Hello! Welcome to Tara Lila LLC's home on the Web. This page is a good place to start to learn a bit about us and to familiarize yourself with this site. News and info pertaining to events like Tara Lila's annual Snowshoe Celebration are posted in the sidebar (left) and announcements/news are posted below. Scroll down the page for an introduction to Tara Lila.
*News Flash: Ripco Road Unit (opening Feb 4, 2017) 11x17 Map brochure pages are availiable to download on the Maps and Trails page in PDF format. Brochures will be available for Snowshoe Celebration VI but you may wish to download a map to your mobile device.
*News Flash: After perfoming some trials with the Three Eagle Trail’s large roller style groomer, Tara Lila has aquired an ABR Trails (Ironwood MI) roller groomer. The new roller is in addition to the Wild Cat groomer we picked up a couple weeks ago in Spooner, Wi. The ABR roller is twice the width of the Wild Cat. With the two rollers we can efficiently groom all the Fatbike at our Ripco unit and other trails at the Sundstein Rd and Section 9 Rd units.
*Sundstain Road Unit Notice: Because of our focus on the new Ripco Road Unit we have had to hold off on planned work at our Sundstein Unit. Sundstein is fully open to snowshoeing / back-country skiing on the Green, Red, and White Tara Trails. Please note that the Maintenance Trail is OPEN to Snowshoeing. It will ultimately become part of Red Tara or a new trail. We are currently OUT of map brochures for Sundstein. The Snowshoe Celebration 3 Map in the Kiosk is the most current map. We apolgize for the inconvenience. We will be improving/expanding Sundstein unit in 2017. Ultimately Tara Lila’s 3 park units will each have their own map brochures.
Year’s Effort Pays Off - Snowshoe Celebration 6 To Feature New Park, Fat Bikes
All attention is focused on preparations for Snowshoe Celebration VI and the opening of Tara Lila’s third, largest, and final park unit on Ripco Road. The nearly 800 acre unit, situated in the town of Sugar Camp, is just a few miles south of Eagle River via Hwy 17. The official address of the Ripco Unit is 7550 Ripco Rd. Eagle River WI. (The Main Entrance and Parking lot is just north of the intersection of Ripco and Columbus Lake roads.)
Tara Lila invites you to join us on Feb. 4 2017 to celebrate with the family friendly fun, food, and frolic of previous years. We have more to celebrate this year than ever before.
Just a few short weeks after last year’s highly sucessful Snowshoe Celebration 5 Tara Lila was pondering where the next year’s event would be held. The choice was between using our existing Sundstein Road unit or developing our planned final park unit on Ripco Road in the Town of Sugar Camp.
We chose to tackle the clearly more difficult choice. In early 2016 we did our initial GPS recon of the nearly 800 acre property. And since that time we have focused almost all of our attention on the Ripco Road unit.
Existing logging roads were improved, new trail was cleared, a maintenance building was erected, a parking lot was excavated, a well was drilled, electrical service installed, a kiosk was built, and trail grooming equipment was purchased.
For literally months a bulldozer, a tractor, or both were employed for trail and troad (trail-road) work. Trails were planned, cleared, named, GPS’ed, marked, and mapped. Tara Lila reamins dedicated to snowshoers and hikers. But this time around we planned to add support for a rapidly growing form of trail-based recreation that we were, frankly, not entirely familiar with - winter fat biking.
On occasion we may have felt that we bit off more than we could chew.
Yet construction is finished and the initial trail systems are complete at the Ripco Road Unit. The new park unit is scheduled to open on Feb. 4, 2017 in conjunction with Snowshoe Celebration VI.
“Ripco” features miles of silent sport trail across a variety of topographies. Some significant elevation changes create views that are rare in the Vilas/Onieda county borderlands.
A majority of the trails will be groomed and open to Fat Bikes in winter. All trails are open to snowshoers and hikers including several scenic, rustic trails that have been set aside for exclusive use by those on foot.
Into the Numbers of Snowshoe Celebration 5
Based on registration info Tara Lila was able to calculate some stats. Women outnumbered men 63% to 37%. 48% of attendees were from the immediate area. Add the people that came from neighboring counties and and the number jumps to 67%. The other third came from outside the region. The handful that came from out-of-state came from Minnesota, the U.P., and California.
A full 70% of registered guests were attending their first Snowshoe Celebration. Returning ‘shoers made up 30%. Tara Lila clearly hopes that the “newbies” enjoyed the event enough to come back next year. Retuning guests are the key to keeping any event going and Tara Lila sincerely thanks you for coming back.
How did people hear about Snowshoe Celebration? 43% said they heard about it through the grapevine (word of mouth) and 23% said they saw it in the newspaper. 15% heard about it on the web via Facebook or Taralila.org.
Nor for the important numbers…the food tent proceeds going to The Northwoods Childrens Museum, Great Headwaters Trails, and the Three Eagle Trail Foundation. The total from food sales was matched by Tara Lila and then divided evenly between the non-profits. Each group will receive $450.00 for their participation in the event.
Snowshoe Celebration 5 Door Prize Winners Announced
Nearly 160 guests registered for a chance to win a very nice pair of snowshoes, trekking poles, gift certificates from Eagle River silent spot retailers, and some quality Tara Lila drinkware including thermoses, flasks, and metal water bottles. A random drawing was held the following morning at Tara Lila’s registered office a.k.a. “The Farmhouse” in the town of Lincoln. Tara Lila owners and staff drew names out of a box containing the registration slips. The drawing was monitored by de-facto Tara Lila mascot Arlo the Dog. The big winners were Rita Marquardt of Weston (‘Shoes), Joan Kazda of Sayner (Pace Maker Trekking Poles/$50 Forever Young Bike and Ski Gift Card), Diana Roou of Rhinelander (Tara Lila Thermos and $50 The Hiker Box Gift Card), Randy Gebauer of Muskego (Tara Lila Thermos and Flask), and Carole Hansen of Harshaw (.6L Tara Lila Metal Water Bottles). Tara Lila will hand deliver to Joan. The rest of the winners will have their prizes shipped.
Snowshoe Celebration 5 In the Books
On Sat. Feb 6, 2016 an estimated 225 people made their way to the fifth aniversary of Snowshoe Celebration (SC5). For the second year in a row the event was held at Tara Lila’s Section Nine Road park unit. The 120 acre Section Nine unit is Tara Lila’s smallest unit yet is blessed with a variety of scenic terrains. Guests at the event were overwhelmingly positive in their comments regarding the natural beauty of the park and it’s several miles of snowshoe trails. One guest commented that “all that’s missing is the chandelier”. Tara Lila will be working on getting a chandelier for 2017’s Snowshoe Celebration 6.
The Celebration is a free, family friendly event and an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about and participate in the sport. Representatives from 3 local businesses that carry snowshoes were on hand with inventories of demo ‘shoes from various manufacturers. Participants that didn’t have snowshoes (yet) or may have never been snowshoeing were able to try on a pair and get out on the trails. A popular destination was the remote campfire at Frieda’s Meadow where snowshoers could take a break, warm their bones, and have a hot beverage.
Previous Snowshoe Celebrations have introduced a new trail. This year was no exception as Tara Lila premiered the Sampatha (green) trail. Sampatha means, roughly, “corridor” or, more accurately, “to bring the trails together”. The Sampatha trail links the A-My-Tab-Ha (red) and Medicine (blue) trails and crosses the Three Eagle Trail. With the introduction of the Sampatha trail and several minor “cut” trails a variety of new routes are possible. The new trail was well used throughout the day.
Warm food was available from 1PM and into the evening. Tara Lila new maintenance building served as the “Food Tent”. Riverstone and Soda Pops Restaurants prepared and DONATED the excellent chow. Volunteers from the 3 organizations served the quality fare including organic beef burgers, excellent stadium dogs, and awesome chili. Meatless items included the best veggie bugers around and some really tasty veggie soup. Food sales raised hundreds of dollars for Great Headwaters Trails, Northwoods Childrens Museum, and the Three Eagle Trail Foundation.
A candlelight snowshoe topped off a nearly perfect winter day in the Northwoods. Tara Lila placed a record number of color-change LED votives to illuminate a 1K route through the woods. A cloudy sky and a new moon created a stunning background for the luminaries and made them 100% necessary. Shoeing through the dark and quiet woods guided by the colorful luminaries was, in this writer’s view, a magical experience.
The date and location of next year’s snowshoe celebration will be announced in the coming weeks. To date, every Snowshoe Celebration has been the day before the Super Bowl. The likeliest location will be Tara Lila’s Sundstein Road trails - less then a mile south of this year’s location on Sundstein Road
Snowshoe Celebration 5 Draws A Record 225 ‘Shoers To Tara Lila’s Section 9 Road Park
Thank you to all of our partners including Riverestone and Soda Pops Restaurants, The Hiker Box, Walkabout, Forever Young Bike and Ski, Northwoods Childrens Museum, Three Eagle Trail Foundation, and Great Headwaters Trails. And a big “thank you” to all of our SUPER volunteers and attendees!!!
The beauty, the weather, the goodwill, the food, the expressions of joy and gratitude - it was a rare day that those of us at Tara Lila will look back on for a long time. Or until Snowshoe Celebratio 6 at the very least….
Stay tuned (and patient) for a recap and some interesting statistics from our annual snowshoe event.
Even though Snowshoe Celebration 5 is in the history book event posters are still available for download on the Snowshoe Celebration page.
Only The Names Have Changed - The Peace and Beauty Remain the Same
Tara Lila’s 3 Conservancy Park Units have new names. They were formerly named for the townships that contained the bulk of each unit’s acreage. This could lead to some confusion. For instance, the parking lot of the FORMER Three Lakes Unit is actually in Sugar Camp and is closer to the city of Eagle River than the city of Three Lake. So we have officially named the park units based on the address of the main entrance.
Sundstein Road Unit - Former Three Lakes Unit
Section 9 Road Unit - Former Lincoln Unit
Ripco Road Unit - Former Sugar Camp Unit
We are still updating documentation - including this site. Please pardon our progress as we catch up. Thank You!
What's New Along The Trail
2015 to Brings New Shelters, Maintenance Buildings, Trails, and New Names to Tara Lila’s 3 Park Units. Fat Tire Trails Coming in '17
Many people have been enjoying snowshoeing the A-My-Tab-Ha and Medicine Trails at Tara Lila's Lincoln Unit. The most popular treks involve doing both trails in a large loop or shoeing a trail individually back and forth. It seems that a real opportunity is being missed in the lack of use seen by that giant trail in the middle - better known as the Three Eagle Trail. In addition, there is a beautiful, new 660' boardwalk to 'shoe that seldom is used in the winter. In order to create more variety for trail users we will be opening up various trail segments between Tara Lila's trails and the Three Eagle Trail. In addition, we will be adding length to both A-My-Tab-Ha and Medicine trails.In 2014-2015 snowshoe season we will start grooming a snowshoe path on the Three Eagle Trail through Tara Lila Lincoln to encourage it's use.
Tara Lila trails in both units will benifit from additional rustic boardwalk in the wetter areas. The Medicine trail will be the first to benefit as the bog near the "Rocks" as well as the cedar swamp can get a bit "mushy". We will also be working on our trail markers. We were new to this when we started and did not account for the tree growth that is destroying some of our trail markers.
Thanks for Making Snowshoe Celebration IV The Best Yet
Fifth Aniversary to Feature More Impovements
Yes. I just changed the “III” in the main title into a “IV”. But I should be able to do that every year if we continue to refine and improve our defining annual event. Although our numbers ended up being similar to SC III, I believe we were able to do a better job attracting our favorite demographic - families with children.
Our food situation was much better as well. Thanks to YOUR generous donations - and hungry tummies - we were able to raise some dough for three of our favorite local non-profits. The Three Eagle Trail Foundation, Great Headwaters Trails, and Northwoods Children’s Museum split the take. With Tara Lila donating the chow and doubling the final count, eagh organization raised about $350.
The luminary walk was a HUGE success. The new LED luminaries were awesome. For SC V we will be using the Medicine Trail to access the Cut Trail up to the same remote fire spot on A-My-Tab-Ha. The route will be slightly longer but will be more “in the woods”. We are really excited about it. The luminary walk will start earlier on Feb. 6. But we would like people finishing (not starting) their luminary experience at 8PM. (We still have to clean up after everyone goes.) Also - we will open SC V 2 hours later than usual - at Noon.
The whole food/fundraising model will ramain in effect for our glorious FIFTH anniversary. The same non-profits have agreed to participate. (Thank You!) The one thing that will change is that - hopefully - we will do a better job of estimating the amount of food we need. Tara Lila’s Amy Jo spent Super Bowl Sunday ’15 dealing with a humungous amount of leftovers. Our assesment was that the burgers were great. The veggie offering needed improvement. Maybe Tree Huggers Organics has some ideas? The hot dogs - “Vienna” style - are not our favorites. We are thinking about something like stadium dogs for SC V. The chili was very good - yet we missed Dan Anderson’s (Eagle River DQ) chilli. In general, Oneida Village did a bang up job giving us what we asked for. We have no qualms about recommending their catering services. Yet we may spread things out and alternate an Eagle River based vendor for SC V. Great family friendly fun food is the goal. You can burn off the calories on the trail…
The shelter situation was vastly improved by our acquisition of 2 10x20 fully covered shelters. For SC V we will have the new Section 9 picnic shelter AND the new…drum roll…Section Nine Tara Lila Maintenance Building. (More on that later.) Feb. 6, 2016 will be a new moon. That’s great for the luminary walk but not so great for serving/eating food and other activities. We will have LED lighting so that food service can continue throughout the luminary walk.
We did pretty well having demo ’shoes for people at the last event. For Snowshoe Celebration V we will feature our truly local vendors helping with ’shoes. We are hoping to have Hiker Box, Forever Young, and Walkabout on hand helping with demo shoes and basic instruction. For those wishing to rent snowshoes for the event - we will have that info on our snowshoe page and on Facebook.
In summary - last year was great but, as always, we hope to make SC V the best Snowshoe Celebration yet! Please join us!! (And think snow!!!)
Introducing Tara Lila
What is Tara Lila LLC ? We are a small, family-owned company operating in the borderlands between Vilas and Oneida Counties in Northeastern Wisconsin's scenic Northwoods.
With help from our friends, we are active in the develpment of public-access recreational trails on several woodland parcels we own in the townships of Lincoln, Three Lakes, and Sugar Camp.
The original idea for Tara Lila was to take land we had purchased for conservancy, build low-impact trails on that land, and open the trails to public access. In the process of that we found ourselves involved in a number of things. A partial list would include the following activities:
- Purchasing/holding woodland acreage for long term conservancy
- Opening our lands to public access through the creation of wilderness/snowshoe trail systems
- Working with regional trail groups to promote, develop and preserve silent sport trail infrastructure
- Creating events like Snowshoe Celebration which publicize Tara Lila and create a draw for the area's tourism based economy
- Supporting area non-profits directly or through creative multi-target matching grants
Great. We're Interested In Visiting Tara Lila and Enjoying The Trails. Can You Tell Us More About That?
To date, all of our wilderness/snowshoe trail development has been adjcent to and accessible from the Three Eagle Trail - the area's premiere bicycle-pedestrian trail between the sities of Eagle River and Three Lake.
More information about our trails including trail maps -can be found here on our Trails Page. We welcome you to discover one of Eagle River's best kept secrets.
These are rustic wilderness trails and you are using our facilities at your own risk. To help assure your safety and enjoyment we ask that you take some time to become familiar with our Park Rules.
For directions to Tara Lila, please see our Getting Here page.
Groups Welcome - Plan Your Next Snowshoe Outing At Tara Lila