Snowmobile Trail Report

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Updated: February 11, 2016

Upper Peninsula Snowmobile Trails officially open December 1st and are groomed until March 31st. Please check this report during the season for trail condition reports across the UP!

Western Upper Peninsula - By County:

  • Gogebic County & Ontonagon County: (2/9) With a total of 100inches of snowfall this season our snow is still coming down. We have Lake Effect Snow Warning until 3 p.m. today. We are suppose get an additional 4-6 inches of snow today and probably had gotten about a foot of snow since yesterday. Highs for today will be 10 with wind chills -5 to -10. For the next several days our temps will be in the single digits during the day and below zero at night. We have snow in the forecast through Thursday.
    • Snow Shakers Trails: (2/9)
      • Trail 2 from Bessemer to Ironwood: groomed and is in very good condition.
      • Trail 2 from Bessemer to Wakefield: groomed and in fair condition.
      • Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco: groomed and in good condition.
      • Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula: groomed and in good condition. 
      • Trail 160: groomed and in good condition.
      • Trail 11 N: closed Also Trail 11 between trail 11N and 102 is not groomed due to the closure of 11N.
      • Trail 11 S: closed 
    • Lake Gogebic: We had another busy weekend with temps reaching into the 30’s which didn’t help our trails. The good news is that we are getting snow today and all three groomers on all trails. With this said by Wednesday there shouldn’t be a bad trail out there. Trails 8W & 8E along with 1 North will be double groomed each day weather permitting. Trail 102 logging is ongoing. Please use caution logging trucks have the right of way. Trail 13 south of the Root Cellar logging has started here so please use caution. I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sled on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good rideable condition. We appreciate the help you can give. Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.   
    • Watersmeet: Our Groomers will be running daily. Please help the drivers out and pull off the trail if you can so they can pass you, the groomer cannot pull off the trail but will in most cases will stop or slow down so you can pass safely.
      • Trail 2 going west of Watersmeet – good
      • Trail 2 going east of Watersmeet to Trail #107 –  good
      • Trail 3 going north of Trail 2 to Bond Falls and Trail #8 – good
      • Trail 3 going south of Watersmeet to Land O’ Lakes WI – good
      • Trail 13 going south of Trail 2 towards the Cisco Chain of Lakes WI – good
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: 
      • Trail 1 Porcupine Mountains to Lake of the Clouds: Desperately need more snow through ski hill and low lying areas are showing wet spots again.Groomed 2-10-16, GOOD -EXCELLENT  2-5″ base. 
      • Trail 11 South Boundary Rd. to trail #102: Groomed 2-10-16, EXCELLENT  2-8″ base. **Remember trail 11 north closed this season that connected with trail 11** 
      • Trail 1 White Pine to the base of the Porcupine Mountains: Groomed 2-10-16 GOOD-EXCELLENT 
      • Trail1/12 White Pine to 101: Groomed 2-10-16  GOOD-EXCELLENT
      • Trail 12 Ontonagon - 101: Groomed 2-10-16 GOOD-EXCELLENT
      • Trail 101: Groomed 2-10-16 EXCELLENT 2-8″ base
      • Trail 12-137 Ontonagon to Rockland: Groomed 2-10-16 GOOD-EXCELLENT This is a new trail out of Ontonagon it is the old Rail Road Grade that will connect with trail 13 in Rockland.  The new trail number is 137.
      • Trail 12 Ontonagon – Greenland: Groomed 2-10-16 GOOD-EXCELLENT. 2-4" base. 
    • Bruce Crossing: We have about 4 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 hours. We have one groomer down for a couple days so we will be alternating with one machine, it will go east in the morning and then west in the evening. We should be back to normal by Thursday. 
      • Trail #3 north to Rockland: GOOD condition 
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 South: GOOD condition 
      • Trail #3/8 from Bruce Crossing to the trail #2 South intersection: GOOD condition with some thin areas.
      • Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road: GOOD condition with a couple thin spots.
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 south intersection to Trout Creek: GOOD condition.
      • Trail #8 from Trout Creek to Sidnaw: GOOD condition.
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection: VERY GOOD condition.
    • Twin Lakes/Greenland: (2/8) In the last 5 days since I have written, we have had some new snow every day/or night/sometimes day & night.  It’s plow, plow, plow, shovel, shovel, shovel, snowblow, snowblow,snowblow.  We are having our roofs cleaned off for the second time. That is all the new news I have in the past 5 days so will just add this to the remainder from previous.  Don’t know how to keep you from getting bored when all I can tell you is—and I won’t repeat, the plow, the shovel, the snowblow. Our trails are beautiful every morning but with all the traffic, by afternoon-not so beautiful. The snowmobilers are giving us bragging rights on our excellent trails.  Thanks to our very dedicated groomer operators. CAUTION REMINDER-#13 loop between Greenland and Twin Lakes is in LOGGING OPERATION. Please obey and respect all of the signs -remember, those logging trucks are a lot larger than you.   Please watch for the signs and respect their warnings.
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County: 30-42" cover. Snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are open. The groomers are out and conditions are in good to very good condition. Remember to watch out for the groomers when you’re out on the trails, they have the right of way!! There is active logging on Trail #120 and on part of the Bill Nicholls Trail. There is a re-route on trail #133. Please watch the signs. PLEASE STAY ON THE TRAIL IN THESE AREAS!  It is for your safety as well as the loggers. The Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau asks that you stay on the trails, STAY OFF THE ICE, respect private property, do not drink and drive, and above all else, please, drive safely.  The signs on the trails are there for riders’ safety.  Please DO NOT remove or destroy these signs.  Please keep out of the Houghton City RV Park or we will no longer have access to this area of the trail.
  • Baraga County: It is very cold again which is nice to have everything freeze up. The beaver the beaver dam on trail 14 about 10 miles south of L'Anse is holding up good and the same with the one by Mt. Arvon. Can hardly tell where the are :)
    • Big Bay Trail #14: 12-16" base. Good. 
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: 8-12" base. Good. 
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 6-10" base. Good. Trail is in pretty good shape
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: 8-12" base. Good.
    • Sidnaw: We have about four inches of fresh snow in the last 24 hours. We have one groomer down for a couple days so we will be alternating with one machine, it will go east in the morning and then west in the evening. We should be back to normal by Thursday. When I report “base” that is the depth of the un-groomed snow on my yard in Sidnaw. There is no possible way to accurately report what the depth is under your snowmobile on the groomed trail, it varies widely. Trail #3 North to Rockland is in GOOD condition.. Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 North is in GOOD condition. Trail #3/8 from Bruce Crossing to the trail #3 South intersection is in GOOD condition with some thin areas. Trail #3 South from the railroad grade to the CC road is in GOOD condition with a couple thin spots. Trail #8 from the trail #3 South intersection to Trout Creek is in GOOD condition. Trail #8 from Trout Creek to Sidnaw is in GOOD condition. Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection is in VERY GOOD condition. Watch for the groomers, they take up most of the trail and have the right of way! Please pull over and dim your lights for them, they have a long day out there. 
  • Iron County:
    • Iron River: We have been getting a few inches of snow each day for the past few days.  All of our trails have been groomed since we received the new snow.  All trails still have minimal snow conditions.  Our trails are in the best shape they can be with the low snow conditions that we have.  We will not groom on a regular schedule until we have at least a foot of snow on the ground.  Please use caution on our trails because of ice and low snow conditions.
      • Trail #2 to West: poor in the city of Iron River.  Improves to fair about 10 miles west of town
      • Trail #107 to Kenton: fair on the forestry roads but poor the last few miles in the woods before you get to Kenton
      • Trail #15 to Sidnaw: fair
      • Trail #111 to Amasa: fair
      • Trail #2 East: low snow conditions
      • Trail #116 to the George young complex: low snow conditions
      • Trail #15S to the Wisconsin border: low snow conditions
    • Crystal Falls: The trails are in good shape, groomed trail #16 today and will do #2 from Crystal Falls to Iron River on Thursday. Trail #2 west of trail #113 cutoff has a wet area that is signed and has caution tape up, so be careful. Trail #111 to Amasa, groomed today and Trail #18 east of Amasa to the Fence River is good. Trail #16 to Sagola, will be groomed on Thursday for the third time, and is in fair condition. There is a 3″ base built up and the snow we have gotten is light and fluffy. We did not get much snow and very little is predicted in the forecast, but what we got we can now groom and build a better base.

Central Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Marquette County
    • Hiawatha Trails: 
      • Seg 1 Gwinn-Cty Rd 438: Full groom - 2/10
      • Seg 2 Gwinn-Cascade: Full groom 2/10
      • Seg 4 Crossroad Spur: Full groom 2/10
      • Seg 5 Cascade-Ishpeming: Full groom 2/10
      • Seg 6 Negaunee Twp Spur: Full groom 2/10
      • Seg 7 Mqt Mtn-Carp River: Full groom 2/10
      • Seg 8 Mqt Business Spur: Full groom 2/10
      • Seg 9 Gwinn-Chatham: Full groom 2/10
      • Seg 10 Cty Rd 438-Arnold: Full groom 2/10
      • Seg 11 Miller Creek Trail: Full groom 2/10
      • Seg 12 Finn Spur-Ridge Rd: Full groom 2/6
    • Moose Country:
      • Seg 1 Republic-Clowry: Full groom 2/6
      • Seg 2 Clowry-Ishpeming: Full groom 2/6
      • Seg 3 Clowry-Nestoria: Partial groom 2/6
      • Seg 4 Clowry-Triple A: Full groom 2/6
      • Seg 5 Republic-Silver Lake: Full groom 2/6
      • Seg 6 Silver Lake-Sagola: Full groom 2/5
      • Seg 7 Silver Lake-Kates Grade: Full groom 2/7
      • Seg 8 Republic-Fence River: Full groom 2/4
      • Seg 9 Ishpeming-Republic: Full groom 2/5
    • UP Central:
      • Seg 1 Carp River-Casino: Full groom 2/7
      • Seg 2 Casino-Whitefish: Full groom 2/7
      • Seg 3 Whitefish-Autrain Jct: Full groom 2/4
      • Seg 4 Autrain Jct-Christmas Jct: Full groom 2/4
      • Seg 5 Autrain Jct-Chatham: Full groom 2/4
      • Seg 6 Harvey Spur: Full groom 2/4
    • Big Bay Trails: (2/9) Please remember Stay on trails. Many of our State Trails are on PRIVATE land and we ride them because of the GENEROSITY of the land owners. DON’T abuse the PRIVILEGE. Snowmobile trails on Private Lands are closed to all and any traffic (ATV, dune buggy, trucks etc.). Please respect our landowners property or they will close even more of trail systems down. Thank you.
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Anderson’s: Groomed Good
      • Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette: Groomed Good
      • Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway: Groomed  Good
      • Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: Groomed Good
  • Dickinson County:  5" base. We have groomed most areas of the trail. There are still some swamp and wet areas that we are not able to get through with the equipment. Trail 115 has 4 areas where the trail is rough and some very wet spots. On Friday our Fendt tractor broke through swamp ice and made a mess.  open. Trail 16 west of Felch is very rough in the 6 mile lake area and there is not enough snow to fill the large ruts left by atv’s with the groomer. Our club treasurer rode and said “conditions range from excellent to some of the worst I have ever seen”. The Cassidy trail has a ungroomed marsh section and 3.3 miles of trail plowed by a logger. Please use caution on the trails. There are very wet and rough areas. Four wheel vehicles are not allowed on private land. Please respect our landowners so that we may continue to have snowmobile trails.
  • Menominee County: trails groomed by NORMENCo Sportsman club  are all in very good condition and being groomed about 3-4 times a week. A reminder to all wheel vehicles, NO wheel vehicles are allowed on the FELCH GRADE when the trail is being groomed. 

  • Alger County
    • Munising: Over a foot of fresh snow the last 2 days. There was a problem with the 3 point hitch on the Deere groomer but it has been resolved and both the Piston Bully and the John Deere have been working the complete trail system. Word is all is good and a full schedule of grooming is planned thru the holiday weekend. If you would like to follow the groomers info on Facebook search Hiawathaland trail association. This weekend is the world famous Relic Ride at The Jackpine Lodge. A must check out event if you have never experienced 200 old snowmobiles in one spot!
    • Grand Marais: (2/8) Well we had quite the warm up the last couple of days, the groomers are working very hard to get them back in shape, there is some snow in the forecast this week and a much needed cool down in the next few days
    • AuTrain: The last storm generated very little snow and was followed by warm, wet stuff. Yesterday, it really kicked up. We have drifts so it is hard to measure accumulation, but they are expecting another 6-10 around here over 24 hours. Trails sound good, though it may take some doing to knock down the drifting from north winds.
  • Delta County: No report available. 
  • Schoolcraft County:
    • Seney: 5-8″ and lots of drifting with this last last storm. The guys enjoyed packing that snow in the trails. Groomer update: the John Deere is still down. The guys were at the barn till 3am working on it but couldn’t get it to stay running. Some local cabin owners that ride and work with John deere came to help but without a computer hooked up to it….. Dons home sick but been on the phone all day with JD. They are coming up Friday but dons trying to get it resolved faster. No luck yet. Until its fixed we are running the tuckers round the clock trying to keep up with the trails. Patience Please, everyone is doing the best they can.
    • Manistique: 5+" base.  2 West and 7 North to Big Spring are well used and have a good base and were groomed today. -7 trail from Big Spring North to Camel Riders is in good condition and is well used. Heavy traffic has some chop and soft snow in the corners. The “wet area” by Thunder Lake Rd is smooth and dry. Groomed Daily. -2North/41 Trail (Haywire Grade) is heavily used but in good shape. Heavy weekend traffic and warm weather put moguls in the bridge areas. The 410 spur has soft corners from traffic and warm weather. -413 Trail is well used and has soft corners from warm weather and traffic but is holding up. -2 East is seeing more use and is still in great shape. -421 spur into Gulliver is in good shape with some breakthrough wetness in Cooper swamp and Zellar swamp and has some thin snow coverage in the densely forested areas. ISSUE: on the east end of the 2 East trail is Bear Creek Swamp(BCS), repeated recon of the swamp is still showing open water and sinkholes that will engulf a sled. SCMTA has NOT groomed into the BCS and does NOT recommend travel through it. The trail has posted closed signage at either end entrances  

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County: We do not groom in the village and the curfew in the village is 11 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. We would like to remind riders to slow down especially on the corners they are getting icy due to the warm temperatures and lack of snow. All 3 groomers were on the trail last night. Colder weather has returned and we received 3 inches of new snow. Just for your information our groomers leave out barn in Newberry between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and return in the early morning hours. Our longest trip is to Pine Stump area. 
    • Trail 9: Pine Stump: Trail is in good condition. 
    • Trail 45 Falls: Trail is in good condition.
    • South Trail 9/2 to Epoufette/Trout Lake: Trail is in fair to good condition. 
  • Chippewa County
    • Sault Ste Marie: Cold temps the next week hurrah and snow. We will have a reroute of about 1.5 miles on trail #472 just west of Kinross as a water hole has reopened off Pluegstra road starting the 29th. Trails are in good to excellent condition depending on area!  Still early season riding with a icy or wet spot here and there
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Sault: 1-4" base. Good condition
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Raco: 1-4" base. Good to excellent condition When going across the bridge in Brimley make sure you go with the flow of traffic!  Blowing and drifting occurs when you first leave Brimley
      • Trail #8 - Raco to Naomikong: 3-6" base. Good to excellent condition.
      • Sault Ste Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449 parts of #8 & #49: 2-4" base. Good condition. We now have a marked & groomed trail going to Chippewa Motors.  It starts once you come out of the woods east of M-129 off #449.  It comes into their parking lot from behind if you need parts or service.
      • Trail #49 - Sault to Kinross: 2-5" base. Good to excellent condition. There are a couple of wet spots on edge of trail but otherwise good. When the trail is running along roads make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road. 
      • Trail #49, #494, #472 Kinross loop & South to Pickford: 2-5" base. Good to excellent condition The last snow has put it in very nice shape to ride
      • Trail #480 & #472 Kinross to Raco/Rudyard: 2-5" base. Good to excellent condition. Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross
      • The Downtown Trail: signed but groomed
    • Paradise: WOW... two real winter days in a row!!! It is 4 degrees this morning and snowing. Looks like we got about another 2 inches last night too. We are on a roll now!!! Not to bust your bubble, but I got some bad news. Groomer Mike was heading toward the swamp yesterday ( its about an hour drive by groomer ) and the darn thing broke down AGAIN. We think the electrical demons are back.....s#@* we just can`t get ahead of this game. This groomer has over 6000 hrs. on it.....we need a new one bad!!! OK, nuff said. I groomed to the Falls last night and it turned out wonderfull. Ran into some white outs and had a blast. Love it when its snowing so hard you can`t see and the trail looks so beautiful!!! Groomer Dave M. went south but skipped the swamp cause Mikey couldn`t make it in there first and rated it good also. Sooo...all trails are in good shape, sans the swamp. I`ll rate everything as good plus, another foot of snow and I might bring out that excellent word!! All I got for now. This good weather is supposed to continue through the weekend so COME ON UP!!!    LET `ER SNOW      Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: Zero degrees in Strongs this morning.  We got about 2 inches of new lake effect overnight.  Not much new on the weather front.  Some flurries each day but no big storms.  It is supposed to be cold this weekend so dress accordingly.    As if to add to the misery in the Eastern U.P. the DNR announced at 5:30 P.M. Monday that they were closing Trail 8 South of Paradise from town to the mouth of the Tahquamenon River due to large spots of open water in the trail!  This year has the weather guessers really guessing.  We still have a few rough areas and snirt will be showing again because of low snow and nothing but more snow can fix that!  The wider off trail forest roads are great.  Narrow off trail forest roads are getting choppy.  We need more snow, but this year you take what you can get.   All of the Snow Chaser wet areas are frozen enough to support  snowmobile traffic.  We are bypassing the area just east of the Hulbert Lake Lodge driveway for now because we would probably sink a groomer if we attempted it and really make it worse than it is now,  but snowmobiles are going through.  Snow Chaser trails continue to be some of the best in the area but you will use some carbide getting into and through the towns.  You can still have a good ride but you will need to be a bit more creative in choosing your routes.
    • Drummond Island: The West End:  2/10/16 This End of the Island is decent condition . He is staying on top of the water holes and most of the rocks have been covered. It still could use a few more inches of snow on this end but over all it is in fair to good condition. Canoe bay Area on the south end of the Island the snow gets thin. The East End:  2/10/16 The water holes are are filled and are fine now.   The area in the plains that was so icy now has a couple of inches of fresh snow on it. This area has made great improvements over the past few days.  There is still a bit less snow on this end of the Island so the snow on trail this end is thinner. There is logging going on trail 493  from the plains for 8 miles heading towards the east. Please watch for log trucks! This area is posted with Logging signs. Our trail base is any where from 2-4 inches depending on the area with a little less than  foot of snow on the ground. * Let it Snow * Let it Snow * 
  • Mackinac County
    • St Ignace: Just a quick update here, I have to get out and meet with the mechanic to get a boggie replaced on #5. No be deal, it will be on the trail later this evening. COLD COLD COLD. This winter has finally found the freezebox door, and is overcompensating for the mild weather. Temps today in the single digits, which is the story through the weekend. Extra thermal cloths as the high on Saturday is 1 degree, and overnight -17 expected. With that the lake effect machine is kicking in and the snowbelts are hogging all of the snow. Only 1" total expected in our area over the next 4-5 days, so we have what we have. Which is just fine. Trails got seriously tore up and much worse then our high standards last weekend. It has taken a couple days to get them fixed up, but I can say after this afternoons run things will be just great. The same old story, low snow in Moran on #2 is a little issue for 1 mile. That is the only problem in our whole system, everything else is very good condition. Groomers will run through the weekend, with the exception of maybe Saturday night. If traffic is light on Saturday I may hold the Saturday night run just due to the temps. Pond Hockey update: Some ice is finally forming on the bay, just in the last 24 hours. That is not nearly enough, so it is good to see that all of the rinks North of the ice rink are in good shape for the 10th annual LaBatt Blue Pond UP Hockey Championship. Most of town is sold out, but if you can get a room you may have the trails to yourself. remember there is a free shuttle covering the whole town all weekend, and the Red Wings Alumni game on Friday night. Beer tent and free viewing of hockey games all weekend. PLEASE STAY OFF any area being prepped for hockey, it is a huge deal in this town, and it is going to be tough to pull it off as it is, without people trashing the rinks during construction. The rinks may be partially built onto the trail North of the Ice rink. There will be a very short re-route around and in-between the rinks, please follow the barrels, DRIVE SLOW, and STAY ON TRAIL!!!!! Trailhead:
      This weekend I recommend NOT parking at the ice rink trail head, it is going to be stupid crazy around there. Alternatives are the Starline RR Dock across from the downtown Shell station, The shoulder of Cheeseman Road, North of the ice rink, East of I-75, or Lant Road/Cast Rock Road, with easy access to the trail. -- Neil VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club    
    • Curtis: (2/4) Some of the swamp areas are still not frozen but are passable. Groomers are working on the trails!
      • Trail 45 to Newberry: fair condition
      • Trail 2 to Gould City, Engadine & Naubinway: fair condition
      • Trail 43 to Germfask: fair condition
    • ​Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: (2/9) Snow is in the forecast, also much colder temperatures-AT present conditions REMAIN THE SAME, ALL TRAILS ARE PASSABLE AND HAVE BEEN GROOMED OR ARE BEING GROOMED—–UPDATED REPORT– –LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW- THINGS ARE LOOKING BETTER-RIDE WITH CAUTION- TRAIL 47 AND 491 ARE ALL SOLID NOW FROM DETOUR TO PICKFORD–TRAIL 47 FROM DETOUR TO CEDARVILLE HAS BEEN GROOMED AND IS FREEZING IN NICELY  TRAIL 49 FROM CEDARVILLE TO PICKFORD   STILL MAY HAVE SOME WET AREAS. Winterfest is this weekend in Cedarville   COME TO OUR PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT THE HIGH SCHOOL SATURDAY MORNING BEFORE YOU RIDE!!! TRAILS ARE GOOD IN MANY AREAS  would be Excellent  EXCEPT FOR THE “WET  SPOTS”  THAT ARE PASSABLE BUT NOT AS SMOOTH AS THE REST OF THE SYSTEM—GET OUT AND RIDE!!! REMEMBER—THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRAIL IS YOURS!!!!—- THINK SNOW!!!–WE NEED MORE