Sno-Eagles, Inc. is a snowmobile club with the mission to provide the safest and best-groomed snowmobile trails in Wisconsin, with guidance and support from the Vilas County Forestry Department and the State of Wisconsin, and with donations from snowmobile enthusiasts and local businesses.
Back in 1964, Eagle River snowmobilers Jim Ayers and Rudy Spiess started the Northwood’s Sno-Mo Club. Soon to join the effort were Dan Healy and Roger Godleski. A few years later, after the club had more members, the name was changed to the Sno-Eagles.
Initially, the purpose of the club was for members to meet socially and go on dinner rides. The first developed trails went to the Mapleview Resort and Club 45. In those days, that was a long ride!
Walter Mayo, another Eagle River resident who worked for Vilas County, was instrumental in acquiring permission from private landowners for trail development.
Shortly thereafter, Sally Ayers and Joyce Roxberry started the Flying Fems, later to become the very successful Women on Snow. A group of Flying Fems ventured to Brainerd, MN on snowmobile in the mid 1970’s. This group continues to thrive today providing major income to the area each year.
As snowmobiling was gaining in popularity, Jim Ayers, Jack Armstrong (WRJO), Dan Healy and Roger Godleski joined with Sonny Herick of Minocqua to form the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC). Their meetings were held in the Yellow Bird Lounge, the basement of the VFW Hall – now Riverstone Restaurant. They soon joined forces with several other clubs in Antigo.
Their purpose was to coordinate trail systems with the various clubs, instead of each club functioning independently. By now, the WDNR was becoming involved in snowmobiling and the clubs wanted to ensure they had a voice in the process.
Ski-Doo developed a snow plan in which clubs could purchase their Snow Tracker. Dave Everett of Eagle River developed the first groomer with blades set at angles for better grooming.
Today, the Sno-Eagles is one of eleven snowmobile clubs in Vilas County forming the Vilas County Snowmobile Alliance.
Sno-Eagles membership is more than 350 families and continues to grow!
Just some of our accomplishments
- Sno-Eagles developed the reflective orange, diamond shaped trail marker sign
- Sno-Eagles developed the first “drag” with cutting blades placed at an angle for improved grooming
- Women Sno-Eagle members formed the very successful Women on Snow
- Local snowmobile pioneers joined together to form what was to become the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC)
- Sno-Eagles worked with the City of Eagle River to secure trail access through Eagle River
Funding our trails
- You may not know, but not all trails receive state funding. To be eligible for state funding, a trail must meet DNR requirements. Vilas County applies for funding from the Wisconsin Snowmobile Recreation Fund.
- State funds DO NOT cover all costs for maintaining funded trails
- Funds are generated from snowmobile registration, snowmobile stickers, and a percentage of the gas tax
- Vilas County applies for funding for our trails
- Sno-Eagles must raise money for all expenses beyond the funding we receive
- Sno-Eagles grooms & maintains 90+ miles of trails
- State funded miles - 62 miles
- Non-funded miles - 28+ miles
- No snowmobile organization can receive a grant for funded trails
- Sno-Eagles operates 3 groomers to groom our trails to world-class standards
- US Forest Service
- Vilas County Forestry Department
- City of Eagle River and Towns of Washington, Lincoln, and Cloverland
- Vilas County Snowmobile Alliance
- Business Community
- Land Owners