The good news is temps are going to drop and it will be cold for the weekend. Most clubs are reporting that they will be back out once the temps drop either Thursday night or Friday. With this being said trails will be hard and fast.

Caribou Parks & Recreation Dept. - Madawaska Groomer

Ice Scratchers will be an added benefit to a sled for the weekend as the trails will have less than adequate lubrication, as long as groomers get out and groom this issue should be slightly resolved.

Remember that this weekend is the Sled Dog races in Fort Kent, Please use caution when on the trails where the race is being held. See below on this report for more detailed information.

There is a lot of things going on this weekend from one end of the County to the other.

  • 25th running of the Can-Am Sled Dog races in Fort Kent
  • Madawaska Snowmobile Club is hosting a Vintage Snowmobile Show on Sunday March 5th from 10-3 located at the clubhouse. Check out the poster below.
  • Frozen Motor Mayhem 4 at the Presque Isle fairgrounds this Saturday the 4th, Gates open at 8, racing starts at 1pm.
  • Cross Country Snowmobile Racing in Patten Saturday March 4th, Gates open at 8am Read Below Please: This Will Be For March 4-5 Can Am Sled Dog Races 2017 Shared Trails with Snowmobile Trail System

On ITS 85 in Fort Kent from the Groomer Be Garage (Village Road) north to intersection of ITS 92 continuing on ITS 92 west approximately 3.5 miles toward St. Francis. Teams will exit ITS 92 ½ mile west of Wellock Station.

On ITS 85 from Carter Brook, 100 feet east of the Wallagrass Stream bridge to the Wallagrass Lakes road approximately 1 mile. On ITS 92A in St. John from the Honeywell Lake area to ITS85 just east of the Carter Brook Stream bridge approximately 5 miles.

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.

On ITS 92 from Dicky (Allagash) to the intersection of 120 Deboullie Trail approximately 8 miles.

On ITS 85 south of St. Froid Lake on the Mesquito Brook Rd to the Hews Brook Road approximately 2 miles.

On ITS 85 south from Portage to Carr Pond intersection and on ITS 85C to Carr Pond approximately 5 miles.

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 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. There is a small logging operation near the Thibodeau road in Woodland, watch for signs.

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.

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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: 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.

3B: is open and signed there is a logging operation in the Little Black lake area please use caution.

Trail 81: (Swedes Trail) is in great shape

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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Saint Francis Snow Angels annual snowmobile drag race Saturday March 11th. Gates open at 8am, racing starts at 11:30.

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.

Meduxnekeag Ramblers Breakfast every Saturday morning from 6-9 at the Clubhouse in Littleton.

Gateway snowmobile club will be having their spring fling in town near the intersection of ITS 81/105 March 12 noon to 4


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

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