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Winter Fun:   Jan. 28 – 31, 2021
             Our fun started with a moonlight hike/snowshoe through Perch Lake Recreation Area.  11 adventurous souls meet at the Judy Swank Shelter to begin our walk.  We chose the blue trail, winding through the woods following the trail.  We didn’t even need our headlights.  That trail seemed too short so we walked on and around Kathy’s loop.  On return to the shelter, we enjoyed more fellowship around the outdoor fireplace before heading home.
            On Friday morning Jan 29th    7 of us gathered at Heal Creek Snowshoe trail.  It was a beautiful sunny morning.  The snow was well packed an all of the trails, so we had fun just hiking down to the beaver dam then back up, down & around taking the yellow, blue & red trails.  It is a great place to hike with lots of variety.
            Friday afternoon we met at McNaughton Ski Trail. For our 1st ski of the year.  The skiing was fun as we glided along the outside loop and down to the shelter.  McNaughton is double tracked so we were able to share conversation as we skied.  All too soon the trail ended as we arrived back at the cars.
            Friday evening the bonfire at Mehring’s was fun as we watched pine branches send sparks up into the sky.  Later over the glowing coals we roasted marshmallows and made apple pudgy pies.  A fun relaxing way to end the day.
            Saturday Jan. 30th dawned clear & bright as we loaded up the skies to head to Raven Ski Trail.  When we got there, we discovered Raven Trail now also has a snowshoe & mountain bike trail!  The 5 of us put on our skies and headed up the blue trail.  The tracks were well used but still good.  I’d forgotten how nice the Raven Trail was.  It was a great ski up to the shelter, then we took the Red bi-pass trail back to the cars. 
            Saturday afternoon found us snowshoe hiking the Washburn Lake trails, starting at the old trail head the 5 of us took the red trail through the snow-covered woods.  We then looped around on Kathy’s Loop; it was neat to compare the moonlight hike to the sun light hike.  The trail was fun both ways.  Then we took the yellow cut-off trail back to the red trail continuing through the woods and back to the cars.
            Saturday evening found us sharing a campfire at Maren & Dan Ewert’s.  They provide us burger, hot dogs and chicken wings to re-energies us from our day’s fun.  About 12 of us joined around the fire, sharing food, & fellowship.  A wonderful way to end the day.
            Sunday Jan 31st was time for Ice shuffleboard and Squash Lake disc golf.  There were 14 people who tried their skill at shuffle board & disc golf.  Lots of laughter and fellowship filled the air as all traded off eating by the fire and playing the games.  Ten scores are rare in ice shuffle board, but one of our skillful players scored 2 in one round!  It was a great day.
            All had a great few days of winter fun.                             - Marj 

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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 $10 (single) and $15 (family). Waivers are signed each new year of renewal. Guests are welcome one time for free, but will sign a waiver.

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​​