Information on Riding

two snowmobiles on a trail

Michigan is known for its abundant  snow, exciting terrain and extensive network of nearly 6,500 miles of designated snowmobile trails. To make the extensive trail system possible, more than 65 grant programs fund a grooming trail program.

Purchase a snowmobile trail permit
Purchase your snowmobile trail permit, which is required to operate snowmobiles in the state and valid for one year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30).

Register your snowmobile
To operate a snowmobile in Michigan, a valid registration must be obtained with the Secretary of State (or another state or province).

Know Michigan snowmobile regulations
Get to know rules and regulations for snowmobiling in Michigan.

Get to know the trails
The DNR provides snowmobile maps in a variety of formats (PDF and zipped file maps). Use this useful trail information to help plan your next Michigan trail adventure.

Safety education classes and online safety courses
Snowmobile safety education training and online safety courses are recommended for all snowmobile operators and required for youth between the ages of 12 and 16 years.

Find a snowmobile club near you!
Snowmobiling is a social sport. The Michigan Snowmobiling Association maintains a list of clubs found throughout the state at

Be familiar with trail signage
To increase safety on the trail, the DNR has implemented universal snowmobile trail signage to help provide consistent guidance on the trails. 

Important Snowmobiling organizations and resources: