With a foot or more of snow still blanketing most of northern Minnesota, the snowmobiling season may extend into April for the first time in many years, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. State trails will remain open on public land while weather and snow conditions permit; however grant-in-aid snowmobile trails close for the season on April 1, when permits with private landowners expire.
Late season snowmobilers need to be aware of changing conditions, including bare spots, flowing water and exposed rocks. Some gates may be closed on grant-in-aid trails.
The statewide snow depth map and state trail conditions are updated by 2 p.m. every Thursday at www.mndnr.gov/snow.
For the most up-to-date trail conditions, contact the local trail administrator. Contact information can be found online or by calling the DNR Information Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.
Even if snow conditions are good, the DNR reminds snowmobilers not to ride on trails that traverse private land. After April 1, riding these trails without the landowner’s permission would be trespassing.