ST. IGNACE, Mich. (WJMN) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Straits Area Snowmobile Club have entered into a grant agreement to groom 101 miles of track in eastern UP.
On December 15, MNR issued an advisory to avoid the area until an agreement was under discussion. Now they say the club management has reorganized and the slopes will be groomed as soon as there is enough snow on the ground.
“We thank the former club officers for their time and tremendous effort over many years to keep the snowmobile trails in this part of the Upper Peninsula maintained and open to cyclists,” said Ron Yesney, UP Trails Coordinator of the trails section of the Parks and Recreation Division of the MNR. “New officers and members have intensified within the club, which made this new agreement and the maintenance of the slopes possible. We also thank the club members.
The trails are located in the counties of Mackinac and Chippewa connecting Saint-Ignace, Trout Lake and Epoufette. The Straits Area Snowmobile Club have indicated on their Facebook page that they are working on whatever is needed to clean the tracks this season.
The DNR reminds people to purchase their trail permit to use state-managed trails, public roads, and public lands (where permitted). The snowmobile program is 100% funded by trail permits and registration dollars which are directly reinvested in the program. Funds pay for grooming, signage, maintenance, construction of bridges and culverts, purchase of new equipment, liability insurance; maintenance of trailhead amenities and other snowmobile related expenses.