Aroostook County Snowmobile Trail Report as of Feb. 16
What a winter we are having this year, some areas of Southern and Eastern Aroostook received over 30 inches of snow this past week.
(ABOVE: Shin Pond Groomer)
While the Northern section of the County did not receive 5 inches. Regardless all of the County is in great shape for the upcoming weekend and vacation week. There is absolutely no reason not to get out and enjoy these conditions. With deep snow conditions comes shortened signs so if you want to help out stop and clean snow out from in front of the signs.
ATTENTION: EAGLE LAKE WINTER RIDERS SNOW DRAGS ARE CANCELLED FOR THIS SATURDAY.
Whether you are at Two rivers restaurant in Allagash or down at Shin Pond Village there is someplace for everyone to enjoy a hot meal and great company.
If you are looking for less traffic trails checkout some of the non ITS trails on the County map, there are some of the nicest and best kept secrets around.
CAUTION: As the snow keeps piling up the big 4 legged animals are walking around where it is easy, so if you see tracks slow down.
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 in the Bridgewater area due to logging the trail is marked so plan accordingly. There is a logging operation 4 miles South of Linneus please watch for signs. The Central Aroostook Snowmobile club is anticipating this logging operation to be done shortly.
ITS 90: is open and completely groomed and in great shape. Portage has also reported that there is some logging operations going on above the Mouse Island Road in Perham watch for signs.
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.
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.
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.
ITS 92: From Fort Kent up through to Allagash is reported to be in great shape. This part of the County seems to always get great snow and they are reporting awesome conditions.
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:
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.
Remember Vacation week is quickly coming up and the Washburn Trail Runner’s Clubhouse will be open every day for breakfast and lunch.
Presque Isle club is having chicken stew on Friday nights from 5-7.
Meduxnekeag Ramblers Breakfast every Saturday morning from 6-9 at the Clubhouse in Littleton.
The Official Snowmobile Trail Report: From the Desk of: Gary Marquis Caribou Parks & Recreation Dept. 55 Bennett Drive
On air report brought to you by Fort Kent Powersports.