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Welcome To Maine My name is Mike Grass Jr., President of the Maine Snowmobile Association and I would like to welcome you to Maine Snowmobiling. In Maine we are blessed with a state that has abundant snowfall and many different terrains. Our rugged rocky coast to the mountains of western Maine to the farm fields of Aroostook County, we have something for everyone. Whether you like trails with lots of curves, long straightaways or a mixture of both, Maine has it all. Maine snowmobile clubs groom and maintain 14,000 +/- miles of snowmobile trail every winter. Trails connecting Fryeburg to Calais and Sanford to Madawaska, 286 clubs cover Maine with some of the best snowmobile trails east of the Missis- sippi. Nightly grooming ensures trails will be some of the best you’ve ever ridden. Mt. Katahdin, the highest point in Maine, is a focal point for trails in the Millinocket area with many trails having turnouts and picturesque spots of Maine’s tallest peak. Speaking of highest points, how about riding your sled to the top of Coburn Moun- tain. The highest groomed trail in Maine boasts a 360 degree view at the top. Want something unique, how about a trail that straddles the Maine/New Bruns- wick, Canada border. Granite markers guide your way as you ride in both countries. How about Salt Water? Maine has a trail that runs along the downeast coastline, literally feet from the salt water. Maine has terrain and views for every rider. Maine’s hospitality is second to none. Maine restaurants, motels, cabins, fuel sta- tions and snowmobile dealers are ready to make sure your stay and recreation in Maine is an enjoyable experience. Maine’s snowmobile dealers are known for going out of their way to fix issues that might arise with your snowmobile during your stay here. I could go on and on here, telling you how great Maine snowmobiling is but once you experience it, you’ll be back, again and again. Maine snowmobile club volunteers are proud to showcase their work by the product they put on the snow. Excellent sig- nage and grooming are the standard. Plan the vacation. Make the trip. Some things are just worth it and Maine is one of them. “Maine, the way life should be”. Think Snow, Mike



Snowmobile Maine

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Snowmobile Maine

AMaine vacation. For many people it’s filled with lob- sters and lighthouses, summer sun and sandy beaches, campsites and hiking boots, sailboats and seaside picnics. That’s fine, for some. But for thousands and thousands of visitors and stayca- tioners, a real Maine vacation needs snow. Lots of snow - rolled, packed and groomed to fill 14,000+ miles of winter trail leading from town to town, deep into the north woods, downeast, around western lakes, over frozen fields, mean- dering through the wintry countryside across the state. Over 80,000 people toured those Maine snowtrails last winter, exploring every corner of the state, by snowmobile. As soon as the snow thickly blankets the ground and MSA clubs begin grooming the white ribbon, the snowmobilers head out. Some ride to spend quality time outdoors with family and friends - some ride to discover the beautiful, frozen locations found along the trail - and to be honest, some sledheads just enjoy piling up the miles. As they ride, they’ll discover businesses and welcoming communities waiting to serve snowmobilers, MSA clubs maintaining the trails, and a schedule of festivals, public suppers, races, and club events to entertain snowmobilers all winter long. What snowy corner of Maine would you like to explore? Snowmobile Maine. Ride Right. Enjoy. Maine’s Trail System The Maine snowmobile trail system consists of over 14,000 miles of mapped trails, including several thousand miles designated as the Interconnected Trail System (ITS). The ITS trails interconnect to form a snow covered ‘high- way’ which traverses the state. Given statewide snow cov-

er, a rider could head out from nearly any point on the ITS, and ride to any other location in Maine that is reached by the system. Snowmobilers can plan extended trips, sled- ding from region to region, staying in a different location each night - or set up base in one location and use the ITS to day trip to other areas. The ITS is numbered, marked and regularly maintained. The system is inspected annually by the members of the MSA Trails Committee under contract with the Snow- mobile Program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF). An updated map of the ITS system is produced jointly by the MSA and DACF, and is available in the fall for the upcoming snowmobile season. Use the ITS map to make your long distance riding plans. Trail junctions are printed on the map - the distance between the trail junctions is noted by numbers printed along the path of the trail. Add- ing up total mileage between junctions along a route will result in an approximation of trip length. 10,000+ miles of local trails can provide a slower paced style of riding and allow sledders to really explore a snow- mobiling region. Many of these trails also connect with the ITS. Some local trails were established decades ago, as snowmobile club members began to design a way for riders in their area to visit their neighbors, or access the gas station or the village store. As these local systems de- veloped and interest in recreational snowmobiling grew, more trails were added to provide ‘loop’ rides or access to scenic destinations. Snowmobile clubs, Chambers of Commerce and tourism



groups produce maps of much of the 10,000+ miles of trail not included on the ITS map. These maps of regional or local systems are more detailed than the ITS map, due to scale. See pages 16-18 of this publication for a listing of local and regional maps. Instructions for obtaining copies of these maps are also listed on the back of the ITS map and posted on the MSA web site, www.mainesnowmo- bileassociation.com . Safety First Observing a few simple safety rules can help to keep you and the members of your riding party safe on the trails. 1. Keep to the right hand side of the trail, especially on a curve or rise. 2. Never operate a snowmobile while under the influ- ence of drugs or alcohol. 3. Travel at a reasonable rate of speed for the condi- tions. 4. Ride defensively. 5. Learn and use snowmobiling hand signals. 6. Be absolutely certain of ice thickness if you choose to ride on a frozen body of water. 7. Yield to all grooming equipment. Groomers may be out on the trails at any time of the day or night and may take up to the full width of the trail. 8. Wear a good helmet and appropriate clothing, and carry maps and maintenance, survival and first aid supplies. Many people have a cell phone with them - a good idea. Just be aware that there are many sec- tions of trail with no cell reception; riders should be prepared to handle any situation that may arise. 9. Leave an itinerary of your ride with a responsible

Please stay on marked trails

person and notify them of any changes or delays. Although the search and rescue skills of the Maine Warden Service are invaluable in a true emergen- cy, there is no need to call the professionals out on a cold night to hunt for missing riders who aren’t missing at all - just in a different location than origi- nally planned. You can print a simple itinerary form at www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com . Find it the Ride Right In Maine section under the Maine drop-down Menu. Photo by Alan Swett - Carabasett Ride Eustis Kennabago MTN

j Snowmobile Registration Maine resident registration renewals and non-resident registrations are available for purchase online at the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web site, www.maine.gov/ifw/. Registrations are also available through dozens of registration agents. A list of agents can be found on the IF&W web site. Resident: $56/Season (7/1-6/30). Non-Resident: $120/Season (7/1-6/30), $100/10 consecutive days, $75/3-consecutive days. Questions? Contact IF&W Licensing and Registration Division, 41 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333; 207-287-8000. j Maine Snowmobile Law Handbook Posted on the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web site, www.maine.gov/ifw/ . j Trail Fund Donation Sticker Support Maine’s snowmobile trails with your voluntary donation to the state trail fund. Trail fund donation stickers at three donor levels ($25, $50, $100) are available when you register your sled. The donation program, which is separate from the registration requirements, is a way to show how much you appreciate Maine snowmobile trail development and maintenance efforts. j Trail Condition Reports Trail condition reports can be found on the MSA web site www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com , updated most weekdays during the trail grooming season. Reports are voluntary observations of MSA members, not a guarantee of current conditions. MSA members - trailmasters, groomer operators, club officers, trail riders, supporting business owners - are all welcome to sub- mit reports to: www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com . Please include your name and the name of your snowmobile club.



Snowmobile Trail Signage A sample of some standard signage used on the trails.

Caution-Slow down for a present or upcoming trail hazard

The MSA encourages all snowmobilers to take a snowmobile safety course. Con- tact the Recreational Safety Office at the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wild- life for information (207-287-5220) or check the schedule of courses that IF&W posts online at maine.gov/ifw/ . Snowmobile Registration Maine’s trail system is partially funded through a sled registration system. All rid- ers, resident and non-resident, need to register their sleds in Maine to ride on the trails. Residents of Maine register at an annual fee of $56 per season. Non-resident registration is $120 for a full season, $100 for 10 consecutive days or $75 for 3 consecutive days. (Plus a small agent fee). There is no trail pass or club member- ship requirement. The MSA strongly encourages all who ride in Maine to support an MSA club through their membership. A portion of the registration fee is used by the Snowmobile Program of the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to administer and fulfill grants that reimburse snowmobile clubs for some of their trail maintenance expenses. A portion is credited to a fund to assist in the purchase of grooming equipment. A portion is used for law enforcement and safety education expenses of the Maine Warden Service. In the case of Maine residents, a percentage of their registration fee also goes to their municipality. In many cases the municipalities return those funds to the local snowmobile club to assist with trail maintenance expenses. Resident renewals and non-resident registrations can be purchased online on the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries &Wildlife website, www.maine.gov/ifw/ . Regis- trations can also be purchased through registration agents. A list of agents is posted on the IF&W site. Most are located in Maine; there are a few in New Hampshire and Vermont. If you need more information about the registration process, contact the IF&W Licensing and Registration Division, 41 State House Station, Augusta

Stop-Come to a complete stop before proceeding

Object Marker-Be alert to fixed object beside the trail, narrowing passage

Stop Ahead-Prepare for an upcoming stop sign

Directional arrow-Be prepared for a change in trail direction

ME 04333; 207-287-8000. Snowmobile Law

Before heading out on the trail system you should go over the snowmobile law handbook. It’s posted on the website of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, at maine.gov/ifw/ . Print a copy to have on hand. Here’s a little basic

Trail Blaze - Consistent marking of designated snowmobile trail



Photo by: Eileen & Larry Lefland - ITS 81 in Benedicta view of Mt. Katahdin

MSA and snowmobile club membership is not mandatory; such support is welcome and appreciated. There is no speed limit on the snowmobile trails. Riders need to maintain reasonable and prudent speed for the cur- rent conditions, taking the weather, trail conditions, trail traffic, operator skill level and other contributing factors into account. You may see a speed limit sign posted by a club or community, generally to protect trail access or for safety considerations. Please observe these locally posted limits. You do not have the right to operate your snowmobile on someone else’s land if permission for access has not been granted. There are many places where it is just plain illegal to operate a snowmobile in Maine: in cemeteries, near hospitals and churches, too close to private homes, on public sidewalks, etc... Riding is only allowed on power lines and utility corridors if there is an authorized snow- mobile trail. Those trails will be marked and appear on a snowmobile trail map. Riding on railroad track rights of way is illegal, the exception would be an authorized trail crossing. Visit the Operation Lifesaver web site, oli.org , for more information.

info to get you started: A driver’s license is not required to operate a snowmobile. Liability insurance is not required by law; the MSA en- courages riders to have coverage.

For Emergency Assistance: To reach a Maine Game Warden 24 hours/day contact the dispatch center nearest you:

j Safety Courses Snowmobile Safety courses are offered by the Recreational Safety Office of the Maine

HOULTON.................1-800-924-2261 BANGOR...................1-800-432-7381 AUGUSTA.................1-800-452-4664 GRAY.........................1-800-228-0857

Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife: 207-287-5220. A list of their upcoming courses is maintained by IF&W at www.maine.gov/ifw .

j Reporting an Accident If you are involved in, witness to, or made aware of a snowmobile accident resulting in injury to another person, you must make yourself known, render aid to the best of your ability and report the accident by the quickest means possible. All accidents re- sulting in a death or injuries requiring a physician must be reported to law enforcement by the quickest means possible. Proper- ty damage accidents ($1,000 or more) must be reported within 72 hours using a form provided by IF&W, at www.maine.gov/ifw/ .



Photo by: Eileen & Larry Lefland - ITS 83 where Big Valley and Smoki-Haulers meet

Finally, in light of terrorism, illegal entry, human traffick- ing, and drug smuggling concerns, it’s a poor idea to ride the border slash between the US and Canada. Keep it simple, stick with the marked and groomed snow- mobile trails, where landowner permission has already been granted, signs posted and reasonable efforts made to keep the trail free of hazards. Younger operators Younger operators are not legally required to take a safety course before operating a snowmobile in Maine. The MSA strongly encourages that they do so. Be aware that anyone who allows a person under 18 to operate a snowmobile is jointly liable with the minor’s parent or guardian for any resultant damages. All snowmobilers under the age of 18 (operator or pas- senger) must wear a helmet. Children under the age of ten who are operating a sled must be accompanied by an adult (under visual-voice control), unless they are riding on their parents’ property with their parents’ permission. Children under the age of 14 may not cross a road maintained for travel while operating a snowmobile. An older operator must cross the sled for them. Operating a snowmobile requires some maturity, skill and strength. Many Maine kids have ridden graduated size snowmobiles since they could manipulate the controls of a mini sled. They become competent operators at a fairly young age, instructed in the rules and ethics of snowmo- biling by their parents and grandparents. Children who haven’t benefitted from such experience should not be al- lowed to operate a snowmobile without training and adult supervision.

Where’s the snow? The MSA maintains trail condition reports on line at www. mainesnowmobileassociation.com , updated weekdays during the snowmobiling season. Along with reports vol- untarily submitted by club trailmasters, groomers, riders and business members, the site has a number of links to other trail report pages maintained by clubs and businesses throughout Maine. The trail report page was originally cre- ated as a courtesy to riders, and continues in that spirit. It was quite a novelty at the time it first appeared on the scene many years ago; now there are numerous internet sources for winter trails information. Reports should not be considered a guarantee of conditions, as conditions can change rapidly. If you have trouble finding a report from the area where you plan to ride, try contacting the local snowmobile club, your lodging facility or the area Chamber of Commerce. The MSA trail report focuses on groomed trail riding. Gen- erally groomed riding can be found somewhere in the state from mid-December through early April, with prime rid- ing found in the months of January, February and March. The longest grooming season is usually found in a north- erly widening swath running from the elevated western mountains and foothills up through northern Maine. Great riding can be found in all areas of the state, but southern and coastal areas usually see a somewhat shorter season due to earlier warming trends and proximity to the ocean. Local clubs determine when conditions are right to open the trails in their area. Snow pack alone is no guarantee that trails will be open. The determination is based on factors like the amount of snow on the ground, progress of preseason trail work such as signage, and whether the ground is well frozen. In some areas landowners will re- quire an opening date that doesn’t conflict with their pri- mary use of the land, and the clubs will of course comply. Please respect “Trail Closed” signs.



Know Before You Go! – Always Check Local Ice Conditions Provided by The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

on ice without additional traction devices; consequently fast stops are impossible and spinouts far too common on bare ice. Avoid heavy braking to stop; instead let up on the throttle allowing the machine to slowly coast to a stop. Snowmobile collisions on lakes account for a significant number of crashes because rid- ers often wrongly assume lakes are flat, wide open areas, totally free of obstructions. Real- ize that if you can ride and turn in any direc- tion while operating on a lake, so can other riders, so the threat of a collision can come from any direction at any time. Additionally, lakes are not always free of obstructions since ice heaves, slush pockets, or frozen mounds from ice fishing can be encountered unex- pectedly and change from day to day. Never trust the judgment of other snowmo- bilers by simply following their snowmobile tracks across ice. You are responsible for your own safety so, if you choose to ride across ice, be absolutely certain the ice is safely frozen by testing the ice thickness. It is critical to evaluate the ice quality and type before traveling out onto it. New ice that is clear and hard is the only kind of ice recom- mended for travel. Always avoid: • Slushy ice • Ice on or near moving water (i.e. rivers, currents, channels) • Ice that has thawed and refrozen • Layered or ‘rotten’ ice caused by sudden temperature changes • Other risk factors that weaken or ‘rot’ ice are: • Snow on ice that acts as an insulating blanket that prevents hardening • Pressure ridges in the ice due to wind, cur- rent, or ice pressure Know and follow safe ice thickness guide- lines, which apply only to new clear hard ice: Getting Out if You Fall Through

Drowning is a leading cause of snowmo- biling fatalities. If you ride on ice often, con- sider wearing a buoyant floatation snowmo- bile suit. It is also a good idea to wear a set of commercial ice picks, which have spring- loaded sleeves that cover the points and are attached to a cord so they can be threaded through the sleeves of your jacket. If you fall through the ice, stay calm. Real- ize that air trapped inside your snowmobile suit (even a non-buoyant one) and helmet may help keep you afloat for several min- utes. Extend your arms out forward in front of you and onto the unbroken ice surface in an attempt to catch yourself. Kick your feet to help propel you onto the ice, like a seal. If the ice keeps breaking, continue kicking and trying to move toward shore or the direction from which you came. Use anything sharp like ice picks, keys, or a knife to dig into the ice to help pull you forward. Don’t remove your gloves or mitts. Once you are on the ice, crawl or roll away from the hole. Do not attempt to stand up until you are well away from the hole.

Ice can always be dangerous because of changing conditions and inconsistencies in its thickness, particularly when there is running water beneath it. The safest snowmobiling rule is to never cross lakes or rivers since ice thickness to support a snowmobile can never be guaranteed. Never venture onto lakes or rivers unless you are absolutely certain of a safe route across the frozen surface. In addition to the danger of plunging through thin ice, you have far less traction for start- ing, turning, and stopping on ice. Always use extreme caution and travel at lower speeds when riding on ice. Remain seated on the snowmobile to help keep the center of gravity low and to aid in controlling your machine. A snowmobile can be extremely hard to control



Protect The Trails! About 94% of the snowmobile trail system is on private land, thanks to generous landowners who allow trails on their property. Permitting the respectful use of one’s property by outdoorsmen and women is a tradition with a long history in Maine. All snowmobilers can help to protect this privilege of access by remembering the following rules while riding: • Stay on the marked trails. Snowmobile clubs work with landown- ers to determine the best location for the trails. Remember, snow- mobiling is a secondary use of private land. The land’s primary use may be to grow trees, blueberries, potatoes, or other crops or to provide habitat for plants or wildlife. Although snowmobiles travel over snow, snowmobiling in unauthorized areas can still be a threat to primary uses. Riding off trail in blueberry barrens can compress the snow above the blueberry plants, damaging them to the point of little or no yield. Riding off trail in a tree farm can destroy young trees with subsequent loss of income for the landowner. When the secondary use of snowmobiling threatens the land’s primary use, the landowner may have to deny access. • Carry out all trash, including smoking refuse. Landowners should never be put in the position of cleaning up after the very people they have welcomed onto their land. • Stay off plowed roads. Many snowmobile trails travel over lands managed for the forest products industry. It is prohibited to operate snowmobiles on the plowed roads. Even if fresh snow has fallen on a previously plowed road that does not mean it is permissible to snowmobile on the road. Trailers and vehicles cannot be left along the side of these plowed roads. The roads are used year round to move product in large trucks which can take up the full width of the road. The illegal presence of snowmobiles endangers riders and the truck drivers trying to perform their job. • Respect our wildlife. If you encounter a wild animal traveling the trail, keep your distance and wait for them to move on, or consider another route. Do not pursue, herd or otherwise harass wildlife. The Maine Snowmobile Association and MSA clubs spend a great deal of time and effort maintaining good relationships with land- owners. Do your part to protect the trail system by showing respect for all landowners and treating their property with care. Services for Snowmobilers There are Maine businesses, Chambers of Commerce and tourism organizations throughout the state who will gladly assist with trip planning and local trail information. Snowmobiling has a significant economic impact for many communities in the state, and lodging facilities, restaurants and other local businesses look forward to the arrival of snowmobilers in their area. The advertisements in this guide and listings and links on the MSAweb site, www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com , contain information about a number of these welcoming businesses.

Snowmobiling Hand Signals Please learn these standardized signals and use them when riding. STOP

Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat.


Left arm raised at shoulder heigt, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.


Arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitch-hiking motion move arm forward to backward over your shoulder.

LAST SLED IN LINE Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with fist clenched.


Left arm extended straight out from shoulder an pointing in the direction of the turn.


ONCOMING SLEDS Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to right side of trail. Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.



Depending on where you choose to ride, lodging choices may include resorts (lodging, dining, sled rentals and guide service available in one location), modern motels, inns, B&B’s and sporting camps. Some groups prefer to rent cabins where they can prepare meals and enjoy one another’s company in a private setting. Couples may prefer private cottages or suites. Families with youngsters may enjoy a motel with a swimming pool and on-site dining. You’ll find restaurants from homestyle cooking to fast food, upscale dining to grab and go. If you have the opportunity, stop by a snowmobile club public supper (or breakfast or lunch...). There’s always lots of good home made food at a can’t be beat price. If you’re planning to rent sleds, reserve the machines in advance. Expect a minimum age for operators, and a damage deposit requirement. The rental agent should go over operation and safety guidelines before you head out. First time riders may consider hiring a recreational guide to lead a knowledgeable tour of the area trails. Remember that in some areas of the state, particularly the north woods, there will be a distance between any stops for gas and food, so plan ahead.

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The Art of Trail Communication - Mike Grass Jr.

Trail communication is a touchy subject to some people, but with January being safety month, I thought this might help shed some light on the subject. When we are out riding the snowmobile trails of Maine, we all want to be safe, and knowing how many sleds are in a group we are meeting is a tool to help make us safer. There are basically two methods of tell- ing the size of a group of riders currently being used. They are “Ride Lights” and hand signals. Hand signals have probably been around the longest. A rider simply holds up the number of fingers that correspond to the number of riders in his/her group that are behind him/her. If a rider is wearing mittens, a thumb pointing back- wards will still indicate riders behind them. The last rider in the group holds up a closed fist to indicate they are the last sled in the group. The downside of this system is that riders must let go of the handlebars to indicate to other riders on the trail. In my opinion, riders should always be in control of their sled and be capable of indicating. However, if you are in a corner or on a bumpy trail, letting go of the handlebars to indicate to other riders might not be the best thing to do. Enter Ride Lite, or CSS (Communication Safety System). The Ride Lite is a light that mounts to your sled, displaying an amber or green light. If you are first of the group or middle of the group, your light is amber. If you are last in your group, your light will be green to indicate this to other riders. Some may say, this doesn’t work if another group comes up behind you, but

in actuality, it still works. Some also say that once you see the green light you can hammer down. Not true. No matter what system a group is using, after passing them, we should all expect to meet another sled or group, or maybe even a groomer, so caution should always be used and riders should keep to the right at all times. Just like driving on a road, this should be common practice. We never know who or what is around the corner or just out of sight. As you may or may not know, Maine snowmo- bile trails are open to the public to hikers, snow- shoers, cross country skiers, fat bikes and dog sleds. Imagine you are cross-country skiing or fat biking. There is a wind noise when you are at speed and hearing a snowmobile approaching from behind, might not happen, especially with today’s quiet 4-stroke snowmobiles. If they can’t hear you, they may be in the middle of the trail with no idea you are even around. Another communication device that makes

sleds gives other riders a “heads up” to pre- pare. If a rider in back has a problem, it also makes it easier to tell the leader to pull over the group. All of this information is my opinion. You may have different ideas, systems and theories you use while sledding

and that is your prerogative. This is meant to help keep people safer out on the trails. Com- mon sense, prudent speed, keeping right, stay- ing on the marked trails and respecting other riders should be the common practice of all snowmobilers. The goal of every rider should be to return home safely after enjoying a great day on the snowmobile trails of Maine. Safety is no Accident!

riding safer is helmet to helmet com- munications. There are many compa- nies making systems that

make talking to other riders in your group easy and affordable. The leader of the group warning other riders of an obstacle in the trail or meeting



members. The MSA has an office in the state capital of Augusta. Staff includes a publications editor, membership processor and executive director who is a registered lob- byist representing MSA members before the legislature, state agencies and Maine’s congressional delegation. The staff produce a web site ( www.mainesnowmobileassociation. com ), a newspaper ( The Maine Snowmobiler ), an annual guide to Maine snowmobiling (Snowmobile Maine), the statewide map of the Interconnected Trail System and the annual Maine Snowmobile Show and distribute additional information through an email alert system and social me- dia. In addition to membership dues, the state association is supported by publication advertising revenue, the Maine Snowmobile Show, a golf tournament and an annual ‘Su- per Raffle’. The MSA Scholarship Fund, Inc., a separate but closely allied organization, has helped a number of MSA members with education expenses. To contact the MSA, email msa@mainesnowmobileassoci- ation.com , phone 207-622-6983, visit 7 Noyes Street Place in Augusta or write MSA, PO Box 80, Augusta, Maine 04332. Visit www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com , and like the MSA on Facebook. The MSA and the snow- mobile club in your area, or in the area where you ride, would welcome your support. See pages 14-15 for a list of clubs and a membership form, visit www.mainesnowmo- bileassociation.com or contact your local MSA affiliated snowmobile club. United we trail, divided we fail!

The Maine Snowmobile Association The volunteers of the 280 +/- affiliated clubs of the Maine Snowmobile Association accept responsibility for maintaining much of Maine’s snowmobile trail system. Members work with landowners, cut, brush, sign and groom trails, build bridges, purchase, maintain and operate grooming equipment, produce local trail maps, maintain the records and paperwork required for trail and equipment grants, host fundraisers and recruit new members. Some MSA clubs are involved with charitable fundraising events and sponsor safety courses and voluntary trail checks during the season. Early leaders of the MSA successfully pushed legislation to establish a state snowmobile registration system to as- sist clubs with trail expenses. Several years ago the MSA successfully lobbied to credit the trail fund with a small portion of the state gasoline tax attributable to snowmo- biling. The trail system is supported in part through a state grant program funded by these user pay sources, but clubs must raise funds to cover expenses not reimbursed by their grant. Club fundraising events may include public suppers, dances, winter festivals, swap meets and racing events. Attendance at any club hosted fundraiser is a great way to have fun, meet other snowmobilers and support the club’s efforts. A portion of each club member’s dues goes to support the state association, a non profit organization currently rep- resenting 20,000+/- family members and 2100+ business

j Trail Maps The map of Maine’s Interconnected Trail System (ITS) is available free of charge at the MSA Office, 7 Noyes Street Place in Augusta; the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street in Augusta; some Maine Visitor Information Centers, at the annual Maine Snowmobile Show and other events. To have a copy of the map mailed to you, send your request plus $2 S&H to: ITS Map, MSA, PO Box 80, Augusta ME 04332. A list of local/regional maps can be found on pages 16-18 of this publication, on the back of your ITS map and on the MSA web site www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com .

j Heading over the border Everyone must stop at Customs to snowmobile into Canada. Carry your current passport, passport card or other approved documents and any required insurance and trail passes for the province that you will be visiting. Visit www.cbp.gov for more information about travel document requirements. Please also be sure to inquire about any CIVID-19 protocols, mandates or restrictions that you must adhere to in Canada or other states. Note the hours of operation for Customs and plan cross-border trips conservatively. Our neighbors: New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, 506-325-2625 www.nbfsc.com Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, 514-252-3076 www.fcmq.qc.ca New Hampshire Snowmobile Association, 603-273-0220 www.nhsa.com



Join the MSA & the Club of Your Choice Select the MSA-affiliated snowmobile club that you would like to support by selecting one from page 14 & 15 , then fill out this membership form. Enclose your check for $30 or enter your credit card info and mail to: MSA, PO Box 80, Augusta ME 04332. If you’re paying by credit card you can fax the form to 207-622-7669. $15 of your dues supports your local club; $15 supports the state association. The club is credited for your membership, and an MSA decal is sent to you. Your subscription to the MSA newspaper, the Maine Snowmobiler, begins with the issue following receipt of your membership. Season runs from October 1, 2021-September 30, 2022 CLUB SELECTED ________________________________________________________________________ MEMBER NAME ___________________________________________________ DATE ________________ ADDRESS ______________________________________________________________________________ CITY/TOWN ____________________________________________ STATE ________ ZIP ______________ TEL _____________________________ DATE OF BIRTH ___________ ___________ IF PAYING BY CREDIT CARD, PLEASE CIRCLE ONE: VISA MASTERCARD DISCOVER CARDHOLDER NAME ______________________________________ TEL __________________________ ADDRESS ______________________________________________________________________________ ACCOUNT NUMBER _____________________________ EXPIRATION _____________ CARDHOLDER SIGNATURE _______________________________________________ TOTAL # OF PEOPLE IN FAMILY MSA, PO Box 80, Augusta ME 04332 • 207-622-6983 • Fax: 207-622-7669 • www. mainesnowmobileassociation.com DIRECT ACCESS

j Maine Snowmobile Association The Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA) is an organization of over 20,000 family members and 2100+ business members in 280+/- non profit

snowmobile clubs. Club members accept responsibility for a great deal of the trail maintenance, signing, grooming, bridge construction, fundraising and landowner relations activities that keep the 14,000 mile Maine snowmobile trail system open. Visit www.mainesnowmobileassociation. com , the MSA web site, for information about the MSA and its member clubs, the Maine Snowmobiler’s Calendar of Events, trail conditionsand links to lodging facilities, services and Chambers of Commerce ready to assist you with your Maine winter trip planning. The MSA also maintains a popular Facebook page. To join the MSA, see details to the right, visit www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com or contact your local snowmobile club.

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The Affiliated Clubs of the Maine Snowmobile Association

Abbot-Kingsbury Off-Grid Groomers Abbot-Big Pine Riders SC Albion-Night Roadrunners SC Allagash-Moosetown Riders, Inc. Alna-Alna SC Alton-L A Sledders Andover-Snow Valley Sno-Goers Anson-Anson-North Anson SC Appleton-Appleton Trail Makers Ashland-Ashland SC Ashland-Libby Pinnacle Sno Riders Athens-AC Lineriders SC Auburn-Andy Valley Sno Gypsies Auburn-Auburn Sno Groomers Auburn-Perkins Ridge Sno-Travelers Augusta-Fox Glen SC Augusta-North Augusta Trailblazers Baileyville-St Croix Trailriders Bangor-Bradford Snow Blazers Bangor-Paul Bunyan SC Bar Mills-Sokokis Riders SC Belfast-Belfast Area Snow Packers Belgrade-Belgrade Draggin’ Masters Belgrade Lakes-Rome Ruff Riders Benedicta-Benedicta Snowgang SC Benton-Country Cousins SC Benton-Good Time Riders Bethel-Bethel Snow Twisters Bethel-Greenstock Snow Sports Biddeford-Shaker Valley Sno Travelers Bingham-Valley Riders SC Bowdoin-Bowdoin Flurry Flyers Bowdoinham-Bowdoinham Snowbirds Brewer-Eastern Maine Snowmobilers Bridgton-Bridgton Easy Riders Bristol-Route 66 SC Brooks-Harvest Valley SC Brownfield-Burnt Meadow SC Brownville-Brownville SC Buckfield-Streaked Mountaineers Bucksport-Family SC Burlington-Burlington Back Country Riders Calais-Breakneck Mt Sno-Riders Calais-Sunrise Snowmobilers Cambridge-Cambridge Super Trails Canaan Canaan Bog Bouncers Caribou-Caribou SC

Carmel-Carmel SC Carrabassett Valley-J V Wing SC Carthage-Webb River Valley SC Charleston-Charleston Stumpjumpers Cherryfield-Narraguagus SC Clifton-Clifton Area SC Clinton-Town & Country Trailriders Inc Corinna-Corundel Raiders Corinth-Powerline Prowlers SC Cornish-Cornish Sno-Cruisers SC Crawford-Airline Riders Cumberland-Moonlite Sno-Skimmers Danforth-East Grand SC Detroit-Night Drifters SC Dexter-Wassookeag SC Dixfield-Poodunck SC Dixmont-Dixmont Gold Crest Riders Dover Foxcroft-E-Ville Riders Dover-Foxcroft-Piscataquis Valley SC Dresden-Dresden Sno-Valley Riders Eagle Lake-Eagle Lake Winter Riders East Baldwin-Baldwin Beltburners SC East Livermore-Jug Hill Riders East Machias-Down East Trail Riders East Vassalboro-Kennebec Valley Trail Riders East Waterboro-Ossipee Mountaineers Denmark-Denmark Draggers Dennysville-Dennysville SC

Glenburn-Glenburn Lakeside Riders SC Gorham-Gorham Sno Goers Grand Isle-Cold Mountain SC Grand Lk Stream-Grand Lake SC Gray-Gray Sno Wolves Greenbush-G & G Trailblazers Greene-Greene Dragons SC Greenville-Moosehead Riders SC Guilford-Four Winds SC Hallowell-Barnstormers SC Hampden-Goodwill Riders SC Harmony-Heart of Gold SC Harrison-Harrison Friendly Riders SC Hartford-Canton Hi Riders Hartland-Smokey’s Angels SC Hiram-Hiram Hillclimbers Hiram-Kezar Trailbreakers Holden-Bald Mountain Snow Riders Hollis Center-Hollis Honkers SC Houlton-Linneus Sno-Sports Howland-Twin Rivers SC Hudson-Pushaw Lake SC Island Falls-Big Valley Sno-Club Jackman Jackson-Jackson Wheel-n-Ski Jay-Andy Valley Riders SC Jefferson-Jefferson Sno-Packers Kenduskeag-Kenduskeag Stream Riders Kents Hill-Fayette Ridge Riders Kingfield-Sno Wanderers Kingman-Eastern Maine Snow Riders Lee-Lee Mogul Pounders SC Leeds-Leeds Stump Thumpers Levant-Hungry Hollow 76ers Lewiston-Hillside Family Riders SC Lexington Twp-Lexington Highlanders SC Limestone-Pleasant Ridge Riders Limestone-Limestone Snow Hawks Limington-Limington Crankers Lincoln-Lincoln Snowhounds SC Lincolnville-Hatchet Mountain Sno-Riders Hartland-Sno-Devils SC Hebron-Bouncing Bogies Hermon-Penobscot SC Knox-Frye Mountain Sno-Riders Lamoine-Frenchman Bay Riders Lebanon-Lebanon Trail Riders

Easton-Easton Trailbreakers Ebeemee Twp-Ebeemee SC Ellsworth-Ellsworth SC Enfield-Cold Stream Sno-Riders Eustis-Arnold Trail SC

Exeter-Cross Country Cruisers Fairfield-Fairfield Country Riders Falmouth-Falmouth Sno-Voyagers Farmington-Chesterville Country Ramblers SC Farmington-Shiretown Riders Farmington-Vienna Mountaineers Farmington-Northern Lites SC Fort Fairfield-Fort Fairfield SC Fort Kent-Fort Kent Snoriders, Inc.

Freeport-Tri-Town Penguins Frenchville-Frenchville SC Friendship-Stormy Riders Fryeburg-Interstate Snogoers Gardiner-Pittston Prowlers SC



The Affiliated Clubs of the Maine Snowmobile Association

Lincolnville-Lincolnville Mountain Goats Lisbon-Riverside Trail Riders Lisbon Falls-Pejepscot Sno-Chiefs Litchfield-Litchfield SC Littleton-Meduxnekeag Ramblers Livermore-Livermore Trail Blazers Lyman-Lyman SC Machias-Ridge Riders Trail Club Madawaska-Madawaska SC Madison-Abnaki Sno-Riders Manchester-Manchester Country Riders Mapleton-Chapman Ridge Runners Mars Hill-Central Aroostook SC Mattawamkeag-Mattawamkeag Roadrunners Mechanic Falls-Bog Hooters SC MedwayEast Branch Sno-Rovers Mercer-Mercer Bog Riders Mexico-Mexico Trail Blazers Milford-Pine Tree SC Millinocket-Twin Pines SC Millinocket-Northern Timber Cruisers Millinocket-Jo-Mary Riders Milo-Devil’s Sledders Inc Milo-Cold Smoke Riders SC Minot-Minot Moonshiners SC Monmouth-Cochnewagan Trailblazers Monroe-Monroe SC Monson-Narrow Gauge Riders Inc Montville-North Star Riders Mount Chase-Bowlin Matagamon SC Mount Vernon-Minnehonk Ridge Riders Naples-Muddy River Sno-Seekers New Gloucester-Royal River Riders SC New Portland-Wire Bridge Sno-Travelers New Sharon-New Sharon Snow Riders New Sweden-Nordic Lakers, Inc New Vineyard-New Vineyard North SC Newburgh-Newburgh Countryside Riders Newfield-Route 11 Streakers Newry-Windy Valleys SC Nobleboro-Damariscotta Lake SC Norridgewock-Coburn Summit Riders Norridgewock-Norridgewock Sportsmen Assn North Anson-Embden Travelers SC North East Carry-Northeast Carry Sno Riders Northport-Northport Ridge Riders Norway-Norway Trackers

Oakfield-Smoki-Haulers SC Oakland-Oakland Snow Goers Orrington-Orrington Trail Riders Otisfield-Otisfield Trail Blazers

South Gardiner-Gardiner Ridge Riders South Paris-Hungry Hollow Hustlers SC South Paris-Snow Hoppers SC Springfield-Quad County SC St Agatha-Red Arrow SC St Francis-St Francis Sno-Angels Standish-Standish Sno-Seekers Stoneham-Stoneham Knight Riders Strong-Narrow Gauge SC Strong-Salem Sno Drifters Sumner-Mount Tom SC The Forks-Forks Area Trails Club Topsham-Topsham Trailriders ATV/SC Turner-Ragged Riders Turner-Turner Ridge Riders Unity-Snow Dusters SC Upton-State Line SC Van Buren-Gateway SC Vanceboro-Crossroads SC Vanceboro-Vanceboro Lambert Snowhounds Waldoboro-Waldoboro Sno-Crawlers Wales-Wales Ridge Runners SC Wallagrass-Sly Brook Sno-Riders Walpole-Kokadjo Roach Riders Warren -Bog Brigade SC Washburn-Walker Siding SC Washburn-Washburn Trail Runners Washington-Hill & Gully Riders Waterford-Waterford Snow Packers West Gardiner-Cobbosseecontee SC West Paris-Mollyockett Sportsmen Club, Inc. West Rockport-Goose River SC Westbrook-Westbrook Trail Blazes Wilton-Woodland Wanderers SC Windham-Windham Drifters SC Windsor-WJW SC Winn-Dwinal Pond 4 Seasons Club Winslow-Fort Halifax Snowdrifters Winterport-Winterport Riverside Riders Winthrop-Hillandalers SC Wiscasset-Wiscasset Sno-Goers Woolwich-Nequasset Trailbreakers Yarmouth-Royal River SC Waterville-Central Maine SC Wayne-Thirty Mile River SC Weld-Weld Winter Wildcats SC West Bethel-Wild River Riders

Oxbow-Oxbow-Masardis SC Oxford-Rock-O-Dundee Riders Palermo-Palermo SC Palmyra-Sebasticook Valley SC Palmyra-Palmyra SC Parkman-Parkman Trailblazers Parsonsfield-Sacopee Valley Snow Drifters Patten-Rockabema Snow Rangers Peru-Peru SC Phillips-North Franklin SC Pittsfield-Pittsfield Driftbusters SC Plymouth-Endless Season Riders Poland-Poland Sno Travelers Portage Lake-Portage Lakers SC Presque Isle-Presque Isle SC Rangeley-Rangeley Lakes SC Raymond-Raymond Rattlers SC Readfield-Readfield Blizzard Busters SC Richmond-Richmond Sno-Rovers Ripley-Ripley Trail Riders Rockwood-Taunton-Raynham Boundary Riders Rockwood-Pittston Farm SC Rockwood-Blue Ridge Riders Roxbury-Slippery Sliders SC Rumford-Rumford Polar Bears Sabattus-Sabattus Mountaineers Saco-Saco Pathfinders Sanford-Southern Maine Sno-Goers Searsmont-Tri-Town Snow Riders Sebago-Sebago Branch Duckers Inc Shapleigh-Mousam Valley SC Shapleigh-Squash Hollow Sno Goers Sherman-Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters Shirley-Shirley Bog Trail Busters Sidney-Sidney Trail Riders Club Skowhegan-Skowhegan Sno-Hawks SC Smithfield-Moonshiners, Inc. Solon-Solon Snow Hawks Somerville-Backwoods Bouncers SC South Casco-Crooked River SC South China-China Four Season Club Presque Isle-Aroostook River SC Princeton-Princeton Pathfinders



Regional & Local Snowmobile Trail Maps

The Map of the Interconnected Trail System covers approximately 4000 miles of trail. Listed here are maps covering portions of the additional 10,000 miles of trail with information on how to obtain them.

REGIONAL MAPS Aroostook County Map-All snowmobile trail systems in the county - contact one of the Chambers of Commerce in the county C-4 Map-$3-Includes:Readfield, Mt. Vernon, Fayette, Wayne, Leeds, Wales, Greene, Monmouth, Winthrop, Belgrade, Man- chester, N. Augusta, Sidney, Hallowell, Farmingdale, W Gardiner, Litchfield-Con- tact clubs in these areas Downeast Sunrise Trail-Downloadable Trail Section maps, available on the State of Maine web site, maine.gov,-Dept of Agri- culture, Conservation & Forestry The Forks-West Forks-Caratunk-Parlin Pond Area Map-Avail at area businesses. $2 to Forks Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1, West Forks ME 04985. Pick up at Northern Outdoors front desk; download at northernoutdoors. com Jackman Area Map-Posted on the Border Riders web site, borderridersclub.com. Email michelle@borderridersclub.com, Border Riders Sportsman Club. Greater Katahdin Region Map- Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce katahdin- maine.com Moosehead Lake Region-Contact the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, mooseheadlake.org 207-695- 2702. Rangeley Lakes-Oquossoc Region-Avail at businesses in Rangeley and Oquossoc. $5 +postage at rangeleysnowmobile.com. Rangeley Lakes SC ADDITIONAL MAPS Abbot-Avail at Abbot Town Hall or contact Big Pine Riders SC President 207-876-4020 Acton, Shapleigh-Avail at Boonies General Store, 1007 Shapleigh Corner Road in Shapleigh, and area snowmobile busi- nesses. Mousam Valley SC Allagash-Avail from Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce fortkentchamber.com. Moose- town Riders Inc Alna-Contact Taylor McGraw, 207-299-8523. Alna SC Appleton. Free from club members or write: Appleton Trailmakers, 2306 W Appleton Rd, Appleton ME 04862 Auburn-Contact Auburn Sno Groomers SC through club Facebook page Auburn-Contact Perkins Ridge Sno-Trav-

elers through club Facebook page, or email dan.bilodeau@yahoo.com Bangor-Message Paul Bunyan SC through their Facebook page, or attend a meeting Beddington-Call 207-546-1179 or 207-667- 2052. $4.95. Airline Riders SC Belfast-Free. Write Belfast Area SnowPack- ers, PO Box 905, Belfast ME 04915 Belgrade-$2 to: Belgrade Draggin Masters, PO Box 492, Belgrade ME 04917 Benton-Good Time Riders. Request via email -goodtimeriders@gmail.com or club Facebook page Bowdoin-Avail at the Bowdoin Store. Bowdoin Flurry Flyers Bradford-Contact Glen Henderson, 118 Main Rd, Bradford ME 04410; 207-327-2182. Bradford Snow Blazers Bridgton-$3. Avail at local businesses. Bridgton Easy Riders Brownfield-$1 for postage; donations welcome. Write Burnt Meadow SC, PO Box 412, Brownfield ME 04010 Bucksport-Family SC trail map posted at familysnowmobileclub.com Buckfield-Message the Streaked Mountaineers SC through their Facebook page Calais-Contact Sunrise Snowmobilers, PO Box 178, Calais ME 04619 or message through club Facebook page Carmel-Avail at local businesses and from the Carmel SC, PO Box 141, Carmel ME 04419 Carrabassett Valley-Write: J.V. Wing SC, Valley Crossing #11, Carrabassett Valley ME 04947 or email brobbin3@gmail.com Carthage-Call Bob Weston, 207-562-4253. Webb River Valley SC Casco- Crooked River SC map avail at area businesses, email crookedriversnowmo- bile -club @ gmail.com or message club through Face book page Caswell-Avail at Town Office and the Pleasant Ridge Riders SC clubhouse, 17 Pleasant Ridge Road Chapman-Avail at local businesses Cherryfield-Contact Narraguagus SCTrail- master, PO Box 234, Cherryfield ME04622 Chesterville-$5, Farmington regional map. Contact John Starrett, PO Box 808, Farm- ington ME 04938 China-Visit China Four Seasons Club web site, chinafourseasons.org or club Face-

book page Clinton-Free with SASE to: Town & Country Trailriders, PO Box 23, Clinton ME 04927 Corinna-Message Corundel Raiders SC through club Facebook page Cornish-$5. Contact Cornish Sno-Cruisers SC, PO Box 367, Cornish ME 04020, cor- nishsnocruisers@ yahoo.com, 207-793- 4730 or message club Facebook page Damariscotta-Contact Damariscotta Lake SC trailmaster Andy Baldwin 207-975- 7039 Dedham-Bald Mountain Snowriders map- pdf on club website https://baldmoun- tainsnowriders.wordpress.com Den- mark-Denmark Draggers SC map avail at Jimbob’s Store, Cardinal Printing, Den- mark Town Office Dennysville-Contact Dennysville SC, PO Box 45, Dennysville ME 04628 or stop by the clubhouse Detroit-Call 207-355-5392. Night Drifters SC Dixfield-No charge. Contact Poodunck SC, POBox 276, Dixfield ME 04224 or email holmespg@myfairpoint.net Dixmont-Dixmont Goldcrest Riders map \ avail at the clubhouse on Cates Road or can be downloaded at https://sites.goo- gle.com/site/goldcrestriders Dover-Foxcroft-Avail from Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce, 207-564-7533 Dresden-$3 and SASE to: Dresden Sno-Valley Riders, PO Box 317, Dresden ME 04342 East Machias-$5. Contact Down East Trail Riders, PO Box 658, East Machias ME 04630 or message through club Facebook page Ebeemee Twp-Free. Message Ebeemee SC through club Facebook page or view map at esc-ebeemeesnowmobileclub.com Ellsworth-Ellsworth SC map-call Bill Clark 207-460-4292, Rick Hunnewell 207-266- 0104, Arthur Miller 207-266-6757 Embden-$5 to: Embden Travelers SC, PO Box 642, North Anson ME 04958 Eustis-Stratton-Avail at area businesses at club donation boxes or download map from Arnold Trail SC web site arnoldtrail - snowmobileclub.com Exeter-Cross Country Cruisers map avail at Town Office Fairfield-Call Fairfield Country Riders President Mike Slaney 207-453-9091 or email pmlmslaney@gmail.com



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