Snowmobile trail grooming delayed in Alger County

MUNISING – Mechanical problems with a couple of snowmobile trail groomers in the Munising area will delay some of the grooming until the machines are fixed, Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials announced Friday.

The Munising Visitors Bureau informed DNR officials of the groomer problems. The bureau partners with the DNR to groom trails in the area.

Snowmobile clubs in the area that groom trails under state grant sponsorships are coordinating grooming of the trails while the bureau’s groomers are being repaired.

“We appreciate the help of the Seney Snowmobile Association, Big Bay de Noc Snowmobile Club and Schoolcraft County Motorized Trail Association in picking up some of the grooming needs,” DNR recreation specialist Dan Moore said in a news release. “Until the Munising Visitors Bureau’s grooming operations are back in full swing, snowmobilers should expect to see a delay in grooming of some area trails.”

Munising -which is the self-proclaimed Snowmobile Capital of the World- has numerous trails associated with the area, with snowmobiling popular on state and federal lands, including trails in the Hiawatha National Forest and on seasonal roadways at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

For Munising area trail status and conditions, contact DNR Shingleton Office fire officer Brett Bednarski at 452-6227 or Dan Moore at 293-5131.

For more information on Michigan snowmobiling visit: www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is jpepin@miningjournal.net.