DNR reminds snowmobilers of season's state-designated trails closure

Contact: John Pepin, 906-226-1352
Agency: Natural Resources

A rider enjoys a state-managed trail in Marquette County.

March 28, 2019

There has been some fantastic snowmobiling this winter in Michigan, with heavy snowfall in many places, providing superb riding conditions.

However, some of the fun is winding down as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will close its state-designated trails to snowmobiling April 1.

“This is the date our trails close, as grooming contracts and private land agreements expire,” said Ron Yesney, DNR U.P. trails coordinator. “Snowmobilers can still ride on state land, but state-designated trails will be closed beginning April 1.”

Riders may know that the snowmobile trail system is dependent upon easements the DNR has secured from private landowners to connect trails between public lands.

"These easement uses expire on April 1," said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. "In addition, as late-winter temperatures begin to rise, riding conditions can become very unpredictable, leading to unsafe situations or poor to very little snow. We appreciate the cooperation of all snowmobilers."

For those continuing to ride, remember to Ride Right to bring everyone back home safe. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/RideRight.

The winter 2019-2020 season will open Dec. 1.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/Snowmobiling.

An accompanying photo is available below for download. A suggested caption follows. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Snowmobiler: A snowmobiler enjoys a state-designated trail in Marquette County.