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Western UP, Michigan

Reporter:Western U.P. Snowmobile Report
Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 14"
Date of Report: January 18, 2021
Area Report:


Western U P Snowmobile Trail Report— 1/18/2021

Please use caution while riding you will encounter some icy spots along with some rocks.  We have snow in this week’s forecast along with colder temps.  Please stay on marked trails riding on unmarked trails can result in the clubs losing easement for the trails.  Please be respectful.

 It’s still early season riding..

Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: good
  • Last Groomed: January 16th, 2021
  • Base Snowfall: 14″Groomers are reporting the trails have been groomed and are in pretty good shape.  Groomers were out on the 16th. Trail 160 is in good to very good condition.Trail 11s is in good condition with a few fair spots.  Please use caution logging is ongoing.  Logging trucks have the right away.  South of Chaney Lake there is a section where there is 2 ft. washout but the club is filling it in. 
  • Trail 8 is in fair to good condition with icy corners.
  • Trail 2 is in fair to good condition watch for icy corners and you will encounter some spots with rocks.  It is still early season riding.
  • WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   We are begging riders to ride off trail legally as there are 1-million acres of public land east of Wakefield to off trail ride on – please only ride legal areas!  The Ottawa National Forest is 990,000 acres and much of it open to cross-country riding (no trail/road) if there is 6″ or more of snow.  Several restricted areas, contact the forest for further information.  

Gogebic Area Groomers Report 1/18/2021

Groomers have been out and all trails have been groomed.  They are reporting trails are in decent shape.  There are still areas where rocks are showing up but groomers are attempting to cover them with snow.

Please use caution while riding conditions can change quickly.  Be Safe.

U.P. Thunder Riders Trail Report 1/18/2021

Groomers will be heading out today to flatten the trails.  We still need more snow. Please ride with caution.

Snowmobiling Information


Winter lays a white blanket across the hills inviting all to come outdoors and play; Snowmobile down endless groomed trails. Michigan is a snowmobiler’s paradise, boasting more than six million acres of state and federal lands along with hundreds of miles of privately owned trails.

It’s Snow Time for Michigan Snowmobilers. Michigan ranks among the top eight snowmobiling states in the nation. It’s first in sheer beauty, with thousands of miles of groomed and ungroomed public trails. They span whole regions of countryside, winding across rolling fields, then plunging down woodland ravines up into deep pine forests, from town to town in Michigan.

If wintry trails beckon you, Michigan has it all. In fact, a growing number of hotels, motels and resorts offer door-to-trail proximity.

No agency has been more active in transforming Michigan into a haven for snowmobile enthusiasts than the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). They are the creators and guardians of Michigan’s major trail network through the state park system.

Snowmobiling is becoming more and more a family sport. Safety is paramount. Most accidents occur when drivers override their headlights at high speeds on remote trails. Alcohol is frequently a factor. When you snowmobile in Michigan, observe state laws. Protect the environment and your own safety by sticking to established trails. Use common sense and courtesy. And enjoy!