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I am very sorry to write this post. We have discovered that the Brehmer Creek Trail bridge has been broken in one spot and damaged in two other places it seems by horses. The bridges are not built for horse traffic. It is sad that some people who ride horses feel that they can use the Machickanee Cross Country Ski Trails no matter how much they ruin it for others. The cross country trails are designated for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, walking, and hiking. Dogs are allowed on leashes when there isn't snow on the ground and you clean up after your dog----NO HORSES are allowed...the mess they leave behind makes hiking and walking a bit unpleasant on the trails. There are designated horse trails in Machickanee Forest. The ski trails are maintained by volunteers and donations only. The damage to the Brehmer Creek Trail bridge last year cost $300 in materials and 50+ volunteer hours. Estimate for the damage this year will be higher. There is evidence of horse damage on all four of the trails. Eye witnesses said there were 15 to 20 horses on the trail one day last week.
The trailhead sign has been stolen also, so that will also need to be replaced.
If you see something, say something. Please help us preserve the trails for what they were intended for. If you have any questions on any of this, let me know.
[07/14/20] Please share pictures from the trails...wild flowers, butterflies, birds, mushrooms, unique trees, etc. Share what you have.
The trail looks so inviting.
[06/25/20] We would like to remind everyone that the ski trails are open year round and this time of the year you can enjoy walking or hiking the trails. Dogs are welcome this time of the year - always on leash and cleanup after your pet. Remember your insect repellent and check for ticks. As always "Pack In- Pack Out". Any questions, let me know. Happy hiking!
Found a pair of prescription glasses in a case on Brehmer Creek Trail on a post. Please spread the word.
Found on BlackBerry Ramble Trail last week. Small pair of sunglasses.
Pictures of the trailhead on BlackBerry Ramble trail this morning.
[02/28/20] Trail update: The renovator was run and track set on BlackBerry Ramble today. The other trails are hard and glazed and will be fast and icy for skiing.
[02/20/20] Trail Update: All trails have been groomed today. Skiing conditions are excellent. Get out there and enjoy the trails while you can.
[02/16/20] Trail Update: All trails groomed this morning. Tracks will be a bit soft with the dry, new snow; but skiing should be good.
[02/14/20] Skiing conditions are excellent and all the trails are groomed. So let's get out and enjoy them. Sunday the 16th meet Dave our trail manager for a casual ski starting at noon. Meet at the main trail head. Should be a beautiful day. Duration noon to 2 pm.
[02/11/20] Trail update: All of the trails have been groomed today. It should set up well tonight and be ready for your skiing pleasure tomorrow.
[02/07/20] Trail update: BlackBerry Ramble is the only trail that has been groomed and new track set. The main trailhead parking lot is very icy. We are trying to get it sanded before tomorrow night's event.
Volunteers from the ski club shared our love of cross country skiing with students at Oconto Falls Elementary School February 5th and 6th. The weather cooperated and our trail manager Dave Follett worked his magic grooming and setting track. Ray Tabar has been making this happen for 13 years now. Thanks to Rochell Otto for helping to coordinate. An enjoyable time was had by all.
[02/01/20] Reminder: Meet and Greet Sunday, February 2nd from noon to 3 pm at the trailhead on BlackBerry Ramble trailhead. Come out and meet some of the ski club members. There will be warming/cooking fires. Byob food and beverages. Conditions are good for skiing or snow shoeing. Family friendly event. Hope to see you there!
[01/30/20] Trail update: BlackBerry Ramble Trail was groomed and track set yesterday. Skiing conditions are good.
Trail update: 5-6 inches of new, wet snow. Because of the warm temperatures, it is not able to be groomed. People skiing today said it was good skiing. Silicone on skis might help to not have snow sticking to the bottom of your skis. Until it goes below freezing, the trails will not be able to be groomed. Looks like the people snow shoeing are staying to the side of the trails. Good job!
Enjoy the trails and forest. Season will be over before you know it.
Two people on snow shoes with a medium sized dog DESTROYED the ski track on BlackBerry Ramble trail today. With the new, wet snow and warm temperatures; track will not be able to be set or trails groomed until it gets colder. It is sad that a couple people could ruin this for everyone.
Rules are: No dogs on trails when there is snow. NO DOGS
Snow shoeing is only allowed on the side of the trails since the trails have all been groomed now.
If we continue to have people that ignore these common courtesies, the privileges will be taken away.
If you have any questions of what is or is not allowed, just ask.
[01/21/20] Trail update as of this afternoon: The trails have all been groomed and track set. The parking lots are all plowed. Skiing conditions are very good.
[01/20/20] Trail update 01/19/2020: BlackBerry Ramble and Brehmer Creek Trail have been groomed and skiing track set. The parking lots have not been plowed but a number of vehicles have driven into the main parking lot. REMINDER: snow shoeing and hiking are only allowed on the side of the trails. There have been violators of this. If they continue, the trails will be restricted to only skiers. Hoping everyone can get along and abide by this. Coral Berry and Timberline Trails will be groomed tomorrow.
[01/19/20] Update as of today: the parking lot was not plowed yet this afternoon. The trails will be tracked mid day tomorrow Sunday. The wind will be blowing snow back into the track. There is enough snow now that there will he skiing! I will give update again tomorrow. Happy skiing!
Trail Report as of 1/13/2020:
The new snow has not been enough to do any grooming. The first 75 yards and the last 75 yards through the pines on BlackBerry Ramble Trail was thin before the last two snowfalls, but ok to ski through. Coral Berry is ok to ski through but not recommend skiing Brehmer Creek or Timberwolf loops due to thin spots, ice, and the hills.
Next trail report by the weekend.
[01/15/20] FOUND: on the BlackBerry Ramble ski trail end of November. . ... womans hoody and hat. Contact us to identify if they are yours or know who they might belong to.
[01/14/20] REMINDER: If you want to hike or snow shoe the ski trails, always stay to the side of the trail so you don't ruin it for the skiers. Any questions on what is allowed, just ask.
Trail update as of today. We have SNOW! The trailhead is a little bare, but there is snow on the rest of the trails. No ski track has been set, but skiing, hiking, and snow showing are allowed. Pictures were taken this afternoon. Less than half an hour drive north of Green Bay you can enjoy all four of our trails.
The candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe event tonight was a very enjoyable evening for everyone. Thanks to LaBaye Wine Group from Green Bay for joining us and helping with set up. The weather was great and the moon light was a plus. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making it a fun time! Our next event is a Meet and Greet family friendly on Sunday, February 2nd from 12-3 pm. More specifics will be posted closer to the event date.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
This looks promising. ❄️
Here are some UPDATED snow totals and they have gone up and expanded a little bit. Make sure to plan ahead before the snow starts. We're looking at a window of 6-9 AM Monday for a transition. If it transitions earlier or on time, these totals are definitely possible. If it transitions later, we could see these totals come down a little bit. Stay tuned for the latest!
Work Bee! Help Needed!
This Saturday 12-07-19. If any of you and/or your friends can make it on Saturday for a couple of hours meet at the main parking lot at 9:00 to split up into teams and get assignments. Turnout will determine the assignments and direction of our work. If anyone cannot make it for 9:00 but could come out a bit later, they can contact Dave on his cell (920-676-1783) to find out where they can join up with a team. It would be good to get as much done as possible this weekend before the next snow and cold comes next week.
Dave will have a chainsaw, bow saw, and pruner and anyone able to help can bring any of the same if they have it. He will also have a couple of plastic sleds to use for hauling the equipment along the way.
Thank you all for the help in getting our trails to be the best they can be!
Dave, Don, Scott, and Wayne went out Tuesday morning to start the cleanup efforts after the recent snow storm. There is much more work to do than anticipated. After a good 12 hours of total work on the Blackberry trail, we only cleared about a third of the way around. There are many trees bent over to the ground and others just snapped off up high and were laying on the trail. We went thru a tank of gas in the chainsaw by the time we decided to call it a day.
We need to plan on a work bee for Saturday 12-07-19 to hopefully get more help in the cleanup. We hope the rest of the trails are not as bad as Blackberry but we won't know until we can cover them all.
November 7th trail report:
The mowing is complete and initial trimming of the Timber Wolf Trail has been done. Workers completed the bank reinforcement over the culvert in Brehmer Creek.
As you can see there was needed repair to the boardwalk and a leaning tree needs to be remove.
A little teaser this morning!
The Oconto Falls Area Trail System Organization (OFATSO) is a sub-committee of the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. The Run for the Trails event is as a fundraiser for OFATSO to promote, create and maintain trail systems in the Oconto Falls area.