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The Maine Snowmobile Association Our Mission By Alan Swett, MSA President T he Maine Snowmobile Association has a mission to protect and serve its members. We are a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to make snowmobiling in Maine safe, successful, and a worldwide destination. The MSA is the state voice for Maine Snowmobiling. Six people started the MSA in 1968. 54 years later this non-profit continues to grow. We offer clubs the sense of security while working with the state legislators and other state departments to benefit the best interest of the clubs. We offer safety training and signage, and work closely with the State of Maine for groomer operator certification. The MSA is involved directly with the clubs to participate in signage and trail guidance so that we have consistency throughout the state. Landowners are thankful that we protect and take pride in the trails with dedicated maintenance, safety check, looking out for litter, and deterring off trail riding and loud sleds. We are directly involved in maintaining and preserving the trails. We have a full-time office person to assist with day-to-day issues, funnel information to where it needs to go, and field calls from the general public to give them information and guidance. We have members on state advisory trail committees from Kittery to Fort Kent. They meet throughout the year to discuss trail and landowner situations. Our largest fundraiser is the Super Raffle. The MSA prints the raffle tickets, posters, banners, does the advertising for the event, and secures the prizes (thru purchases and donations). While the MSA picks up the cost of the event, any club that chooses to sell the raffle tickets keep half of the money raised. These funds can then be used however the club chooses. Only the amount due to MSA needs to be sent in, the rest is immediately available for club use. These raffle tickets have been proven to be an easy sell! If you like a little friendly competition, another fundraiser that we do is an annual Golf Scramble. Along with the open teams, snowmobile clubs can compete for the coveted Club Cup. We also have a Photo of the Year award (which is included as part of our annual banquet). These photos are collected and we choose the best of the best to become part of our popular wall calendar. The photo of the year also becomes part of the ITS Trails Map, and Super Raffle Posters/Banners. Wouldn’t it be fun to have bragging rights? Every year our annual banquet honors volunteers and clubs with plaques and trophies. Anyone can attend and it is a great way to meet some like-minded people and share stories of successes and possibly failures, make friends, and have some fun! Some of the categories of awards are: • Snowmobiler of the year • Club of the year • Photo of the year • Groomer of the year • Youth Snowmobiler of the Year • Supporting Business of the Year • Hall of Fame inductee



All the above awards are chosen from nominees that the clubs and club members submit. In March of each year committees get together to review the nominations to see who BEST represents that award. We are so grateful that we have such dedicated and resourceful volunteers within the clubs. It is an honor to be able to share their stories with everyone. Maine Snowmobile Association members have access to the seasonal Maine Snowmobiler paper. This paper communicates stories from other clubs, gives information on what may be happening, gives you updates from the Regional Directors, includes a calendar of events and trainings, and lists the supporting businesses. We also have a Facebook presence that can be used by your club to highlight an upcoming event. Let us know what is happening. We can post it and get a large audience for you. Don’t have an event but have a remarkable story? Let us know that too! We are happy to share. We create the Snowmobile Maine Guide and the ITS Trail map. All of these are distributed throughout the state. Maine Tourism Association helps us to distribute these items therefore promoting our sport and supporting tourism in your areas. We have contracted with Polaris Ride Command and Bombardier Recreational Products Inc for a more rider friendly experience. More and more, riders are looking for GPS programs that help them navigate thru the trails. We also have the Maine Snowmobile Show in October. The event is attended by thousands of people from all over, not just Maine. Take the opportunity for your club to rent a spot and promote your area, tell them why your area has the best snowmobiling has to offer! Meet new busi nesses and suppliers. Create new connections. Let’s not forget our Scholarship! Every year our scholarship committee gets together to honor our youth by making it just a little easier to further their education. Some of these applicants have amazing stories and our future seems so bright when we are going through these applications. Promote the scholarship program withing your club. I am sure the parents of the students would appreciate a little help. Remember that there is a two year minimum membership to the MSA requirement to qualify. Our membership is over 280 clubs strong which covers over 14,000 miles of trails. While we do collect dues of $15.00 per member, much of that goes back to you by way of promoting tourism, the sport of snowmobiling, and keeping the trails safe and up to date, keeping you informed, and working with the state agencies and legislators. Please let us know how we can help you. We are volunteers too, many of us in clubs that may face the same challenges and concerns. With all of us working together, we truly can make and keep Maine THE SNOWMOBILE DESTINATION OF CHOICE.



Snowmobile Maine...

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the state. Given statewide snow cover, a rider could head out from nearly any point on the ITS, and ride to any other location in Maine that is reached by the system. Snowmobilers can plan extended trips,

sledding from region to region, staying in a different location each night - or set up base in one location and use the ITS to day trip to other areas. The ITS is numbered, marked and regularly maintained. The system is inspected annually by the members of the MSA Trails Committee under contract with the Snowmobile Program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF). An updated map of the ITS system is produced jointly by the MSA and DACF, and is available in the fall for the upcoming snowmobile season. Use the ITS map to make your long distance riding plans. Trail junctions are printed on the map - the distance between the trail junctions is noted by numbers printed along the path of the trail. Adding up total mileage between junctions along a route will result in an approximation of trip length. 10,000+ miles of local trails can provide a slower paced style of riding and allow sledders to really explore a snowmobiling region. Many of these trails also connect with the ITS. Some local trails were established decades ago, as snowmobile club members began to design a way for riders in their area to visit their neighbors, or access the gas station or the village store. As these local systems developed and interest in recreational snowmobiling grew, more trails were added to provide ‘loop’ rides or access to scenic destinations. Snowmobile clubs, Chambers of Commerce and tourism groups produce maps of much of the 10,000+ miles of trail not included on the ITS map. These maps of regional or local systems are more detailed than the ITS map, due to scale. See pages 16-18 of this publication for a listing of local and regional maps. Instructions for

A Maine vacation. For many people it’s filled with losters and lighthouses, summer sun and sandy beaches, campsites and hiking boots, sailboats and seaside picnics. That’s fine, for some. But for thousands and thousands of visitors and staycationers, a real Maine vacation needs snow. Lots of snow - rolled, packed and groomed to fill 14,000+ miles of winter trail leading from town to town, deep into the north woods, downeast, around western lakes, over frozen fields, meandering through the wintry countryside across the state. Over 80,000 people toured those Maine snowtrails last winter, exploring every corner of the state, by snowmobile. As soon as the snow thickly blankets the ground and MSA clubs begin grooming the white ribbon, the snowmobilers head out. Some ride to spend quality time outdoors with family and friends - some ride to discover the beautiful, frozen locations found along the trail - and to be honest, some sledheads just enjoy piling up the miles. As they ride, they’ll discover businesses and welcoming communities waiting to serve snowmobilers, MSA clubs maintaining the trails, and a schedule of festivals, public suppers, races, and club events to entertain snowmobilers all winter long. What snowy corner of Maine would you like to explore? Snowmobile Maine. Ride Right. Enjoy. Maine’sTrail System The Maine snowmobile trail system consists of over 14,000 miles of mapped trails, including several thousand miles designated as the Interconnected Trail System (ITS). The ITS trails interconnect to form a snow covered ‘highway’



obtaining copies of these maps are also listed on the back of the ITS map and posted on the MSA web site, www. mainesnowmobileassociation.com . Safety First Observing a few simple safety rules can help to keep you and the members of your riding party safe on the trails. 1. Keep to the right hand side of the trail, especially on a curve or rise. 2. Never operate a snowmobile while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 3. Travel at a reasonable rate of speed for the conditions. 4. Ride defensively. 5. Learn and use snowmobiling hand signals. 6. Be absolutely certain of ice thickness if you choose to ride on a frozen body of water. 7. Yield to all grooming equipment. Groomers may be out on the trails at any time of the day or night and may take up to the full width of the trail. 8. Wear a good helmet and appropriate clothing, and carry maps and maintenance, survival and first aid supplies. Many people have a cell phone with them - a good idea. Just be aware that there are many sections of trail with no cell reception; riders should be prepared to handle any situation that may arise. 9. Leave an itinerary of your ride with a responsible person and notify them of any changes or delays. Although the search and rescue skills of the Maine Warden Service are invaluable in a true emergency, there is no need to call the professionals out on a cold night to hunt for missing riders who aren’t missing at all - just in a different location than

Please stay on marked trails

originally planned. You can print a simple itinerary form at www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com . Find it the Ride Right In Maine section under the Maine drop-down Menu. The MSA encourages all snowmobilers to take a snowmo bile safety course. Contact the Recreational Safety Office at the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife for in formation (207-287-5220) or check the schedule of cours es that IF&W posts online at maine.gov/ifw/ .

j Snowmobile Registration Maine resident registration renewals and non-resident registrations are available for purchase online at the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web site, www.maine.gov/ifw/. Registrations are also available through dozens of registration agents. A list of agents can be found on the IF&W web site. Resident: $56/Season (7/1-6/30). Non-Resident: $120/Season (7/1-6/30), $100/10 consecutive days, $75/3-consecutive days. Questions? Contact IF&W Licensing and Registration Division, 41 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333; 207-287-8000. j Maine Snowmobile Law Handbook Posted on the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web site, www.maine.gov/ifw/ . j Trail Fund Donation Sticker Support Maine’s snowmobile trails with your voluntary donation to the state trail fund. Trail fund donation stickers at three donor levels ($25, $50, $100) are available when you register your sled. The donation program, which is separate from the registration requirements, is a way to show how much you appreciate Maine snowmobile trail development and maintenance efforts. j Trail Condition Reports Trail condition reports can be found on the MSA web site www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com , updated most weekdays during the trail grooming season. Reports are voluntary observations of MSA members, not a guarantee of current conditions. MSA members - trailmasters, groomer operators, club officers, trail riders, supporting business owners - are all welcome to sub mit reports to: www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com . Please include your name and the name of your snowmobile club.



bile club to assist with trail maintenance expenses. Resident renewals and non-resident registrations can be purchased online on the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife website, www.maine.gov/ifw/ . Registrations can also be purchased through registration agents. A list of agents is posted on the IF&W site. Most are located in Maine; there are a few in New Hampshire and Vermont. If you need more information about the registration process, contact the IF&W Licensing and Registration Division, 41 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333; 207-287-8000. Snowmobile Law Before heading out on the trail system you should go over the snowmobile law handbook. It’s posted on the website of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, at maine.gov/ifw/ . Print a copy to have on hand. Here’s a little basic info to get you started: A driver’s license is not required to operate a snowmobile. Liability insurance is not required by law; the MSA en courages riders to have coverage. MSA and snowmobile club membership is not mandatory; such support is welcome and appreciated.

Snowmobile Registration Maine’s trail system is partially funded through a sled registration system. All riders, resident and non-resident, need to register their sleds in Maine to ride on the trails. Residents of Maine register at an annual fee of $56 per season. Non-resident registration is $120 for a full season, $100 for 10 consecutive days or $75 for 3 consecutive days. (Plus a small agent fee). There is no trail pass or club membership requirement. The MSA strongly encourages all who ride in Maine to support an MSA club through their membership. A portion of the registration fee is used by the Snowmobile Program of the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to administer and fulfill grants that reimburse snowmobile clubs for some of their trail maintenance ex penses. A portion is credited to a fund to assist in the pur chase of grooming equipment. A portion is used for law enforcement and safety education expenses of the Maine Warden Service. In the case of Maine residents, a percentage of their regis tration fee also goes to their municipality. In many cases the municipalities return those funds to the local snowmo

For Emergency Assistance: To reach a Maine Game Warden 24 hours/day contact the dispatch center nearest you:

j Safety Courses Snowmobile Safety courses are offered by the Recreational Safety Office of the Maine

HOULTON.................1-800-924-2261 BANGOR...................1-800-432-7381 AUGUSTA.................1-800-452-4664 GRAY.........................1-800-228-0857

Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife: 207-287-5220. A list of their upcoming courses is maintained by IF&W at www.maine.gov/ifw .

j Reporting an Accident If you are involved in, witness to, or made aware of a snowmobile accident resulting in injury to another person, you must make yourself known, render aid to the best of your ability and report the accident by the quickest means possible. All accidents re sulting in a death or injuries requiring a physician must be reported to law enforcement by the quickest means possible. Proper ty damage accidents ($1,000 or more) must be reported within 72 hours using a form provided by IF&W, at www.maine.gov/ifw/ .



There is no speed limit on the snowmobile trails. Riders need to maintain reasonable and prudent speed for the cur rent conditions, taking the weather, trail conditions, trail traffic, operator skill level and other contributing factors into account. You may see a speed limit sign posted by a club or community, generally to protect trail access or for safety considerations. Please observe these locally posted limits. You do not have the right to operate your snowmobile on someone else’s land if permission for access has not been granted. There are many places where it is just plain illegal to operate a snowmobile in Maine: in cemeteries, near hospitals and churches, too close to private homes, on public sidewalks, etc... Riding is only allowed on power lines and utility corridors if there is an authorized snow mobile trail. Those trails will be marked and appear on a snowmobile trail map. Riding on railroad track rights of way is illegal, the exception would be an authorized trail crossing. Visit the Operation Lifesaver web site, oli.org , for more information. Finally, in light of terrorism, illegal entry, human traffick ing, and drug smuggling concerns, it’s a poor idea to ride the border slash between the US and Canada.

Keep it simple, stick with the marked and groomed snow mobile trails, where landowner permission has already been granted, signs posted and reasonable efforts made to keep the trail free of hazards. Younger operators Younger operators are not legally required to take a safety course before operating a snowmobile in Maine. The MSA strongly encourages that they do so. Be aware that anyone who allows a person under 18 to operate a snowmobile is jointly liable with the minor’s parent or guardian for any resultant damages. All snowmobilers under the age of 18 (operator or pas senger) must wear a helmet. Children under the age of ten who are operating a sled must be accompanied by an adult (under visual-voice control), unless they are riding on their parents’ property with their parents’ permission. Children under the age of 14 may not cross a road maintained for travel while operating a snowmobile. An older operator must cross the sled for them. Operating a snowmobile requires some maturity, skill and strength. Many Maine kids have ridden graduated size

Snowmobile Trail Signage: A sample of some standard signage used on the trails.

Caution-Slow down for a present or upcoming trail hazard

Stop-Come to a complete

Object Marker Be alert to fixed object beside the trail, narrowing passage

Stop Ahead Prepare for an upcoming stop sign

Directional arrow Be prepared for a change in trail direction

Trail Blaze - Consistent

stop before proceeding

marking of designated snowmobile trail



due to earlier warming trends and proximity to the ocean. Local clubs determine when conditions are right to open the trails in their area. Snow pack alone is no guarantee that trails will be open. The determination is based on factors like the amount of snow on the ground, progress of preseason trail work such as signage, and whether the ground is well frozen. In some areas landowners will re quire an opening date that doesn’t conflict with their pri mary use of the land, and the clubs will of course comply. There are Maine businesses, Chambers of Commerce and tourism organizations throughout the state who will gladly assist with trip planning and local trail information. Snowmobiling has a significant economic impact for many communities in the state, and lodging facilities, restaurants and other local businesses look forward to the arrival of snowmobilers in their area. The advertisements in this guide and listings and links on the MSA web site, www. mainesnowmobileassociation.com , contain information about a number of these welcoming businesses. Depending on where you choose to ride, lodging choices may include resorts (lodging, dining, sled rentals and guide service available in one location), modern motels, inns, B&B’s and sporting camps. Some groups prefer to rent cabins where they can prepare meals and enjoy one another’s company in a private setting. Couples may prefer private cottages or suites. Families with youngsters may enjoy a motel with a swimming pool and on-site dining. You’ll find restaurants from home-style cooking to fast food, upscale dining to grab and go. If you have the opportunity, stop by a snowmobile club public supper (or breakfast or lunch...). There’s always lots of good home made food at a can’t be beat price. If you’re planning to rent sleds, reserve the machines in advance. Expect a minimum age for operators, and a damage Please respect “Trail Closed” signs. Services for Snowmobilers

snow mobi l es since they could manipulate the controls of a mini sled. They become competent operators at a fairly young age, instructed in the rules and ethics of snowmobiling by their parents and grandparents. Children who haven’t benefited from such experience should not be allowed to operate a snowmobile without training and adult supervision. Where’s the snow? The MSA maintains trail condition reports on line at www. mainesnowmobileassociation.com , updated weekdays during the snowmobiling season. Along with reports vol untarily submitted by club trailmasters, groomers, riders and business members, the site has a number of links to other trail report pages maintained by clubs and businesses throughout Maine. The trail report page was originally cre ated as a courtesy to riders, and continues in that spirit. It was quite a novelty at the time it first appeared on the scene many years ago; now there are numerous internet sources for winter trails information. Reports should not be considered a guarantee of conditions, as conditions can change rapidly. If you have trouble finding a report from the area where you plan to ride, try contacting the local snowmobile club, your lodging facility or the area Chamber of Commerce. The MSA trail report focuses on groomed trail riding. Gen erally groomed riding can be found somewhere in the state from mid-December through early April, with prime rid ing found in the months of January, February and March. The longest grooming season is usually found in a north erly widening swath running from the elevated western mountains and foothills up through northern Maine. Great riding can be found in all areas of the state, but southern and coastal areas usually see a somewhat shorter season



deposit requirement. The rental agent should go over operation and safety guidelines before you head out. First time riders may consider hiring a recreational guide to lead a knowledgeable tour of the area trails. Remember that in some areas of the state, particularly the north woods, there will be a distance between any stops for gas and food, so plan ahead. The Maine Snowmobile Association The volunteers of the 280 +/- affiliated clubs of the Maine Snowmobile Association accept responsibility for maintaining much of Maine’s snowmobile trail system. Members work with landowners, cut, brush, sign and groom trails, build bridges, purchase, maintain and operate grooming equipment, produce local trail maps, maintain the records and paperwork required for trail and equipment grants, host fundraisers and recruit new members. Some MSA clubs are involved with charitable fundraising events and sponsor safety courses and voluntary trail checks during the season . Early leaders of the MSA successfully pushed legislation to establish a state snowmobile registration system to assist clubs with trail expenses. Several years ago the MSA successfully lobbied to credit the trail fund with a small portion of the state gasoline tax attributable to snowmobiling. The trail system is supported in part through a state grant program funded by these user pay sources, but clubs must raise funds to cover expenses not reimbursed by their grant. Club fundraising events may include public suppers, dances, winter festivals, swap meets and racing events. Attendance at any club hosted fundraiser is a great way to have fun, meet other snowmobilers and support the club’s efforts. A portion of each club member’s dues goes to support the state association, a non profit organization currently representing 20,000+/- family members and 2100+ business members. The MSA has an office in the state capital of Augusta. Staff includes a publications editor, membership processor and executive director who is a registered lobbyist representing MSA members before the legislature, state agencies and Maine’s congressional delegation. The staff produce a web site ( www.mainesnowmobileassociation. com ), a newspaper ( The Maine Snowmobiler ), an annual guide to Maine snowmobiling (Snowmobile Maine), the statewide map of the Interconnected Trail System and the annual Maine Snowmobile Show and distribute additional information through an email alert system and social media. In addition to membership dues, the state association is supported by publication advertising revenue, the Maine Snowmobile Show, a golf tournament and an annual ‘Super Raffle’. The MSA Scholarship Fund, Inc., a separate but closely allied organization, has helped a number of MSA members with education expenses. To contact the MSA, email msa@mainesnowmobileassociation.com , phone 207-622-6983, visit 7 Noyes Street Place in Augusta or write MSA, PO Box 80, Augusta, Maine 04332. Visit www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com , and like the MSA on Facebook. The MSA and the snowmobile club in your area, or in the area where you ride, would welcome your support. See pages 16-17 for a list of clubs and a membership form, visit www.mainesnowmo bileassociation.com or contact your local MSA affiliated snowmobile club. United we trail, divided we fail!

Snowmobiling Hand Signals Please learn these standardized signals and use them when riding. STOP

Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat.


Left arm raised at shoulder heigt, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.


Arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitch-hiking motion move arm forward to backward over your shoulder.

LAST SLED IN LINE Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with fist clenched.


Left arm extended straight out from shoulder an pointing in the direction of the turn.


ONCOMING SLEDS Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to right side of trail. Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.



Know Before You Go! – Always Check Local Ice Conditions Provided by The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

on ice without additional traction devices; consequently fast stops are impossible and spinouts far too common on bare ice. Avoid heavy braking to stop; instead let up on the throttle allowing the machine to slowly coast to a stop. Snowmobile collisions on lakes account for a significant number of crashes because rid ers often wrongly assume lakes are flat, wide open areas, totally free of obstructions. Real ize that if you can ride and turn in any direc tion while operating on a lake, so can other riders, so the threat of a collision can come from any direction at any time. Additionally, lakes are not always free of obstructions since ice heaves, slush pockets, or frozen mounds from ice fishing can be encountered unex pectedly and change from day to day. Never trust the judgment of other snowmo bilers by simply following their snowmobile tracks across ice.You are responsible for your own safety so, if you choose to ride across ice, be absolutely certain the ice is safely frozen by testing the ice thickness. It is critical to evaluate the ice quality and type before traveling out onto it. New ice that is clear and hard is the only kind of ice recom mended for travel. Always avoid: • Slushy ice • Ice on or near moving water (i.e. rivers, currents, channels) • Ice that has thawed and refrozen • Layered or ‘rotten’ ice caused by sudden temperature changes • Other risk factors that weaken or ‘rot’ ice are: • Snow on ice that acts as an insulating blanket that prevents hardening • Pressure ridges in the ice due to wind, cur rent, or ice pressure Know and follow safe ice thickness guide lines, which apply only to new clear hard ice: Getting Out ifYou FallThrough

Drowning is a leading cause of snowmo biling fatalities. If you ride on ice often, con sider wearing a buoyant floatation snowmo bile suit. It is also a good idea to wear a set of commercial ice picks, which have spring loaded sleeves that cover the points and are attached to a cord so they can be threaded through the sleeves of your jacket. If you fall through the ice, stay calm. Real ize that air trapped inside your snowmobile suit (even a non-buoyant one) and helmet may help keep you afloat for several min utes. Extend your arms out forward in front of you and onto the unbroken ice surface in an attempt to catch yourself. Kick your feet to help propel you onto the ice, like a seal. If the ice keeps breaking, continue kicking and trying to move toward shore or the direction from which you came. Use anything sharp like ice picks, keys, or a knife to dig into the ice to help pull you forward. Don’t remove your gloves or mitts. Once you are on the ice, crawl or roll away from the hole. Do not attempt to stand up until you are well away from the hole.

Ice can always be dangerous because of changing conditions and inconsistencies in its thickness, particularly when there is running water beneath it. The safest snowmobiling rule is to never cross lakes or rivers since ice thickness to support a snowmobile can never be guaranteed. Never venture onto lakes or rivers unless you are absolutely certain of a safe route across the frozen surface. In addition to the danger of plunging through thin ice, you have far less traction for start ing, turning, and stopping on ice. Always use extreme caution and travel at lower speeds when riding on ice. Remain seated on the snowmobile to help keep the center of gravity low and to aid in controlling your machine. A snowmobile can be extremely hard to control



Join the MSA & the Club of Your Choice Select the MSA-affiliated snowmobile club that you would like to support by selecting one from page 14 & 15 , then fill out this membership form. Enclose your check for $30 or enter your credit card info and mail to: MSA, PO Box 80, Augusta ME 04332. If you’re paying by credit card you can fax the form to 207-622-7669. $15 of your dues supports your local club; $15 supports the state association. The club is credited for your membership, and an MSA decal is sent to you. Your subscription to the MSA newspaper, the Maine Snowmobiler, begins with the issue following receipt of your membership. Season runs from October 1, 2023-September 30, 2024 CLUB SELECTED ________________________________________________________________________

Maine Snowmobile Trails 2023 - 2024 SEASON

The ITS map depicts the approximately 4000 miles of primary snowmobile trail designated as Maine’s Interconnected Trail System. ITS Maps are available free of charge at the MSA Office-7 Noyes Street Place in Augusta, at the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Welcome Center-284 State Street in Augusta, at some of the Maine Visitor Information Centers at the rest areas along I-95 and at the Maine Snowmobile Show and other shows and events.

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MEMBER NAME ___________________________________________________ DATE ________________

ADDRESS ______________________________________________________________________________

CITY/TOWN ____________________________________________ STATE ________ ZIP ______________


TEL _____________________________ DATE OF BIRTH ___________






CARDHOLDER NAME ______________________________________ TEL __________________________

ADDRESS ______________________________________________________________________________ ACCOUNT NUMBER _____________________________ EXPIRATION _____________ CARDHOLDER SIGNATURE _______________________________________________ MSA, PO Box 80, Augusta ME 04332 • 207-622-6983 • Fax: 207-622-7669 • www. mainesnowmobileassociation.com

To order your copy of the 2023-2024 Map of Maine’s Interconnected Snowmobile Trail System: Mail your request, including your postal address and $2 per map for postage and handling to: ITS MAP Maine Snowmobile Association PO Box 80 Augusta ME 04332

j Trail Maps The map of Maine’s Interconnected Trail System (ITS) is available free of charge at the MSA Office, 7 Noyes Street Place in Augusta; the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street in Augusta; some Maine Visitor Information Centers, at the annual Maine Snowmobile Show and other events. To have a copy of the map mailed to you, send your request plus $2 S&H to: ITS Map, MSA, PO Box 80, Augusta ME 04332. A list of local/regional maps can be found on pages 18-20 of this publication, on the back of your ITS map and on the MSA web site www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com .

j Heading over the border Everyone must stop at Customs to snowmobile into Canada. Carry your current passport, passport card or other approved documents and any required insurance and trail passes for the province that you will be visiting. Visit www.cbp.gov for more information about travel document requirements. Please also be sure to inquire about any CIVID-19 protocols, mandates or restrictions that you must adhere to in Canada or other states. Note the hours of operation for Customs and plan cross-border trips conservatively. Our neighbors: New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, 506-325-2625 www.nbfsc.com

Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, 514-252-3076 www.fcmq.qc.ca New Hampshire Snowmobile Association, 603-273-0220 www.nhsa.com

The Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA) is an organization of over 20,000 family members and 2100+ business members in 280+/- non profit snowmobile clubs. Club members accept responsibility for a great deal of the trail maintenance, signing, grooming, bridge construction, fundraising and landowner relations activities that keep the 14,000 mile Maine snowmobile trail system open. Visit www. mainesnowmobileassociation.com , the MSA web site, for information about the MSA and its member clubs, the Maine Snowmobiler’s Calendar of Events, trail conditions and links to lodging facilities, services and Chambers of Commerce ready to assist you with your

Maine winter trip planning. The MSA also maintains a popular Facebook page. To join the MSA, see details to the right, visit www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com or contact your local snowmobile club.



The Affiliated Clubs of the Maine Snowmobile Association

Snow Dusters SC Solon Snow Hawks Thirty Mile River SC Town & Country Trailriders Inc Valley Riders SC Wire Bridge Sno-Travelers WJW SC Total Clubs in Central Region: 56 Coastal Alna SC, 1220 Alna Rd Alna ME 04535 Appleton Trail Makers

Royal River SC Saco Pathfinders

Central Abnaki Sno-Riders AC Lineriders SC Anson-North Anson SC Barnstormers SC Belgrade Draggin’ Masters Border Riders Cambridge Super Trails Canaan Bog Bouncers Central Maine SC China Four Season Club Cobbosseecontee SC Coburn Summit Riders Cochnewagan Trailblazers Country Cousins SC Embden Travelers SC Fairfield Country Riders Fayette Ridge Riders Forks Area Trails Club Fort Halifax Snowdrifters Fox Glen SC Gardiner Ridge Riders Kennebec Valley Trail Riders Kingsbury Off-Grid Groomers Lexington Highlanders SC Litchfield SC Manchester Country Riders Mercer Bog Riders Minnehonk Ridge Riders Moonshiners, Inc. Night Drifters SC Night Roadrunners SC Norridgewock Sportsmen Assn North Augusta Trailblazers North Star Riders Oakland Snow Goers Palermo SC Pittsfield Driftbusters SC Pittston Prowlers SC Readfield Blizzard Busters SC Good Time Riders Heart of Gold SC Hillandalers SC

Sacopee Valley Snow Drifters Sebago Branch Duckers Inc Shaker Valley Sno Travelers Sokokis Riders SC

Southern Maine Sno-Goers Squash Hollow Sno Goers Standish Sno-Seekers Stormy Riders Topsham Trailriders ATV/Snowmobile Club Tri-Town Penguins Tri-Town Snow Riders Waldoboro Sno-Crawlers Westbrook Trail Blazes Windham Drifters SC Wiscasset Sno-Goers Total Clubs in Coastal Region: 57 Eastern Airline Riders Bald Mountain Snow Riders

Backwoods Bouncers SC Baldwin Beltburners SC Belfast Area Snow Packers Bog Brigade SC Bowdoin Flurry Flyers Bowdoinham Snowbirds Cornish Sno-Cruisers SC Crooked River SC Damariscotta Lake SC Dresden Sno-Valley Riders Falmouth Sno-Voyagers Frye Mountain Sno-Riders Goose River SC Gorham Sno Goers Gray Sno Wolves Harvest Valley SC Hatchet Mountain Sno-Riders Jackson Wheel-n-Ski Jefferson Sno-Packers Lebanon Trail Riders Limington Crankers Lincolnville Mountain Goats Lyman SC Monroe SC Moonlite Sno-Skimmers Mousam Valley SC Muddy River Sno-Seekers Nequasset Trailbreakers Hill & Gully Riders Hollis Honkers SC

Big Pine Riders SC Blue Ridge Riders Bowerbank Snowmobile Club Bowlin Matagamon SC Bradford Snow Blazers Breakneck Mt Sno-Riders Brownville SC Burlington Back Country Riders Carmel SC Charleston Stumpjumpers Clifton Area SC Cold Smoke Riders SC Cold Stream Sno-Riders Corundel Raiders Cross Country Cruisers Crossroads SC Dennysville SC Devil’s Sledders Inc Dixmont Gold Crest Riders Down East Trail Riders Dwinal Pond 4 Seasons Club East Branch Sno-Rovers Eastern Maine Snow Riders Eastern Maine Snowmobilers

Northport Ridge Riders Ossipee Mountaineers Raymond Rattlers SC Richmond Sno-Rovers Riverside Trail Riders Route 11 Streakers Route 66 SC Royal River Riders SC

Ripley Trail Riders Rome Ruff Riders

Sidney Trail Riders Club Skowhegan Sno-Hawks Smokey’s Angels SC Inc Sno-Devils SC

Ebeemee SC Ellsworth SC Endless Season Riders



The Affiliated Clubs of the Maine Snowmobile Association

E-Ville Riders Family SC Four Winds SC Frenchman Bay Riders G & G Trailblazers Glenburn Lakeside Riders SC Goodwill Riders SC Grand Lake SC Hungry Hollow 76ers Jo-Mary Riders62 Kenduskeag Stream Riders Kokadjo Roach Riders L A Sledders Lee Mogul Pounders SC Lincoln Snowhounds SC Mattawamkeag Roadrunners Moosehead Riders SC NarraguagusTrail Riders Narrow Gauge Riders Inc Newburgh Countryside Riders Northeast Carry Sno Riders Northern Timber Cruisers

Ashland SC Benedicta Snowgang SC Big Valley Sno-Club Caribou SC Central Aroostook SC Chapman Ridge Runners Cold Mountain SC Eagle Lake Winter Riders East Grand SC Easton Trailbreakers Fort Fairfield SC Fort Kent Snoriders, Inc. Frenchville SC Gateway SC Libby Pinnacle Sno Riders Limestone Snow Hawks Linneus Sno-Sports Madawaska SC Meduxnekeag Ramblers Molunkus Valley Sno-Drifters Moosetown Riders, Inc. Nordic Lakers, Inc. Oxbow-Masardis SC Pleasant Ridge Riders Portage Lakers SC Presque Isle SC Red Arrow SC Rockabema Snow Rangers Sly Brook Sno-Riders Smoki-Haulers SC St Francis Sno-Angels Walker Siding SC Washburn Trail Runners Total Clubs in Northern Region: 34 Western Andy Valley Riders SC Andy Valley Sno Gypsies Arnold Trail SC

Greene Dragons SC Greenstock Snow Sports Harrison Friendly Riders SC Hillside Family Riders SC Hungry Hollow Hustlers SC J V Wing SC Jug Hill Riders Kezar Trailbreakers Leeds Stump Thumpers Livermore Trail Blazers Mexico Trail Blazers Minot Moonshiners SC Mollyockett Sportsmen Club, Inc. Mount Tom SC Narrow Gauge SC Otisfield Trail Blazers Pejepscot Sno-Chiefs Perkins Ridge Sno-Travelers Peru SC Poland Sno Travelers Poodunck SC Rangeley Lakes SC Rock-O-Dundee Riders Rumford Polar Bears Sabattus Mountaineers Salem Sno Drifters Shiretown Riders Slippery Sliders SC Sno Wanderers Snow Hoppers SC Snow Valley Sno-Goers State Line SC Stoneham Knight Riders Streaked Mountaineers Turner Ridge Riders Vienna Mountaineers Wales Ridge Runners SCackers Webb River Valley SC Weld Winter Wildcats SC Wild River Riders Windy Valleys SC Woodland Wanderers SC Total Clubs in Western Region: 62 TOTAL CLUBS: 283 New Sharon Snow Riders New Vineyard North SC North Franklin SC Northern Lites SC Norway Trackers

Orrington Trail Riders Parkman Trailblazers Paul Bunyan SC Penobscot SC Pine Tree SC Piscataquis Valley SC Pittston Farm SC Powerline Prowlers SC Princeton Pathfinders

Pushaw Lake SC Quad County SC Ragged Riders

Ridge Riders Trail Club Sebasticook Valley SC Shirley Bog Trail Busters St Croix Trailriders Sunrise Snowmobilers Taunton-Raynham Boundary Riders Twin Pines SC Twin Rivers SC Vanceboro Lambert Snowhounds Wassookeag SC Winterport Riverside Riders Total Clubs in Eastern Region: 74 Northern Aroostook River SC

Auburn Sno Groomers Bethel Snow Twisters Bog Hooters SC Bouncing Bogies Bridgton Easy Riders

Burnt Meadow SC Canton Hi Riders Chesterville Country Ramblers SC Denmark Draggers Fryeburg Area Snowmobile Association



Regional & Local Snowmobile Trail Maps

The Map of the Interconnected Trail System covers approximately 4000 miles of trail. Listed here are maps covering portions of the additional 10,000 miles of trail with information on how to obtain them.

ridersallagash@gmail.com Moosetown Riders Inc Appleton. Free from club members or write: Appleton Trailmakers, 2306 W Appleton Rd, Appleton ME 04862. Auburn-Contact Auburn Sno Groomers SC through club Facebook page Auburn-Contact Perkins Ridge Sno-Travelers through Facebook page, or email Baldwin – Avil at Whistle Stop Gas Station & Trailside intersection of Frenchtown & Steep Falls Trails. $5.00 donation. Baldwin Beltburners SC Bangor-Message Paul Bunyan SC through Facebook or attend a meeting Beddington-Call or test 207-460-4073 $5.00 Airline Riders SC Belfast-Free. Write Belfast Area SnowPackers, PO Box 905, Belfast ME 04915 Belgrade-$5 Available on the Website: belgradedragginmasterssc.com Benton-Good Time Riders. Request via email or club Facebook page Bethel/Greenwood - $5 Facebook link to PayPal to order. Greenstock Snowsports Bingham – Visit 201 PowerSports or local Stores. Valley Riders Snowmobile Club Bowdoin-Avail at the Bowdoin Store. Bowdoin Flurry Flyers Bradford-Contact Glen Henderson, 118 Main Rd, Bradford ME 04410. 207-327-2182. Bradford Snow Blazers Bridgton- Avail at local businesses. Bridgton Easy Riders Brownfield-$1 for postage; donations welcome. Write Burnt Meadow SC, PO Box 412, Brownfield ME 04010 Bucksport-Family SC trail map posted at familysnowmobileclub.com Buckfield-MessagetheStreakedMountaineers SC through their Facebook page Calais-Contact Sunrise Snowmobilers, PO Box 178, Calais ME 04619 or message through club Facebook page Carmel-Avail at local businesses and from the Carmel SC, PO Box 141, Carmel ME 04419 Carrabassett Valley-Write: J.V. Wing SC, Valley Crossing #11, Carrabassett Valley ME 04947 or email Carthage-Call Bob Weston, 207-562-4253. Webb River Valley SC Casco-Crooked River SC map avail at area businesses, email club or messag through

Facebook page Caswell-Avail at Parent’s Country Store and the Pleasant Ridge Riders SC clubhouse, 17 Pleasant Ridge Rd Chapman-Use the current Northern Maine Snowmobile Trails or visit. www.visita roostook.com 1-888-216-2463 Cherryfield-Contact Narraguagus SC-Trail master, PO Box 234, Cherryfield ME 04622 Chesterville- Use Its Trail Map China-Visit China Four Seasons Club web site, chinafourseasons.org or club Face book page Clinton-Free with SASE to: Town & Country Trailriders, PO Box 23, Clinton ME 04927 Corinna-Message Corundel Raiders SC through club Facebook page & Billboard outside the clubhouse along ITS 85 Cornish-$5. Contact Cornish Sno-Cruisers SC, PO Box 367, Cornish ME 04020, email, or message club Facebook page. Town Of fices in Cornish & Parsonsfield, Cornish Market, Big Apple, Cornish Auto Parts. Cumberland Moonlite Snow-Skimmers - Down load from club website at www. mssmaine.com Damariscotta-Contact Damariscotta Lake SC Trailmaster Dedham-Dedham-Bald Mountain Snowriders map- pdf on club website Denmark-Denmark Draggers SC map avail at Jimbob’s Store, Cardinal Printing, Den mark Town Office Dennysville-Contact Dennysville SC, PO Box 45, Dennysville at ME 04628 or stop by the clubhouse Detroit- Map is posted outside of the club house and maps will be available at the Plymouth Village Store. Night Drifters SC Dexter – Message on Facebook. Wassookeag SC Dixfield-No charge. Contact Poodunck SC, PO Box 276, Dixfield ME 04224 or email Dixmont-Dixmont Goldcrest Riders map avail at the clubhouse on Cates Road or can be downloaded at https://sites.goo gle.com/site/goldcrestriders Dover-Foxcroft – Visit Website or Facebook. Piscataquis Valley SC Dresden-$3 and SASE to: Dresden Sno-Valley Riders, PO Box 317, Dresden ME 04342, avail at Dresden Town Office East Machias-$5. Contact Down East Trail Riders, PO Box 658, East Machias ME

REGIONAL MAPS Aroostook County Map-All snowmobile trail systems in the County - Map posted on Aroostook County Tourism web site, visi taroostook.com. To obtain a full size copy contact a Chamber of Commerce in the county C-4 Map-$3-Includes:Readfield, Mt. Vernon, Fayette, Wayne, Leeds, Wales, Greene, Monmouth, Winthrop, Belgrade, Man chester, N. Augusta, Sidney, Hallowell, Farmingdale, W Gardiner, Litchfield-Con tact clubs in these areas Downeast Sunrise Trail-Downloadable Trail Section maps, available on the State of Maine web site-Dept of Agriculture, Con servation & Forestry The Forks-West Forks-Caratunk-Parlin Pond Area Map-Avail at area businesses $2 to Forks Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1, West Forks ME 04985. Pick up at Northern Outdoors front desk; download at northernoutdoors.com Jackman Area Map-Free. Email Border Riders Sportsman Club. Greater Katahdin Region Map- View map on line or contact the Katahdin Area Cham ber of Commerce katahdinmaine.com ka tahdinmaine.com Lakes Region/Southern Maine-Includes Bridgton, Naples, Fryeburg, Lovell, Stone ham, Denmark, Harrison, Sebago, Wa terford. Avail at local businesses or send $5 to Bridgton Easy Riders, PO Box 564, Bridgton ME 04009. Moosehead Lake Region-Contact the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, mooseheadlake.org 207-695 2702. Map posted on chamber web site Rangeley Lakes-Oquossoc Region-Avail at businesses in Rangeley and Oquossoc. $5 +postage at rangeleysnowmobile.com. Rangeley Lakes SC ADDITIONAL MAPS Abbot-Avail at Abbot Town Hall or contact Big Pine Riders SC President 207-876 4020 Acton, Shapleigh-Avail at Boonies General Store, 1007 Shapleigh Corner Road in Shapleigh, and area snowmobile busi nesses. Mousam Valley SC Allagash-Contact via Facebook, telephone (207) 398-9060, or email at moosetown



Regional & Local Snowmobile Trail Maps The Map of the Interconnected Trail System covers approximately 4000 miles of trail. Listed here are maps covering portions of the additional 10,000 miles of trail with information on how to obtain them. 04630 or message through club Facebook page

Heart of Gold SC Harrison-Write Harrison Friendly Riders, PO Box 817, Harrison ME 04040. Hartland – Contact Club, Smokeys Angels SC Hiram-Free. Contact Patty Barber, Hiram Hillclimbers SC, 207-625-4755 or email Holden-Map posted at easternmainesnow mobilers.com. Avail at clubhouse 263 Levenseller Rd, Holden during season Hollis-$5 to Hollis Honkers SC, PO Box 48, Hollis Center ME 04042 or message through club Facebook page Hope-Contact Hatchet Mt Sno-Riders SC President Rodney Berry, 207-763-3353 Houlton, Littleton-Avail at Houlton Chamber of Commerce. Meduxnekeag Ramblers SC Industry-Free. Contact Industry, Northern Lites SC – Contact Club Island Falls-Island Falls-Avail at local businesses, Town Office, Jerry’s Thrift way, Brooks Equipment. Big Valley Sno Club Jay-Write Andy Valley Riders SC, PO Box 307, Jay ME 04239 Jefferson-$3. Contact Phil Morneault, email. Jefferson SnoPackers SC Kingfield-Avail at local business, at Sno Wanderers SC sled shed, or email trail master Jim Boyce. Free - donations ac cepted Knox-Avail at Hilltop Store, 231 Belfast Rd in Knox, or contact Cindy Larrabee, at cindyleewho0225@gmail.com or 1149 Webb Rd Knox, Me 04986. Frye Mountain Sno-Riders Kokadjo/Frenchtown Twp-Posted on Kokadjo Roach Riders web site, krrsc.org Lamoine- Contact Club, 385 Douglas Hwy, Lamoine ME 04605. Frenchman Bay Rid ers Lee-Free. Call club or email the Lee Mogul Pounders SC Leeds-Write Leeds Stump Thumpers, PO Box 93, Leeds ME 04263 or message club through their Facebook page Lewiston-Email the Hillside Family Riders SC or contact Facebook page or website Limerick/Newfield- several locations listed on website - or contact the club via e-mail. Route 11 Streakers SC Limestone-View at Limestone Snow Hawks SC Facebook page

Limington-$4 to: Limington Crankers SC, PO Box 81, Limington ME 04049 Lincoln-Avail at Town Office, local businesses and the Lincoln Snowhounds clubhouse, 155 Town Farm Rd Linneus-Avail at Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce, greaterhoulton.com, local businesses and the Linneus SnoSports Clubhouse on Mill Road Lisbon-Call Gary Brissette, 207-671-7835. Riverside Trail Riders Littleton, Houlton-Meduxnekeag Ramblers SC, Avail from the Greater Houlton Cham ber of Commerce, greaterhoulton.com Livermore-$2. Send request to Livermore Trail Blazers, 10 Crash Rd, Livermore ME 04253 Lovell – Avail at local business – Contact Club. Kezar Trailbreakers Lyman-Avail at club meetings. Lyman SC Madison-Posted at AbnakiSnoRiders.com Manchester-Avail at Town Office, J&S Gas Station. Manchester Country Riders Medway – At clubhouse, local stores & Chamber of Commerce. East Branch Sno-Rovers Mechanic Falls-Avail at NAPA Store & Dad’s Place. Bog Hooters SC Mercer-Message Mercer Bog Riders SC through club Facebook page Millinocket/Medway- View map on line or contact the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce katahdinmaine.com Minot-Message Minot Moonshiners SC through their Facebook page Monmouth-View on Cochnewagan Trail Blazers website, cochnewagantrailblaz ers.com or Facebook Monson-Message Narrow Gauge Riders club through their Facebook page Mount Vernon-Donation. Avail at Flying Pond Variety Store, Mt Vernon Trail 41, Mt Ver non or Town Office. Minnehonk Ridge Riders Naples- Contact Club, Muddy River Sno Seekers New Gloucester-Avail at Shaker Hill Out doors in Poland, Link’s Variety in New Gloucester; email Royal River Riders SC through club website, royalriverriders.net or message on Facebook Newport, Stetson, Etna-Contact Sebasticook Valley SC, PO Box 94, Stetson ME 04488

Ebeemee Twp-Free. Message Ebeemee SC through club Facebook page or view map at ebeemeesnowmobileclub.com Ellsworth-Ellsworth SC map- available at Browns Communications 207-667-2254 Embden-$5 to: Embden Travelers SC, PO Box 642, North Anson ME 04958 or Town Hall Eustis-Stratton-Avail at area businesses at club donation boxes or download map from Arnold Trail SC web site arnoldtrail snowmobileclub.com Exeter-Cross Country Cruisers map avail at Town Office Fairfield-Call Fairfied Country Riders President Contact Club Officer Fayette Ridge Riders, Inc. $5 at Fayette Country Store and Weathervane Restau rant. Fayette Ridge Riders, Inc. Fort Fairfield SC – Use ITS Trail Map. Fort Fairfield SC Fort Kent-Call Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce 207-834-5354 Freedom-Contact North Star Riders SC, 207 382-6577 Freeport, Pownal, Durham-$4 check to Tri Town Penguins, PO Box 571, Freeport ME 04032. Avail at town offices in Freeport, Durham and Pownal, the Durham GetNGo and the North Freeport Store Fryeburg-Free with donation – contact Fryeburg Area Snowmobile Association, 207-935 3355 Gilead – Visit Facebook for Website. Wild River Riders Glenburn – Send email to marpinkham@aol. com. Glenburn Lakeside Riders Gorham-Contact the Gorham SnoGoers SC, email Grand isle – Local Chamber of Commerce. Cold Mountain SC Grand Lake Stream-$5. Avail at Pine Tree Store, 3 WaterStreet, Grand Lake Stream Greenfield Twp/Greenbush-View on G&G Trailblazers Facebook page Greenwood, Woodstock-Avail locally at Lowell’s Saw Shop, 241 Walkers Mills Rd, Bethel, or write: Greenstock Snow Sports Club, PO Box 27, Greenwood ME 04255 Hampden-Avail at Town Office, Goodwill Riders club house or view on the club web site, goodwillriders.com Harmony- Email club of Facebook Message.



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