Michigan’s Snowmobile Trail Fee To Increase

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says snowmobile trail permit fees will increase for the next five years.

The snowmobile trail permit fees will increase from $48 to $52 for the next five-year period (Oct. 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2026). The change is based on an approved requirement adopted in 2008 to adjust snowmobile trail permit fees based upon the Consumer Price Index. This statutory provision was put into law to ensure that the snowmobile funding fee keeps pace with inflation.

Fees to Increase Next Season

The fee will be in place for trail permits for 2021-2022 the snowmobile season that goes on sale on September 1, 2021. Trail permits can be purchased through the DNR’s eLicense page.

The state’s 6,000 miles of snowmobile trails are 100% funded by the trail permit and registration funds. The monies go for signage, maintenance, bridge, and culvert construction, trail grooming, and a multitude of other snowmobile-related expenditures.

Michigan’s Snowmobile Trail System

Michigan snowmobile trails are open from December 1st through the end of March. Snow grooming takes place when snow accumulation can accommodate the equipment.

Designated Snowmobile Trails in Sanilac County
Designated Snowmobile Trails in Sanilac County

The Michigan DNR has a map website that offers an interactive snowmobile trail map that outlines the 6,000 miles of state-designated trails, public roads, and public lands that are open to snowmobiling. The maps allow users to find trail maps, download .gpx data, print out a PDF trail map, search for a trail by trail name or location, see trail manager and Snowmobile Clubs in the area.

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