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Snowmobiling the Trails of Trempealeau County, WI!
The Farmers Almanac is hinting at a wetter winter than usual for Wisconsin and if it keeps cold enough, that means snow. Beautiful, pristine, bright, and clean snow. There’s nothing like riding a snowmobile on groomed trails through a winter scene of forests and farmland and quaint small towns. Trempealeau County has 222 miles worth of groomed trails and the Great River Road is a beautiful drive to get you there.
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The Buffalo River State Trail is on an old railroad bed and keeps to a low grade and is well-groomed. This trail is popular with snowmobilers and travels the 36 miles from Mondovi to Fairchild and travels through the northern portion of the county. Several trails near Strum and Osseo lead off of the Buffalo River State Trail and can take you on traveling loops through the area. With so many interconnecting trails, your day’s ride can be as long or short as you would like it to be, without much backtracking necessary.
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Checking the Conditions
There are many snowmobile clubs and volunteers who get out and spend plenty of hours making sure the trails are ready and safe for your visit. Just because you see tracks and maybe the groomer out, doesn’t necessarily mean that the trails are open, it could just be the volunteers out working. So how do you know? Simple. Trempealeau County reports on the trail conditions at the Travel Wisconsin Snow Report. Another great resource is the snowmobile trail hotline, where you can dial in and listen to a recording on the state of the trails: (715) 538-2311 ext 205.
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A Friday Fish Fry on the Trails
A Wisconsin tradition is the Friday Night Fish Fry. And hopping on a sled and riding to a supper club or local restaurant for fried fish, french fries, and an old fashioned on a Friday night is practically a right of passage. Sullivan’s Supper Club on the Mississippi River in the town of Trempealeau is a great option. Norske Nook in Osseo serves up that beer-battered goodness every Friday. Wason’s Supper Club in Galesville offers your cold nordic water cod either deep-fried or broiled.
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Hitting the Trails
Wisconsin makes it pretty easy for visitors to haul their sleds over and hit the trails. You only need to register your sled in the state if you will be here for more than 15 consecutive days. But you will need a trail pass and you can order it online. For more information about snowmobiling in Trempealeau County, including an interactive map of the trails, check out their website.