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This weekend the winter trails had an abundance of snow allowing snowmobilers and ATV/UTV riders. However, the winter trails south of Highway 70 are now closed except the Gandy Dancer Trail.

The Burnett County Snow Trails Association announced that all snowmobile and winter ATV/UTV trails south of Highway 70 were closed Monday night at 6 p.m.

The Gandy Dancer will remain open in Burnett, but all Polk County trails are closed to snowmobiles including the Gandy Dancer Trail.

“The Gandy/Cattail/Sawmill will remain open to UTV/ATV traffic,” Ben Elfelt, Polk County Parks and Trails Coordination said. “All snowmobile trails are closed. After a busy weekend and an incoming warm-up the trails have been closed until further notice.”

The county reminds riders, “Please use caution as some swamps and lakes are not yet frozen. After high winds, always be sure to watch for possible downed trees.”

The temperatures warmed up on Monday and there were reports of some trails having little snow coverage and a few trails were down to the dirt.

According to the Travel Wisconsin Snow Report, trails in Washburn County are closed with trails in Barron and Douglass counties remain partially open. Trails are open and well-groomed across northern Wisconsin - Bayfield County, the Cable area, Iron County, Price County, Sawyer County and Vilas County.

Other information for snowmobilers, ATV/UTV users:

• Snowmobile trails are marked with ORANGE blazers and ATV/UTV snow trails are marked with BLUE blazers.

• All snowmobiles, ATVs, and UTVs must be registered or licensed to ride on our trails. Trail passes are also required. Only machines meeting the state definition of an ATV/UTV are allowed on these trails.

• Some township ordinances allow for ATV/UTV use of the town roads and others do NOT allow it. It is the rider’s responsibility to contact the township in which you plan to ride in and get the current rules pertaining to ATVs/UTVs and the town roads.

• NO OFF TRAIL USE IS ALLOWED - Please stay on the trails. Much of our trail system is on private land, and we appreciate the easements granted by our generous land owners. It only takes one person to have the entire trail system shut down.

• Caution: Trail maintenance vehicles may be on the trails at any time. Also watch for signage regarding timber sale activity. Trucks may cross trails at any time.

• It is your responsibility to know where you are and whose property you are on. Please be careful, be respectful to other trail users, and ride safely.

• If you need any maps, or if you need any other information, please contact Burnett County Tourism at 1-800-788-3164 or feel free to email them at Bctour@sirentel.net.