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The Maine Snowmobile Association

Weather forecasts, snow depth reports, web cams and other info helpful to snowmobilers in Maine are available courtesy of the following web sites:

SNOW DEPTH MAP-SNOWFALL MAP NOAA/NE River Forecast Ctr

FORECAST: National Weather Service/Caribou, Maine

FORECAST: National Weather Service/Portland & Gray, Maine

TRAVEL CONDITIONS: New England 511

WEB/SNOW CAMS

Northern Outdoors (The Forks)

Lake Parlin Lodge (Parlin Pond Twp)

Kokadjo Roach Riders SC (Kokadjo-Roach Pond)

Northwoods Outfitters (Moosehead)

The Birches - Rockwood

Twin Pine Camps (Katahdin area)

Twin Pine Camps (Katahdin view)

5 Lakes Lodge (Katahdin area)


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.

trail report submission email
Snowmobile Trail Conditions Path left behind the Chapman groomer 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.

Photo by Sue Maynard - The groomed trail left behind by the drag - Chapman Ridge Runners, Trail #74.

AROOSTOOK COUNTY

Updated : 3/12 : Trails in the County are still holding up and are in great shape in most places. Most of the clubs are out doing what they do best. The lodging in the County is almost a max capacity for another weekend and this has been great for the economy this year.
Reminder this weekend is the MSA March meeting at Dean's Saturday night. They will be also having a group ride meeting at 8am at the town office in Portage.
Just a reminder of caution Deer, Moose, and Turkeys are out and about so if you see tracks on the trails slow down.

NOTE: Please view the full report with more area details and social events at the Caribou Rec web site.

TRAIL INFORMATION: Updated : 3/12 :
Soldier Pond :: is reporting that their stuff is groomed. Watch out for the Moose.
Walker Siding ::
Washburn :: are reporting that they have been out and reporting good conditions.
Nordic Lakers reporting good conditions. Reminder the Lakers have a reroute on trail 81 watch for signs.
Portage Lakers are reporting good conditions. They will be demoing the Piston Bully 400.
Caribou : : is reporting good conditions.
Fort Kent :: is reporting good conditions. They are reporting a water hole on the power line which is ITS 85N. it is marked.
Eagle Lake:: is reporting good conditions. There is logging on 85 and caution should be used in these areas. There are several sections of plowed roads so please use caution. They are marked very well.
Fort Fairfield :: is reporting that they will be out to fix the trails for the weekend the minute the weather cools down. They have a water hole on 81.
St. Francis Sno-Angels ::reporting good conditions.
Central Aroostook Snowmobile Club : 3/16 : Mars Hill - With the recent rain and high volume of snowmobilers in the areait has been a challenge to keep the trails smooth. The snow on much of our trail system has crystalized due to rain and warmer daytime temperatures. Riders need to expect springtime riding conditions. They should also expect some icy spots and trails getting rougher as the day goes on. I would remind riders that spinning tracks deteriorates trails faster making them rough for all. Spinning snow out onto roadways is discouraged as it is unsafe for vehicles. Be responsible and accelerate gradually after crossing a roadway so as not to spin snow onto the roadway. Thank you to those of you who do this already. Remember ride right and slow down.
ITS 83 Monticello to Mars Hill is in fair condition.
ITS 83 Mars Hill to Presque Isle is in good condition.
ITS 81 North from Mars Hill to Easton is in fair condition.
ITS 81 South from Mars Hill to Rte 70A is in good condition.
Rte 70A from ITS 81 to #9 Lake is in good condition.
The #9 Lake Trail from ITS 83 in Monticello to #9 Lake is in good conditio
Ashland :: is reporting good conditions
Allagash :: is reporting great conditions.
Frenchville :: is reporting all trails groomed.
Red Arrow :: is reporting good conditions and will be out all weekend.
Chapman Ridge Runners :: are reporting good conditions.
Aroostook River Snowmobile Club :: are reporting good conditions.
Easton :: is reporting that they are out grooming and reporting good conditions.
Madawaska :: is reporting all trails groomed.
The town has always been helpful in allowing snowmobiles to utilize the sides of town roads to get to businesses in downtown Madawaska, but we ask you to respect the local landowners and use caution while accessing our local businesses. If you are going to fuel at Daigle Oil Company (off 83C), please note that the town has opened the snowbank between the old shopping mall plaza parking lot and the back of the Legion parking lot. PLEASE: Do not cross on the sidewalk in front of the Legion putting Legion members at risk coming in and out of the building! Check out their Facebook page.
Grand Isle :: is reporting that they are out grooming.
Presque Isle Snowmobile Club :: is reporting good conditions.
Van Buren :: is reporting good conditions. Logging operation on trail 94 in the Cyr Plantation area, it is signed, please use caution. Visit our Facebook Page for more information
Limestone Snow Hawks :: are reporting all trails in good conditions. Caution is advised as there is a logging operation on trail 100A. The trail is signed
Caswell :: (Pleasant Ridge Riders) reporting good conditions and will have everything done by Friday.

Southern Aroostook:

Updated : 3/12 : Grooming is ongoing and the trails are holding up extremely well giving us some great spring sledding! The blue skies as well is warmer temperature are allowing us excellent photo opportunities for those looking for views here in Southern Aroostook.
The clubs ask that riders ease up on the throttle on sharp corners due to some icing but over-all we are in excellent shape.
Bowlin/Mattagamon/Shin Pond ::
East Grand Snowmobile Club reporting WE WON'T BE GROOMING AGAIN UNLESS WE RECEIVE A SIGNIFICANT SNOWSTORM. TRAILS ARE HARD, THIN AND MANY BARE SPOTS. Local trail maps can be downloaded from off our Facebook wall. we also have local trail maps available at all our trail heads.
Oxbow-Masardis Snowmobile Club Trails are holding up well so far with spring conditions. Some of the sharper corners are showing ice but over all good riding.
ITS 85 was groomed first of the week and will be done again by the weekend. ITS 86 will be done gain this week also. Trail 71-A Ice crossing was checked this morning and is holding up well. Trail 71-D was groomed this week.
At this point we are unsure of what the Friday storm will bring. They say some snow with sleet and some freezing rain.
This time of the year with warmer day time temp trail start to get rougher quicker. Driving into the corner at a high rate of speed makes them mogul up fast. This is the time of year to slow down and enjoy the scenery.
Remember spinning tracks cause rough trails. Expect to see many sleds out this weekend so keep to your side of the trail.
Benedicta Snow Gang : 3/19 : Hi Gang, Rain & temps. in the 50's is the forecast for tomorrow, so Trailmaster, Stu Kelley, is getting both machines back to the barn and we will call it a season. Thanks to all our landowners, dedicated operaters, members and friends for another great season. Have a safe and fun Summer!!

**** Remember - no chasing of animals on the trails -- IT IS ILLEGAL!!

Again, they remind riders that the Game Wardens are on the trails writing tickets for those not staying on their side of the trail. The summons is $200 a ticket!
Molunkus Valley Snowmobile Club have closed a part of the Kelly Hill trail due to a logging operation. All trails are holding up well. Please remember as the weather gets warmer the turns don't hold up as well, so please try not to power through them.

Eastern Maine Snow Riders :: operating out of Macwahoc, (Macwahoc) are reporting trails are flat, wide and are holding up well. Please use caution as there are some icy spots.
Smoki Haulers Snowsled Club ::
The Meduxnekeag Ramblers :: are reporting excellent conditions they were out last night and will be out again Tonight.
Linneus Sno-Sports ::
Birch Point/Island Falls ::
Rockabema Snow Rangers ::

For the most accurate and up-to date weather information, please visit NOAA

Mars Hill : :
Benedicta Snow Gang : 3/19 : Hi Gang, Rain & temps. in the 50's is the forecast for tomorrow, so Trailmaster, Stu Kelley, is getting both machines back to the barn and we will call it a season. Thanks to all our landowners, dedicated operaters, members and friends for another great season. Have a safe and fun Summer!!
See us on the web Benedicta Snowgang

**** Remember - no chasing of animals on the trails -- IT IS ILLEGAL!!

St John Valley/ExtremeNorthern Maine

http://www.facebook.com/SnowmobileNorthernMaine:


GREATER KATAHDIN REGION

Katahdin Region : 3/20 : Katahdin Region Grooming Update:
Twin Pines Snowmobile Club: If conditions allow we may groom one night this weekend. Trail Updates - Riding is best to the north and west of NEOC. The Pole Line and 109 are pretty much not rideable, other trails are decent but can have icy patches, and other spring conditions. We are generally recommending to head west - eg Penobscot Pond or into Jo-Mary country.

Jo Mary Riders : 3/18 : update Wed am: We got about 2" inches of fresh snow yesterday on our flat trail system, time to get out and ride. Season is coming to a end soon, still plenty of snow on the system, warmer days coming, it's March you know!

Stay Safe - From Jo Mary Riders: Let's finish the snowmobiling season SAFE and SMART: Continue to use extreme caution when venturing onto Maine's waterways: Late season ice conditions can change rapidly, even over a span of hours. If ice at the shoreline is cracked, honeycombed or squishy, stay off!
Avoid areas with currents, such as inlets and outlets, as well as around bridges. Current weakens ice from the bottom up, and while the ice may look safe, it can be dangerously thin. With the sun higher in the sky, temperatures warmer, and days longer, ice conditions around exposed land or rock outcroppings can be weaker than ice on the middle of a lake or pond. Stay away from these areas. And as always, if you don't know, don't go!
Be aware of pressure ridges, they can cause extreme harm if approached unexpectedly. Depending on lighting and the direction they are approached, pressure ridges can be extremely difficult to identify. SLOW DOWN!
Remember, alcohol and snowmobiling do NOT mix! Don't drink and ride.
Always operate your snowmobile at a safe and reasonable speed that is appropriate for the conditions and your riding ability, Stay alert and be aware of other riders on the trail. Watch out for wildlife or other hazards. Stay on marked trails! One person going off trail can lead to a trail closure for everyone. Remember that modified exhausts are illegal. Pick up any trash. Follow the rules and ride safe.

East Branch Sno-Rovers : 3/19 : 83N to Whetstone, 112 and by Dolby Flowage was groomed last night, March 18, 2020, finishing up at 7am this morning, March 19, 2020. The trail is good. Powerline to Mud Brook Road is bare ground, 83S.

Stop in to the River Driver's Restaurant on Millinocket Lake, trailside to ITS85/86 and fuel up. Ride Right, Ride Safe, see you on the trails! River Driver's Restaurant, neoc.com

Northern Timber Cruisers::

Mattawamkeag::

Patten:: Rockabema Snow Rangers groomed their regular routes yesterday 81 North to Shin Pond 112E to Island Falls and Katahdin Lodge 62 to 81 South.

Bowlin Matagamon Shin Pond area :: Shin Pond Village Facebook page or on the web at Shinpond.com


GREATER MOOSEHEAD REGION

Rockwood:: Blue Ridge Riders Facebook page

Kokadjo:: Kokadjo Roach Riders web site. View our web site for reports on individual trails.

Greenville:: Moosehead Riders SC Facebook page

Shirley: 3/15 : It is time for spring riding! We are still grooming but it is almost impossible to keep the trails mogul free due to the conditions. As of this week we still have plenty of snow for spring rides. Trails are good early in the day with a crust, but soften up by mid day with the warmer temperatures. Ride early and avoid the soft trails that rut up fast. Enjoy the sun and the snow. We would like to stress that we have active dog sled teams on our trails on the Clouse Allen/Bald Mountain/Taylor Road to Thanksgiving Pond Trails daily. Please slow down and show courtesy to these friends of SBTB. Use hand signals to let them know about sleds in your party. We also have many walkers/skiers on our By Pass trail. Please show the same respect for them. Shirley Bog Trail Busters, Facebook page

Rockwood :: See our trail reports at the The Birches Resort website


ROUTE 201 CORRIDOR

The Forks Trail Report: 3/12 : The trails around The Forks have deteriorated significantly in the past week, due to the warmer temperatures and strong sunshine. The trail system between The Forks and Moxie Dam is in poor shape. The trail is down to the hard pack/ice base, with some bald spots starting to show.
ITS 86 from Moxie Dam going toward Greenville, and the Bald Mtn and Pleasant Pond Trails still have ok snow and half decent riding. If you want to get out for that last spring ride, that's where you should go.
This report is for conditions as of Thursday morning. We are expecting some rain showers on Friday, so trails will deteriorate further.

ITS 86 FROM BERRY'S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION From Berry's store to Moxie Dam is in poor shape. Lot of ice and some short bare spots where the sun has beat through the trail base. From Moxie Dam on, the trail is in better shape with more snow and much less ice.
ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM Trail is down to the hard pack/ice base. Some short bare spots. Poor condition. After this weekend (on Monday 3/16) ITS 87 south will be closed with no through traffic to Bingham. A logging operation will start on ITS 87 where it crosses Route 16 in Moscow.
CARATUNK SPUR Passable but in poor shape
PLEASANT POND TRAIL Mostly on unplowed roads . . . . . decent riding.
BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL Mostly unplowed roads and has decent riding. There is no connection off the south end of the BMT to the Wind Mills in Bingham, as there has been in the past. Only access to the Wind Mills is a trail off ITS 87 north of Bingham. The Bald Mtn Trail combined with the Pleasant Pond Trail form a great loop ride between ITS 86 and ITS 87.
BREAKNECK RIDGE TRAIL Like the BMT and PPT, it has decent riding on our end. Not sure how the east side is.
KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL FROM NORTHERN OUTDOORS TO BERRY'S STORE It is passable, but in poor shape with ice and some bare spots. Not recommended for sleds without picks as there are a couple hills that are sheer ice. Suicide Hill off the Flood Road is down to dirt.

For day riders, We will be closing the FREE PARK & RIDE LOT on Friday, as it is getting muddy.

**PLEASE NOTE: gas (91 octane non-ethanol) is CASH ONLY and available from 9:00am-5:00pm at Northern Outdoors**

PLEASE RESPECT THE LANDOWNERS WISHES ... STAY OFF ALL PLOWED ROADS!!! - Jim Yearwood, Forks Area Trails Club. Northern Outdoors, Facebook page

Anson-North Anson :: Please respect landowners property and ride only on the marked trail. See us on Facebook Anson-North Anson SC

Jackman:: Bishop's Motel See more info and lodging information at web site linked above

Jackman-Moose River:: Jackman Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce web site Visit site for reports of individual trails.

West Forks, Parlin Pond:: Coburn Summit Riders web site

Solon:: View reports on individual trails at Solon Snow Hawks, Facebook page

Madison:: Abnaki Sno-Riders Facebook page

Jackman:: Border Riders Sportsman Club web site-View detailed trail by trail reports at club website linked above

Bingham: : Gateway Recreation & Lodging

Bingham:: North Country Rivers web site, Facebook page


RANGELEY/BETHEL/GREATER RUMFORD AREA/WESTERN MAINE

Hebron : 3/7 : Bouncing Bogies SC - It's over. Trails have bare spots and spotty coverage. The groomers are put away for the Summer. See you next Winter when hopefully the snow fall will be better. Visit Bouncing Bogies SC on FaceBook for FMI

Rangeley:: Rangeley Lakes SC Facebook pageor club web site: Rangeley Lakes SC.

Rumford:: Rumford Polar Bears web site, Facebook page

Roxbury/Byron :: Slippery Sliders Facebook page

Naples:: Muddy River Sno-Seekers Facebook page, web page

Bethel-Greenwood-Woodstock:: Greenstock Snowsports Facebook page

Newry:: Windy Valleys SC, Facebook page

Sebago :: Sebago Branch Duckers Facebook page.

Andover::Andover Trails Facebook page, Andover Snow Valley Sno-Goers Facebook page

Fryeburg : 2/6 : Interstate Sno-Goers SC Trails in the Fryeburg area are still open. Our area received approximately 3" of fresh snow today (2/6) with ice and freezing rain expected for Friday (2/7) morning. Grooming is still suspended till we get more snow. Our annual Poker Rally has been moved to the 22nd. of this Month. Hopefully there'll be adequate snow by then. Anyone with knowledge of current ice conditions in the area please share them with us do we can let others know. Please check conditions on any and all bodies of water before crossing. Be careful out there on the trails due to how thin of a base there is. Take it slow as some corners may have nothing but ice underneath. Be safe everyone. Visit our Facebook Page for updates.

Gilead::Wild River Riders SC


PISCATAQUIS-PENOBSCOT-SOMERSET

Monson : 1/22 : Narrow Gauge Riders Snowmobile Club Narrow Gauge Riders, Monson With the snow received on Saturday night we were finally able to start our grooming operations for the season! Conditions are currently as follows:
North Trail: Groomed Monday, in good to great shape most of the way through besides a few small dips that we couldn't fill in with the amount of snow we have and a 1/4 mile section that a skidder ran down near Doughty Pond road in December that's a little thin, but easily passable.
Pole Line: Groomed Sunday, Good shape for the most part on the Railbed section, pretty thin near the North Guilford Road and some dips to watch out for between there and the slate company. Powerline section is in fair shape, easily passable but there's a few rocks and dips we need more snow to cover
Blanchard trail: Thin snow cover, trail is in poor shape. Lake is staked with at least 12 inches of ice where the stakes were placed, but that doesn't mean everywhere has that much ice and no ice is ever safe!
Elliotsville trail: Trail has not been opened yet, hope to break it open this week, new trail goes around moosehead manufacturing as we are shut off from going through the yard now.
If you're looking to snowmobile into Monson this week we suggest using the North trail and Pole line and you should have a nice ride! Narrow Gauge Riders Snowmobile Club Facebook page

Newport :: Sebasticook Valley SC Facebook page.

Corinna :: Corundel Raiders SC Facebook page

Guilford :: Four Winds SC Facebook page

Dover-Foxcroft :: Piscataquis Valley Snowmobile Club Facebook page


NORTHWESTERN MOUNTAINS

Kingfield :: Sno-Wanderers Club of Kingfield Facebook page.

Eustis/Stratton : 3/6 : It is being reported that the ITS 89 trail is closed All access towards Grand Falls, Forks, Jackman via Arnold Trail SC trails are involved. Arnold Trail SC, Facebook Page

Lexington-Highland-Concord-Pleasant Ridge :2/20: Lexington-Highlanders SC Our groomers were out Feb 19th and groomed the valley trail to, the mailboxes on Long Falls Dam Rd in Dead River Township, the Indian Pond trail to Kingfield and the Hardscrabble Rd to the JV Wing club trail in Carrabassett Valley.
Remember out trail to Bingham is closed due to a logging operation.
Lexington-Highlanders SC

New Portland :: Wire Bridge Sno-Travelers


GREATER BANGOR-GREATER LINCOLN

Bucksport:: Family SC, web site

Enfield: 3/12 : At this time our trail system is closed due to insufficient snow and unsafe water crossings. Out of respect for our landowners, please do not ride across bare ground. A BIG thanks to our volunteer trail crew who did an outstanding job preparing the trails with the challenging weather we had this winter! If we get lucky with a major snowstorm, we may reopen portions of our trails so stay tuned.
Vist our Facebook page Cold Stream Sno-Riders

Lincoln :: From the Lincoln Snowhounds SC Facebook page

Danforth area :: East Grand SC

Orrington:: Orrington Trail Riders, website

Springfield :: Quad County SC web site, Facebook page See where the groomer has been


MID COAST-DOWNEAST

Beddington:: Airline Riders SC

Downeast Sunrise Trail:: Sunrise Trail web site or Facebook page

Calais :: Sunrise Snowmobilers Facebook page:

Cherryfield :: Narraguagus SC web site, Facebook page


CENTRAL MAINE (Greater LA, Augusta, Waterville etc)

Winthrop ::Hillandalers SC

Palermo :: Palermo SC

Lewiston :: From the Hillside Family Riders Facebook page, Hillside Family Riders SC

Albion :: - Night Roadrunners SC Facebook page

Auburn :: Auburn Sno-Groomers

Readfield :: Readfield Blizzard Busters

Sidney : 3/5 : Sidney Trail Rider's : as of today all our trails are closed due to hardly any snow. If we get a big storm maybe we will reopen them back up. Please respect our land owners and stay off the trails!!! We will keep up dated in the future!!

Gardiner : 1/20 : Gardiner Ridge Riders - All trails are open and signed. Most of them have been groomed at least once. Very boney conditions in some areas. Need more snow.

West Gardiner ::

Manchester ::

Belgrade ::


SOUTH-SOUTH WESTERN MAINE

Parsonsfield, Hiram & Porter : 2/27 : Sacopee Valley Snowdrifters (SVSD) Sorry-to-report: Trail Master Jack Wadsworth sadly stated that SVSD trails should be considered closed at this time. Most of the snow cover has deteriorated, leaving a lot of bare ground, mud holes, and water holes. The decision was based on the safety of the riders, and to protect the landowner's property.

Hollis : 1/23 : Hollis Honkers SC All of our trails have been groomed. For the amount of snow we have on the ground trails for the most part are in good shape, our groomer volunteers this year has been awesome. No need to go up north, trails in our backyard are pretty good for right now. Stay local and use the money you would have spent on gas and lodging by supporting the club: Visit our website. Or like us on FacebookHollis Honkers SC

Cumberland/North Yarmouth :: Moonlite Sno-Skimmers Facebook page

Sanford-Springvale :: Southern Maine SnoGoers Facebook page

Standish ::

Waterboro :: Like us on Ossipee Mountaineers SC

Lyman :: Visit our website Lyman SC, or like us on Facebook "


COMPLIMENTS FOR THE TRAILS: