LANSING - With recent heavy snowfall across much of the state, state snowmobile trails are ready for riders in many locations, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said.
"As a result of early, significant snowfall, trails in portions of the Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula are already in great shape due to the hard work of the many snowmobile clubs who have packed down snow and developed a good base for grooming," said Steve DeBrabander, DNR State Trails Operations and Construction supervisor.
Up-to-date snowmobile trail conditions can be found online at www.trailreport.com or by checking with local DNR field offices or convention and visitor bureaus.
One change snowmobilers should be aware of for the 2009-2010 season is the increase in snowmobile trail permits from $25 to $35.
At the request of snowmobilers, the Michigan Legislature passed an increase in these fees as a way to close a $1 million budget gap in the 2010 Snowmobile Trail Improvement Fund, which pays for trail maintenance and creation along with law enforcement. The legislation was signed into law by Gov. Granholm in January 2009.
Funding to support the Snowmobile Trail Improvement Fund comes from the annual snowmobile trail permits, a portion of the snowmobile registration fee and a portion of state gas tax revenue.