The DNR is now joining with local snowmobile clubs in urging snowmobilers to wait for the trails to open before riding.
The DNR says over-anxious snowmobilers can sometimes create problems by using the trails before they have been officially opened.
Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says, “In addition to being irresponsible, unsafe and illegal; it greatly threatens the landowner agreements that the club members have worked so hard to obtain and has resulted in closing large portions of trails throughout the state.”
While awaiting those trail openings, the DNR recommends:
- Make sure everyone in your family who rides is properly licensed. Anyone born after 1984 needs snowmobile safety
- Make sure your sleds are properly registered
- Review the regulation pamphlet so you know the laws.
Wisconsin ranks among the top states in providing snowmobile trails, Burrow says. The DNR provides $5.8 million in grants to maintain more than 18,700 miles of trails in the state.