Skiing / Snowshoeing

SnowshoeingCatherine Wolter Wilderness Area
This 2,189-acre nature preserve includes 15 lakes and ponds with 36,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline.  Donated by the Catherine Wolter family, longtime residents of Presque Isle, the wilderness area is an undisturbed gem in the heart of Presque Isle and will allow the enjoyment of nature in its most pristine state for years to come.  It is open to the public from sunrise to sunset for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, bird-watching and other low impact recreational activities.

North Lakeland Discovery Center
Learning Adventures to Enrich and Inspire!
The Discovery Center a destination and resource for lifelong learning and outdoor recreation. Our active and engaging site within the NHAL State Forest enables us to provide creative and cutting edge programs for a diverse audience. We empower all in mindful stewardship based on a strong nature ethic and are dedicated to providing meaningful connections among nature, people, and community through quality programs and adventures for a lifetime of learning. Scheduled programs, drop in hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, geocaching and more.

Van Vliet Hemlocks
This recently developed trail system gives visitors the opportunity to explore and experience what was once abundant in Wisconsin; an old growth hemlock forest. The site’s 400 acres and mile and a half of undeveloped shoreline on Van Vliet Lake represent a rare remnant of this uniquely historic forest system. Walk along undisturbed cedar swamps, bog lakes, climb scenic eskers, and take in the richness of the pland and animal life that abounds in this special place.The Wisconsin DNR has added Van Vliet Hemlocks to the state natural area program.

WinMan Trails - Skiing/Snowshoeing
A new destination for winter silent sports: classic skiing, skate skiing, fat biking, and excellent snowshoeing. This 1,300-acre mix of public and private property is a silent sports mecca - with development and growth still in the works. The site features a plethora of trails with 8 miles of classic and skate ski trail and 5 miles of nice wide trails maintained as groomed snowshoe trails. The groomed trails are conducive to larger groups, snowshoeing side by side, and to snowshoe running by yourself or with a group. The rolling topography and unique ecology make this a blast to recreate in and enjoy nature, and the site has proven attractive to wildlife with unique sightings such as moose and badger. Donations for maintenance and development are welcome and more information including regularly updated maps can be found on the WinMan website and on Facebook.

North Lakeland School Nature/Cross-Country Ski Trail System
On the grounds of North Lakeland School, at the corner of County Highways P & K, you will find a beginner friendly classical ski trail that loops 8-10 miles through a variety of towering evergreens and hardwoods. During the winter, the trails are groomed, as snow and volunteers are available, by the North Lakeland/Northwoods Ski Touring Association. These trails are also open for hiking during the rest of the year. The trailhead can be accessed from the north side of the school’s football field. Another entrance is located by driving from the intersection of County Hwy K and Papoose Lake Road (west of the school). Drive north on Papoose Lake Road approximately 1 mile to a parking area.