Well despite what Punxsutawney Phil see’s we are definitely going to see more winter. This week has been a snowmobilers dream with the fresh snow almost every day and cool temp’s trails are the best they can be.

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All clubs are reporting excellent conditions and there are a few clubs helping out neighboring projects because of breakdowns. This is why the county is the best place to snowmobile.

With all the cold temps the bodies of water are certainly making good ice, but please ride where they are marked.

Remember this is Moose stompers weekend down in Houlton there will be plenty to do so head on down and enjoy everything that they are putting on.

CAUTION: Deer are being reported on 85 in Portage, 83A and 83 in the Caribou area. If you see tracks on the trails slow down. Moose are also present on trail 94 in the Cyr Plantation area.

TRAILS:

Trail 71A: only open the 1st 6 miles to Garfield.

ITS 83: is in great shape from one end of the County to the other. Remember that there is a reroute due to logging the trail is marked so plan accordingly.

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ITS 90: is open and completely groomed and in great shape. Fort Fairfield has made it through their swamp and is reporting that it is in good shape. The logging operation that was affecting the Caribou End is now done and the trail will be reopened for the weekend, please use caution if you do venture out there before the groomer does. Portage has also reported that there is some logging operations going on above the Mouse Island Road in Perham watch for signs. Portage Snowmobile club is working on reopening the old section of this trail off of the Mouse Island Road it looks like this will happen for the beginning of the week.

ITS 85: is connected all the way through to the crown. There is a section of road that is plowed at the Red River Bridge where Eagle Lake and Portage meet, this will be plowed for the rest of the season so please use caution. There is a logging operation South of Violette settlement please use caution watch for signs. The Oxbow area of 85 is in great shape, so head down that way it makes for a great ride.

120: the Deboullie trail is in great shape. Remember there is still a logging operation near the St. Francis road about 5 miles of plowed road.

The information in this report is only as good as the sources that report it. The purpose of the report is to help snowmobilers make decisions about their trips and to insure their safety. The report will be expanded as sources provide information...accurate info that is.

ITS 92: From Fort Kent up through to Allagash is reported to be in great shape. At the end of this trail the Glazier lake loop is a 26 mile ride wonderful trail.

ITS 86: is groomed all the way from the Boarder in Houlton and is in good shape to Oxbow.

ITS 81: is in good shape and completely open Logging operation before meeting with Fort Fairfield on the Easton end. Watch for signs and equipment on trail. Clubs will be out once it cools off. Watch for logging operation down off the Ashland road, and also on the Ralph Craig Memorial trail.

105: trail from Van Buren through Stockholm and South to Mapleton is in good shape. There is a logging operation at the Southern end in the Chapman area, there are alternatives to use. Logging should be complete within the next week. The Southern section of 105 is in great conditions.

ITS 88: From Fort Fairfield is reported open all the way to Ashland. Watch out for speed bumps in the Parkhurst Siding area of the Rail bed.

73B: is open and signed there is a logging operation in the Little Black lake area please use caution.

Trail 81: (Swedes Trail) is open and reported to have a few water holes watch for signs. There is a small water hole, it is very well marked.

Trail 81: in Houlton has a logging operation and will be shortened and is only going Oakfield. Trail 100 in the Caswell area has now connected with trail 94 in the Cyr Plantation area in a different location.

Trail 61: Is open off of Downtown Washburn going towards 90 there is plowed sections so please use caution.


ON THE SOCIAL SIDE:

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Group Snowmobile trail ride this Saturday at 10am at the Grand Lake Snowmobile Club.

Portage Lakers club meeting Friday night at Dean’s 6:30 Portage Lakers supper on the run Saturday February 11th .

Caribou Snowmobile Club will be hosting their annual Hotdog Roast at Axle Siding in Stockholm Located on ITS 83. February 18th .

The Pleasant ridge riders will be having a Breakfast fundraiser at the clubhouse from 7-11 all proceeds will be going to the groomer fund, Sunday February 26. Washburn trail runner’s clubhouse, Saturday hours will be 7-2, Sunday 7-12.

Presque Isle club is having chicken stew on Friday nights from 5-7.

Houlton Breakfast every Saturday morning from 6-9 at the Clubhouse.

Moosestomper’s weekend in Houlton is February 3-5 th. Check out their Facebook page.

Tame the track Sno-X snowmobile races are Sunday February 5th at the Houlton Community Park. For more info. Call 207-768-1667. There will also be sno bike demos. Check out their Facebook page.

Eagle Lake will be hosting snow drag racing on February 18, racing starts at 11.


The Official Snowmobile Trail Report: From the Desk of: Gary Marquis Caribou Parks & Recreation Dept. 55 Bennett Drive

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