Eagle River Area Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Trails

Anvil Lake Trail

Terrain varies from mostly level to hilly. This mountain biking trail is groomed for cross-country skiing in winter. Trail difficulty is marked (beginner, intermediate, expert). The trail showcases the many opportunities provided within the National Forest. Parking area (sticker required) is located just east of the Anvil Lake Campground entrance and south of Hwy 70. Part of the National Recreation Trail System. Designated watchable wildlife area. Pets allowed on leash. No pets allowed when snow is on the ground.

Length:12 miles Location:From the intersection of Hwy 45 and Hwy 70 on the east side of Eagle River, continue east on Hwy 70 approximately 9 miles to a parking area on the south side of Hwy 70 just past Military Road. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Mud Minnow Lake Trail

This segment of the Vilas County Forest Trail System winds through a variety of timber types including oak, pine, and aspen/birch. Although the trails may be enjoyed through the winter season, the Sunken Lake Road and Mud Minnow Lake Road are not plowed. Furthermore, Mud Minnow Lake Road serves as a segment of the Vilas County Snowmobile Trail System.

Length:2.8 miles Location:From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy G, continue west on County Hwy G approximately 7 miles to Mud Minnow Lake Road (south side of the highway). Watch for sign. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Nicolet North Trails

These trails offer a favorite spot for cross-country skiers, hikers and mountain bikers. A parking lot (sticker required) is located on the west side of the trailhead. Part of the Nicolet National Forest, these trails connect to the Anvil Lake Trail. *Pets not allowed on groomed ski trails.

Length:26.5 miles Location:From the intersection of Hwy 45 and Hwy 70 on the east side of Eagle River, continue east on Hwy 70 approximately 8.5 miles to Military Road Turn south on Military Road and continue to Forest Road 2181 (Butternut Lake Road). Continue on FR 2181 to the intersection with Forest Road 2425. Turn south on FR 2425 and continue about 1.5 miles to a parking area on the west side of the road. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Nordmarka Trails

This system offers easy/beginner and intermediate ski opportunities along with some hills and is maintained by the Nordmarka Ski Club of Eagle River. No pets on groomed ski trails.

Length:Approximately 3 miles Location:From Eagle River, continue north on Hwy 45 to the intersection with McKinley Boulevard (at the stoplights). Turn east on McKinley Boulevard and continue to the Eagle River Municipal Golf Course. Check in at the office. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Ski Hill Trails

As part of the Vilas County Forest Hunter/Hiking Trail System, this trail is mowed on a three-year rotation to maintain access and improve wildlife habitat. Gently undulating terrain is featured on this trail system which meanders through stands of aspen, pine, oak, and hardwoods. The first .25 miles of the Ski Hill Road is a Town of Conover Road and is plowed during the winter season, making the system accessible for winter enjoyment.

Length:5.1 miles Location:From the intersection of County Hwy G and Hwy 45 north of Eagle River, continue north on Hwy 45 approximately 5 miles to Ski Hill Road. Turn east on Ski Hill Road and continue about .25 miles to the parking area. From the intersection of County Hwy K and Hwy 45 in Conover, continue south on Hwy 45 about 4 miles to Ski Hill Road. Turn east on Ski Hill Road and continue about .25 miles to parking area. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Snipe Lake & Ewald Lake Trails

This extensive trail system treats the user to rolling terrain and a variety of wildlife habitats and timber types. The Vilas County Forest Roads are not plowed during the winter and several segments of these roads serve as snowmobile trails. However, the Hunter/Hiking Trails can be accessed during the winter from Wilderness Trail, a Town of Cloverland Road.

Length:16.4 miles Location:From the intersection of Hwys 17 and 70 west of Eagle River, continue west on Hwy 70 approximately 6 miles to Wilderness Trail. Turn north on Wilderness Trail and continue approximately 1 mile to the Snipe Lake Fire Lane or continue on Wilderness Trail to the Snipe Lake Boat Landing for additional parking and trail access. Click here for a printable map (pdf).
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