Snowmobiling in the Badger State got off to a roaring start in the 1960s and is still going strong, which is proven by the numbers as well as by the quality and mileage of the statewide trail network. Wisconsin has had one statewide organization from its founding in 1969 — the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC).
When a growing number of railroad lines were abandoned in the 1970s and ’80s, snowmobile clubs and the AWSC advocated for their conversion to recreational trails. The Elroy-Sparta Trail was the nation’s first rail-trail, and today there are several dozen in Wisconsin — many attributable to the efforts of snowmobile clubs.
Throughout its history, the AWSC has been proactive in promoting beneficial rules and enlightened regulations, including gas tax refunds for trails, sound emission standards and snowmobile width limits. Currently, the organization is advocating a new fee structure that will provide incentives for club membership.
Iron County: At the top of Wisconsin, lake-effect snows often blanket this beautiful and rugged area, which is criss-crossed with great trails. The town of Hurley is famous for its colorful past, nightlife and has welcomed snowmobilers for decades.
Marathon County: Wisconsin’s largest county is home to no less than 28 snowmobile clubs and an outstanding trail network with 641 miles of snowmobile trails. This is a winter playground where you can snowmobile all day over a variety of rolling terrain in the central part of the state and experience Wisconsin snowmobiling at its finest.
Price County: A snowmobiler’s dream, featuring 365 miles of scenic, well-groomed trails through state and national forests where beautiful frozen lakes abound. Best of all, this north-central Wisconsin snowmobile destination is never crowded.
Other Wisconsin Snowmobiling Destinations: Vilas County/Eagle River; Sawyer County/Hayward/Cable; Marinette County/Crivitz; Langlade County/Antigo; Dodge County/Juneau; Bayfield County/Bayfield; Grant County/Lancaster
Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs
Wisconsin Statewide Snow Conditions