CannonTracks - Lakewood Tour - Chequamegon-Nicolet NF WI

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  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    This is a fun 100 mile ride in the Lakewood District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in NE WI. It takes in some points of interest in the area, runs some great paved and gravel roads, and has a little two-track and ATV trail on it. It is suitable for large adventure bikes.

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    The track starts at Chute Pond, runs clockwise, and ends in Mountain.
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  2. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Start of the track.
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    Dam at Chute Pond
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    Looking up at the overlook.
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    Shelter at Green Lake.
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    Some nice two track.
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    Fun pavement.
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    Remnants of a forest fire.
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    If you catch this place during the day, stop and visit. It is a tree seed orchard. Some neat stuff inside.
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    Well protected by a deer fence.
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    Stiles to get in and out of the orchard.
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    Big, beautiful trees. Best to visit in the daylight though.
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  3. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Near Paya Lake.
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    Campsite here.
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    Lots of deer around.
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    Well preserved remains of an 1880 logging camp.
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    Oconto River
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    Forbes Spring. They dredged an 8' deep ring around the spring with a shallow spot in the center as a haven for wildlife.
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    Another old logging camp.
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    Young turks.
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    Mountain Fire Tower. You can climb it if you like.
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  4. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Looks like a good one for the fall. Thanks for another great offering!
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  5. rsmith2786

    rsmith2786 Adventurer

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    I just acquired my first DS and am hoping to do part or all of this track on Sunday. I know the government shutdown had impacted the forestry service...would any of this be closed as a result?
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  6. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Some gates might be closed at federal sites (fire tower, etc) but the roads will be open.
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  7. Chainwhip

    Chainwhip Been here awhile

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    I am looking at doing this as a two-up with my wife, anyone that has done it see any challenges?
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  8. MotoXPD

    MotoXPD I regret travel by motorcycle...said no one ever

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    I have lived in the area for 20+ years and it is a nice ride and some of these trails are part of my regular routes. The eastern side of hwy 32 is generally more "muddy" than the western side. So if we are getting a lot of rain (2016 was really rainy) then you will run into more chances for mud. There are a TON of awesome off trail routes off of this loop and there is so much to explore just in this little area. Of course in dry times some of the side roads are either 100% sand or a mix of sand and limestone. For me on an F800GS that means avoid the sand (usually forest fire roads) and stick to the routes that are muddy. Some of these routes have holes that get really deep too so, honestly, local knowledge is key in this area. Some of the Nicolet forest routes are closed and gated and some have been renamed or even moved (do not trust your Nicolet forest map from the USGS around here; very dated info). Certain times of year I run some of these routes ONLY in my Tacoma due to the amount of deep holes there are and keep the F800GS on the tarmac instead. I've been meaning to put together a big map sometime of all the hidden routes around here. You could spend an entire summer here and not ride every nook and cranny we've been running for years out here.

    In regard to the question on riding two up this route is just fine for that. I take the GF on most of these trails a few times a year. If you want to explore off this route just be wary of the weather. If it hasn't rained in a while you are generally good but if it's really dry the forest roads get really sandy. We have a lot of ATV trails here so they are shared and beat up by ATVs and such which makes that dry sand in some areas deep.

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