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    Default Minoqua

    This will be the first year that we are taking the kids with us on a trip so we are staying at Waters of Minoqua, obviously its not the most idea place for trail access if the lake isnt froze, (late December) so here's my question, when the lake isnt froze, is it best to just trailer to a lot on the north side of town (Woodruff) and go from there? Obviously if snow condition isnt good we could trailer to Mercer, but Im just trying to prepare for this as the wives and kids first trip with us, we hope to make it a good one. We've never stayed in Minoqua but we have rode through it, just looking for a little help with this area. Last year we were up there in Feb in -25 and that lake still had open water.

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    Go across road. ride down to Bearskin by Kawaga...The club will open for road travel.. If no Ice.

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    Thanks, that’s exactly what I was looking for! Hazel Hurst/Tomohawk area is where we rode last year, on our Feb trip, I don’t know that we will ever go further north than that as long as there’s decent snow, we had a pretty good time.

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    We stayed there last year with terrible lake conditions and rode the road. I will tell you, unless it’s cold and they've had recent snow, it isn’t that carbide/slide friendly of a ride to the bearskin. If you’re bringing the wife with and she’s not a super experienced rider I may suggest trailering out of there.

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    I know Waters has a better water park to use but if you're flexible St Germain has 3 hotels with pools that are right on the trail. All three have places to eat within walking distance and fuel is easy to get to. Been taking my family there in the later years and it's worked out well for us.

    Good luck!

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    You might want to consider staying at the Beacons or a cabin at Nitchkes'. They are both right one the Bearskin. If you take the rode from the Waters, you basically have to drive through those resorts to get on the Bearskin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harski View Post
    I know Waters has a better water park to use but if you're flexible St Germain has 3 hotels with pools that are right on the trail. All three have places to eat within walking distance and fuel is easy to get to. Been taking my family there in the later years and it's worked out well for us.

    Good luck!
    One even has a saltwater pool!

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    Ya that road ride from the Waters to the Bearskin isn't the best without fresh snow. A quick trailer job down to the Minocqua post office lot puts you right at the Bearskin Trailhead.

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    One thing to consider about stay in Minoqua is that if it's the weekend the trails will likely be trashed by early evening. This means an unpleasant ride back with the wife and kids. I've stayed many times at the Waters and one reason we do is because when we find a place with a really good bed that works for my husbands back we stick to it. I understand the allure of the water park for the kids. We've never used it. If your going with the family and are set on staying there I'd be trailering out a little ways to avoid the unpleasant return trip. It's not that the clubs aren't doing their job, you get out of town a ways and their normally really nice. It's just that so many sledders stay in Minoqua and Woodruff. A groomer can't compete with that kind of traffic.

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    You might consider trailering to the skidoo dealer. I’ve heard he has let people park there. Then you can ride north around Big Arborvitea lake. Once you get around the lake there’s lots of woods riding. Or you can go toward Lake Tomahawk. Lots of woods trails off to the left of the grade.

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    Wait and see what happens with the snow rode all around the Minocqua area last year without an issue. My house is a half mile from the trail and roads were rideable when the trails were open.

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    another quick question, my brother and I will be coming back up on January 8th, is there a place to leave the trailer any where close to Minoqua or Mercer for those 10 days?

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    I have stayed at the waters many times during all seasons! It’s a wonderful place for the kids!

    You do need to be on your game when crossing the road whether the kids ride with you, or on their own machine. On the way out of the waters, you will be on bare pavement crossing multiple lanes of traffic which can be busy. You have to be patient, yet aggressive when you decide to cross. Carbides dig in and tracks spin, leaving you half in and half out of the intersection.

    We do it by having a strong, confident rider act as a helpful coach, ready to pull a ski up, or transfer weight to the skid to get the less confident riders across. It can be SAFELY done, but you really need to be ready!

    On the way back, you will be coming off the lake and up a steep hill climb. If your track isn’t studded (kids sleds), it can also be tricky getting up to the top. Again, very doable, but you have to know what your getting into and be prepared to step in and calmly coach!

    If all of this doesn’t sound like fun, trailer out of there. Would stay though.... It’s great for the kids and adults. Nice bar. Great pizza. Pool and hot tub is great.

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    The ice is forming greatly, 5-6 currently on Lake Minocqua, people were skating under the 51bridge last Sunday, and it hasn't gotten above freezing since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferbm View Post
    I have stayed at the waters many times during all seasons! It’s a wonderful place for the kids!

    You do need to be on your game when crossing the road whether the kids ride with you, or on their own machine. On the way out of the waters, you will be on bare pavement crossing multiple lanes of traffic which can be busy. You have to be patient, yet aggressive when you decide to cross. Carbides dig in and tracks spin, leaving you half in and half out of the intersection.

    We do it by having a strong, confident rider act as a helpful coach, ready to pull a ski up, or transfer weight to the skid to get the less confident riders across. It can be SAFELY done, but you really need to be ready!

    On the way back, you will be coming off the lake and up a steep hill climb. If your track isn’t studded (kids sleds), it can also be tricky getting up to the top. Again, very doable, but you have to know what your getting into and be prepared to step in and calmly coach!

    If all of this doesn’t sound like fun, trailer out of there. Would stay though.... It’s great for the kids and adults. Nice bar. Great pizza. Pool and hot tub is great.
    Twice the bartender closed bar before 12 30 with 12 plus clients.

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    Hey.. At that hour shouldn't you be working on getting some rest.. So you can play extfa hard the next day???

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    Looks like we are probably going to have to cancel our trip, unless they get every ounce of snow that John is forecasting this week, trails will probably remain closed. I didnt see this coming, usually we can go up and have early season riding conditions......

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    Riding this area between Christmas and New years you usually have about a 45% chance of having enough snow. Last year we rode out of a place about a mile north of Krups and had great snow, south was still iffy.. We have historically cancelled about half of our Christmas/new years trip due to lack of snow. From Mid January on you are much more likely to have good snow, but I would still stay as close to the U.P. as possible so if the snow isn't good south you still have the option of going north. been doing it this way for 31 years now, good luck,

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