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.
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Next meeting is Monday, December 11th at 7 pm at the Abrams Town Hall. Meeting is open to all members, prospective members, or anyone wondering what we are all about.
December 7, 2023: The trails are in good hiking condition with spotty snow cover. Anterless deer season runs December 7th through 10th so wear orange or bright colors in the woods.
November 29, 2023: The trails have a light snow cover. Reminder if you venture into the trails wear orange or bright clothing. Muzzle load deer hunting season runs until December 7th.
We would appreciate your support of Machickanee Cross Country Ski Club through memberships and/or donations. We can’t do what we do without your financial support. If you would like to send a membership or donation, send to : Machickanee Cross Country Ski Club. P.O. Box 66, Abrams, WI 54101
Trail Work: A lot of work went into the trails this summer and fall —
All the trails have been mowed as well as removing rocks, roots, and tree stumps. There have been a number of workbees to accomplish all of the work. If you could help with trail work or for one of our events, please contact us.
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 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. Mail to address listed above. You can also help us with a donation via the cashbox located at the trailhead when you ski.