Wonderful Wisconsin Winters

Winter does not mean one must stay indoors in Wisconsin. The winter months offer opportunities for cross-country skiing, camping, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hiking and ice-fishing.

The winter season has become a popular and busy time in the Wisconsin state park system, with opportunities for a number of winter activities.
 

Kettle Moraine State Forest

Hikers on Ice-Age Trail
Kettle Moraine State Forest, found in the eastern part of Wisconsin, provides an excellent winter recreation outlet. The Southern Unit includes 30 miles of groomed and marked cross-country ski trails. Snowshoeing can be found on the John Muir trails, which include 5 loops that range from .4 to 10 miles. Snowshoers can also explore the 30 miles of linear Ice Age Trail that follows through the Southern most end of the Kettle Moraine to the Northern most point of the forest. Snowshoeing is prohibited on groomed ski trails that include the Nordic, McMiller, and Scuppernong Ski trails. 
Lapham Peak (Delafield) has 17 miles of groomed ski trails = 2 miles easy terrain, 6 miles intermediate, 7 miles advanced and 2.5 miles of lighted trails. They also MAKE SNOW!! Pike Lake (Hartford) has 3 miles of groomed ski trials through the rolling hills and woods.
The Kettle Moraine State Forest offers snowmobilers over 50 miles of trails that connect private “club” trails.
Winter camping is available at Ottawa Lake. The Northern Unit offers 23 miles of groomed cross-country trails and 60 miles of snowmobile trails. Indoor group camping is available as well as 16 campsites during the winter months. 
 

Blue Mound State Park

2012 Snowshoe Rendezvous
BlueMound State Park, located about 25 miles west of Madison, Wisconsin is the home of the tallest hill in the southern part of the state. The 1152 acres park provides opportunities for many winter activities, including camping, hiking, snowshoeing, sledding and cross-country skiing. Part of the campground is open year round for the winter campers. Firewood and tap water are available. Two electrical sites are plowed in the winter.
Cross-country skiing on more than 10 miles of groomed trails at Blue Mound vary from beginner to more advanced. The cross-country ski trails that wind through forest and open fields.
There are snowshoe trails there also for people that would prefer to snowshoe. 
 

Interstate State Park

The oldest state park in Wisconsin, Interstate State Park is located on the Wisconsin/Minnesota border. The park has nearly 20 miles of trails which offer offer both the novice and experienced skier and snowshoer opportunity to see remote areas of the park during the winter months. The two miles of snowmobile trails also provide an excellent connector route to nearby county and club trails.

Interstate state park offers several non-electric sites on the river. In the winter, walk-in camping is available after the first significant snowfall, however there is no fresh water available.

Stower Seven Lakes State Trail

Bill Zager Photo - Stower  Seven Lakes
The Stower Seven Lakes State Trail is near U.S. Highway 8 and Highway 35 in northwest Wisconsin, near St. Croix Falls and the Minnesota border. The14-mile trail begins in Amery, Wisconsin, and ends about one mile from Dresser, Wisconsin.. The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. In winter the trail is open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail is groomed for cross-country skiing. Snowmobiles are not permitted on the trail and snowshoers must stay off the groomed portion of the trail. 
 

Rib Mountain State Park

Granite Peak Skiing
RibMountain is off of Interstate 39 just southwest of Wausau. There are no groomed cross-country ski trails at the park. Winter hiking and snowshoeing are allowed in most areas of the park. About 1.5 miles of club-operated snowmobile trails travel through the park, however there is no access to the trails from the park. 
 
Many state parks, forests, and trails offer special candle light activities featuring toasty mugs of hot cocoa, a roaring camp fire, and maybe a snack, after your invigorating winter adventure. 

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