Trail Conditions: Fair/Late Winter
The trails are still ski-able but the recent freeze-thaw cycles have made the tracks icy in spots, especially in the open areas more exposed to the sun, but there is still time for some winter fun out on the trails. Take advantage of these trails while you still can.
Enjoy the fresh air and get some great exercise on the Land O' Lakes Cross Country Ski Trail.
The Trail is maintained by the Land O' Lakes Fish and Game Club - a very active volunteer organization which has made many contributions to our area.
I give my pledge as an American to defend from waste the natural resources of my country - its soil and minerals, its forests waters and wildlife.
This is the pledge that begins every Fish and Game Club meetimg. In 1948 the formation of a fish and game club was unprecedented in Wisconsin. It provided a very desirable and effective vehicle for addressing a wide-variety of problems, programs and educational opportunities for the club members and neighboring communities. Today the Land O' Lakes Fish and Game Club still enjoys the distinction of being the oldest club of this type in the State of Wisconsin.
Some of the early projects include the construction and placement of wood duck nests and the building of blue bird houses and fish cribs in our lakes.
For many years, in the depth of winter, club members distributed corn, alfalfa and birdseed each week to assist in the survival of our wildlife in the area. At one point in time according to the records, club members constructed pan fishing piers and worked to analyze and prevent pollution in sport fishing waters. The club members were also involved in landscaping the land around the airport. Another notation indicates a project of improving the spawning grounds in Helen Creek west of town.
Each year, the club sponsors educational programs for its members and holds programs in area schools. The club has provided more than $24,000 in grants for classroom instructional programs in Phelps, Northland Pines and Watersmeet, MI schools as well as scholarships to graduating seniors continuing their education in programs related to the environment.