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 Moonlight(less) Ski scheduled for tonight is a go. However, because of the poor snow conditions, it will be a “Bonfire Social” minus the skiing. We will be getting together at the trailhead at 6:30 pm to a warming bonfire. Bring your own food and beverages. If you have some food to share there will be a table set up for that purpose. The tracks are just too glazed and icy to ski, unless in the unlikely happenstance we get a couple of inches of snow between now and then. Hiking the trail using a headlamp is possible if you care to try for a little exercise. Hope to see you there.