Eastern UP snowmobile trails continue to be impacted by storm effects

Portions of Mackinac and Chippewa counties continue to feel the effects of recent snow and ice storms that hit the area, including portions of snowmobile trails administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

On Jan. 6, there were an estimated 120 miles of storm-damaged snowmobile trails in the eastern part of the region. As of today, about 30 miles remain impassable.

“Grant-funded trail workers and DNR crews have worked over the past week clearing debris,” said Paul Gaberdiel, eastern U.P. trails specialist with the DNR. “Multiple crews are working to open trail segments in a variety of areas.”

Downed trees and branches have presented problems in some places, while water over sections of trail has posed challenges elsewhere.

Among the remaining concerns:

-Snowmobile Trail No. 889 to the Bay Mills area remains closed. An anticipated reopen date is unknown.

-Additional segments of trail in Chippewa and Mackinac counties are impassible.

-Grant sponsors (trail workers) have been working on other snowmobile trail segments not identified.

“We strongly urge snowmobilers to use caution while traveling the trails, watching for hazards, including trail cleanup crews,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer.

Trails in the Curtis area of Mackinac County that had been closed were reopened and groomed over the weekend.

For the latest information on trail and other facility closures, visit Michigan.gov/DNRClosures.


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