Snowmobile Trail Report

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Updated: 12/22/2014

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: (12/19) Things are looking up for the weekend. Saturday they are calling for a high of 29 and low of 23 followed by a high on Sunday of 32 and a low of 29 with cloudy skies. We are still dealing with wet areas in the woods so please stay on trails. Over all conditions are fair to good with wet spots....
    •  Gogebic Range Trail Authority Trails: Trail 2 from Ironwood to Marenisco is groomed and is in good condition with some wet spots mostly east of Wakefield. Trial 8 is groomed and again it is in good condition. There is running water in the creeks and the swamps are still open so PLEASE USE CAUTION IF YOU PLAN TO RIDE.
      Trail 11 south will be closed for the season due to logging.
    • Lake Gogebic: We’ve got the snow back that we lost (about 8-inches), but conditions are still very wet. A lot of the streams re-opened earlier this week and the word is the woods are still very wet. Once again, it’s very important that you stay on the trails as the conditions off trail will be worse. We’ve got a few nights coming up with very cold temperatures that will help the trail situation. Groomers have run on all the trails, some with drags and hopefully all with drags by this weekend. If daytime temps get a little too high the grooming will be restricted to night hours only. Watch for a change on trail 1 South from Rd. 8800 to Marenisco soon. We’ve been encountering more water problems in this area and hope to reroute…just watch for signs.
    • Watersmeet: Groomers are running nightly again and the trails are in fair to good shape. The fair areas are the wet spots on trail 2 west and 13 south the rest of the system is in good shape. It’s going to be a cold night so things should set up nicely
    • Ontonagon/Silver City/White Pine: (12/20) We have been out with both of our groomers and Greenland to Ontonagon is good with a few wet spots and Ontonagon to White Pine in good shape also with a few more wet areas so if you come up on wet area signs please slow down. The short 101 connector is in great shape and the 1 trail is groomed to the Ski Hill parking lot. We will be grooming Lake of the Clouds tomorrow and southboundry. Groomers are out and grooming so please watch for them and there is 12 to 20  inches in the woods or more  but we are thin around Ontonagon and Silver City areas but could be far worse but plenty rideable. Please do not hesitate to come up and ride it is worth your time.
    • Bruce Crossing: 6" base. We are grooming, all the trails look good except for trail #3 north from Bruce Crossing to Rockland.  Quite a bit of water on that trail, use CAUTION.  Overall we lost a lot of the base with the warm weather last weekend so you may encounter some dirt here and there.Looks like a couple warm days, in the forecast, watch for wet areas.
      • Trail #3 north to Rockland: Fair condition with lots of wet areas, use caution. With the rise in streams there could be areas that open up where snow has been pushed in to fill holes/low spots, take it easy on this trail.
      • Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 South is in Good condition.
      • Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road is in fair condition. Some thin snow areas.
      • Trail #8 from the trail #3 south intersection to Trout Creek is in GOOD condition with a few wet spots and some thin snow in areas.
      • Trail #8 from Trout Greek to Sidnaw is in GOOD condition.
      • Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection is in GOOD condition.
    • Twin Lakes/Greenland: 18" base. As of 9AM we have not rec’d any rain in this area-coming down as snow. Snowing as I type. 4 inches overnight. Predicting possibly another 3 today so its a wait & see. A lot of snowmobilers over the past 3 days.  Everyone was saying the trails were much better than they thought they’d be and it was well worth their trip.  That’s always nice to hear.  Reservations were made by some and cancelled, others grabbed the empty slots and some said those people did them a big favor.  We have some leaving yet this morning so as they come in to check out we’ll quiz them also.  The groomers have been out on schedule every night. We go from fair to very good conditions. Trail #3 is very good and with this continued snowfall & cold temps, everything will just get better.
  • Houghton County & Keweenaw County: 12.5-17" cover. The snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are officially open. The groomers are out working on the trails.  Conditions are early season as more snow is needed. Any trail usage should be done with extreme care until we have better snow cover as there are rocks, stumps, branches and wet areas not covered by snow and hazards that have not been identified. The protective mat on the Portage Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock will not be installed until the middle of December.  Please drive carefully on the metal grating until the mat is installed….do NOT use the ice. Remember to watch out for the groomers when you’re out on the trails, they have the right of way!! 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 snowmobile trails are there for the riders’ safety.  Please, DO NOT remove or destroy these signs. Please be aware that if you snowmobile on U.S. Coast Guard property you could face federal trespass charges.
  • Baraga County: We haven't groomed since Friday and right now it is warm out and it did rain yesterday.  As soon as it gets cold and some more snow we will be out grooming what we can. In town trails are pretty well gone so please use caution if you come thru. Please use caution on all of the trails.
    • Big Bay Trail #14: 6-12" base. Poor to fair condition. Groomer will be on this trail today to see what he can do.  There is some water on this trail so please pay attention and use caution last mile of this trail from Anderson corner is plowed due to logging.
    • Alston Trail #15 to #8/15 to #109: Poor to fair condition. Groomer will be out tonight to groom to trail #12. Heading towards Alston there is alot of water so please use caution on this trail.  They are couple of trees down on the North side of Alston please use caution until we get them removed.
    • Nestoria Trail #15 to #8: Poor condition. This trail has water in many areas.  We need some colder temps and more snow before we can groom this trail
    • Chassell Trail #15 North: Poor condition. This trail has water in many areas.  We need some colder temps and more snow before we can groom this trail
    • Sidnaw: 6" base. We are grooming, all the trails look good except for trail #3 north from Bruce Crossing to Rockland. Quite a bit of water on that trail, use CAUTION. Overall we lost a lot of the base with the warm weather last weekend so you may encounter some dirt here and there. Looks like a couple warm days, in the forecast, watch for wet areas. Trail #3 north to Rockland is in FAIR condition with lots of wet areas, use CAUTION. With the rise in streams there could be areas that open up where snow has been pushed in to fill holes/low spots, take it easy on this trail. Trail #8 from Ewen to trail #3 South is in Good condition. Trail #3 south from the grade to the CC road is in FAIR condition. Some thin snow areas. Trail #8 from the trail #3 south intersection to Trout Creek is in GOOD condition with a few wet spots and some thin snow in areas. Trail #8 from Trout Greek to Sidnaw is in GOOD condition. Trail #8/15 from Sidnaw to the trail #109 intersection is in GOOD condition. We are grooming nightly, conditions allowing. Watch for the groomers, they take up most of the trail and have the right of way! Please remove your helmets before entering a business. Have a fun and safe trip!
  • Iron County:
    • Iron River: (12/19) 5" base. We have received 4 to 5 inches of snow and the groomers are back on the trails. Trail #2 to Watersmeet and trail #107 are in good condition and are being groomed on a regular schedule. These two trails have good snow and very little water on them right now. We did open trail #111 to Amasa on Wednesday. This trail is open and rideable but beware of water, stumps and rocks. Trail #15 to Sidnaw will be groomed for the first time on Saturday, December 20th. We expect lots of water in the swamps on this trail also. Trail #15S to the Wisconsin border has been groomed but also has lots of standing water in the swamps. Trail #116 to the George young complex is open and groomed but has minimal snow and will not be groomed again until we get more snow.  Please use caution on our trails due to slushy conditions during the day which get icy at night.
    • Crystal Falls: 7" base. The North (#16) & South (#2 & #113) trails from Crystal Falls to Iron River are in good condition and are being groomed regularly.  There is some logging on the South trail, but only for about 1/4 mile.  The trail from Crystal Falls to Amasa (#111) is open but in poor condition; some areas have been groomed and other areas are extremely wet .  The Amasa to Republic (#18) trail is in good condition.   The trail from Crystal Falls to Sagola (#16) is now open but is in poor condition.  There is currently a lot of swampy area and running water on the trail.  The trails that are in good shape have a 6″-10″ base.

Central Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Marquette County:
    • Marquette: (12/9) Trails are groomed and open.
    • Gwinn/Sawyer/Little Lake: (12/9) Trails are groomed and open.
    • Crossroads: (12/9) Trails are groomed and open.
    • Harvey: (12/4) Trails are open.
    • Deerton: Trails are open.
    • Clowry: (12/5) Trails are groomed and open.
    • Ishpeming: (12/9) Trails are groomed and open.
    • Silver Lake: Trails are open.
    • Au Train: (12/4) Trails are open.
    • Big Bay Trails: (12/14) 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.
      Trail 14, Big Bay to Anderson’s: Trail is groomed and in poor condition.
      Trail 14, South From 310 to Marquette: Trail is groomed and in poor condition.
      Trail 14, Big Bay to Halfway: Trail is groomed and in poor condition.
      Trail 310 Alt, From Trail 5 to Trail 14: Trail is groomed and in poor condition.
  • Dickinson County: (12/11) 5" base. Trails are still closed, but most of the gates are now open. All gates could not be opened due to private land owners hunting with muzzle loaders. If you come to a closed gate, TURN AROUND. We cannot afford to have our permissions jeopardized. Conditions are being monitored to see how soon we can groom. The amount of snow on the ground is surprisingly low. There are many spots with a lot of water that may cause problems for grooming and snowmobiling. We hope that snowmobiles will pack the trail to help it freeze. Rocks and roots are poking out in the swampy areas. Use caution and help us to get the trail packed. We have reports of water in the swamps. USE CAUTION
  • Menominee County: 3-4" base. Trails are open and the groomers will be out again beginning today (12/17). We had a lot of rain and warm weather but most of the base is still intact. Be advised that you may find some wet areas and places with standing water. Conditions are rated as good.
  • Alger County:
    • Munising: (12/15) With the warm weather no grooming is taking place at the present time. Forecast calls for snow tonight and tomorrow so hopefully we will be back at it soon.
    • Grand Marais: Trail conditions - poor to nonexistent! Over the weekend and the last several days we had temperatures in the high 30's and low 40's with rain. Needless to say, most of the snow melted and there are huge water holes opened up on all the trails. What snow didn't melt away, turned to sheer ice! Ditches and creeks are running deep and fast. Starting late yesterday evening, we got enough snow to cover the ground in town. In the snowbelt, they got maybe 3 to 4 inches of snow. It's going to take a while for everything to freeze down again. We need a good SNOW STORM before I'd advise making the trip up.
    • AuTrain: 4-24" cover. Now they have something new to groom. We didn't get a lot (2-4 near Chatham, maybe 6 at the lake), but things are freezing up. This system should be around all day, with advisories. The Keweenaw fared better, I think. Should be a nice weekend, not deep, but rideable. And it looks like a Christmas card out there, all coated in white.
  • Delta County: No report available
  • Schoolcraft County:
    • Seney: (12/15) 3" base. Its a little froggy this morning. Upper 30s for the next couple of days is making the trails soft and grooming is at a halt.  The warmer temps of course has put a halt to freezing in the swamps so we still have all the wet areas to deal with. Detour signs have been put up to navigate you around the worse parts. They are logging right behind the snobarn this week so that portion of the trail is closed right now.
    • Manistique: (12/11) Not good in town and close to town. Lots of bare areas. Jackpine area and Camel Rider area is good. Note from the groomers…………………….I ran the rubber track from the Jack Pine to Shingleton and back with the drag and the trail is very good with no bare spots and we have filled 95% of the dips with snow so I was wondering if you could change the report.  Trail 413 is fairly good to trail 7.  Trail 7 from 413 North is pretty good to according to sledders running it.

Eastern Upper Peninsula - By County

  • Luce County: (12/15)
    • Trail 9: Gates are open at the Newberry staging area and trail #9 is open and was groomed Saturday night. There is a good base up north but we have lost a lot of snow due to the warm temperatures. The trail leaving Newberry Staging area is lacking snow and has large wet areas.
    • Trail 45: Gates will be open after today the 15th but due to lack of snow and large wet areas leaving Newberry the trail is in poor condition. 
    • South Trail 9/2 to Epoufette/Trout Lake: South trail is open but not groomed yet due to lack of snow.
  • Chippewa County:  
    • Sault Ste Marie: 1" base. The temps did drop to below freezing last night and we got 2-3 inches of fresh snow but all ditches and streams are running full due to the rain yesterday.  No snow in the forecast until middle of next week.  Grooming prospects do not look good for this weekend.
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Sault:
      • The downtown trail:
      • Trail #480 & #472 Kinross to Raco/Rudyard:
      • Trail #49, #494, #472 Kinross loop & South to Pickford:
      • Trail #49 - Sault to Kinross:
      • Sault Ste Marie City Trail: Trails #497, #449 parts of #8 & #49:
      • Trail #8 - Raco to Naomikong:
      • Trail #8 - Brimley to Raco:
    • Paradise: (12/15) This weather is NOT working well for us snowmobiliers or groomers. Its been above freezing for the last few days and it looks like its gonna be this way for the next few too. I woke up this morning to 38 degrees and drizzle......BUMMER!! We still have about a foot on the ground but its melting fast. The ground is even starting to thaw.....BUMMER again!! Figured I would give you a short update before my brother from down below e-mailed me again to call me a slacker. I know you folks like to keep UP on whats going on UP here. It looks like by the end of the week the weather is supposed to turn around and get cooler but not real cold. Maybe alittle snow coming too.....we`ll see. Keep checking back and I`ll be the first to let ya know whats going on. Looks like ya`ll better get your best snow dances fired UP!!! Come on Ole Man Winter lets get it in gear!!!! LET IT SNOW!!!!        Groomer Chris
    • Eckerman: 2" base. We have logging going on before you get to Basnau Rd. South of Hulbert.  Be careful  and watch for log trucks and skidders.   Hopefully the logging will be done in two or three weeks. The next several days are supposed to be sunny and cold at night.  That is a start but no new snow predicted.  That is a bummer.   Start the chanting and dancing.   Old Man Winter and Mother Nature must enjoy giving us a hard time! We have two wet areas that we don’t groom until things get frozen down.  One is east of Sullivan Creek Rd. on the way to Rudyard and the other near Hulbert.  Snowmobiles should have no problem crossing these areas but a groomer could go down for the count.   There is another spot on the Hulbert trail about 3 miles from Basnau Rd., where we have water running across the trail.  There are temporary stop signs to warn you where that is located.   Check locally for other reports further west.
    • Drummond Island: (12/7) 2' base. Due to a lack of snow in our area the groomer has not groomed the trails yet. * Let it Snow * Let it Snow * Let it Snow *
  • Mackinac County:
    • St Ignace: (12/15) Warm. Fog. Rain. Grass. Sun. Was from Trout Lake to Petoskey this weekend. No riding anywhere. Most of the snow is gone, and there is no big storms in the forecast. Still in a holding pattern with mostly nice weather all this week.
    • Curtis: (12/2) We’ve got a good start to winter.  Curtis Trails open December 15.  We’ll keep you posted on trail conditions once our trails open.
      • Trail 45 to Newberry:
      • Trail 2 to Gould City, Engadine & Naubinway:
      • Trail 43 to Germfask:
    • Les Cheneaux/Cedarville/Hessel: Trails do not have enough snow to work with at the present time. We have water issues in our swampy areas. As soon as we get colder weather and some snow, we will be out & about.