There are more than 25,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Wisconsin and some of the very best spots to ride are located in northern Wisconsin! In fact, the birthplace of the snowmobile is Sayner, Wisconsin, in Vilas County!
Here are some trails you won’t want to miss:
- Eagle River – Known as the “Snowmobile Capital of the World,” Eagle River has more than 500 miles of groomed trails that circle lakes and wind through the beautiful Nicolet National Forest. The grooming here is top-notch, making for a safe, worry-free ride. Take Trail #13 which passes by the amazing 200-foot-high Eagle River Ice Castle, built every year by volunteers. End your day at Catch 22 Char House for a juicy steak and homemade cheesecake. If you’ve got a need for speed, visit in mid-January for the World Championship Snowmobile Derby!
- Boulder Junction– These trails are located in the Lake Superior snowbelt and are covered in plenty of lake-effect snow! There are more than a hundred miles of trails here, including some that run right through the downtown. Start your day at the Granary Family Restaurant on Trail #8, then ride right out of the parking lot and onto the trail. Wrap up your adventure at the Aqualand Ale House with a delicious dinner and 20 craft beers on trap.
- Germain– St. Germain is home to the “Snowmobile Hall of Fame,” a museum filled with historic snowmobiles and tributes to champion snowmobilers. The grooming techniques for these hundreds of miles of trails are so envied they are copied internationally! Warm up in front of the fireplace at the Whitetail Inn (and don’t miss the prime rib!). If you go in early February, you can catch the Radar Runs on Little St. Germain Lake, where riders compete for the fastest speeds, clocked by radar guns. Some sleds have topped 160mph!
- Minocqua– Near Minocqua, in Oneida County, you can ride into the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and into a network of 1,600 miles of trails. Check out the Bearskin State Trail, a former railroad corridor with 13 trestles and cross lakes and streams for gorgeous views. Make a stop at the Thirsty Whale to end your day. At more than 100 years old, this restaurant serves up fries, cheese curds and amazing burgers, alongside spectacular views of Lake Minocqua.