Aroostook County Snowmobile Trail Report – March 4
An abundance of snow on the ground makes for some happy sledders!
The new snow that we received this week will certainly help out the conditions, but the wind is making a lot of work for the ones that groom the trails. Remember that the central Aroostook area has a lot of open fields and some of these trails don’t have a lot of snow cover over them so when we do start warming up there might be some brown patches.
• Lots of sledders going off trail cutting corners, joy riding in fields and causing problems in the system, please stay on marked trails.
• Deer Deer and more Deer are all over watch for tracks on the trails
• Moose are also everywhere.
• Remember gas is sometimes long distances so plan accordingly.
• Logging operation on trail 89 in North Caribou
• Logging operation on trail 76 in Presque Isle going toward Easton.
ITS 85 Oxbow has been doing a great job with rerouting and marking the trails due to the logging operations. Ashland is reporting a logging op. in the Masardis area follow the signs. In the Winterville area there is a slight reroute use the Red River road not the Buggy Brook Road. Two miles north of Oxbow the road is plowed, and it is not in the best of condition. Fort Kent and Eagle Lake are reporting good conditions.
ITS 83 Logging operation on the trail in between Carson siding and Washburn also a logging operation North of Madawaska lake South of the Sullivan Road.
ITS 81 Will be all groomed.
ITS 92 This trail is in great shape, 92A, and 92B also are in great shape.
ITS 90 another great ride with a combination of wood trails and open fields with some beautiful views, no problems but watch for critters and high banks at road crossings.
ITS 88 Groomed and in great shape.
ITS 86 Oxbow has rerouted about 9 miles of this trail to bypass a logging operation so watch for signs. Houlton is also reporting a new logging operation, about 6 miles of new road is plowed.
ITS 105 This trail is in very good shape, remember there are drifts on this trail going into Mapleton, plus there is a logging operation on the Walker Siding end of this trail.
ITS 120 Beautiful trail with great views.
RT. 89 Groomed all the way, logging operation behind Bouchard’s Packing shed in North Caribou.
RT. 100 Improved riding from Caswell… remember though there are two branches of this trail one goes north out of Caswell and one goes west further south. They both intersect Rt 89 one closer to Rt 94 and the other closer to the Madawaska River…. Watch for markings.
Easton trails will be all groomed for Thursdays.
Chapman Ridge Runners are in good shape.
On the Social Side:
Log driver’s cookout in Island Falls at the clubhouse this Saturday 11am.
Chicken Stew/Chili Feed March 5th at the Limestone Clubhouse for supper.
Friday night chicken stew at the Presque Isle clubhouse 5-7 pm.
Washburn Trail runners Breakfast / Lunch Saturdays 7-2pm Sunday 7-12pm at the clubhouse.
St. Francis Sno Angels Saturday Meals…home cooked meals… stop by off ITS 92 10am-9pm.
Houlton breakfast every Saturday at the clubhouse on the Wiley road in Littleton from 6am to 9am.
Madawaska will be hosting 1st annual snowmobile rider’s clinic on March 7th at the clubhouse from 12-4 wardens and North Woods law will be on hand to answer questions.
Fort Fairfield’s annual super draw raffle will be March 7th tickets available from any Fort member. Contact George McLaughlin for tickets 227-7473.
Sunday March 8th Pleasant Ridge riders Breakfast at the clubhouse from 7-11.
March 7th Snow drag racing in St. Francis, registration at 8 racing at 11:30.
March 15th Snow drag racing in Houlton more info to come.