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Iron County, Michigan

Snowmobiling Information

Iron County, where fun-filled snowmobiling is close at hand with a short trip to Iron County in south central Upper Michigan. This scenic region features more than 300 miles of well-groomed trails which enables the rider to experience the inherent beauty and wildlife that abounds in this area.

The Iron Range Trails cover Amasa, Crystal Falls, Iron River, and Sidnaw, providing hundreds of miles of excellent sledding. These trails also connect with the vast trail systems of the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. And with plenty of abandoned railroad grades and many straight-open stretches of two miles or more, Iron County is the place for you!

Iron River serves as a main hub for many trails in the area, providing all the amenities snowmobilers could ask for. Trail 16, known as the “Chippewa Trail”, travels east on a well groomed scenic route to Crystal Falls. From here it continues on to the Sagola area on the Arsenia Hershey Trail. A jaunt on Trail 15 takes riders north deep into the magnificent Upper Michigan northwoods offering the luck rider many opportunities to view or capture on film wildlife and scenery. This trail gives sno-tourers the option of traveling to Sidnaw or connecting with Trail 4 toward Kenton or Trail 111 to Amasa.

Wide open trails and groomed scenic journeys through the woods are Iron County’s trademark. When planning a trip to Iron County Michigan to snowmobile, be sure to pack warm clothes as the temperature can drop below zero                                                                                   for several days.

Iron County, Michigan Snowmobiling Conditions and Iron County, Michigan Snowmobile NewsFor the adventurous traveler, a forest map and compass will take you to deep powder, but bring a tow rope – you just might need it. If eating on the trail is your idea of fun, bring saddlebags to carry food and beverages. The ground scenery, with wide open expanses, lakes to play on (at your own risk), check with other riders for ice conditions, slush, beaver dams, ice fishing holes, and inlet waterways before snowmobiling on area waters.

Venturing on to lakes carries an “at your own risk” policy and help is often a long distance away. Carrying a survival kit including a tow rope, extra clothing, matches, a flashlight, a map and compass, and first-aid equipment is highly recommended.Well-marked and groomed snowmobile trails make the U.P.’s Iron County Michigan a snowmobiler’s paradise.

The options and destinations are unlimited for snowmobilers in Iron County, Michigan. Whether you’re looking for a memorable dining experience or pleasant lodging accommodations after a long day on the trails, it can all be found here.

Iron County snowmobile trail maps are available at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce office,
at most area gas stations, and many local businesses. Trail permits can be purchased at the Chicaugon Lake Inn.

Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 15 to 20 inches of snow cover
Date of Report: January 19, 2017
Area Report:

Trails are open and currently in “Good Condition”. We have had warmer than normal temps the past couple of days… but have had snowmobilers staying here with us all week… and both groups are as happy as can be with the trails.  If we don’t get too much rain on Friday… it looks like we may have ridden out this January thaw.  🙂

We have a good solid 10 inch base with another (10 – 12) inches of snow cover on top of the base.  Calling for temps in the upper 30’s to low 40’s for the next 3 days and then cooling down again after that.

Trails –  #2, 107, 18, 113, 16, 116 – All in Good Condition – nice and smooth with plenty of snow

Trail – #15 North – Good Condition but does have a re-route area where #15 & #111 come together.  Follow the signs and you’ll be fine.

Trail – #15 South – Fair to good Condition…. watch a few of the corners for some ice

Trail – #111 – Been reported to be in rough condition with all the logging

Groomer operators will only be grooming at night with the warmer temps.. once the temps cool down during the day time hours next week the groomers will be out during the day time hours as well.  Be sure to give the operators a “Thumbs Up” when you see them.  Many many hours are put into those groomers to keep the trails “open & flat” for ALL of us riders.  😉

Wishing everyone a Happy & Safe weekend on the trails!!      


Chicaugon Lake Inn motel




News and Reports:

Ironline Sled Dog Race – January 27th & 28th – Iron River Michigan

“FREE” Michigan Fishing Weekend coming up – February 18th & 19th

Downhill & Cross Country Skiing – Ski Brule 100% “Open”

Cross Country Skiing – George Young Recreational Complex – just off of County Rd. 424

Snowmobile Information:

Currently trails are in Good Condition… I’ve had 2 groups of guys staying here at the motel for the past 4/days and they have extended their stay (1) more night to ride our trails.  I think depending on how the weather goes tomorrow… no rain we’ll be good.  If we get rain… it won’t wipe out our trails… but will change the conditions of the trails.  We’ll keep you posted on this.  Also feel free to call the motel for an update as well  (906-265-9244).

Happy Trails to All