Two snowmobile trails closed

MARQUETTE – Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials have closed two snowmobile trails in the western Upper Peninsula. DNR Parks and Recreation officials said a closure of snowmobile Trail No. 2 in Dickinson County will be for 30 days, while a closure of a section of Trail No. 11 in Gogebic County will be for the season.

The temporary closure of Trail No. 2 will be located between Iron Mountain and Furnee Lake while logging operations are conducted on private land.

“The closure of Trail No. 2 will, unfortunately, leave snowmobilers unable to access Iron Mountain businesses until mid-January,” said DNR recreation specialist Ron Yesney in Marquette. “We continue to work with the Tri-County Snowmobile Club and private landowners to avoid future trail closures and identify reroutes when possible.”

Trail No. 11, which connects the communities of Wakefield and Winchester, Wis., will be closed for the season. A reroute is not available. The trail is being closed due to logging operations on private land.

The DNR and the Gogebic Range Trail Authority will work together in hopes of reopening the trail for next snowmobile season. For this season, snowmobilers are encouraged to use snowmobile Trail No. 1 between Marenisco and Presque Isle, Wis., as an alternate route.

Snowmobile Trail No. 11 north, between Wakefield and Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, will not be affected by the closure. For more information on the closures, contact Yesney at 228-6561.