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Vilas County Snowmobile Trails Open Friday

Natalie Jablonski

Snowmobile trails in Vilas County are set to open Friday afternoon at 4 pm.

Vilas County Recreation Administrator Dale Mayo says conditions are typical for early season, though some areas may be wet or rough.

“Earlier in the season we had the freezing and thawing and hunters in the woods – and the trails are rutted. We did have plenty of snow, but we still have a few areas where you could encounter some rough spots. So we’re just encouraging everybody to use caution.”

Temperatures are forecast to pass 40 degrees this weekend, but Mayo says Vilas County shouldn’t lose all of its snow. 

Local chambers and snowmobile clubs can provide the latest details on conditions.

Mayo says snowmobilers should avoid crossing lakes unless there’s a clearly marked trail.

Meanwhile state-funded trails in Oneida County aren’t frozen enough to open.  County officials say opening day will depend on weather conditions, but it won’t be any time this weekend. 

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