Chippewa Snowchasers Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Poor
  • Last Groomed: March 17th, 2018
  • Base Snowfall: 1"
  • Reported On: March 21st, 2018 @ 4:28pm

Groomer Report


In this report the base snowfall will always be the amount of settled snow on the ground in Strongs.  The trail base (the amount of packed snow on the trail under your skis and track) will vary widely depending on location and I make no attempt to estimate that number.

March 21, 2018


***REMINDER: Groomer’s are big so you need to give them room to do their job. So Please give them the room, you can get off the trail they can’t.. If you hit the groomer we have to call the POLICE to have a report made out. So please move off the trail don’t try to squeeze by them. So again I want to stress we will call the POLICE.***

The trails were groomed on March 17th.  The Bobby Gay Trail is BAD . Going into Trout Lake is poor. Getting into Rudyard really bad no snow in town. The rest of our trails are in poor shape. The trails are getting very ice covered so very slippery. Please be careful of water holes also there are a few. No new snow so not looking good. We are done grooming at this point.

1-2 inches of base on trails still but need more SNOW! Pray for 12 inches….

There are NO excellent trails in the Upper Peninsula we all need more snow!!!!


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The Chippewa Snow Chasers have two DNR sponsored staging areas.  One is in front of the clubhouse and groomer barn at Strongs.  Directions:  From the corner of M-123 and M-28 proceed 2 1/2 miles East toward Sault Ste. Marie.  Turn right at the 4 corners on Strongs Rd.  The Lumberjacks Bar is on the south east corner and Strongs Motel and Tavern is on the northeast corner.  If coming from the east on M-28  turn left at the same corner.   Go south 1/4 mile and you will see the big Snow Chaser sign on the right.

Our second staging area is West of Rudyard.  From I-75 take the Rudyard exit and turn right at the Mackinac Trail.  At the gas station turn left on Main St. (H-40). Follow H-40 west through town a little over 6 1/2 miles to Sullivan Creek Rd. (FS 3131)  Turn right on Sullivan Creek Rd.  Proceed north on Sullivan Creek Rd. 2 1/2 miles to Filer Rd.  Turn left on Filer Rd. and you will see the Snow Chaser sign on the left about 1/4 mile west of Sullivan Creek Rd.  From M-123 turn right on H-40.  (H-40 is just before you enter Trout Lake).  Follow H-40 East about 17 1/2 miles to Sullivan Creek Rd. (FS 3131) and turn left.

You are welcome to park at either of these staging areas for a day, a weekend or for a week or two if you wish.  Park in the designated areas so the groomers won’t run over your rig!  If you have a GPS the addresses are:  11272 Strongs Rd. Eckerman, MI 49728 and 17247 W. Filer Rd. Rudyard, MI 49780.  Just remember that the south end of Strongs Rd. and  Sullivan Creek Rd. north of Filer Rd. are not plowed in the winter.  If you blindly follow the GPS you could wind up spending a lot of your snowmobile money on a tow.

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Poor Trail Complaint