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Snowshoeing and Tubing

Snowshoe Trails

Copper Falls State Park: Trails come complete with spectacular river
scenery including copper-colored water and numerous frozen rapids and waterfalls. The park has two loops designated as snowshoe/walking trails totaling 5.5 km. All of the park’s trails are generally well-groomed and maintained.
Directions: From Ashland, drive south on Hwy. 13 to Mellen. Turn left on Hwy 169. Follow the signs to the park, approximately 2.5 miles.
Conditions on 03/13/2018: The trails are currently OPEN to snowshoeing. Please call 715/274-5123 for the most up-to-date conditions.
NOTE: Hikers and snowshoers are not allowed on designated cross-country ski trails when the trails are snow-covered.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center allows guest to check out snowshoes and snowshoe on the trails behind the center. Both adult and youth sizes are available.
Trail as of 03/13/2018: OPEN

St. Peter’s Dome – Sorry to report but St. Peter’s Dome is CLOSED due to the storms that took place this past summer.  For safety reasons, please adhere to this closure.  We hope to have them open for the 2017-2018 season.

The Capser Trail on Madeline Island: The main trail runs from Big Bay Road to Middle Road – and the Nucy Meech Trail runs off the main trail.  With towering snow-covered pines around, it’s a perfect spot for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at an easy pace. Directions: The Capser Trail is located about 1/2 mile from the ice road approach – across from the La Pointe Fire Hall on Big Bay Road.
 OPEN to snowshoeing as conditions allow.

Big Bay State Park: State Park vehicle stickers or a daily fee is required.
Directions:  To get to Big Bay State Park from the Ice Road approach in La Pointe:  Once off the ice road, take a right on Sunny Slope Road and travel approximately .5 miles to Big Bay Road.  Take a right on Big Bay Road and travel approximately 4 blocks to Middle Road.  Take a left on Middle Road (will eventually turn into Hagen Road) and follow the State Park signs for approximately 7 miles to the entrance of Big Bay State Park.
Conditions: OPEN to snowshoeing as conditions allow. The trails at Big Bay are all-use and will be packed during the winter but not groomed. 

Houghton Falls: To get to Houghton Falls, take U.S. Hwy. 2 to State Hwy. 13 north of Ashland and travel 3.5 miles north of Washburn on Hwy. 13. Turn right on Houghton Falls Road and go 1/2 mile to Houghton Falls Nature Preserve parking lot on your right. There is currently no fee for hiking or parking and pets are allowed if leashed and cleaned up after!

Mt Ashwabay: website
Mt. Ashwabay offers both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in a magnificent setting featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon National Forest. The XC trails are open for snowshoeing, and the same trail fee is good for either XC or snowshoes.
Directions: From Ashland, take U.S. Hwy. 2 west to State Hwy. 13 north. Drive through Washburn and continue on 10 miles toward Bayfield. Turn left on Ski Hill Road.

Click here for a PDF version of Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoe trails.


Mt. Ashwabay: website   There’s more to our ski hill than just skiing and snowboarding. Kick up your feet and enjoy a ride on our new lighted tubing lanes.  Our new tubing lift makes it easy to ride again and again! Conditions: closed: -Tubing lanes 1, 2 and 3 are open. Quick.

Dog Trail

Mt. Ashwabay: website   New this year is the Sugar Bush Dog Trail.  For more information click the link.

For Cross Country information click here.