12/30/2013 UDPATE:

Until there is more snow cover, Dane County trails remain closed.  This includes state trails.



County Snowmobile Trails

All snowmobile trails including state trails within Dane County will be closed from 6:00 AM Saturday December 28th through 6:00 AM December 29th.

Our goal for closing the trails for this 24 hour period is to protect the trail base, stated Duane Meyers, President of the Council of Snowmobile Clubs. The temperature is predicted to reach the high 30’s and possibly the low 40’s on Saturday, then it’s suppose to drop rapidly. The trail base will then freeze down again. With the addition of the light snow predicted for Sunday going into Monday, we should once again be able to provide additional riding opportunities.

Parks Director Darren Marsh added that trail conditions will be marginal until there are a few larger snowfalls to help build up the trail base. Many sections of the county trails system have rough areas, especially through open wind swept fields. Marsh also notes that trail users must stay on the designated mark trails. Venturing off the trails is considered trespassing and violators may be issued citations.

County Cross-Country Ski Trails and Winter Recreation Areas

All county ski trails have been groomed and tracked for the upcoming weekend. Park staff report heavy use at Indian Lake and Token Creek County Parks.

***Trails in Sauk County will also close at 6:00 AM Saturday, 12/28/2013***