Michigan is known by snowmobilers nationwide for its unique combination of abundant and dependable snow, exciting terrain and extensive trail network. More than 6,100 miles of designated snowmobile trails are located throughout the state in six state forests, three national forests and many acres of privately owned lands. Michigan is one of only three states that offer a large system of interconnected snowmobile trails.
The Michigan Snowmobile Association (MSA) observes a zero tolerance of mixing drinking and driving for the more than 400,000 registered snowmobilers in Michigan. Snowmobilers must follow state and local rules and regulations, the same as any other motorized vehicle. MSA encourages all snowmobilers to take a safety class to earn snowmobile safety certification.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, in addition to registration of a snowmobile in Michigan or from another state or province, a person who desires to operate a snowmobile in Michigan needs to purchase a snowmobile trail permit sticker.
All snowmobiles must stay on designated trails. Many private landowners offer up portions of their land for the winter season to increase the variety of trail options. Respecting private land and practicing safe driving will only expand the sport for many more enthusiasts.
Never been on a snowmobile but want to try it this winter? There are several snowmobile rental companies throughout the state. One of the best ways to get started in the sport is with Michigan's more than 125 snowmobile clubs for group trips, safety classes and special events. Some clubs have private clubhouses to warm up before and after the ride.
For up-to-date snowmobile conditions, check out the Michigan snowmobile trails report.