West-Central Wisconsin

KINNICKINNIC STATE PARK - Cross-country ski trail grooming will not begin until after Dec. 15, according to Eric Klumb, ranger.

BLACK RIVER STATE FOREST - All trails are still open to hikers until we get enough snow to groom trails for skiing. Snowshoers can enjoy the 1-mile and 0.6-mile trails at the Smrekar parking lot, the 3-mile trail that connects Pigeon Creek to Smrekar Road or the 1.5-mile loop around Castle Mound. Snowshoers are allowed anywhere on the state forest that is not a groomed trail.
Winter ATV and UTV trails open on Saturday, Dec. 15. Snowmobile trails remain closed at this time due to lack of snow. UTVs are allowed on winter ATV trails, except for designated snowmobile only trails or any other trail that was previously closed to UTV use. Jackson County Forestry and Parks maintains and grooms all of the state forest's snowmobile and winter ATV trails. Grooming updates are posted on the Jackson County [https://www.co.jackson.wi.us/ website.
A reminder that Jackson County has a temperature restriction of 28 degrees. If temperatures are above the 28 degree mark, we ask that you stay off the trail system to ensure it will be in good condition for the entirety of the season.
If you would like to cut a Christmas tree from the Black River State Forest, Forest Product permits can be purchased at the Castle Mound campground office. Please call ahead to verify office hours at 715-284-4103, said Emily Alf, visitor services associate.

BUCKHORN STATE PARK - Cross country ski/snowshoe trails are not packed or groomed at this time. There are areas of trails with grass showing and we had under 3 inches of snow. Trails will be groomed when we get at least 3 inches more of snow.
Snowshoes will be available to use in the park when we have more snow.
Ice is starting to form on bays with the cooler weather. Park staff do not monitor ice conditions, said Heather Wolf, park manager.