Northern Michigan Snowmobile

Snowmobiling in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula

Snow Resources: Radar Loop | Snow Depth Map | Winter Storm Warning Map

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April 1, 2022 – 12:01 am update: – The 2021/22 Michigan Snowmobile Season is now officially over. Groomers have returned to the grooming barns. You can still snowmobile on most trails on public lands. Snowmobiling on private land without permission is trespassing. Please make sure you are not riding on private property. Snowmobilers who trespass on private land do damage to the entire snowmobile community.

As of April 1 ORVs and ATVs and other vehicle are permitted to ride on the snowmobile trails. If you are still riding, please keep an eye out for that sort of traffic.

There is still plenty of snow in the snow belts of the Upper Peninsula, especially in the Keweenaw Peninsula. If you know legal places to ride, have a great weekend in the snow.

Have a great spring, summer and fall!

Here’s the Snow Depth Map to help you find regions with the most snow.

Keweenaw PeninsulaIronwood / Western U.P.

Ontonagon / Western U.P.

Munising Area

Seney AreaNewberry Area

Also check out John Dee for the latest weather forecasts.

Check the weather page for the latest weather updates and click here for the latest photos.

You can keep track of the snow in the forecast by checking out the Radar Loop

Check the Snow Depth Map for areas with the best snow.

Here are the latest trail reports.

Check out John Dee and the John Dee Forecast Graphic for his take on this week’s weather.

Complete reports on the web, facebook and twitter:



Forecasts from Weather Undergound: (Ironwood Forecast)(Marquette Forecast)(Newberry Forecast)(Cadillac Forecast)(Gaylord Forecast)(Traverse City Forecast)

NEW: Webcam Map – View webcams throughout Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula on our interactive google map.

You can follow the week’s weather forecast at
John Dee.

You can track some of the lake effect snow on the Radar Loop here and also get an educated guess on the best regions for snowfall on the Winter Storm Warning Map.

You can view the snow depth map here.

To check temperatures and trail conditions throughout Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula click on our
new google interactive trail report map


Featured Regions For The Winter of 2013 / 2014

Cadillac, Michigan
Gaylord, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City
Drummond Island, Michigan
Drummond Island
Western U.P.
Western U.P.

Featured Regional Links

Western U.P. Visitors Bureau

Western U.P.Trail ReportsWebcams

Western U.P. Snowmobile Lodging

Ironwood – Hurley Lodging,Montreal Haus Rental – Montreal, WIClassic Motor Inn – IronwoodRed Birch Haus – Iron Belt, WIComfort Inn – IronwoodThe Cedars Motel

Bessemer – Wakefield LodgingIndianhead Mountain ResortRegal Country InnWildernest Chalet I & II – WakefieldThe Bluffs Inn – BessemerBig Powderhorn Lodging AssociationWindsong Lodging – BessemerPowderhorn Northwoods Suite – BessemerSnowBlind Chalet 1-6Powder Hound Lodge

Lake Gogebic LodgingAJ’s Walleye LodgeThe Timbers ResortRoot Cellar ResortBear’s Nine Pines Resort

Watersmeet LodgingJay’s Resort

Ontonagon – Porcupine Mountains LodgingMountain View LodgesScott’s Superior InnSuperior ShoresPeterson’s Chalet CottagesRocky Shores Vacation HomePorcupine Lodge – White PineSunshine MotelA Cabin & A Cottage Up NorthKonteka ResortAmericInn of Silver CityA Beach Retreat Cottage

Gaylord AreaTrail ReportsWebcams

Gaylord Snowmobile LodgingRay’s Retreat Country InnPine Cone AccommodationsThe Waters InnTreetops Resortand more…

Gaylord Snowmobile RentalsAlpine Snowmobile RentalsDerMiner’s Parkside Market Snowmobile RentalsGaylord Dining

Harbor Springs AreaTrail Reports

Harbor Springs Snowmobile LodgingTrout Creek Condominium Resort

Blue Sky Snowmobile Rentals

Traverse City AreaTrail Reports

Traverse City LodgingRanch RudolfHonor Motel – HonorBayshore ResortPointes North Beachfront Resort HotelCherry Tree Inn and SuitesLake ‘N Pines LodgeCrystal Mountain Resort & Spaand more…

Traverse City Snowmobile RentalsBlue Sky Snowmobile Rentals

Traverse City DiningPeegeo’sRanch Rudolf


Postings From Trail Report Pages On Facebook

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Wednesday September 28th, 2022 - 12:08 am

Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

FROM Paradise Area Night Riders --> September 25, 2022
Well....our second brushing "party" is in the books. It went very well and we got a lot done. We mainly concentrated on the Point trail #452. It hasn`t been brushed in quite a few years and it really needed it. A HUGE thanks goes out to all that helped.....John & Shannon Weaver, Rick Brockway, Mike & Jan McMeans and Groomers Mike H., Dave F. and myself. Our next scheduled "party" is Oct. 15th. We have a lot more we would like to get done. If anybody has the time to help, message me on our FB page!
While on the "getting help" subject, I have a question. Why is it we don`t get much help from the younger generation? The average age of our group yesterday was about 60. They say the average age of a snowmobilier is 45. It is kinda hard work for us "old farts". You all know the sno-mo trails don`t just magically appear come snowfall! If anybody has an answer or some insight, or a suggestion, please post it on our FB page. I always copy and paste this report to our FB page.
Thanks again for all the help yesterday! Hope to see more of ya`s on Oct. 15th.
Groomer Chris #paradise #newberry #brushing #trailmaintenance
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Thanks to all to all it’s greatly appreciated!

Wednesday September 28th, 2022 - 12:01 am

Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

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Monday September 26th, 2022 - 10:29 am

Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

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Sunday September 25th, 2022 - 9:15 am

Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

FROM Grand Marais Sno-Trails Assoc. --> Just getting it done yesterday on the trail for the GM Sno Trails brushing and signing. #grandmarais #newberry #brushing #trailmaintenance ... See MoreSee Less

FROM Grand Marais Sno-Trails Assoc. --> Just getting it done yesterday on the trail for the GM Sno Trails brushing and signing. #grandmarais #newberry #brushing #trailmaintenanceImage attachmentImage attachment

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Was a great day on the trail! I'd encourage anyone to volunteer with a club at least once a year. So much fun, and a great prepper for the upcoming season!

Those aren't trails, their roads. Thats one thing I miss about snowmobiling in the 80's. More interesting trails. Too many road routes used today. I understand why, its way easier. But just my thoughts.

Thank you for your hard work!

thank you for doing this

Thank you all 👍👍👍👍

Thank you!!!

Thank you

Thank you all.

Thank you!!!!


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Wednesday September 21st, 2022 - 9:13 pm

Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

There has been a great amount of commentary and discussion on the meeting that took place over the snowmobile trail through the resort.

The management of Snowriver Mountain Resort, formerly known as Big Snow, appreciates the feedback we’ve received from snowmobilers over the past few days, and we recognize the huge economic value these visitors bring to the area. We look forward to working with our local community to help strengthen the local economy and continue to be both a good neighbor and good steward of the land we operate on.

As a ski resort, it is our responsibility to provide a comfortable, enjoyable, and safe skiing and boarding experience for our guests, including many families with young children. While we embrace and encourage all forms of winter recreation, the proximity of a busy snowmobile trail to our guests and our ski area operations creates hazards that are not only not covered by our insurance but are also not safe. While we do employ snowmobiles as part of our operations, including snowmaking and ski patrol, these trips are strictly limited, done by trained staff, are covered by insurance and are operated based on best industry safety protocols.

Unfortunately, the snowmobile trail system, as it exists today, goes directly through the heart of our ski area’s base areas and this is not safe. The trail in question came to be when other landowners revoked access to their land back in the mid-2010s. After this, a trail was built across the resort without a written use agreement or adequate liability plan. Moving forward, we are actively exploring options to find a solution in which a snowmobile trail between the east and west of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan can still travel through the communities of our surrounding area while continuing to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests.

We were told by the local snowmobile club that it had been working on alternative routing to accomplish this, and we have offered financial assistance to help with this effort.

The Snowriver Mountain Resort and our staff look forward to continuing to be community partners and working with all involved to find a solution that works best for everyone involved.

Charles Skinner
President & CEO
Midwest Family Ski Resorts
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I was a customer of your resorts and loved my ski and snowmobile vacation. There was no safety issue. You are what’s wrong with America.

Unfortunate decision to alienate this group of winter clients. You could impose a speed limit after certain hours to reduce noise rather than cut this valuable group of paying customers off. Cutting your nose off despite your face!

They said something about insurance that's where it's at I do antique tractor pulling and they make us put kill switches and wheelie bars on our tractors all because of the insurance and some stupid lawyer that wants to make money so think about it it may be out of their hands

I guess I’m a little surprised that with all the property there that not even a little bit of land can be set aside for a trail to go through off to the side, even if it has to be fenced off for the season. I’ve ridden through it a few times through the years and I sure would think a compromise could be made. I get the insurance side of it, but this is a big deal for the area.

A statement from GRTA Club President Steve Hamilton regarding the Big Snow Resort trail loss: "The Gogebic Range Trail Authority is a proud supporter of private property owner’s rights first and foremost. For the past 7 years this motorized trail functioned in beautiful harmony through these two ski hills beloved by all who visited them. While it’s utterly heart breaking for us, we warmly respect Big Snow Resort’s new direction to end motorized tourism on their property. However, we wholly refute Mr. Skinner’s claim of egregious liability and insufficient or no documentation, that is entirely false. Mr. Skinner has asserted that “A trail was built across the resort without a written use agreement or adequate liability plan.” The GRTA has held a liability policy and trail permits (land use agreement) for Big Snow Resort since the inception of the trail. The State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources wouldn’t allow GRTA to operate on their lands if we didn’t have liability coverage in place. It’s the absolute cornerstone of our program – landowner protection! The snowbelt region of the Midwest would not have the proliferation of snowmobile trails in this modern-day litigious society if egregious liability for landowners existed. Landowner protections in Michigan are stout and the snowmobile trail program hasn’t had a claim in 30 years. Currently GRTA requests Snowriver to afford us a timetable for our departure – April 2023 – to find a solution off their property. However, there is currently no known reroute and not for a lack of trying. The MDNR granted $30,000 in 2018 to find a route for Snowmobile Trail 2 and the new Iron Belle Trail through this area. After 4 years the work has turned up no viable options. The only option to connect the ultra-critical snowmobile trail infrastructure was through Big Snow Resort. The fallout to area businesses from an abrupt shutdown will be devastating and everyone must do everything to prevent that from happening. We sincerely wish the circumstances of the trail were different and we were able to simply pick it up and move it. However, local landowner politics and exceptionally dynamic terrain make any solution outside of Big Snow Resort a multi-million dollar project. We look forward to constructive talks with the new ownership to avert a devastating trail shutdown."

I would assume that many have trespassed on the ski resort property over the years and a lot of snowmobilers have given others riders a bad name. The resort is private property and the owners are to do with it as they please.

Aren't the trails on private land insured through MSA or the club?

How many accidents have occurred since the 2010s to claim that having the tail run through the resort like it has for over a decade is unsafe?

As a snowmobiler ( skier and boarder) we enjoy a safe experience with families, young children and people of all ages as well... The condescending attempt at trying to justify the actions taken ( understandably within your rights) by implying snowmobiling and snowmobilers are not safe, not with families is quite clear where the resort management rests... I will be looking forward to seeing what options will be explored.

This country is too soft. Bubble wrap society.

I’m sure their future clientele with their EVs, man buns, and gluten free diets will gap the huge economic impact this made….

Only the liberal turds will be skiing there that don't like to snowmobile. I hope he loses his ass and goes under. I always liked skiing at Lutsen. I'll be going to white cap now.

Who bought this and where are they from ? China 🇨🇳 Kinda sounds like John Dutton !

Thanks Biden

They imagine a problem that doesn’t exist

It’s their property, they have every right to prevent people from using it in a way they don’t think is safe for their paying customers. Everything in their response was logical, and smart from the perspective of a large business in todays lawsuit happy world. If they do as they said, and private financial resources to getting the trail up and running in a different area then they should be commended, not attacked

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Monday September 19th, 2022 - 11:56 pm

Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

FROM Seney Snowmobile Association --> We had a great weekend of trail maintenance this weekend. Thank you to everyone that came up to help us out. Without your help we couldn’t get as much done as we did. Thank you again for supporting the SSA. #seney ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for all your hard work.

Sunday September 18th, 2022 - 10:50 am

Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

FROM Grand Traverse Area Snowmobile Club --> Slowly but surely we are getting things accomplished on the trails but still have more to go. Last week we brushed a new section of trail (see the before and after pictures of that section).
Melissa, Jeff and Baxter (the dog) went out today to change some Stop Ahead and Stop signs to the 4×4 post. Thanks for volunteering to make our trails better.
We will be brushing again next Sunday September 25th. We will meet at the groomer at 8:00 am. #traversecity
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thank you for your efforts

Thanks for all your work !

Thank you all.


Sunday September 11th, 2022 - 10:16 am

Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

FROM Gogebic Area Grooming --> And the 2022/2023 Season begins.
We will be needing Groomer Operators this season, as a couple will not be returning for different reasons. One has a Baby on the way. Congratulations Mercedes Alien!!
You will be missed.... #lakegogebic #westernup
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FROM Gogebic Area Grooming --> And the 2022/2023 Season begins.
We will be needing Groomer Operators this season, as a couple will not be returning for different reasons. One has a Baby on the way. Congratulations Mercedes Alien!!
You will be missed.... #lakegogebic #westernupImage attachment

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How much does it pay?? Full time or part time

Are there benifits?

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