Snowmobile Trail Report

is80-1387384110-98403.jpeg

Updated: 04/10/2014

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: (3/28) This will be our last weekend to do a report. Our season comes to an end on Monday the 31st. We would like to thank everyone for a great season.... Grooming is still ongoing. The trails are in great shape. Temps today will be a high of 30; with the weekend temps in the high 30's for Saturday and a high of 42 on Sunday. Because of low traffic, the trails are awesome. Now is the time to enjoy some great riding for your last hurrah!!!!
    •  Gogebic Range Trail Authority Trails: Grooming is ongoing all three groomers are out on the trails. Trails are holding up with our good base and lots of snow. Groomers are reporting all trails are in great condition. Please use caution on corners they can be icy. The DNR reports that trail 11S will be closed due to logging this winter.
    • Lake Gogebic: Trails over the Gogebic Area Grooming area are in excellent condition with 8-plus inches of new snow that fell over Friday!!! It looks like we’re in mid January rather than the end of March. This is really going to make for some fun riding. Get your sleds loaded and head up for a great ride. We will be grooming all or our trails through the end of the month, however, you can still ride the trails as long as we have snow…and this looks like it will be a good long time still. Temps are expected to reach teens for highs through Tuesday with lows around zero – perfect for grooming, perfect for riding. So don’t put your snowmobiles away just yet…you’ve just got to come up and enjoy a late season ride in our beautiful northwoods! One word of caution; watch for water running over a portion of trail #1 South, between Hwy. 2 (that runs south of Lake Gogebic# and the Gogebic Lodge #about halfway up the lake on the west shore). This area has been signed and it is still possible to ride around the wet area. Keep in mind that the deer are moving around more and more on the snowmobile trails due to the extremely deep snow, so keep an eye open for them. We’ve had several reports from snowmobilers in the area about this. Never run behind them as they don’t have the lungs for long, fast running. Come to a stop and enjoy watching them for a bit. If they don’t immediately move off just try slowly approaching them, that’ll usually do the trick.
    • Watersmeet: Grooming is ongoing and reporting all trails in very good to excellent condition!! Come Ride!
      Come Ride! Please remember groomers are out both day and night, so watch for them, Please pull over or at least slow down and wait for the operator to signal you by whenever you see them.
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (3/28) 32" cover. Trails are groomed and in excellent condition.
    • Bruce Crossing: (4/1) Trails officially closed 3/31.
    • Twin Lakes/Greenland: (4/3) 36+" cover. Trails are in excellent condition but have not been groomed since 3/31. Little traffic and the trails stay in great shape.
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County: (4/9) Trails are closed.
  • Baraga County: (3/27) The official last day of grooming is on Monday but until then we will be grooming what we can - all depends on the weather. Plenty of great riding left. Still some icy areas so be cautious. Groomers are out doing their thing at night.
    • Big Bay Trail #14: 16-24" base. Trails are in very good condition.
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: 16-24" base. Trails are in very good condition.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: 16-24" base. Trail is in good condition. Some logging on this trail.
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: 16-24" base. Trail is in good condition.
    • L'Anse: (3/28) 16" base. Trails are groomed and in good to excellent condition.
    • Sidnaw: (4/1) Trails are closed.
  • Iron County:
    • Iron River: (4/1) Trails are closed.
    • Crystal Falls: (4/5) 15" base. Trails are in good to excellent condition with no grooming since 4/1.

Central Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Marquette County:
    • Marquette: Fully groomed 3/28
    • Gwinn/Sawyer/Little Lake: Fully groomed 3/28
    • Crossroads: Fully groomed 3/28
    • Harvey: Fully groomed 3/23
    • Deerton: Fully groomed 1/20
    • Clowry: Fully groomed 3/29
    • Ishpeming: Fully groomed 3/28
    • Silver Lake: Fully groomed 3/23
    • Au Train: Fully groomed 3/10
    • Big Bay Trails: (3/24) Groomed and in good condition. 
      Trail 14, Big Bay to Anderson’s: Groomed and in good condition.
      Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette: Groomed and in good condition.
      Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway: Groomed and in good condition.
      Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: Groomed and in good condition.   
  • Dickinson County: (4/1) Trails are closed due to private land ownership.
  • Menominee County: Trails are closed.
  • Alger County:
    • Munising: Warm weather will bring an end to grooming for the season see you in the fall.
    • Grand Marais: No grooming.
    • AuTrain: (4/4) Still riders out on the trails.
  • Delta County: Trails are groomed and in good condition.
  • Schoolcraft County:
    • Seney: Trails are open and groomed (paid by the club).
    • Manistique: Trails are open with no grooming.

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County: (3/24) Due to the sun and warmer temperatures the snow is getting thin on the alley and streets in the village.
    • Trail 9: 12-36" cover. Trail is in good to excellent condition.
    • Trail 45: 12-36" cover. Trail is in good to excellent condition.
    • South Trail 9/2 to Epoufette/Trout Lake: 12-24" cover. This trail is groomed and in very good condition.
  • Chippewa County:  
    • Sault Ste Marie: (4/2) Trails are still in good shape. Shoulders of roads will bare off as the sun continues to shine this late in March. The wind is still blowing and making drifts right after we groom.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Sault: 5-10" base. Trail is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Raco: 5-12" base. Trail is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #8 - Raco to Naomikong: 8-16" base. Trail is in excellent condition.
      • Sault Ste Marie City Trail: Trails #497, #449 parts of #8 & #49: 4-9" base. Trail is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #49 - Sault to Kinross: 6-10" base. Trail is in excellent condition. When the trail is running along roads make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road. All wet spots frozen. Drifts form quickly.
      • Trail #49, #494, #472 Kinross loop & South to Pickford: 5-10" base. Trail is in excellent condition.
      • Trail #480 & #472 Kinross to Raco/Rudyard: 4-10" base. Trail is in good to excellent condition. The trail has been groomed completely and the water hole has been fixed. Watch for deer!
      • The downtown trail: Is open, has been groomed and is marked.
    • Paradise: Alrighty folks, this is the last report for the season.....and what a season it was!!!! Snow wise that is. Business was really slow UP here this year cause of all the snow down below. If you remember I did a survey last January to see why nobody was coming UP. I got a good 35 responses from that survey and they all pretty much said there was enough snow down der to not warrant a trip UP. Well.....ya`ll missed out on some of the most awesome trails EVER!!! All season long I had to rate them as excellent.....cause they were!!! I talked to our local weather watcher/snow measurer guy, Bob E., this morning. As of today we have had 216.7 inches of snow. Thats 18.05 feet!!!! There is still 4-5 feet of snow in the woods. The official ridin season is over but it is still legal to go out an ride on the trails, they just can`t get groomed anymore this season. If you are thinking about coming UP for one last ride and need some advice, you can e-mail me and I`ll let ya know whats UP and if it would be worth your effort to get UP here. My personal e-mail is saunders@jamadots.com  You can use this e-mail for any comments or complaints also.Soooo....like I said, the trails are still in great shape. I think we`ll get a couple more good weeks of ridin in.....I`m goin a couple more times...are you? See you next season, Lord willing. Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: Trails are closed.
    • Drummond Island: Trails are closed.
  • Mackinac County:
    • St Ignace: (4/10) Going fast. It is amazing how much snow that we have lost in Iggy in the last 4 days. Temps in the 50d range have taken about 2/3 of our snow pack in town. That said the main trails are still in OK shape. Getting tough, some water and bare spots here and there, but still ridable. I know a couple guys that will ride sleds on the forest trails this weekend and it should be one last good ride. The forecast is still calling for spring like conditions so this weekend will be the last, and likely the last trail condition report. It has been a decent season around here, and a great season for those that put the miles down riding. I should have final season number reports this weekend, and we will see how our mid-season troubles effected us. -- Neil VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club
    • Curtis: Trails are closed.
      • Trail 45 to Newberry:
      • Trail 2 to Gould City, Engadine & Naubinway:
      • Trail 43 to Germfask:
    • Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: Trails are closed.