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Your Rusk County winter ride guide

Rusk County is your home base for snowmobiling adventures throughout northwestern Wisconsin. Here's what you need to know before you hop on your sled and head out.

What do I need to ride?

Wisconsin requires every snowmobiler who is at least 12 years old and born on after January 1, 1985, to possess a valid Snowmobile Safety Certificate from a DNR-sponsored safety course. Links to the state's two internet safety courses approved in Wisconsin can be found here and here.

You should also make sure to dress appropriately for your trip. Dress in layers--start with a moisture-wicking base layer, then add a thermal layer of fleece, wool or polyester, topped with a waterproof outer layer (a jacket and snow pants), as well as warm, breathable socks and boots and water-resistant gloves. Don't forget your helmet and be sure to wear something that covers your eyes, like a face shield or goggles.

Where can I ride?

Rusk County is home to more than 300 miles of snowmobile trails, expertly groomed and maintained by nine local snowmobiling clubs. Trails spoke out through Rusk County from Ladysmith, taking riders through the snow-covered hills and forests of northwestern Wisconsin. For riders interested in a longer adventure, Rusk County's trails connect to routes in Price County and Taylor County to the east, Barron County to the west and Chippewa County to the south.

One of the most scenic spots to ride is Rusk County is the Blue Hills north of Weyerhaeuser and Bruce in the western part of the county. The Blue Hills are the remnants of a mountain range that's older than the Rockies, and these gentle hills still rise up 600 feet above the surrounding landscape.

Where can I stay?

Rusk County is home to plenty of clean, welcoming lodging properties--many with easy access to the county's snowmobile trails. Learn more about Rusk County's bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels, resorts and cabins here.