In spite of the recent snowfalls and snow covered trails, all Oconto County Snowmobile trails remain closed at this time. As tempting as it may seem to take a ride down the trails, you could be facing a $232.00 fine from the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department or the Wisconsin DNR for riding on closed trails if you did.
According to Oconto County Snowmobile Alliance President Dan Guendert, “Groomers may be out packing down the trails to build a base, and you may see club volunteers in trucks, ATVs, or on snowmobiles working on the trails- but just seeing groomed trails or tracks on the trail does not signal the start of the snowmobile season”.
The nine snowmobile clubs in Oconto County work together with the Oconto County Forest Administrator, who gives the final approval before trails may be opened for the season. Once the trails are approved to open, the announcement will appear on the official Oconto County Trail Report web page www.ocontocounty.org/trail-reports/ . For your own safety, and that of the club groomers and volunteers- please wait until the season starts- do not ride on closed trails. For more information, please contact the Oconto County website or the Forest and Parks Department at 920-834-6995.