EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Winter recreation fun is finally here! Did you know there are 25,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Wisconsin? Before you head out Hello Wisconsin follows the top destinations in the state. Susanne Thiede-Barnet from Wisconsin Travel Best Bets, witravelbestbets.com joined the show to discuss the Northwoods Snowmobile Trails.
More than 211,000 snowmobiles registered in Wisconsin in 2017. Sayner is the ͞birthplace of the snowmobile invented in 1924.
No better spot in the state to ride than the Northwoods Vilas and Oneida counties about 3 hours from Eau Claire - great for a long weekend getaway.
Vilas and Onedia trails are open; Chippewa County not open yet
Old Abe State Trail
(Chippewa County) ·Short 20 minute drive from Eau Claire ·Chippewa County trails not open quite yet But when they do, check out the Old Abe State Trail ·It's a shorter but really beautiful trail between Lake Wissota and Chippewa Falls ·It's a paved multi-use trail, so it's a smooth ride and it runs along the shoreline of the Chippewa River ·Plenty of wildlife to see along the way ·Stop by The Edge Pub & Eatery and grab a meal overlooking Lake Wissota
Boulder Junction Snowmobile Trails
·In the Lake Superior snowbelt, meaning plenty of lake-effect snow for riding ·More than a hundred miles of trails ·Trails here run through the downtown - a really charming, unique place to shop and eat.·Start your day at the Granary Family Restaurant, right on Trail #8. After a big breakfast, ride right out of the parking lot and onto the trail! ·End your day at the Aqualand Ale House - delicious food and 20 craft beers on tap.·Rentals available
St. Germain Snowmobile Trails
(VILAS COUNTY) ·Home to the ͞Snowmobile Hall of Fame͟- a museum filled with historic snowmobiles plus tributes to champion snowmobilers ·Hundreds of miles of expertly groomed trails - grooming techniques here are copied internationally ·Beautiful pines coated with snow, white birch sparkling in the sun ·Warm up in front of the stone fireplace at the Whitetail Inn (then eat some of their famous prime rib) ·There's even a Trail Patrol here that helps riders who are lost or in distress ·If you go in early February, catch the Radar Run on Little St. Germain Lake - riders compete for the fastest speeds, clocked by radar guns; last year there were sleds that topped 160mph! ·Rentals available