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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Saturday February 26: We are nearing the end of our ski season, about two weeks later than normal. Once we finally got snow, we never missed a weekend. The skiing has been generally pretty good all season. This weekend should be no exception. Blackberry Ramble was groomed Friday afternoon. After running the renovator through to chew up the crust and ice and then setting track, it was determined that it probably pulled up more leaves and pine needles that if it had been left alone. It was combed one more time to help cover the debris and improve the skiing. Based on the input from the Blackberry Ramble grooming, it was determined that it was best to not groom the rest of the trails. One skier that was out on Friday skied all of the trails and thought they were OK. So here is the best guess for skiing this weekend: Blackberry Ramble should be OK with new tracks and some debris; Coral Berry is not groomed but is probably the next best bet; Brehmer Creek and Timber Wolf are not groomed and are probably skiable for better skiers but not really recommended. Use extra caution when skiing any of the hills and err on the safe side by walking down if you have concerns. Happy Spring Skiing!
Trail Work: 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.
Numerous wind storms and wet, heavy snowfalls took a huge toll on the trails this summer and fall. That work was finally completed this week just in time to get the trails ready so you can ring in the new year on your skis. It seems like they should have been ready some time ago. We have had around 30″ of snow already this year but it kept melting and the high winds coupled with the wet heavy snow kept knocking down trees and breaking down branches. January 1st is actually pretty normal for the start of our season.
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.