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AROOSTOOK COUNTY TRAIL REPORT UPDATED 03/15/2018
The Official Snowmobile Trail Report
From the desk of: Gary Marquis
Caribou Parks & Recreation Department
55 Bennett Dr.
Caribou, Me. 04736
I believe that the snow making machines on/off switch is broken and is stuck ON!!!!! The snow pack is getting deeper and deeper as March rolls on. This is some of the deepest snow pack we have seen in places since the winter of 08.
Projects are still out there doing what they do best is flatten out that white ribbon. A lot of the projects are getting close to their allotted hours for the grant, so what this means is that they will slow down a bit and try to groom right up until the end.
As the snow keeps getting deeper the deer and moose are staying on the trails as they are having difficulty going through the deep snow.
Most projects are going to hit it hard Thursday and Friday as the temps will start to cool off and are reporting that the trails will be in excellent conditions for the upcoming weekend.
ITS 92 This trail is in good condition. This is the best trail to head up on Saturday to catch the drag races in St. Francis.
ITS 90 This trail continues to be in great shape. There is a logging operation about 2 miles from the Woodland road crossing near Caribou. It is marked watch for log trucks. Fort Fairfield is reporting good conditions. Portage is reporting a small logging operation near the Beaver Brook Bridge please use caution.
ITS 120 This trail is in great conditions and one of the most scenic rides in the County. Make sure you stop by Deboulie Mountain.
ITS 83 reporting good conditions. The logging operation is now in effect and the reroute is now open please watch for signs and plan accordingly. There is also a new logging operation in Monticello south of the transfer station road watch for signs. Night trucking has started so please be cautious.
ITS 81 This trail is connected all the way through There is a logging operation on the section in Grand Isle please watch for signs. There is a logging operation where trail 98B and 81 intersect watch for signs. Madawaska is reporting good conditions. All clubs are out on their sections. Van Buren will have their entire section done by Friday morning.
ITS 85 Groomers will be out from North to South before the weekend. Oxbow is reporting that they will start as soon as the snow stops.
ITS 105 This trail is in good condition from Van Buren all the way through to Scopan.
ITS 88 Good conditions are being reported especially after the snow.
Trail 61 in Washburn is groomed and in good shape.
Trail 89 This trail is open to the Black Bear Lodge and connects with trail 102 which is the old trail 100 that Pleasant Ridge Riders maintains. From this intersection North to 94 still has not been connected.
Trail 94 Starting Thursday night it will be groomed.
Trail 71A in Ashland is now open to the river, there is one mile of plowed road other than that this trail is awesome.
Frenchville is reporting good shape on their trails.
Sly Brook snowmobile club are reporting good conditions on trail 96 and 73, Friday the rest of 73 and 73A will be groomed.
Moose town Riders are reporting that their whole system will be complete by Friday.
Caswell is reporting good conditions.
Trail 71D is closed for the season as there is logging, this is in the Grand Lake Seboeis area.
Municipal trail 70 Benedicta/Whetstone Falls is closed due to heavy logging.
Trail 81 Nordic Lakers are reporting good conditions
Chapman is reporting good conditions.
Easton Snowmobile Club is reporting that they have packed everything and will groom everything Friday Night.
Trail 73 and 73B is being maintained by Fort Kent and are reporting a few water holes on 73.
Central Aroostook Snowmobile club are reporting a lot of Moose traffic on the #9 lake trail and Rte. 70A.
Southern Aroostook Snowmobile Report
All clubs are dealing with a lot wet snow (18 to 24 inches) and are looking forward to a drop-in temperature this weekend to help keep the trails in good condition for spring sledding.
Bowlin/Mattagamon/Shin Pond is hoping for a great weekend with all trails groomed and ready. ITS 83, 85 and 85 to 71D are in great shape. They will be hosting the 3rd Annual Vintage Snowmobile Races at Shin Pond on Sunday the 18th. Gates open at 7 a.m. with racing staring at 10 a.m.
Benedicta Snow Gang has had some breakdowns this week but should have all groomers on the trails late Thursday. ITS 81, 81A and 83A to Sherman will be ready for the weekend.
The Molunkus Valley Snow Drifters in Sherman will have ITS 83, 83A and their portion of 3A groomed and report that all trails are in great shape.
The Rockabema Snow Rangers in Patten will have ITS 81 to Shin Pond, 112 to Island Falls and club trail 62 north will be groomed and ready by Friday.
The Meduxnekeag Ramblers are reporting 18 inches of new snow with more on the way. Club Trail 81 will be groomed Friday. ITS 83-rail bed is being groomed now with conditions looking good. ITS 86 West to St. Croix Stream is ready and in excellent shape. ITS 86 by Houlton International Airport and through to Hogdon will be groomed on Saturday.
2 more breakfasts at the Wiley Rd. Club on Saturday starting at 6 a.m. Take a ride over and support the club!
Eastern Maine Snow Riders with 3, 3A and ITS 110 to Macwahoc are groomed and ready for the weekend.
Linneus Snow Sports is packing this new snow with a drag before going out with the groomers on Saturday. ITS 105 from Hodgdon to ITS 83 and club trails 8 and 1 should be in great condition on Saturday.
I would like to encourage all readers to support the clubs by becoming members. They work hard so you can play hard!
ON THE SOCIAL SIDE:
Pleasant ridge riders snowmobile club will be having a club ride down to the Blue Moose in Littleton on Saturday March 24th. Be at the clubhouse by 9am.
Cold Mountain Snowmobile club will be having a breakfast on March 25th from 7-11 at the Grand Isle Community Center.
Ashland Snowmobile Club will be having a hot dog roast Saturday March 24th.
Presque Isle Snowmobile Club Stew night this Friday starting at 5 at their Clubhouse.
St. Francis Sno Angels Will have their clubhouse open on Saturdays from 11-7
Meduxnekeag Ramblers Snowmobile Club breakfast is on for this Saturday the 3rd. 6-10am.
March 15th Polaris 2019 snowmobiles sneak peek at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center. 4pm-9pm.
Washburn Trail Runner`s Clubhouse will be opening on the 5th for the season. Friday`s hours are from 8-12 Saturday 7-2 Sunday 7-12
Maine Snowmobile Association Directors` Meeting -- March 17 (meeting at 5pm/social at 6pm/Meal followed by a short directors` meeting) at the Swamp Buck Restaurant in Fort Kent. All are welcomed to attend. Food and drinks are at your own expense -- price of the meal in the $16 range with a limited menu. (per Jim Rioux of the Fort Kent SnoRiders)
THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT (03/13/2018)
Forecast is for 12”+ of snow from the Tuesday / Wednesday storm. Groomers will be out Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. All sections have plenty of snow and the riding is pretty awesome . . . . Enjoy it while it lasts!
- ITS 86 FROM BERRY`S STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD Intown gets beat up quickly with the heavy traffic. Once out of town just a mile, things improve. Good riding all the way to the ITS 88 intersection.
- ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Fine ride all the way through. Take ITS 87 south to the Bingham Wind Farm Trail, then loop back around onto the Pleasant Pond Trail and back to The Forks. This is a great 65 mile loop with spectacular scenery around Moxie Mountain. Ride right under the 300` tall wind towers!
- BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL Good snow cover. Nice going all the way through.
- PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Good snow cover. Decent all the way from the Bingham Wind Farm Trail back to ITS 87.
- CARATUNK SPUR Open and groomed.
- KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Open and groomed all the way from Northern Outdoors to West Forks.
For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is large, well plowed and has plenty of room for trailers. Groomed access to all trails. The lot is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at Northern Outdoors.
Northern Outdoors SC
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