Groups & Clubs


ABR Trails

A full service ski touring center located on over 1100 scenic acres of varied terrain along the Montreal River in Ironwood, Michigan. ABR Trails is a privately owned family business that has been operating since 2015 thanks to dependable snow, quality grooming with modern equipment and skilled operators, and trails that offer something for everyone.

Gogebic Range Health Foundation

The mission of the Gogebic Range Health Foundation is to advance community health throughout the Gogebic Range (Iron County, Wisconsin and Gogebic County, MI). Our vision focuses on improving health while creating opportunities to access community assets that enhance well being. We strive to increase resources through collaboration with organizations that promote healthy, active lifestyles in our communities.

ICORE Social Paddlers Summer of 2024

If you’re passionate about kayaking or canoeing and you’re located in Iron or Vilas County,
Wisconsin, there’s a group that might interest you. ICORE Social Paddlers invites all those
interested in exploring the picturesque lakes in the region to join them every Monday evening
throughout the summer. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler, or a newbie trying out the sport
for the first time, this group is open to all!

The group meets at various locations, depending on which lake they’ve decided to explore that
day. Usually, they meet at around 5:00 PM, right before the sun starts to dip towards the
horizon. They then take their kayaks, canoes, or even paddleboards out onto the lake, ready to
take in the stunning scenery around them.
The Iron County region is popular for its pristine lakes, so there’s always something new to
explore every time the group meets. From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Owen to the tranquil
atmosphere at the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, there’s no shortage of ideal locations to paddle

After 1-1.5 hr of paddling, the group then meets up to enjoy dinner together at one of the many
local restaurants in the area. This is a great way to get to know your fellow paddlers, share your
stories and experiences, and forge deeper connections with those who share your passion for
the sport.

The group has a supportive and welcoming atmosphere, so there & no need to worry about
feeling left out or apprehensive about joining. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own kayaks
or canoes, but the group can also provide rentals for those who need them.
Whether you’re a solo paddler or want to bring your spouse or friends with you, you’re sure to
have a great time in the company of like-minded individuals. Join the ICORE kayaking and
canoeing adult social paddle group and experience the region’s stunning waters for yourself!
Please email if you have any questions. The invites for the evening
paddles come through MeetUp each week. If you are not currently connected with meetup it is
easy to do so. Our notices come through the ICORE group on meetup each week.

Looking forward for the ice to melt!!!
Paddles Up, Gail & Mike Ondresky

Iron County 4-H : SISU Endurance Teams

Extension Iron County offers fun and educational experiences to youth in Iron County.  Please select from the links below to learn more, including which ages are invited to participate in each Team. 

Iron County Forestry

ron County – designated as the “Snow Capital of Wisconsin,” – is a popular destination for outdoor recreation and it’s the trail management of Iron County Forestry and community partners that make it so! Check out Iron County’s cross country ski trails and snowshoe trails via the following links:

Loony Paddlers

If you love to paddle and would like to explore area waterways then we invite you to join us for some group FUN!

  • Wednesday Mornings 
  • Open to Women
  • Bring your own boat, paddle, water bottle, PFD and hat
  • Dress for the weather
  • We meet at and/or set up carpools to boat landings
  • Early season tends to be river paddles, later more lakes

Most events are posted on ICORE Meetup 

Follow ICORE’s Facebook or check our webpage for weekly paddle updates.

MECCA X-Country Ski Club

A beautiful multiple loop trail system located in Mercer, Wisconsin. MECCA offers groomed cross-country trails for classic and skate skiers, snowshoe trails, and hiking trails in the warmer months.


The mission of NICER is to work to enhance our communities through events and community initiatives that create a sense of belonging and develop a healthy, vibrant, and welcoming community for all residents.

North Country Trail Association, Heritage Chapter

This support organization maintains the North Country Trail in Ashland and Iron Counties in Wisconsin. The Heritage Chapter of the NCT offers some of the most remote sections of the trail in Wisconsin, winding through areas of forests, rivers, and lakes.

North Country Trail Association, Ni-Miikanaake Chapter

This support organization maintains the North Country Trail in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties in Michigan. This segment continues from the Wisconsin and Western Upper Peninsula border, going east to M-64 and passing through the Gogebic County Forest, the Ottawa National Forest, the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park and various private properties.

North Lakeland Discovery Center

A nature-based education center located in Manitowish Waters, the Discovery Center offers environmental education programs; citizen science projects; a network of trails for skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking; and rental facilities for events.

Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest:

There are several hikes with great forest and lake views, and you can do them with or without snowshoes. Scope the trails out on the forest’s hiking webpage.

Northwoods Land Trust

The Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) offers permanent conservation services to private landowners in seven counties in northern Wisconsin: Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Florence, Iron, Price and Langlade.

Today, over 15,000 acres of land with 83+ miles of shoreline is included in our protection programs. These lands include private conservation easements, as well as conservation areas that NWLT owns and manages that are open to the public year-round.

Today, over 15,000 acres of land with 83+ miles of shoreline is protected by NWLT in our seven-county service area. These lands include private conservation easements, as well as conservation areas that NWLT owns and manages that are open to the public year-round. Every year more land is placed under permanent conservation to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

News & Events

Penokee Rangers

A group of volunteers that maintain the Montreal and Uller Ski Trails in northern Iron County. 

SISU Ski Fest

The SISU Ski Fest (SSF) was chartered in 2010 as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of cross country skiing, other silent sports, and outdoor recreation; encouraging safe local tourism; and advancing local pride through a premier cross country ski event.

The Happy Wanderers

We will take a leisurely hike on the Deadhorse Ruffed Grouse trail, also off of Popko Circle. We will meet at the trailhead at 10 am. Since there is so little snow, we will be able to use the parking lot. To reach the trailhead, this time stay on Cty FF for 5 miles, and turn into Popko Circle WEST, just before you cross the bridge at Lake of the Falls County Park. Drive about 2 miles and watch for the big brown DNR sign on your left. This trail will not be pristine since the other hiking group left 14 sets of tracks last week. If you want to carpool, you should say so in your response and plan to meet at Cranberry Inn by 9:45. Martha is traveling for a month, and I come from the opposite direction, but I will try to make sure those interested in a carpool are able to see who is coming.

The Looney Hikers


Our group meets once a week on Wednesdays usually at 9:30am at whatever trailhead we will be hiking or snowshoeing.  Generally, the hikes are 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours long. We will hike during the fall and spring seasons from October through March.  Snowshoeing will be during winter when and if there is enough snow.  Hiking lengths are anywhere from 2-5 miles.  We tend to do trails that are more up and down with some flat terrain.  Snowshoeing is generally a shorter trip, about 2 to 3 miles. The outings are posted via email and also on Meetup, ICORE’s website and Facebook. The hike/snowshoe is determined by the group leader, Karen Teliszczak, but suggestions are always welcome. This is a mixed gender activity.

DO NOT PM A RESERVATION Karen Teliszck only does email). Reservations to participate in an upcoming hike must be made via email only

WinMan Trails

A network of silent sports trails located in Winchester, Wisconsin, offering groomed trails for cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking, and snowshoeing in the winter months, and mountain biking and hiking trails in the warmer months. WinMan has a heated chalet, bike wash station, outdoor and indoor seating, and a bar and apparel shop.

Wolverine Ski Trails

Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails in Ironwood, Michigan offers 24K of ski trails including several loops for classic striding and skate skiing. There are 14K of marked snowshoe trails and 7K of snow bike trails. Volunteers with the Wolverine Nordic Ski Club maintain and groom the trail system, and as a nonprofit their mission is to preserve and promote Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, and lifelong physical fitness.