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Snowmobiling is spectacular in Wisconsin. Home to the first snowmobile ever built, the Badger State has plenty of snow, 25,000 miles of well-maintained trails and a long list of attractions and events for snowmobilers to enjoy.

One of the best known of all Wisconsin trails is the Tuscobia State Trail — Corridor 10, that traverses the Northwoods region all the way from Michigan to Minnesota. But that’s just the beginning of the great riding in Wisconsin. The 18-mile Bearskin State Trail is a Minocqua-area favorite as it spans the forests of Oneida County in northeastern Wisconsin.

Another real favorite is Trail 63 that connects from Hayward northward through Cable, Drummond, Grandview, and Mason. Along the way, riders will cross a trio of recycled rail trestles that provide awesome scenic views. Sawyer County and the Cable area offer much more great riding, too. Leading the list is the popular Chequamegon National Forest where virtually everything is accessible by snowmobile. Further east, the popular vacationland Door County on the shores of Lake Michigan offers numerous trails that wind through territory that is simply not accessible by other means like roads or hiking trails.

Many snowmobile clubs and organizations offer events like poker runs, radar runs and vintage rides and shows. One of the best known is the Ride With The Champs, sponsored by the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain. The 35th annual edition of this classic is scheduled for Saturday February 17, 2018. For more information on the ride and the museum, visit snowmobilehalloffame.com. And if you would like to see that very first snowmobile ever built, the first Eliason Motor Toboggan is on display at Eliason Lumber Company in nearby Sayner.

Snowmobile registration in Wisconsin or a non-resident trail pass is required to ride here. Trail passes are available from many authorized sales locations, or directly from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). You may be able to obtain your trail pass at a reduced price by joining a local snowmobile club. For more information on riding in Wisconsin, contact the Wisconsin DNR at dnr.wi.gov/topic/snowmobile , and the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) at awsc.org.