Feb 13 2020 FYI DNR and the Grant Sponsor will have a temporary reroute in place located near Three Lakes on Trail 8 to bypass a logging operation near Craig Lake where several miles of trail (which is also forest road) was plowed to access the operation. The reroute is temporary and weather dependent due to numerous wet areas, if the weather warms wet areas will most likely open up and we may have to abort the reroute and route the traffic back to the existing trail. Riders are asked to ride cautiously as they may encounter wet sections and several very steep hills are located on the temporary reroute. We will keep you informed, thanks and have a good day! Rob
Trails Specialist Central U.P.
Snowmobilers Lose Favorite Warming /Meeting Spot
Search Starts for New Location
Snowmobilers in Oceana and northern Muskegon counties were disappointed this year to find that they could no longer enjoy a warming hut east of Shelby. This hut has been on the trail for almost 50 years and was a favorite gathering spot (teepee). We are grateful for the use of the land and hut over all these years but the family felt the need to look for alternative uses of the property.
With a outhouse facility restocked by the groomer drivers and a supply of wood put up each fall by volunteers for heat all winter long, the area was a perfect place for family and friends to meet and has been the scene of many social and family gatherings, hot dog roasts, etc. It has been a treasure now unfortunately lost to snowmobilers.
The hut had a large cast iron wood stove that looked like it was built during the Revolutionary War but was still perking along. It included a grated shelf on the back that was a perfect place to warm and dry gloves. A few years ago the structure was almost destroyed by a fire that was caused by a defect in the stove vent pipe. Fortunately only about 50% of the structure was involved and a group of volunteers repaired the damage better than new.
The West Shore Snowmobile Council (WSSC) must now look to the future and members of the council are scouting for an alternative location in Oceana and northern Muskegon counties on which to build another warming facility. Once a good spot has been found, it will take volunteers and money to make it a reality. It is only through volunteer hours and contributed dollars that such locations can be built and maintained. None of the money from the sale of trail permits goes to providing and maintaining trail warming huts. Trail permit funds are dedicated to grooming, law enforcement and insurance costs. So other funds must be collected to construct any new facility.
Some have suggested the use of GoFundMe to collect funds but the fees charged by GoFundMe make this impractical. It is imperative though that we start raising funds so that the money to build will be there once a good spot is decided on. If you would like to contribute to a future warming hut, you may send a donation to the New Era Hardware store, 4736 S 1st St., New Era, MI 49446. Checks should be made out to the West Shore Snowmobile Council.
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January 20, 2020~ There is a bridge on the Kal-Haven Trail (LP58) that can no longer support the weight of trail grooming equipment. The club will not be able to groom an approximately 1 mile section of the Kal-Haven Trail between 53rd St. and 51 ½ St. near Grand Junction. The 1 mile section of trail is still open and safe to snowmobile, it just won’t be groomed
January 16, 2020 – After attending the Western UP Advisory Council Meeting we discovered the Lake Linden to Dollar Bay Trail needs our help. It was stated that Lansing is considering naturalizing the trail (installing rip rap just to preserve the land) instead of actually repairing the trail. We were told that if we want to stop this from happening we need to get everyone that we possibly can to send letters to Lansing as well as the DNR trails coordinator and our representative #GregMarkkanen because there apparently has not been anything voiced by our community stating how much our businesses and economy relies on these trails. We don’t have much time left for this as the DNR has filled its last extension to be able to receive FEMA money to help with these repairs.
Please Everyone send in letters and pick up the phone to show how much we need this trail fixed!!!
NATIONAL OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE CONSERVATION COUNCIL
NOHVCC’s webinar series continues– join us on January 22!
Title: Access to Safety Training – And How to Know if Your Child is Ready To Ride an ATV
OHV recreation equals family recreation. There are more options than ever to get outdoors and ride with family members both young and not so young. But these options make it imperative that parents make sure that their children are of an appropriate age and maturity level to operate a motorized vehicle. Thankfully the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) has some tools to help parents make informed decisions.
When: January 22, 2020
Time: 8:00 PM Eastern
Register For the Webinar Here!
If you register for the webinar – NOHVCC staff will reach out to you with information on how to log in within a few days.
Primary Presenters include:
Tom Yager, Vice President, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
Duane Taylor, Executive Director, NOHVCC
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