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Reports reflect observations of MSA family and business members who clear, sign, groom and ride the trails of Maine. Local chambers of commerce, businesses and snowmobile clubs are a good source for additional information on trails in their area.
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Photo by Sue Maynard - The groomed trail left behind by the drag - Chapman Ridge Runners, Trail #74.
Mars Hill:12/14 :"**TEMPORARY TRAIL CLOSURE ** Please be advised that ITS 81 south of Mars Hill in T10R3 will have active logging taking place on the Morneault Rd portion until approx. Dec. 21,2018. This would be approximately a 5 mile stretch of the trail -partly ITS 81 and Rte 70A going to #9 Lake. We have not groomed ITS 81 southwest of Mars Hill and have no plans to until the logging operation cleans up the bio-mass wood from the area. We would ask snowmobilers to please AVOID this section of trail until we post that it is back open.
ITS83 Monticello north to Presque Isle is open and will be groomed by Saturday morning.
ITS 81 north from Mars Hill to Easton has been groomed once and is in fair condition.
The #9 Lake Trail will be partly groomed by Saturday morning. There is a wash out that needs some attention and we hope to get it filled in.
Rte 70A -There is a logging operation northwest of #9 Lake on what is called the Burn Rd. to the Loop Rd.. Please use extreme caution if in this area and watch out for trucks. We will not be grooming any portion of Rte 70A until this operation and the one over on the Morneault Rd. are finished hopefully next week by 12/21/2018." - Nick Bailey, Central Aroostook SC
Aroostook County:12/13: NOTE: Please view the full report with more detail and information at the Caribou Rec web site.
"There are some areas that have logging operations that are still active. ITS 81 leaving Cyr cove heading towards 98B. They should be out of there by next week.
Logging operation also is being reported on 100A near the golf course in Limestone, please use caution in this area. There is a reroute in Mapleton on ITS 88, the trail is now located in the woods and not going across the potato field. Chapman is also reporting that their system is signed and marked, they are planning on doing some grooming over the weekend.
Central Aroostook Snowmobile club is reporting a logging operation on trail 70A near #9 Lake and should be done next week. They also have a logging operation on ITS81 at the Morneault Road, if all goes well they should be done by Christmas, snowmobilers need to avoid this area as the landowner does not want them on the plowed road. They are planning on grooming ITS 83 this weekend if it doesn't rain. Good news is they will not have a reroute on 83 this year.
Ashland is reporting that they have been on ITS 85 with the tractor installing signs and plan on grooming this weekend. They have been on ITS 88 to where they meet up with Aroostook River Snowmobile Club, there are 2 swamps that need to freeze. ITS 85 to Masardis is closed until Algonquin power allows use of a bridge. Fort Kent is reporting that they have completed all signage and should have all trails groomed by end of the weekend.
Eagle Lake is reporting they are still clearing and brushing trails and should be in good shape by the weekend. Portage Lake is reporting that they have been over all their system and are in good condition. If all goes well they will have the lake marked by the weekend.
Red Arrow has had a challenging start to the season as their machine was out for servicing, but not to fear Frenchville and Madawaska helped them out and did a lot of grooming for them. They are reporting that their system is in good shape. Trail 96 to where they meet with Sly brook has not been done yet as there is a large water hole that needs work.
Frenchville is reporting that their system is in good shape.
Nordic Lakers have done their section of 105. Their trail 81 has not been groomed yet due to water and soft areas, this area is advised to stay out of.
Van Buren was out last weekend and got a lot done, many trees were down. There trail 105 has been groomed. They are planning on working all weekend on their trails, so if you happen to see them out working stop by and give them a hand.
Washburn has been out and has groomed 105 and their section of ITS 83.
Easton is reporting that they have groomed everything and still need signs in the woods.
Allagash is reporting that they have been out cutting a lot of trees and overhanging brush. They are reporting that they will be in good shape soon. NO groomed trail to Escourt this year but looking very favorable for next year and many years to come. NO beau lake loop trails this year, Glacier loop will be available to ride this year.
Caswell is working hard to get everything open shortly, they are still working on getting signs up as well. The new trail 100 over to trail 94 in Cyr Plantation will not be open this year due to logging. Please refrain from using this trail, Irving is in there logging and has asked not to use the road. Caswell is planning on opening trail 89, the section that Caribou takes care of. This section will need a lot of work to open, so please seek alternate routes and please do not use this section of trail until you see a groomed trail.
Limestone is reporting that they have been over everything and are reporting good conditions.
Caribou is reporting that their system is all signed, and field marked. The section of ITS 83 from the Thibodeau road and Fowler road has a small reroute. Plus, this section needs more snow, so please seek alternate routes if traveling towards Washburn, use 83A then get onto 83B.
Most of the Southern Clubs are reporting good conditions especially rail beds. Clubs are filling in water holes and signing. Island Falls and birch point are reporting icy conditions, and clubs caution that people should stay off the lakes. Shin Pond has been out working hard as well and are reporting that trails in the woods are passable. Presque Isle is reporting that they will be out working this weekend.
Cold Mountain snowmobile club (Grand Isle) will be working on the trails this weekend putting up field markers and after the work party they will be having a hotdog roast at the clubhouse. This is a great way to help a club." - Gary Marquis, Caribou Parks and Rec
Oxbow-Masardis:: Oxbow-Masardis SC
Benedicta:: Benedicta Snowgang
St John Valley/ExtremeNorthern Maine ::http://www.facebook.com/SnowmobileNorthernMaine:
GREATER KATAHDIN REGION
Katahdin Region:12/14:"Last night Dec 13th The Twin Pines Snowmobile Club sent out three groomers and groomed some trails for snowmobiling :)
FIRST **** Stacyville and Logan Pond Trails are CLOSED until at least the first of the year due to Logging.***These are plowed and NOT Passable by sled and they are issuing tickets if you use these trails.***
Ok - now for the fun update. We have groomed from the River Drivers Restaurant/ New England Outdoor Center - NEOC the following: ITS 85/86 - the State Rd, Grant Brook, Hurd Pond Rd to Penobscot Pond all in good early season conditions. ITS 85/86 the Pole Line will be groomed later today, that is always a little rough early in the season. We are not grooming behind the hotels in Millinocket yet - will update once we do, but you can pop on from the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile/ATV/XCountry Ski just outside town.
So you could do a 30 mile loop from NEOC/ River Drivers Restaurant via abol and whitehouse landing and back. Or Up the State Road into the Baxter State Park tote road and then back. Remember ride right, ride safe and see you on the trails. Call 800-766-723 if you need any sled rentals or trailside lodging. Find gas for sleds, hot food and winter lodging here at River Drivers Restaurant , neoc.com, https://www.neoc.com/snowmobile-trail-report-maine
Patten:: Rockabema Snow Rangers
Bowlin Matagamon Shin Pond area :: Shin Pond Village Facebook page, Shinpond.com
GREATER MOOSEHEAD REGION
Rockwood :: The Birches Resort , Facebook Page
Rockwood:: Blue Ridge Riders snowmobile club, Facebook page
Kokadjo:: Kokadjo Roach Riders web site.
Shirley: :Shirley Bog Trail Busters, Facebook page
Greenville:: Moosehead Riders SC Facebook page .
ROUTE 201 CORRIDOR
Jackman-Moose River:: Jackman Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce web site
Jackman:: Bishop's Motel report. See more trails and lodging information at web site linked above
Anson-North Anson:: Anson-North Anson SC
The Forks:: Northern Outdoors, Facebook page
Madison:: Abnaki Sno-Riders
Solon:: View reports on individual trails at Solon Snow Hawks, Facebook page
Bingham:: North Country Rivers web site, Facebook page
West Forks, Parlin Pond:: Coburn Summit Riders
Jackman: Border Riders Sportsman Club - View more details at club website linked above
Bingham: : Valley Riders SC, Gateway Recreation & Lodging
RANGELEY/BETHEL/GREATER RUMFORD AREA/WESTERN MAINE
Roxbury/Byron:12/13: "Bunker Pond(River Trail) and the Black Bridge Trail are closed for the entire season. ITS117 from Byron to Oquossoc ITS84 is closed until further notice. None of our trails have been fully cleared yet (We still haven't received our groomer). While there is enough snow out in the woods expect to encounter downed trees, water bars, water holes, swamp areas, and hidden obstacles like rocks, trees, and stumps. Yes there will be a couple people doing trail work this weekend but we need your help to. Please bring a saw or loppers with you on your travels. Every tree/branch cut out of the trail is one less thing that the people who already put in 100s of hours a season have to do. Thank you to everyone who already has and will volunteer their time! " - Craig Young, Slippery Sliders SC, Facebook page
Rangeley:: Rangeley Lakes SC Facebook page Rangeley Lakes SC.
Rumford:: Rumford Polar Bears web site, Facebook page
Newry::Windy Valleys SC, Facebook page
Bethel-Greenwood-Woodstock:: Greenstock Snowsports Facebook page
Naples:: Muddy River Sno-Seekers Facebook page, web page
Sebago :: Sebago Branch Duckers Facebook page.
Andover::Andover Trails Facebook page, Andover Snow Valley Sno-Goers Facebook page
Monson:: Narrow Gauge Riders Snowmobile Club
Newport : Sebasticook Valley SC
Guilford:: Four Winds SC
Corinna:: Corundel Raiders SC
Eustis/Stratton : Arnold Trail SC, Facebook Page
New Portland :: Wire Bridge Sno-Travelers
Lexington-Highland-Concord-Pleasant Ridge :: Lexington-Highlanders SC
Kingfield :: Sno-Wanderers Club of Kingfield.
GREATER BANGOR-GREATER LINCOLN
Enfield:: Cold Stream Sno-Riders
Orrington:: Orrington Trail Riders, website
Lincoln :: Lincoln Snowhounds SC
Springfield ::Quad County SC web site, Facebook page See where the groomer has been
Bucksport:: Family SC, web site
Downeast Sunrise Trail:: Sunrise Trail web site or Facebook page
Beddington:: Airline Riders SC
Calais :: Sunrise Snowmobilers Facebook page
Cherryfield :: Narraguagus SC web site report, Facebook page
CENTRAL MAINE (Greater LA, Augusta, Waterville etc)
Winthrop:: Hillandalers SC
Gardiner: : Gardiner Ridge Riders
Palermo:: Palermo SC
West Gardiner :: Cobbosseecontee SC
Auburn :: Auburn Sno-Groomers
Lewiston:: Hillside Family Riders SC, Facebook page
Albion :: - Night Roadrunners SC
Belgrade:: Belgrade Draggin Masters
SOUTH-SOUTH WESTERN MAINE
Hollis:12/13: "Bridge work is complete and most but not all signs are up. The cold weather the last few weeks did a good job freezing up wet spots but we still need a good storm to open the trails. Keep an eye on Facebook for upcoming meetings and events. If anyone has time to do some signing we could use a hand." - D Yarumian, Hollis Honkers SC
Waterboro :: Ossipee Mountaineers SC
Sanford-Springvale:: Southern Maine SnoGoers:
Cumberland/North Yarmouth:: Moonlite Sno-Skimmers Facebook page
Lyman:: Lyman SC, Facebook page
Parsonsfield: : Sacopee Valley Snowdrifters
COMPLIMENTS FOR THE TRAILS: