Snowmobiling & Snow Report Let's Ride

Mercer is a cool place to be in the Winter! Gear up for an exhilarating snowmobile trip.

Over 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in southern Iron County offer a variety of riding experiences. From former railroad grade, to heavily forested land, to the wide open spaces of marked trails across the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, riders understand why Iron County is the Snow Capital of Wisconsin.

Mercer's trails are part of the 500+ miles of the Iron County Trail System. Riders may head north, all the way up into Michigan's Upper Penninsula as well as east adn west to adjoining counties. There's always something new around the bend.

Mercer Snowmobile Trailer Parking Information

Updated 12.18.19

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Snow Report

March 11, 2020

Snowmobile Report:                                                         

Mercer Area Sno Goers                                                                   March 11

Trail Conditions are poor/unrideable, if you want to ride on dirt or black top and burn up carbides and slides to get to the minimal snow conditions in the woods then our trails are perfect for you, if you want to save your sleds for next year then stay at home and think spring!

 

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:                                                                                           March 6

Entire MECCA Trails re-groomed.  New classical track set. Skate lane combed. Great spring skiing. It will be fast in the morning and soften up as it heats up.

 

North Lakeland Discovery Center:                                                 March 9

The cross-country ski trails were groomed last week Friday for possibly the last time this winter season.  They are in poor condition after the warm-up of the weekend.

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along our 12-mile trail system. Our trails are OPEN TO EVERYONE, from dawn to dusk. The terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the lake, bog and nearby Manitowish River allowing you to explore a variety of habitats each with their own unique plants and animals. In the winter, trails are tracked for classic skiing, and we have snowshoes available for use. (In winter, leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only.) Members may use the snowshoes for free, general public pay $5 per pair.

 

 

Snow Report

March 4, 2020

Snowmobile Report:                                                                         

Mercer Area Sno Goers                                                                                         March 4

Trail conditions are poor to fair, the trails in the woods are in awesome condition. Roads and exposed trails are in poor condition with dirt and gravel showing. We are done grooming but if you want to come and get some last minute riding in you can find good trails to do that.

Ride RIGHT.  Ride SAFE.  STAY together.

#makingthebesttrailsbetter

#snowmobilemercer

#ironcountywi

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:                                                                                                                     March 3

We were out this morning and groomed the skate side of the Turtle River Pursuit trail and also went over to Voss Lake side and groomed the Lolly Pop and Voss Lake Loops. We quit when it got too warm.
We did not try to reset the Classic Track. It is pretty hard and would require many trips or more snow.  We still have a good base, so we’ll watch the weather/temperatures.  A little wet snow fell this morning so it looks more like winter again.

North Lakeland Discovery Center:                                                                      March 3

The cross-country ski trails are in fair condition due to icy conditions from melting and refreezing.

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along our 12-mile trail system. Our trails are OPEN TO EVERYONE, from dawn to dusk. The terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the lake, bog and nearby Manitowish River allowing you to explore a variety of habitats each with their own unique plants and animals. In the winter, trails are tracked for classic skiing, and we have snowshoes available for use. (In winter, leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only.) Members may use the snowshoes for free, general public pay $5 per pair.

Snow Report

February 26, 2020

Snowmobile Report:                                                                         

Mercer Area Sno Goers                                                                                         February 26

 

With the season winding down this may be one of our last trail reports. Right now, the trails are in fair to good condition. Routes on most roads are not advised and road crossings are bare. If you stay on the trails in the woods, you won’t be disappointed. With temperatures warming up next week and no snow in the forecast this could possibly be the last good weekend to ride so make your plans and get up here!

 

Upcoming Club Events:

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Elections and General Meeting 03-03-2020

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Sled Raffle 03-07-2020

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Spring Banquet  03-10-2020

 

Ride RIGHT.  Ride SAFE.  STAY together.

#makingthebesttrailsbetter

#snowmobilemercer

#ironcountywi

 

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:                                                                                                                     February 25

Recent freezing and thawing cycles created icy conditions.  Groomers were out last night renovating, cutting in new classic tracks and putting down new corduroy on the skate lanes.  Classical tracks are rated good to very good; skate lanes are very good to excellent.  Conditions are fast because of the ground-up ice crystals.  Get out and enjoy the MECCA Trails, there is still a lot of skiing this season.

 

Snow Report

February 19, 2020

Mercer Area Sno Goers                                                                                                February 19

Our trail system is in great to excellent condition.

Trail 12 is in great condition.

Trail 13 is in great condition.

Trail 9 is in great condition.

Trail 9 C is in great condition.

Trail 11 is in good condition.

Trail 14 is in good condition.

Trail 17 N and 17 S are in great condition.

Trails 12 A&B are in great condition.

Trail 51E Is in great condition.

Trail 19 is in great condition.

Trail 19B is in great condition.

Trails 10 and 10A are in great condition.

Trail 182 is in great condition.

Trail 20 is in great condition.

Trails 10E and 8A are in great condition.

Trail 8 is in great condition.

The entire Flowage is marked from Gateway Lodge to Murray’s Landing.

Fisher Lake is marked to Island View Lodge.

Lake of the Falls is marked to Beavers Resort.

Be careful as corners and roads are icy.

We now have a tractor full time in Springstead to better keep up with 182 trails and the guys are doing a great job over there!  And they say they are ready for BRAAPFEST this weekend.

We did receive a few inches of fresh snow last night and today which made those trails look even better. We do have warm weather in the forecast for this weekend and the beginning of next week so prepare for soft trails during the day and try to avoid routes and stay in the trails. We will be still grooming at night when temperatures drop.

Show your appreciation by attending club events, not just ours but neighboring clubs as well.  Remember “United we Trail, Divided we Fail”   

 

Upcoming Club Events:

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Elections and General Meeting 03-03-2020

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Sled Raffle 03-07-2020

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Spring Banquet  03-10-2020

Ride RIGHT.  Ride SAFE.  STAY together.

#makingthebesttrailsbetter

#snowmobilemercer

#ironcountywi

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:                                                                                                                       February 17

After the Turtle River Pursuit held last weekend, we are working on grooming up the trails for another good week of skiing!  The Voss Lake side was groomed on the 17th and the rest is being worked on today, the 18th.  With the fresh snow coming down conditions should be very favorable to get out and enjoy the 20+ K of trails we have.

Snow Report

February 12, 2020

Snowmobile Report:                                                                                    

Mercer Area Sno Goers                                                                                                February 12

Our trail system is in great to excellent condition.

Trail 12 is in great condition.

Trail 13 is in great condition.

Trail 9 is in great condition.

Trail 9 C is in great condition.

Trail 11 is in good condition.

Trail 14 is in good condition.

Trail 17 N and 17 S are in great condition.

Trails 12 A&B are in great condition.

Trail 51E Is in great condition.

Trail 19 is in great condition.

Trail 19B is in great condition.

Trails 10 and 10A are in great condition.

Trail 182 is in good condition.

Trail 20 is in great condition.

Trails 10E and 8A are in great condition.

Trail 8 is in great condition.

The entire Flowage is marked from Gateway Lodge to Murray’s Landing.

Fisher Lake is marked to Island View Lodge.

Lake of the Falls is marked to Beavers Resort.

Be careful as corners and roads are icy.

We now have a tractor full time in Springstead to better keep up with 182 trails!

There is snow in the forecast which would be great to help cover these icy areas.

Show your appreciation by attending club events, not just ours but neighboring clubs as well.  Remember “United we Trail, Divided we Fail”   

Upcoming Club Events:

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Pizza fundraiser at The Birches 2/15/20

White Thunder Riders Auction Fundraiser 2/15/20

Manitowish Sno Skeeters Winterfest 2/15/20

Ride RIGHT.  Ride SAFE.  STAY together.

#makingthebesttrailsbetter

#snowmobilemercer

#ironcountywi

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:                                                                                                                       January 10

Trails were groomed on Friday, 2/7.  A dusting of snow since then has helped the conditions making for a firm and fast skate bed and tracks.

This weekend 2/15 &16 we will be having our Turtle River Pursuit ski race and on 2/15 our Clair d’Loon Classic Tour.  The trails from the Chalet Trailhead will be closed to the public all day Saturday and until 1 pm on Sunday.  The Joe’s Shack Trailhead will be open both days with skiing available on the Voss Lk. Trail.  There’s still time to register for the race this weekend or come cheer the participants on!  Check our website for more information:  meccatrails.com

 

North Lakeland Discovery Center:                                                                                January 7

The cross-country ski trails have not been groomed in a while due to lack of fresh snow and are in fair condition.

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along our 12-mile trail system. Our trails are OPEN TO EVERYONE, from dawn to dusk. The terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the lake, bog and nearby Manitowish River allowing you to explore a variety of habitats each with their own unique plants and animals. In the winter, trails are tracked for classic skiing, and we have snowshoes available for use. (In winter, leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only.) Members may use the snowshoes for free, general public pay $5 per pair.

Snow Report

February 5, 2020

Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce

Trail report 02-05-2020

For additional information on our area and updated snow reporting, please visit the Mercer Chamber websites at MercerCC.com or call the 24-Hour Snow Line at 715-476-SNOW(7669)

Snowmobile Trail Report:

Mercer Sno-Goers:                                                                                             February 5, 2020

Our trail system is in great to excellent condition.

Trail 12 is in good condition.

Trail 13 is in great condition.

Trail 9 is in great condition.

Trail 9 C is in great condition.

Trail 11 is in good condition.

Trail 14 is in good condition.

Trail 17 N and 17 S are in great condition.

Trails 12 A&B are in great condition.

Trail 51E Is in great condition.

Trail 19 is in great condition.

Trail 19B is in great condition.

Trails 10 and 10A are in great condition.

Trail 182 is in good condition.

Trail 20 is in great condition.

Trails 10E and 8A are in great condition.

Trail 8 is in great condition.

The entire Flowage is marked from Gateway Lodge to Murray’s Landing.

Fisher Lake is marked to Island View Lodge.

Lake of the Falls is marked to Beavers Resort.

Show your appreciation by attending club events, not just ours but neighboring clubs as well.  Remember “United we Trail, Divided we Fail”   

Upcoming Club Events

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Italian Buffet at Eunicas Beaver Lodge 2/8/2

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Pizza fundraiser at The Birches 2/15/20

White Thunder Riders Auction Fundraiser 2/15/20

Manitowish Sno Skeeters Winterfest 2/15/20

 Ride RIGHT.  Ride SAFE.  STAY together.

#makingthebesttrailsbetter

#snowmobilemercer

#ironcountywi

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:                                                                                                              February 4, 2020

All trails were groomed on Saturday 2/1.  Due to warm temps over the weekend and cold temps now, conditions are icey and fast.  Grooming will resume as soon as we get more snow which hopefully will be by the weekend.  Check skimecca.com for current conditions.

Snow Report

January 15, 2020

Snowmobile Report:                                                                         

Mercer Area Sno Goers                                                                                           January 15

Our trail system as a whole is in great to excellent condition.

Trail 12 is now groomed and in good condition, we did run into wet areas but all filled in nice.

Trail 13 is in great condition.

Trail 9 is in great condition.

Trail 9 C is in good condition.

Trail 11 is in great condition.

Trail 14 is in great condition.

Trail 17 N and 17 S are in great condition.

Trails 12 A&B are in great condition.

Trail 51E is in great condition.

Trail 19 is in great condition.

Trail 19B is now in great condition.

Trails 10 and 10A are in great condition.

Trail 182 is in fair to good condition.

Trail 20 is in great condition.

Trails 10E and 8A are in great condition.

Trail 8 is in great condition.

The Flowage is marked from Gateway Lodge to Murray’s Landing.

Fisher Lake is marked to Island View Lodge.

Every trail in Mercer is open.

Reminder that our largest fundraiser of the year our 13th annual Winter Blast is this Saturday, January 18th from 8am-Midnight. Pancake Breakfast, Pig Roast, Raffles, Groomer Rides, Beer, food served all day, Vintage Sled Show 10am-2pm, Live Band 7pm-11pm. You won’t want to miss this one!

#makingthebesttrailsbetter

#snowmobilemercer

#ironcountywi

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:                                                                                                                    January 11

The trail was groomed last night for the weekend.  The deck should be very firm with the cold temps Saturday morning.  Track was reset with the renovators and is nice and deep, so should hold up for all the racers on their way home from the SISU to get a good cool down ski on their way home.  See you on the trail!

 

WinMan Trails:                                                                                                         January 8

All trails are open. Last grooming was Monday afternoon. Fat bike trails are in Perfect Condition. Snowshoe trails are lovely. Ski trails are ready to be enjoyed.

The temps are predicted to drop so it’s a good time to enjoy our trails and the outdoors before you’ll need to wax those skis of yours. Have FUN!

North Lakeland Discovery Center:                                                                         January 7

The cross-country ski trails were groomed last week Thursday.  Happy New Year!

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along our 12-mile trail system. Our trails are OPEN TO EVERYONE, from dawn to dusk. The terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the lake, bog and nearby Manitowish River allowing you to explore a variety of habitats each with their own unique plants and animals. In the winter, trails are tracked for classic skiing, and we have snowshoes available for use. (In winter, leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only.) Members may use the snowshoes for free, general public pay $5 per pair.

Whitecap Mountains Resort:                                                                                    January 15

Current Conditions:
Base: 41”+
Runs Open: 43
Lifts Open: 5
Temperature: 16
Snowfall in last 24 hours: 2”
Snowfall expected in next 24 hours: 3-5”

2 storms headed in before this weekend!
6-10 Friday night into Saturday
Over 112” so far this season

Snow Report

January 8, 2020

Snowmobile Report:                                                                         

Mercer Area Sno Goers                                                                                           January 8

Our trail system as a whole is in great condition.

Trail 12 is passable and not groomed due to swamps.

Trail 13 is in great condition.

Trail 9 is in good shape and will be groomed soon after this cold weather.

Trail 9 C is in good condition.

Trail 11 is in good condition.

Trail 14 is in good condition.

Trail 17 N and 17 S are in great condition.

Trails 12 A&B are in great condition.

Trail 51E was groomed last night and and still has some wets spot to freeze over and will be groomed again within 48 hours.

Trail 19 is in great condition.

Trail 19B is in good condition and will be groomed after this cold weather.

Trails 10 and 10A are in great condition.

Trail 182 is in poor to fair condition and only groomed around swamps.

Trail 20 is in great condition.

Trails 10E and 8A are in good condition 

Trail 8 is in great condition.

The Flowage is marked from Gateway Lodge to Donners Bay Resort .

Fisher Lake is marked to Island View Lodge.

Every trail in Mercer is now open but please continue to ride with caution.

#makingthebesttrailsbetter

#snowmobilemercer

#ironcountywi

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:                                                                                                                    January 8

All 21K trails were groomed on 1/8 with excellent conditions. 21K Track set and 16k Skate Lane.

 

WinMan Trails:                                                                                                         January 8

All trails are open. Last grooming was Monday afternoon. Fat bike trails are in Perfect Condition. Snowshoe trails are lovely. Ski trails are ready to be enjoyed.

The temps are predicted to drop so it’s a good time to enjoy our trails and the outdoors before you’ll need to wax those skis of yours. Have FUN!

North Lakeland Discovery Center:                                                                         January 7

The cross-country ski trails were groomed last week Thursday.  Happy New Year!

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along our 12-mile trail system. Our trails are OPEN TO EVERYONE, from dawn to dusk. The terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the lake, bog and nearby Manitowish River allowing you to explore a variety of habitats each with their own unique plants and animals. In the winter, trails are tracked for classic skiing, and we have snowshoes available for use. (In winter, leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only.) Members may use the snowshoes for free, general public pay $5 per pair.

Whitecap Mountains Resort:                                                                                    January 8

Current Conditions:
Base: 36”+
Runs Open: 43
Lifts Open: 5
Temperature: -4
Snowfall in last 24 hours: Dusting”
Snowfall expected in next 24 hours: 1-2”

More terrain open than anyone in the area!

Fishing Report:

Turtle River Trading Company:                                                                             January 6

The current ice totals are 8-10”, with some slush packets remaining. The main type of transportation on the takes is snowmobiles. ATV use is possible with caution of the slush packets. Some permanent fishing shacks are being place on the lake closer to the shoreline but will move further out later in the season with cooler temperatures in the forecast. Fishing has been good especially for northern, bass, walleye, and pan fish.

Snow Report

December 25, 2019

Snowmobile Trail Report:

Mercer Sno-Goers:                                                                                                   December 25

❄️❄️❄️Trails remain in great condition despite some warmer temperatures. We have groomed through most of our swamps which means we are pretty much on a normal grooming schedule. These are the best conditions this time of year in recent memory so get up here and ride. Trails 19B, 12 from 12B to Swamp Creek Rd,  and 182 from the Frontier to Price county still remain closed at this time. We should have news on our lakes shortly so stay tuned. ❄️❄️❄️

#makingthebesttrailsbetter

#snowmobilemercer

#ironcounty

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:                                                                                                                     December 24

The trail has been completely groomed and tracked today in preparation for the Christmas Holiday.  Conditions are very good for the warm temps we are experiencing.  Keep your fingers crossed the weatherman is wrong and we don’t get the drizzle they are calling for.

 

WinMan Trails:                                                                                                          December 24

Out ‘N Back was leveled and tracked today. It needs to set up and will then be a fantastic ski. WinMan’s ski trail system is now 100% open!

Get outside and play with frosty.
#skiing #biking #snowshoe #fatbike #xcski #travelwisconsin #visitwisconsin

North Lakeland Discovery Center:                                                                         December 17

If you like snow, we have a lot of it! There is about 30 inches on the ground!! The cross-country ski trails have been recently groomed on 12/13!

We updated our trail map and the trail markers on the trails to make them easier to follow. The Discovery Center trail system is located within the Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest, and is open to hunters. For your own safety during hunting season, please wear BLAZE ORANGE or very brightly colored clothing.

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along our 12-mile trail system. Our trails are OPEN TO EVERYONE, from dawn to dusk. The terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the lake, bog and nearby Manitowish River allowing you to explore a variety of habitats each with their own unique plants and animals. In the winter, trails are tracked for classic skiing, and we have snowshoes available for use. (In winter, leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only.) Members may use the snowshoes for free, general public pay $5 per pair.

Whitecap Mountains Resort:                                                                                    December 24
Base: 30+"
Runs Open: 43
Lifts Open: 5
Temperature: 28 degrees
Snowfall in the last 24 hours: 0"
Snowfall expected in next 24 hours: 1"

Fishing Report:

Turtle River Trading Company:                                                                              December 25

The current ice totals is 6”-8”, this is non-uniform across all bodies of water, and it is currently about half dirty ice. The main type of transportation on the lakes is snowmobiles especially after the season opener, but there is still a caution on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage for Snowmobiles until it has been properly marked! All species are currently biting and doing well on most lakes, fishing is anywhere from fair to good.

Snow Report

December 18, 2019

Snowmobiling Report:

Mercer Sno-Goers: December 18 Trails remain in early season conditions, 10-10a, 12a-12b have been groomed over the swamps and are in great condition. With this cold weather everything is starting to freeze up nice. Everything has been groomed with the exception of 182. Corridor 8/Trail 12 from 12B-Swamp Creek Rd is closed at this time but 12B-12-13-17 is all rideable and now in good condition. The flowage plan is to be marked between Christmas and New Year’s, it’s still not safe to ride. We are getting very close to lifting our early season conditions status so come and enjoy our awesome trails!

Silent Sport Report:

MECCA:  December 18

All 21K trails were groomed on 12/13 with excellent conditions. Groomers are planning to groom Friday for the weekend. Snowshoe trail has great conditions.

WinMan Trails:  December 18

All ski trails (except Out ‘N Back) are groomed with tracks set. The trails that received their first grooming are still on the soft side, otherwise conditions are very good. Fat bike trails and snowshoe trails are also groomed.

North Lakeland Discovery Center: December 17

If you like snow, we have a lot of it!  There is about 30 inches on the ground!!  The cross-country ski trails have been recently groomed on 12/13!

We updated our trail map and the trail markers on the trails to make them easier to follow. The Discovery Center trail system is located within the Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest, and is open to hunters. For your own safety during hunting season, please wear BLAZE ORANGE or very brightly colored clothing.

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along our 12-mile trail system. Our trails are OPEN TO EVERYONE, from dawn to dusk. The terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, along the lake, bog and nearby Manitowish River allowing you to explore a variety of habitats each with their own unique plants and animals. In the winter, trails are tracked for classic skiing, and we have snowshoes available for use. (In winter, leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only.) Members may use the snowshoes for free, general public pay $5 per pair.

Whitecap Mountains Resort: December 18

Current Conditions:
Base: 31+"
Runs Open: 29
Lifts Open: 4
Temperature: -9
Snowfall in last 24 hours: 1"
Snowfall expected in next 24 hours: Dusting

Long chair is closed.

Fishing Report:

Turtle River Trading Company: December 18

The current ice totals is 6”-8”, this is non-uniform across all bodies of water, and it is currently about half dirty ice. The main type of transportation on the lakes is snowmobiles especially after the season opener, but there is still a caution on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage for Snowmobiles until it has been properly marked! All species are currently biting and doing well on most lakes, fishing is anywhere from fair to good.

Snowmobile Trail Report

December 11, 2019

Snowmobile Trail Report:

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club December 11
Early season conditions still apply, we are still grooming around all swamps and hoping this cold weather yesterday and today helps freeze down our lakes and swamps. We received another 8-10" of snow on Monday so we have been working to get everything all groomed. The trails are in great condition minus the wet spots in some of the swamps. Riders from last week reported excellent conditions. Trail 13, 51E to Vilas County, and 182 to Price County still remain closed until further notice. Remember early season conditions still apply.

Silent Sport Report:
MECCA: December 11
7” of powder fell on 12/9. All 21 kilometers of skiing trails were groomed on 12/10. There are a couple soft spots on the black spruce wetlands but overall conditions are very good to excellent. The heated chalet is open daily from 8am-6pm.

Snowmobile Trail Report

December 4, 2019

Snowmobile Trail Reports:

Iron county trail system opens Thursday, December 5th at 8am.

Mercer Area Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club

Please expect early season riding, the Flowage and Lake of the Falls are not marked and currently not safe to ride on, we strongly advise to not ride the Flowage or Lake of Falls until it has been marked. Lake traffic is not advised. We have been through a good portion of our swamps with either sleds or our alltrack and they are passable, you will find wet areas so use caution. 17N is groomed and in great condition, we had groomers out on 12A&B, 10, 20, and 19 and they report great conditions but there are still wet areas. Please keep in mind that these are early season conditions. As conditions change through-out this opening weekend we will be posting frequent trail reports.

Trails that are closed:

51E-Vilas county

17S-Vilas county

182-Price county

11-Ashland county