The Maine Snowmobile Association
Snowmobile Trail Conditions
The Snow and Cold Weather are gone and hard working Club Members report that no Trails are open.
PLEASE CHECK the area where you are going.
We thank the landowners for allowing us the use of their property. We thank the clubs for the trail work preparation, the grooming efforts, the countless hours given to our sport so we can make the winter season enjoyable.
Photo by Sue Maynard - The groomed trail left behind by the drag - Chapman Ridge Runners, Trail #74.
Trail Reports are provided to the public courtesy of the members of the Maine Snowmobile Association. Reports are accepted from MSA family and business members, groomers/projects. Please include your name and the name of your MSA club when submitting the report.
If you post trail conditions on your MSA club or supporting business web site and wish to have your updates posted and linked from this page, drop us an email with your request. Please let us know when the report on your site has been updated.
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.
COMPLIMENTS FOR THE TRAILS:
|OUR LANDOWNERS: Please respect all landowners wishes while riding. Snowmobilers in Maine are the guests of Maine landowners who allow access. It is every snowmobiler's responsibility to protect that access by acting responsibly. |
| ATVs and other motorized vehicles: It is against the law to operate an ATV (or a dune buggy, 4 wheel drive vehicle, motorcycle or any other motor vehicle) on a snowmobile trail funded by the Club/Municipal grant program at any time of the year, unless the landowners have granted permission to do so. |
| STAY OFF THE BLUEBERRY BARRENS AND OTHER CROPLAND: Snowmobilers who illegally ride on blueberry barrens or other cropland are creating problems for the landowners, potential damage to their crops and threatening recreational access for everyone. Stay on marked trails.
|RIDING SNOWMOBILES IN THE NORTH MAINE WOODS: Off-Trail riders should always follow these basic rules:
Stay off all plowed roads. Riding on plowed roads is illegal, and presents a serious safety hazard. Forest roads represent a significant investment and are intended solely for transporting wood and equipment. These roads may be in use 24/7 and are no place for sleds or parked private vehicles and trailers. If your vehicle or trailer blocks a road or interferes with plowing, it may be towed at your expense.
The same goes for log yards. They may be empty when you arrive, but they are never intended to be parking lots for pickup trucks and trailers, they are for loading wood headed to the marketplace or as a turnaround area for logging trucks.
Snow covers everything and that includes newly planted seedlings, natural regenerating forest, or any number of obstacles or hazards. If you're unsure, check locally or just don't go. Keep in mind that calling the landowner isn't an option. Their employees are there to keep their operations moving, not to provide sledding updates to wannabee off-trail riders. Check with locals, or better yet-
Hire a guide. This is the first suggestion when people ask about off-trail riding. Guides are generally well connected to the forest landowners, know local conditions and can certainly help provide a high quality off-trail experience. There are also several lodges and outfitters in Maine that specialize in off-trail excursions.
Ride Responsibly; don't jeopardize snowmobilers' (your) welcome.
Lastly-Respect Landowners. Access to these lands is a privilege, not a right. Every piece of land, even in remote woods, is owned by someone.
| BORDER CROSSINGS: Increased concern and security at our borders calls for strict attention to the law. For information about crossing our border with Canada, see the Border Guide supplied by the United States Border Patrol. (.pdf format, viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader - a free download ). |
|WHEN CROSSING RAILROAD TRACKS be careful not to spin snow onto the tracks. Over time this snow builds up creating a ramping effect that has caused train derailment. These rail lines are privately owned and can be closed, which would fracture the trail system. Stop and look both ways at all railroad crossings.|