Snowmobile Trail Conditions 1/19/16 – 15 inches of fresh snow, more or less depending on where you are located in the county – groomers are running and trails will be in very good shape!
As you head out this January, here are a couple of rules and regulations to remember. Ride safe and enjoy your time in northern Michigan!
Rules of the trail:
SNOWMOBILING ON FROZEN WATER BODIES
You may operate a snowmobile on frozen surface of public waters with the exception of riding when you are:
Within 100 feet of a person who is not also on a snowmobile, including a skater.
Within 100 feet of a fishing shanty or shelter except at the minimum speed required to maintain forward movement of the snowmobile.
In an area that has been cleared for ice skating, unless the area is necessary for gaining access to the public water.
SNOWMOBILING ON THE UNPLOWED SHOULDERS OF STATE HIGHWAYS (EXCEPT A LIMITED-ACCESS HIGHWAY)
A snowmobile may operate on the unplowed shoulder of a state highway under the following conditions. The snowmobile must:
Operate at the extreme right of the open portion of the unplowed right-of-way (or shoulder) and with the flow of traffic.
Travel in single file and not side-by-side, except when overtaking or passing another snowmobile.
Come to a complete stop before entering onto the roadway or shoulder to cross a bridge or culvert. The snowmobile operator yields the right-of-way to any approaching motor vehicle.
Cross a public highway at right angles only and bring snowmobiles to a complete stop and yield the right-of-way to all oncoming traffic.
SNOWMOBILING ON COUNTY OR LOCAL ROADWAYS
Snowmobiles may be operated on some roads in county or local road systems. Please check with the local jurisdiction for details.