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.
Current Trail Conditions
The ski trails were all groomed Friday night. Skiing should be the best we have had in years. The forecast is for plenty of sunshine Saturday with good temps and not much wind throughout the weekend.
The Shortcut Hill at the beginning of the Brehmer Creek Trail was not groomed due to the deep snow. You can “ski it in” if you want, but the better option if you want to ski Brehmer Creek is to use the alternate entrance which is located less than 100 yds down the road to the right from the main parking lot. Checkmark Hill on the Coral Berry Trail is not being groomed any more. You can “ski it in” if you want and pick up the trail to the right at the top of the hill. Coral Berry Trail is now groomed to the left at the start of Checkmark Hill. It continues over to the parallel hill (not named) which is about 100 yds from Checkmark Hill. That section of the trail, including the hill, is now two-way until it gets back to Checkmark Hill. You will need to watch for skiers going the other way on the hill and yield to them.
Come for the “Meet and Greet” Sunday (2/17) from noon – 3:00 pm at the trailhead. There will be a bonfire with benches and tables for food. BYO food and beverages and join us for skiing and comraderie around the fire. There will be some chili to be had, as long as it lasts, for a small donation. This is intended to introduce skiers to the Machickanee XC Ski Club.
All trail maintenance, including removing deadfall trees and branches, mowing, brush cutting, bridge building and repairs, grooming, equipment purchases and repairs, and more are provided by the Club. We rely solely on volunteer effort, club memberships, and trail donations to keep the trails in such good condition. We are well behind our income goals for this year and the past couple of years due to poor snow conditions. Now that we are seeing some really good skiing, 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.
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