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: The Candlelight Ski and the back-up Moonlight Hike for 3/20 have both been cancelled.
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Tuesday March 15: We got through February 21st with skiable snow. But the warm weather after that put the kibosh on our season. It is typical for skiing to end on or around Valentine’s Day and we got an extra week this year. Overall, it was a very good season with no thawing from our first packable/skiable snow on December 31st right through February 21st. This has never happened before! It is more normal to lose a week(end) or two to thawing. We did have about 10 days of below zero weather, but even that isn’t that bad when you are skiing.
Pre-season: A lot of work went into the trails this summer and fall —
Major repairs were made on the Boardwalk Bridge. It took a number of workbees to get it all accomplished. This has been ongoing work for the Club the past couple of years. In previous years this work was done by the County. The Club has been reimbursed by the County for all of our material costs and expenses.
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.”
All of the prep work for the trails (bridge repairs and inspection, mowing, brushing, culvert installation, new highway signs, some new trail signage, snow machine repairs and readiness, etc.) were completed.
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.