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Wisconsin DNR Outdoor Report for the Southeast Region 12-29-2012

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Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak UnitAs of Dec. 24, all cross-country ski trails have been groomed. Skate lanes were in pretty good shape throughout except the section from the Evergreen Trailhead up to Summer Stage Hill, which was in fair condition. A new classic track was put in on the “Green Trail” only and is in 20 percent poor and 80 percent fair condition with a few short segments exposing ground underneath. Crews have finished making snow on the inner trail sections of the man-made loop and hope to spread snow this week. After the snow is spread, cress will begin making snow from the trailhead up to Summer Stage to complete a small loop. – Brett Johanen, ranger

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Pike Lake Unit Cross-country ski trails are all open and were last groomed and tracked on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 26 and are in good to excellent condition. Trail passes are not required for cross-country skiers at the Pike Lake Unit. When trails are snow covered hikers, snowshoers, and dogs are not allowed on trails east of Powder Hill Road (groomed ski trails). Multi Use Trails: are in good condition with the exception of several trees downed across the trail system which are passable at this time. Crews are currently working on removing the downed trees. Pets are not allowed on the Black Forest Nature Trail and must be on a leash 8 feet or less at all times in other areas. – Drew Starch, ranger

Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit - Snowmobile and cross-country trails are all open; grooming will be occurring over the holidays. Conditions at Zillmer are rated as good. The Brown, Red, and Green trails have been packed and groomed for classical and skate skiing numerous times since the Dec. 20 storm. There are stretches of the trail where the forest litter (twigs and branches are numerous / bothersome. Crews planned on clearing the Yellow Loop of trees and branches and then pack and groom on Dec. 26. – Jerry Leiterman, forest superintendent

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