Pure Michigan Snowmobiling Overview

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There are more than 6,200 maintained, interconnected snowmobile trails throughout the state of Michigan. The Upper Peninsula in particular offers more than 3,000 miles of trails that are annually rated as America’s best. Today, Bill Manson, the executive director of the Michigan Snowmobile Association answered a few of our questions about snowmobiling in our great state. Michigan.org also has plenty of information for you to check out.

Q: Why is snowmobiling in Michigan so popular?
A. Snowmobiling is popular in Michigan because we have three resources that are needed.

Snow, mother nature not only gives us plenty with consistent storms but every time the wind blows, lake effect snow appears!

Trails, With Michigan’s abundant state and federal land, thousands of miles of trails and two tracks are open to snowmobile use in the winter.

Snowmobile Clubs, over 135 snowmobile clubs make snowmobiling their number one fun family sport. Of those clubs, 69 have contracts with the state to provide the connections over private property to connect all of the state and federal lands together to make a fantastic trail system. These same clubs sign, brush, maintain, and groom all 6500 miles of Michigan’s snowmobile trails.

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Q: What are some places to snowmobile around Michigan?
A: In lower Michigan, check out Cadillac, Houghton Lake, Grayling, Gaylord, Traverse City, Alpena, Cheboygan and Mackinaw City.

In the Upper Peninsula, some great places are in Sault Ste Marie, Paradise, Newberry, Seney, Munising, MarquetteHoughton, Hancock, Lake Gogebic and Ironwood.

Q: What tips do you have for people that are new to snowmobiling?
A: Find a city that they may want to visit, find a rental place to rent snowmobiles and give it a try.

Q: What tips do you have for snowmobilers in general?

  • Do not drink and ride.
  • Do not ride alone.
  • Stay on the trails.
  • Respect Private Property
  • Dress appropriately

Q: Are there any snowmobiling groups in Michigan can people can join?
A: Visit the MSA web site for a complete list of snowmobile clubs and events to try out, for more information about snowmobiling, check out www.msasnow.orgwww.snowmobilers.org, and   www.snowmobile.org.