DNR to close state-designated snowmobile trails in April

Posted at 8:00 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 09:59:19-04

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding snowmobilers that it will close its state-designated trails in April.

“This is the date our trails close, as grooming contracts and private land agreements expire,” said Ron Yesney, DNR U.P. trails coordinator. “Snowmobilers can still ride on state land, but state-designated trails will be closed beginning April 1.”

The snowmobile trail system is dependent upon the right to use land the DNR has secured from private landowners to connect trails between public lands, according to the department.

"These easement uses expire on April 1," said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. "In addition, as late-winter temperatures begin to rise, riding conditions can become very unpredictable, leading to unsafe situations or poor to very little snow. We appreciate the cooperation of all snowmobilers."

The winter 2019-2020 season will open Dec. 1.

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