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Winter Recreation

Yellowstone Lake State Park

Cross-country skiing

There are 5 miles of trail that are groomed and tracked for cross-country skiing as conditions and staffing allow. A Wisconsin State Park trail pass is not required at Yellowstone Lake, but a vehicle admission sticker is needed.

Cross-country skiing trails

Oak Grove trail (2.1 miles)

This popular hiking and ski trail begins near the boat landing. The trail offers rolling terrain with some steep hills. The western side of the loop is open to off-road bikes.

Oak Ridges trail (1.3 miles)

This hiking and ski trail has rolling terrain through oak and hickory woodlands.

Prairie loop trail (0.8 miles)

This hiking and ski trail is on rolling terrain through woodlands and prairie.


There are 7 miles of snowmobile trail within the park, which also connects with Lafayette County snowmobile trails. Wisconsin requires those who use snowmobile trails to display either a Wisconsin registration or a non-resident snowmobile trail pass.

The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

The park does not monitor ice conditions on the lake. Be extremely cautious of ice conditions at all times.

Snowmobiling trail

Blue Ridge trail (3.5 miles)

This 3.5-mile hiking trail is also open to snowmobiling. The Blue Ridge trail travels through much of the park with access to the trail at the park office, the concession building and by connections with several other trails.