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​​Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. We had a great time playing Ice Shuffleboard and Unique Disk Golf. Winter weather was perfect. The bonfire was warm. The snacks were yummy. The fellowship was great. First off, the guys collaborated to get the fire up & blazing. Then we headed to the shuffle board court.  Laughter, groans of disappointment and shouts of joy filled the air as they discovered the techniques needed for this year’s play. After a few rounds some headed to the bonfire for warmth & snacks. Recharged, it was time to try the disk golf. Land the disk on a chair?, through a tunnel?, into a fish net?  Amid laughter & challenge the 5 holes were soon completed. Many rounds of play interspersed with hot chocolate and snacks made the day speed by. 

Bright blue skies and temperatures in the mid 50's greeted the 12 participants for Saturday's February 18th snowshoe/hike at the new Heal Creek Recreational Area.
Folks appeared especially interested in the areas of beaver cuttings along the creek and the large dam and beaver house on the creek.  The scenery was interesting and varied and the trails were in good condition, considering the spring-like weather. Afterwards we met with Joel Knutson (the "brain child" in developing this multi-purpose recreation area) to hear of some exciting possibilities for the future of the area.

Saturday, February 11th. Snowshoeing the blue and red Tara Lila Trail off of Section 9 Road went quicker than expected on the well compacted 2 1/2 mile trail.  So our group decided to add on another 40 minutes doing the green trail in the same area.  Afterwards we enjoyed more camaraderie at Eagle River Roasters.  

Member benefits include:

  • Year around  outings

  • New friends

  • New places

  • Fantastic speaker events

  • NPT website and message board

  • Support of our community's environmental initiatives

  • e-Access to members and events


Trail and Map Information

Welcome to Northern Paddle and Trail
    You are invited to paddle quiet lakes and northern rivers, hike trails of the Northwoods, bike beautiful routes like the famous

Bearskin Rails to Trails Bike Trail, join snowshoe or X-Country ski outings, and relax with friends and an eveningbonfire to finish a wonderful day.

    Our goal is to enjoy the beauty and thrill of silent sports in the company of like-minded souls and strive to be good environmental stewards. NPT is based in Rhinelander, WI.

Membership Information

    A membership (single or family) begins in January of each year. Memberships are $20 (single) and $35 (family). Waivers are

signed each new year of renewal. Guests are welcome one (1) time for free, but will sign a waiver.

Recent Event Highlights

  • Dave Hansen 715-771-0584
  • ​Mary Lewandowski 715-282-5995

It was a beautiful, bright sunny day to ski on Wednesday, January 18th at the Northwoods Golf Course. There was an inch of fresh snow the day before when we checked the trails before leading the event. Temperatures were in the 30’s and overnight the fresh snow turned a bit icy which made for some fast skiing on Wednesday! All told, it was a beautiful day and we had a fun time! A couple other club members came out to snowshoe the Heal Creek trails too.

The moonlight snowshoe on Thursday, January 12th was a cold and windy night but in the shelter of the trees we hardly noticed the wind. The small group that braved the weather were rewarded with a big, full moon in the clear sky.