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Underdown Recreation Area

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Novice: ~
Intermediate: 33k
Advanced: ~
Grooming: C+S
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Trail Review


Northeast of Merrill.


Grooming: Classic only. Multiple loop trail system.
The Loop Road is groomed for skate skiing when conditions allow.
Snowshoe Trails: Yes. Separate loop system. Awesome trails! Some of the best in the state. See link for map at bottom of page.


This is a Wisconsin Trail Guide favorite for groomed, 'backcountry' skiing. The Underdown Recreation Area features more than 33 kilometers of trails through a wonderful variety of scenery and terrain. The trails tend to be winding and undulating over numerous small hills in an area populated with dozens of kettle lakes. Spruce and mixed pine often surround the trails along with aspen and mixed hardwoods.

Most of the hills are small with short, quick descents that are suitable for most intermediates. Most of the more challenging hills offer an easy bypass route.

Be sure to pick up a paper trail map from the mailbox located about 50 yards down the trail from the trailhead at the east end of the main (Maple) parking lot. The paper maps show the most recent trail routes.


The entire trail system lies within the Underdown Recreation Area, Lincoln County Forestry, Land, and Parks Dept.


Daily: $5
Season Pass: $20


Parking, pit toilets
On-Site Equipment Rentals: No.


Motels, food, & gas (Merrill).


Both directions below are for the main trailhead.

From the County D exit on Hwy 51/39 near Tomahawk: Take Hwy 51/39 south for 9.4 miles and turn south (left) onto County K, go 1.5 miles and turn east (left) onto County H, go 1 mile and turn right east (right) onto Copper Lake Ave, and go 3.6 miles to the Maple (main) Parking Lot.

From the Hwy 64 exit on Hwy 51/39 near Merrill: Take Hwy 51/39 north for 10 miles and turn east (right) onto County H, go 2.1 miles and turn east (right) onto Copper Lake Ave, go 3.6 miles to the Maple (main) Parking Lot.


Website: Underdown Recreation Area
Snowshoe Trail Map: Underdown Snowshoe Trail Map
Phone: 715.539.1034 (Lincoln County Forestry, Land, and Parks Dept.)

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