Local Trail Report

It’s that time of year again. Given the varied snow conditions in Iron County, the Iron County snowmobile and winter ATV/UTV trails will partially open at 7am, Friday December 9th. Early season conditions, water holes, and a thin base will be the norm until we get more snow.
The White Thunder Riders report trails 2, 2A, 6, 8, 8b, 11a, 13, 13c, 15, 17, 17a, and trail 77 are ready to ride. The Mercer Sno-goers report all of their trail system has insufficient snow and will remained closed.
Please only plan to ride the trails listed above. There are some significant trail changes in the Mercer area and a section of the railroad grade (17) is CLOSED. Michigan trails are open to Bessemer but trail 160 near Saxon Harbor remains closed. As conditions change the clubs will continue to update.

Mercer Area Sno-goers

SNOWMOBILE TRAIL UPDATE: The following trails will have reroutes due to changes in land use permissions. 17, 12b, 10 and 182 are the affected trails. Reroutes are in progress and we are confident that the new trail sections will be completed in time for the opening of the snowmobile trails. We will give updates on the progress of these changes which will be included on the 2022-2023 map. We respect the decisions of these land owners and would like to thank all of our landowners that allow us use of their property for our trail system. We appreciate your patience and support as we move forward.

Please stay on marked ATV/UTV trails and routes as off trail riding is trespassing and can cause loss of trail use. Be aware of changing trail conditions due to wind or rain.

We would like to remind everyone that NOT ALL trails in the Iron County trail system are open year-round. Please follow an Iron County ATV map that shows the Summer trails and routes that are legal for use. We continue to field concerns from land owners and club members, about areas that are being damaged. Please respect these closed areas, and ALL trail boundaries so we can continue to enjoy this great trail system that has taken years to develop.

To help clarify when ATV trails open/close.  Many other counties have hard dates when the open/close their trails.  We don’t. Typically the ATV/UTV trails do not close in the fall.  They just roll right into Snowmobile season.  But there are a few caveats.  When the trails are froze or December 1, whichever comes first, then ATV/UTV use is prohibited if the temperature is 32 degrees or above.  This is in effect until March 31.  ATV/UTV trails close in the spring when the Snowmobile trails close, no later than March 31.  ATV/UTV trails stay closed until spring break-up conditions are good, generally around May 15.

ATV/UTVs need to follow the ATV/UTV map, even in the winter.  Tracks are not allowed on ATV/UTVs on the trails as they do not meet the WDNR definition of an ATV/UTV.  Tracks are allowed on lakes for fishing.

When we get calls from ATV/UTVers  who are looking to come up during deer season, we do caution them that many of our trails are on public and private property that are used for hunting during gun deer season and caution should be used.  Also, we remind winter ATV/UTVers that we get a lot of snow and there are many areas that they may have to get off of the trail when meeting a groomer.

We hope this helps. Thank you for your cooperation.


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