County forest recreation guide

Oneida County is a place for people who love the outdoors. Nearly a quarter of the land in the county is public, open for anyone to enjoy. These lands include more than 80,000 acres managed by Oneida County. This county-owned land is broken into three sections, called “blocks,” that are home to winding trails, wild streams and vast tracts of hardwoods. Here’s a quick guide to help you explore each section of this wild forest. 

Cassian/Woodboro Block

In south central Oneida County, this 15,000-acre block includes a nice mix of Northwoods landscape. The forest includes aspen, oak, hardwood and pine trees. The Cassian/Woodboro Block includes bogs, wetlands and marshes, so it’s a great place for birdwatching. It’s also a popular silent sports destination; the Washburn Lake Trail, Nose Lake Trail and the Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail are all located in this block. The trailheads for all have parking and are ideal places to enter the forest. See a map of the forest block here.

Enterprise block

The Enterprise block is a square section of county forestland that covers 20,000 acres in southeast Oneida County. The forest is a mix of hardwoods, aspen, oak, balsam fir and spruce trees, and it has a nice mix of recreation options. In the southwest corner of the block, you’ll find the Enterprise Campground and ATV trail. In all, the Enterprise block has 12 miles of off-road ATV trails. In the northeast corner of the block there’s also a fat bike and primitive ski trail. The Enterprise Block is bordered by Lincoln and Langlade County. See a map here.

Lynne/Little Rice block

This block in the southwest corner of Oneida County is the largest section of county forest, covering more than 40,000 acres. It has a nice mix of trails and relaxation spots. There’s a picnic area and boat landing at a small lake called Bass Lake; there’s another picnic area near a scenic river spot (Willow Rapids) and a popular recreation trail, the Lynn/Little Rice ATV Trail System. That system includes 20 miles of woodland trails and 16 miles of connecting ATV road routes. You can access the trails on the north side of the forest block; you’ll find three parking areas. See a map here.

Interested in more trails? Order our free Travel & Trail Guide and explore many more miles of forest beauty.

 

Oneida County’s top trail systems

Cross-County skiers in Oneida County are treated to plentiful options. There are 17 trail systems open to the public, including trails that are suitable for beginners, casual skiers and seasoned racers. While there are some short options good for families and first-timers there are also longer trails that provide hours of fun. Here’s a guide to some of Oneida County’s largest trail systems.

Cassian County Two-Way Trail

Trail length: 18 miles

This north-south trail in the Town of Cassian features easy terrain that’s groomed for classic-style skiing. It’s located 5.5 miles west of Hwy. 47 on Hwy. K. There’s also a new trailhead on the north end of the trail at 5332 Beaver Lake Road.

McNaughton Trail

Trail length: 13 miles

This trail features a variety of looping options and is groomed for skate and classic-style skiing. You’ll find a trailhead with parking off Kildare Road south of Lake Tomahawk.

Minocqua Winter Park

Trail Length: 75 miles

One of the county’s best-known trail systems is also the longest in the county. It’s popular with competitive skiers as well as families and beginners. The expansive, carefully groomed trails make this a destination worth visiting. On-site amenities include a chalet serving food, a rental shop, tubing hill and skating rink. You’ll find the park west of Minocqua, off Squirrel Lake Road.

Washburn Lake Trail

Trail Length: 15 miles

If you’re a cross-country skier looking for hills, you’ll find them on this trail system. The terrain at here can offer a challenging workout, so it’s a favorite training spot for ski racers. It’s groomed for skating and classic skiing, and there are also some loops good for beginners. The trail is located about seven miles west of Rhinelander, just off Washburn Lake Road.

Snipe Lake & Ewald Lake Trails

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This extensive trail system treats the user to rolling terrain and a variety of wildlife habitats and timber types. The Vilas County Forest Roads are not plowed during the winter and several segments of these roads serve as snowmobile trails. However, the Hunter/Hiking Trails can be accessed during the winter from Wilderness Trail, a Town of Cloverland Road.

Length:16.4 miles

Location:From the intersection of Hwys 17 and 70 west of Eagle River, continue west on Hwy 70 approximately 6 miles to Wilderness Trail. Turn north on Wilderness Trail and continue approximately 1 mile to the Snipe Lake Fire Lane or continue on Wilderness Trail to the Snipe Lake Boat Landing for additional parking and trail access.

Northwoods Ski Trail

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  • The groomed trails trails are well suited for beginner to intermediate skiers with a
    one-kilometer skate trail on steep hills for the adventurous expert skier
  • Cross country skiing during winter season only
  • Donation contribution box available at trail head, encouraged for daily trail use

Directions: The trailhead is located at Northwoods Golf Course about 2.5 miles west of Rhinelander just off highway 8 on Golf Course Rd.

Washburn Lake Trail

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  • Hilly terrain, intermediate to advanced
  • Separate ski and snowshoe trails
  • Groomed for skating and diagonal skiing
  • Single track bike trails
  • Heated shelter available at Perch Lake trail head
  • Trail pass required for skiing, biking and snowshoeing
  • Pets allowed in summer only

Directions: Seven miles west of Rhinelander and 3 miles north of
Woodboro & Hwy 8, just off Washburn Lake Rd.
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