The Machickanee Cross Country Ski Trails were originally planned and developed by local skiers in the Oconto County Forest with the cooperation of the Oconto County Land, Forest, and Parks Committee.The current trail system has resulted from the efforts of many volunteers who have donated their time, money, and energy since 1978. In 1982, the Machickanee Cross Country Ski Club was formed to organize these efforts.
The trails lead through a series of forest types, including red pine plantations, coniferous swamps, oak ridges, and birch and aspen stands. They undulate through topography ranging from creek bottoms to ridge tops. Numerous hills and curves of various slopes and lengths make this course a challenge for the intermediate to advanced skiers.
The Machickanee Cross Country Ski Trails also include a beginner loop that can be enjoyed by skiers of all ability levels.
Candlelight Ski: Saturday 12/26/20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
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Monday 11/9/20: A lot of work has been going into the trails this fall. Major repairs have been made on the Boardwalk Bridge. It took a number of workbees to get it all accomplished. This is ongoing work every year. The County did these repairs in previous years. The last two years they asked the club to do the work. They pay for all of the materials and our expenses.
Mowing was completed on 11/4. Some sections remain where blackberry canes need to be trimmed by hand where they are hanging into the trail that the mower can’t get to.
The loggers have finished cutting down trees on the Brehmer trail and they are in the process of getting all the timber collected and stacked along Konitzer Road. We will try to get a target date for when they expect to be done so we can hopefully do our “fine tuning” on that section of the trail.
We are almost ready for snow and with any luck we will be having our first Candlelight Ski on December 26, conditions permitting.
Most all trail maintenance, including removing dead-fall trees and branches, mowing, brush cutting, bridge building and repairs, grooming, equipment purchases and repairs, and more are provided by the Club. In the past the County has taken care of the Boardwalk Bridge. We rely on volunteer effort, club memberships, and trail donations to keep the trails in such good condition. Perhaps you can consider joining the club or providing a donation to help us along. Download the “Brochure” from the “Donation” tab at the top of this page to mail in a membership or donation. Or you can remember us with a donation via the cashbox located at the trailhead when you ski.