MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – 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 years, said the Department of Natural Resources.
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.
“Of the state’s 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails, 21,000 miles are maintained by snowmobile club members,” said Courtland Nelson, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division.
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.