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TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN They say that life is good along the river and that’s certainly true for snowmobilers on both sides of the Mississippi – whether it’s in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa or Illinois. That’s because much of the region is in the “driftless area” that was untouched by glaciation. This ancient landscape features lots of hills and valleys where the up-and-down riding is a real treat. Trempealeau County exemplifies that experience and offers plenty of scenic views as well. It’s roughly rectangular and is oriented north-south, boasting a 150-mile+ circuit with several mid-county connections. A scenic treat is the trail segment alongside Turton Creek through the town of Arcadia just before its confluence with the Trempealeau River.
Trail Towns: Arcadia, Independence, Whitehall, Centerville, Pigeon Falls, Elk Creek, Osseo
Highlights: Trail through Arcadia over the Trempeleau River
Info: County club list list County map and trail conditions (715) 538-2311, Ext. 205
CrescoIowa
CRESCO, IOWA
Just west of the Mississippi River, northeastern Iowa offers a surprisingly extensive network of trails covering a dozen counties. Cresco – the town where Featherlite trailers are built – sits at the center of a trail system covering Howard and Winneshiek Counties, with well-groomed loop routes available in every direction. The most scenic riding is near Kendallville, where the Upper Iowa River area features more varied terrain. This season’s big event is the 48th Annual Snowfest celebration (January 24th to 27th, 2019) sponsored by the Driftrunners Snowmobile Club – a four-day affair featuring numerous events and fun trail outings, including Saturday night’s Torchlight Ride.
Trail Towns: Cresco, Lime Springs, Protivin, Ridgeway, Kendallville, Lawrenceville
Highlights: Florenceville Snowmobile Bridge, Snowfest at Howard County Fairgrounds
AlexandriaMN
ALEXANDRIA, MINNESOTA
Alexandria couldn’t be more easily accessible lying along I-94 in central Minnesota, where snowmobilers enjoy riding through a combination of flatlands, rolling hills and woodlands. Lakes are all around, so there’s plenty of scenery to enjoy while cruising the 365-mile network of the Douglas Area Trails Association, including the multi-use Central Lakes Trail, a former rail line. In town, you can visit the Runestone Museum to see the legendary Kensington Runestone, a purported Viking artifact that was “found” locally in 1898 (and later deemed a hoax) and the 28-foot high statue of “Big Ole” the Viking.
Trail Towns: Alexandria, Brandon, Kensington, Miltona, Garfield, Evansville, Osakis
Highlights: Runestone Museum, Central Lakes Trail, Lake Carlos State Park
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LAKE GOGEBIC, MICHIGAN
This 14-mile lake – the largest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – features plenty of space for speed runs, as well as a loop trail around it and connections to outstanding routes in every direction. To the north are Silver City and the Porcupine Mountains, where the Lake of the Clouds trail takes riders to one of the most spectacular lookouts in the Midwest. This is a popular summertime destination, so there are plenty of trail-accessible lodging establishments located around the lake.
Trail Towns: Bergland, Marenisco, Wakefield, White Pine, Bruce Crossing, Rockland
Highlights: Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains State Park, Lake Gogebic
Info: Lake Gogebic Area Chamber www.lakegogebicarea.com
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