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Michigan Snowmobilers enjoy approximately 6,000 miles of designated trails throughout the state. The trails are popular with Michigan residents and many out of state residents make their annual trip to the Great Lake State to enjoy some of the finest snowmobiling in the country.  No matter where you live in Michigan, you are only a short drive away to the trail system.

The Michigan DNR is responsible for maintaining the Michigan snowmobiling trail system. They spend over 2.5 million dollars to groom the trails each year.  These funds come from registration and trail permit fees.  Eleven regional offices and 100 grooming machines are in use during the season to maintain the trail system.  Be sure to check if Electric Snow Shovels are available to use around any hotels you rent for the snowmobile season. Snowmobilers must register their machines wih the Secretary of State. The registration is good for 3 years and costs $22.00.  State law requires that you affix the registration decals issued to the snowmobile to each side of the forward half of the cowl above the footwell.

In addition to registration of a snowmobile in Michigan or from another state or province, a person who desires to operate a snowmobile in this state must  purchase a $20.00 snowmobile trail permit sticker. The snowmobile trail permit sticker shall be valid for a period of 1 year which begins October 1 and ends September 30 of the following year.  Snowmobiles are exempt from the Trail Permit Sticker if they are: Operated exclusively on lands owned or under the control of the owner, used entirely in a safety education program conducted by a certified snowmobile safety instructor, exclusively operated in a special event of limited duration which is conducted according to a prearranged schedule under a permit from the governmental unit having proper jurisdiction or a snowmobile used solely for transportation on the frozen surface of public waters for the purpose of ice fishing


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