View Full Version : Tomahawk to Rhinelander spur open

11-27-2009, 12:49 PM
Rhinelander has just become a little more snowmobile friendly.

A year-long effort to connect the Rhinelander and Tomahawk snowmobile trail systems has culminated with the successful completion of a new link beneath the Canadian National rail trestle at Highways 8 and 47 on Rhinelander’s west side.

“Many people contributed to this effort, and years of hard work finally paid off in a very positive way,” said Hodag Sno-Trails President Scott Hetland.

Tim Debels, president of the Northwoods Passage Trail Club in Tomahawk, said the groups involved kept working on the problem and didn’t want to take no for an answer.

The issue in connecting the two trail systems had for years been the railroad trestle. Crossing under the trestle, which spans Highway 47, required the permission of Canadian National and Wisconsin Central Ltd., which owns the trestle.

State Railroad Commissioner Roger Breske facilitated discussions between the railroad and the city of Rhinelander, and those discussions ultimately led to the resolution.

“Once Canadian National Railroad came to the table, we knew we could find the resources to complete the earthwork under the rail trestle,” said Rhinelander Mayor **** Johns.

Resources came in the form of a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources snowmobile fund, which was added to the new state budget by Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Eagle River).

Everyone involved in the project acknowledged the economic advantages of connecting the two trail systems. Johns said the new link will give snowmobilers coming from Tomahawk and other points west direct access to the city along with the motels, restaurants and gas stations on Kemp Street.

“This project is all about helping small businesses thrive,” Holperin said. “When people wonder what the state is doing to save and create jobs in our small cities, it’s little projects like this that make a big difference.”

Club officials said the connecting link into Rhinelander will be signed and open to snowmobiling when the two trail systems open for the season.

11-27-2009, 08:46 PM
Thats great! That area is alot of fun to ride and those two towns are great places to hang out. I'm glad they are finally conecting those trails. Good job to everyone that was involved!