Trail by Trail: Sawyer County, Superior, Bass Lake

Report from local trails
North Country Riders TV Club
Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 6:28 PM CDT
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North Country Riders TV Club

“North Country Riders is an all volunteer ATV club out of Hayward, in Sawyer county, WI. ALL ATV/UTV trails here in Sawyer Co are open and ready to ride! With the recent storms in the area volunteers have been out inspecting trails for fallen tree limbs and washouts and doing our best to remove amd fox as needed, but as always keep an eye out as they can come up on you quickly. Dust in the wooded areas should be pretty low this weekend and you will encounter numerous puddles in the low spots. Fire lanes dry out quick and can get very dusty in a hurry, so please follow the posted speed limits and increase your following distance when riding in dust. Around the city of Hayward we have numerous road routes open for riders to access our trail system from their homes, or place of lodging. Please respect the posted speed limits as many of these routes are in residential areas. For more information find us on FB, North Country riders ATV club, and also Sawyer County Snowmobile/ATV Alliance.” - Jesse Reglin

Report from SWORDS ATV Club - Superior Wisconsin Off Road Drivers

“The club has been around since 1986. We currently have approximately 125 memberships, consisting of both singles and families. Our members are located both in Wisconsin as well as Minnesota. Some of the things our club does include, summer family camping trip, a poker run in February, a fall ride from Iron River and other impromptu rides throughout the year, we have helped shuttle people during the Superior Ice Festival, we have an information booth at the Douglas County Fish and Game League Show, a Christmas/ Holiday appreciation dinner. We have 2 trail cleanups every year. We are responsible for maintaining 26 miles of old railroad grades that have been converted to trails. The trails are the Saunders Grade and the Gandy Dancer. During these cleanups, we will pick up trash, trim trees, repair or put up trail signs and smooth them out with our full size road grader. Our club also takes care of any storm damage that may occur on our trails. Our club is a member of the Northwest Trails Association, which consists of all the ATV and Snowmobile clubs in Douglas County. We are the only strictly ATV club in the association. Myself and Kaare Berg will attend these meetings and then bring that information back to our club members. Our meetings are the first Thursday after the first Tuesday of each month.” - Bernie Conklin President

It’s World Bike Day! IRRRB lists the following as places to visit in our area:

Cuyuna Mountain

Giants Ridge

Hidden Valley



Split Rock Wilds


National Trails Day: Boundary Waters Connect Event

“Join us for a Queer Community & Allies Hike at Bass Lake with Après Hike Bonfire this Saturday, June 4! This is a celebration of National Trails Day led by queer leaders in our Boundary Waters community. We will be hiking from 9am-3pm at Bass Lake Trail in the Superior National Forest, off the Echo Trail just north of Ely, MN. There will be two options for hike distances, 2.0 miles (3.2 km) to Dry Falls or a 5.3 mile (8.5 km) loop around Bass Lake. These hike distances have some rough terrain and up/down hill sections, however overall it is a moderate difficulty level. After the hike, the celebration will continue at Chapman Street Commons (the little pocket park at 111 E Champan Street) for a bonfire, non-alcoholic drinks, BBQ foods (with vegetarian and vegan options), and swag/gear giveaways!

We hope you can join us this National Trails Day.” - Boundary Waters Connect

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