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: Saturday 1/23/21, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
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Saturday January 16: After the trails were packed on 12/31 there was fairly good skiing through this past Wednesday (1/13), even though there was no track set. Temperatures in the upper 30s on Thursday and Friday and very wet snow that fell Thursday night have pretty much rendered the trails non-skiable. Temps for today are expected in the mid to upper 30s. Daytime temps will have to drop into the mid 20s or lower and new snowfall of 4”-6” will be required before the trails can be groomed again. Skiing is not recommended.
Fall Update: A lot of work went into the trails this fall. Major repairs have been made on the Boardwalk Bridge. It took a number of workbees to get it all accomplished. This is ongoing work every year. The County did these repairs in previous years. The last two years they asked the club to do the work. They pay for all of the materials and our expenses.
The loggers finished their work on the Brehmer Creek Trail and we have completed our “fine tuning” on that section of the trail.
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 readiness, etc.) has been 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.