DNR closes section of snowmobile trail in Marquette County for bridge repair

Contact: Ron Yesney, 906-228-6561 or John Pepin, 906-226-1352
Agency: Natural Resources

Workers plan to have the trail and bridge reopened in mid-January

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed a bridge along Trail No. 8 in Marquette County for repairs, shutting down a section of the main east-west snowmobile connector route in the Upper Peninsula.

A cracked bridge support beam, shown here, needs to be replaced along Snowmobile Trail No. 8 in Marquette County.“A major support beam has been cracked on the underside of the wooden bridge that needs to be replaced,” said Ron Yesney, DNR Upper Peninsula trails coordinator in Marquette. “Unfortunately, this forces us to close the trail between Champion and the Baraga Plains to through traffic.”

Alternative routes are available to the north (Trail No. 5 to Trail No. 14) or south (Trail No. 5 to Trail No. 18).

The bridge is located northwest of Champion, not far from Van Riper State Park.

“Access to Michigamme, Nestoria and Three Lakes will be possible from the west, but not the east,” Yesney said.

The DNR and the Moose Country Snowmobile Club are working on bridge repairs. Engineering is underway. The DNR plans to reopen the bridge in mid-January.

Check for the latest information on the status of DNR closures at www.michigan.gov/dnrclosures.

For more information on Michigan snowmobiling visit www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Accompanying photos are available below for download. Suggested captions follow. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Bridge: A cracked bridge support beam, shown here, needs to be replaced along Snowmobile Trail No. 8 in Marquette County.