Welcome to Ski Machickanee

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.

Next Events

Click on the Calendar of Events tab above.  NOTE***The Meet & Greet scheduled for Sunday, January 22nd has been cancelled.

Trail Conditions

January 19, 2023:  We received four inches of new, wet snow. Unfortunately it is not enough to make a good base. There is still water in spots on the trails. No grooming has been done on the trails and the parking lots have not been plowed. if you want to venture out to ski, there is a skied in track to follow.

There is a snowshoe track on the Hike, Dog, Snowshoe Trail.

January 17, 2023:  All of the trails have bare spots and are icy. If you want to venture out to hike, wearing ice cleats is recommended.  Check back to see if the Meet & Greet on January 22, 2023 will be held or cancelled.

January 3, 2023:  The Candlelight Ski scheduled for January 7th has been canceled. Due to the recent warm weather and thawing conditions, the trails have turned mushy and icy.  In the interest of everyones safety, this event has been canceled. Let’s think snow and get ready for the Spring Fling on January 22nd. If you do venture out to hike the trails, ice cleats are recommended.

NO DOGS allowed on groomed trails. There is a designated trail for dogs south of the main trailhead parking lot. It is marked by a sign.

Trail Work:  A lot of work went into the trails this summer and fall —

Some bridge repair was completed as well as removing rocks, roots, and tree stumps. There have been a number of workbees to accomplish all of the work.

The loggers finished their work on the Brehmer Creek Trail and the Club  completed “fine tuning” that section of the trail to get it back up to our “standards.”  There was also volunteer work done on the trails to smooth out what the loggers left behind.

The new parking lot at the Blackberry Ramble trailhead is working out really well. Thanks goes to Oconto County for the clearing and setup of the new parking lot.

General:  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.  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.

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