Snowmobile group urges caution
The Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association (CWCSTA), which is made up of the 10 snowmobile clubs in Crow Wing County and two clubs in southern Cass County, is urging caution to snowmobilers with this first measurable snowfall of the season.
CWCSTA President Mark Kavanaugh said that while the snowmobile trails in Minnesota opened on Dec. 1 there are still a number of issues that the snowmobile clubs must address and this can’t be accomplished until they can get their equipment out on the trails.
“Remember, we really haven’t had much cold weather yet and we have softness in the swamps and there is very little ice on the lakes that has reached safe levels,” he said. “The clubs will move as fast as we can to get the trails open and usable for the season but please remember that we are all volunteers so our schedules vary.”
The new CWCSTA Map is out and available and snowmobilers may check for changes that may have occurred over the summer, most notably the loss of the Brainerd city trail. All snowmobilers are asked to respect private property and stay on designated trails because club members work very hard to obtain easements from private landowners and these trails exist because those landowners allow clubs to use their property.
Kavanaugh identified two things he would like to ask snowmobilers to do:
1. Make sure to register your snowmobile, without those trails funds nothing exists.
2. Consider joining the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association and your local club. There are 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Minnesota of which 2,000 miles are maintained by the DNR and 20,000 miles are groomed and maintained by the more than 250 snowmobile clubs in Minnesota.