for public hunting you will find unlimited opportunities in Langlade County’s diverse forests and watersheds. Wildlife available to hunt include dear and bear, ruffed grouse & woodcock, squirrel, rabbit, turkey and waterfowl. Predator hunting is also a big sport in Langlade County. Hunting, as well as many other non-motorized activities, is allowed on all county lands entered into the County Forest Crop Law, private and industrial lands entered into the Forest Crop Law or Managed Forest Lands Law and designated State of Wisconsin lands.

These lands can be accessed from any road found on the official County Road Map. Access beyond these official roads, by motorized vehicle, is a matter of rules and policies approved by each entity. The many roads that bisect these lands are open to foot access and some are open to motorized access (see chart).

Tree Stands
No person shall construct, cause to be constructed, use or occupy andy permanent elevated scaffold or other permanent elevated device, commonly referred to as a tree stand, on any lands owned or uder the control of Langlade County. Portable tree stands may be used, provided that they are erected after September 1 and completely removed no later than one week following the close of late archery season, such portable tree stands are not in any manner bolted, nailed or screwed to the tree and such prortable tree stands cause no permanent damage to the trees in which they are placed. The use of nails, screws, psikes or other devices to aid in climbing a tree is prohibited. The cutting of shooting lanes is prodhibited. Tree stands found in violation of this section may be removed and will become the property of Langlade County.

Langlade County Forest
Tree Stands- Portable tree stands only. September 1 thru January 7 only. No Screws, spikes or nails.
Ground Blinds- Must be constructed of natural materials only. No cutting of live trees or shooting lanes.
ATV & Vehicle Use- Prohibited on all gated, locked, bermed or posted areas.

State of Wisconsin Land Ownership
Tree Stands- Portable stands only. Must be removed daily.
Ground Blinds- Must be constructed of natural materials only. Daily removal required.
ATV & Vehicle Use- Restricted unless on designated ATV posted trail.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Tree Stands- Portable tree stands only. No cutting of live trees. Can erect one day before
hunting season. Must be removed at the end of late bow hunting season.
No nails, screws, screw in steps, etc.
Ground Blinds- Made from natural vegetation only. No cutting of live vegetation.
Must be removed after season.
ATV & Vehicle Use- No ATV use. Street legal vehicles only on forest roads unless gated or bermed.

Langlade County Recreation Map
ATV Trails Reports/Maps
Langlade County ATV Trail System
NOTICE ATV’ers:
 
The Spring/Summer/Fall ATV trails in Langlade County will officially close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018, and will remain closed until May 1, 2019, or weather permitting.  This includes the Parrish Highlands, Augustyn Springs, Pickerel/Pearson, Antigo, and White Lake/Elton ATV trail systems.  In addition, all County highway road routes will close at this time as well.

The Langlade County All-Terrain Vehicle Trails Ordinance prohibits ATV’s from operating on the above-described trails after December 1.   For further questions regarding the trails, you may call the Forestry and Recreation Department at 715-627-6300.
 
Langlade County Forestry and Recreation Department

Download the newest Langlade County ATV/UTV map.


Visit the DNR Website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/atv/ for rules and regulations.

These trails are mostly on land owned and managed by Langlade County. Trails were developed and are maintained by Langlade County with the exception of private property which is maintained by local clubs. There are over 86 miles of trail connected by several routes. The trail is very scenic and traverses glacial moraines, upland hardwoods, cedar swamps and small rivers and lakes. The terrain is slightly rolling to very hilly, and links to the Lincoln, Oneida, Forest, and Oconto County ATV trails. For more information on Langlade County ATV/UTV trail system click here.

UTV Rules & Regulations
 
Horse Trails
Crocker Hills Horseback Riding Trails
The Crocker Hills Horseback Riding Trails are located on Langlade County property and private property east of Antigo off Fraley Road. It is approximately 15.3 miles in length and offers a variety of trails and scenic beauty. The horse trail is located between Norway Lake and Evergreen Creek. In the north western portion of the trail steep hills and valleys afford the rider beautiful vistas of the northern hardwood complex. The trail facilities include a parking area at the trail head west of Fraley road and a restroom.

Crocker Hills Horse Trail Map
 

Moccasin Lake Riding Trail
Date of Report: August 9, 2018

The snowshoe trail of the Moccasin Trail was mowed on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  The snowshoe trail and the ski trail are in good shape for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.  The camp area was also mowed.  Logging is progressing on the beginning of the ski trail.
 

Located west of Elcho on the existing cross-country ski trail and adjoining forest roads. This area features a variety of rolling terrain and is highlighted by two river basins. Facilities include a parking area, restrooms and a warming shelter.

Moccasin Lake Horse Trail Map

Popple Ridge Trail
The Popple Ridge Trail is located in the eastern end of Langlade County off Hwy 55 and the Sawyer Lake Road area. The trail is approximately 16 miles in length is divided into three loops. This area also features a variety of rolling terrain. Public access available near Nine Mile Resort off of Hwy 55.

Popple Ridge Trail Map
Hiking
Gartzke Flowage Recreation Area
Date of Report: July 16, 2018
The main trails on the north side of The Gartzke Trails System have been mowed a couple of times, the most recent mowing was Wednesday, July 11, 2018.   Trails are great for walking/hiking. 

The Gartzke Flowage Recreation Area offers trails that are very scenic and traverse through a Norway Pine plantation, upland hardwood, and cedar swamps along the flowage. Several spring seeps dot the landscape and add to the natural beauty of the area.
Location:
W6379 Fifth Ave
Antigo, WI 54409

The trail is located entirely on Langlade County property east of Antigo off 5th Avenue Road.
Length:
5.5 miles in length and has a variety of trails for all abilities.

Gartzke Flowage Recreation Map

Ice Age Trail
Date of Report: August 14, 2018

The entire Kettlebowl segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is closed due to a logging operation for 2-3 months.  Until the chapter is able to recommend possible options for access/parking of the segment’s north end, the entire Kettlebowl segment is closed. Closure signs are posted at WI Highway 52, Sherry/Oak Roads and the Polar Parking Lot Trailheads.  If any questions, please contact the chapter.  

Langlade County boasts 50 miles of the thousand-mile Ice Age Trail, divided into five segments: 13-mile Kettlebowl, 12-mile Lumbercamp, 9.5 mile Old Railroad, 12-3 mile Highland Lakes and 12-mile Parrish Hills.

Interactive Ice Age Trail Map
Ice Age Trail Map
 

Moccasin Lake Hiking Trails
Date of Report: August 9, 2018

The snowshoe trail of the Moccasin Trail was mowed on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  The snowshoe trail and the ski trail are in good shape for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.  The camp area was also mowed.  Logging is progressing on the beginning of the ski trail.

The trail oversees two river basins; the Prairie flowing west, and the Hunting flowing east. On the eastern leg the view overlooks a vast black spruce swamp which extends all the way to and beyond Elcho. The far end offers three fun hills; the Luge, the Expressway, and the Muskellunge.
Location:
The trail is located entirely on Langlade County property north of Antigo off Moccasin Lake Road.
Length:
5.5 miles in length and offers a variety of trails for all abilities.

Moccasin Lake Trail Map
Kayaking/Rafting
Wolf River Report
Find out water levels here for the Wolf River in Langlade County.

Section 3


Section 4
Cycling/Mountain Biking
Antigo Single Track Mountain Bike Trail
You will enjoy a one mile loop of rolling hills and beautiful scenery. Close to shopping, food and additional recreational opportunities.
Location: N1985 Dump Road (a little south of Antigo). Trailhead located right before the entrance to the old city dump.
Length: .90 miles in length

Antigo Single Track Mountain Bike Trail Map


Antigo Walking/Biking Trail
The City of Antigo has a new walking/biking trail. The trail is a combination of asphalt, boardwalk and wood chip paths along Antigo Lake and Spring Brook before meandering through forests.
Location:
The trailhead is on Fourth Avenue in Antigo, east of Hwy 45.
Length:
2 plus miles in length with a 10-foot-wide trail.

Antigo Walking/Biking Trail Map

Gartzke Flowage Recreation Area
Date of Report: July 16, 2018
The main trails on the north side of The Gartzke Trails System have been mowed a couple of times, the most recent mowing was Wednesday, July 11, 2018.   Trails are great for mountain/ fat tire bikers. 

The Gartzke Flowage Recreation Area offers trails that are very scenic and traverse through a Norway Pine plantation, upland hardwood, and cedar swamps along the flowage. Several spring seeps dot the landscape and add to the natural beauty of the area.
Location:
W6379 Fifth Ave
Antigo, WI 54409

The trail is located entirely on Langlade County property east of Antigo off 5th Avenue Road.
Length:
5.5 miles in length and has a variety of trails for all abilities.

Gartzke Flowage Recreation Map
 

Moccasin Lake Trail
Date of Report: August 9, 2018

The snowshoe trail of the Moccasin Trail was mowed on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  The snowshoe trail and the ski trail are in good shape for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.  The camp area was also mowed.  Logging is progressing on the beginning of the ski trail.Date of Report: June 25, 2018

The Moccasin Ski Trail was mowed on Saturday, June 23, 2018, to make hiking, biking and horseback riding more enjoyable. The Luge has washed out areas that could be dangerous for bikes going down hill. The bypass is ok, but trees are down on the bottom of the Luge in the wet area and will need to be removed when the area is dryer or once it has frozen. The snowshoe trail will be cut later in summer when there is less water in the low areas.

The trail oversees two river basins; the Prairie flowing west, and the Hunting flowing east. On the eastern leg the view overlooks a vast black spruce swamp which extends all the way to and beyond Elcho. The far end offers three fun hills; the Luge, the Expressway, and the Muskellunge.
Location:
The trail is located entirely on Langlade County property north of Antigo off Moccasin Lake Road.
Length:
5.5 miles in length and offers a variety of trails for all abilities.

Moccasin Lake Trail Map

Nicolet Roche Bike Trail
The challenging Nicolet Roche Mountain Bike Trail, located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, is a single-track trail that incorporates natural features sure to keep the excitement level up.
Location:
On the south end at Boulder Lake Campground & Boat Landing 1.8 miles northeast of Hwy 55 via Cty WW and Forest Road 2116. On the north end on Hwy 64, 3.3 miles east of Langlade.
Length:
14 miles total with 13 miles of single-track.

Nicolet Roche Bike Trail Map

Veteran's Memorial Park/Jack Lake Mountain Bike Trail
New in 2017, Veteran's Memorial Park offers 8.5 miles of fast and flowing single and double track mountain biking trails. Whether you're a first-time biker or longtime shredder, these trails have something for everyone. The trail weaves its course through changing scenery of northern hardwood, aspen, and conifer forest types. The trail also meanders along three undeveloped glacier lakes, wetlands, and bogs.
Location:
​Veteran's Memorial Park/Jack Lake
N8375 Park Road
Deerbrook, WI 

The trailhead located within Langlade County's Veteran's Memorial Park 15 miles north of Antigo. Once in the park, the trailhead is located in the southwest corner of the parking lot before entering the campgrounds.
Length:
The trail is 8.5 miles in length.

Jack Lake Mountain Bike Trail Map
Fall Color Viewing
Fall Color Report
Get ready for fall! Wisconsin's most colorful season is about to make a splash in Langlade County.
Camping
Texting Campaign