Snowmobiling in Maine
Maine Snowmobile Trails
Along with skiing, riding, cross country skiing and ice fishing, Maine is also a winter wonderland for snowmobilers, with hundreds of miles of amazing trails, Maine is the place to be for snowmobile enthusiasts. Here’s a handy link for Maine Snowmobile Trail Maps.
Snowmobiling in Maine
By Cathy Genthner
Downtown Millinocket is one of the few places in the world that hosts a snowmobile parade right through the middle of its business section on Penobscot Avenue, every year in celebration of Winterfest. The festivities this year begin on February 17 at 6 p.m. on Friday with a parade through the downtown, followed by an antique snowmobile show and rides on Saturday, along with an ice fishing derby, poker run and other events.
“We have some of the best trails in Maine and I don’t know of any other downtown where they actually put snow on the streets so the snowmobilers can have smooth riding for their parade,” said Jean Boddy, the office coordinator of the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Cushman Family of Gorham loves to go snowmobiling with all of their four sons as well as friends they’ve made through the sport. They especially love attending the snowmobile festivals held at various locations throughout the state.
There are almost 300 snowmobile clubs in Maine that have worked hard to foster good landowner relations and to promote snowmobile safety and education. Clubs host many of the yearly festivals and events that include activities even for those who don’t snowmobile.
“When you pull in to a town to get gas, you can get a meal and then go shopping or stay at a hotel,” said Cushman. “Also, there are so many snowmobile clubs that have potluck or bean suppers and they always have something going on. You find when you start snowmobiling; you make a lot of new friends and see some really beautiful places in Maine.”
Maine has more than 14,500 miles of snowmobile trails – most on private land and groomed by volunteers. The Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA) and its clubs and members have worked diligently to improve the reputation of snowmobiles and to encourage the respect of the rights of landowners.
“Snowmobiling unites people from all different backgrounds developed between clubs and landowners with the respect for the landowners’ rights and properties that snowmobilers collectively believe in,” said Bob Meyers, the executive director of the MSA.
Snowmobile Festivals, Events and Races for 2012
January 14- 9 a.m. Bangor Vintage Snowmobile Ride www.PaulBunyanSnow.com
January 19-21 – Snodeo, Rangeley – Rangeleysnowmobile.com
January 21- B-52 Annual Memorial Ride, Greenville – www.mooseheadriders.org
January 28 – USCC Snowmobile Racing, Parlin Pond – www.usccracing.com
February 10-12 – 13th annual Naples Winter Carnival – www.muddyriversnoseekers.org
February 17-25 – Greenville Winterfest – www.mooseheadriders.org
February 17-20 – Katahdin Area WinterFest – www.katahdinmaine.com
February 18 – USCC Snowmobiling Racing, Madawaska – www.usccracing.com
February 18- One-lunger 100 Vintage Snowmobile Race, Turner – www.turnerridgeriders.com
February 18-19 – Sebago Ice Fishing Derby, Raymond – www.icefishingderby.com
February 25- Family Fun Day – Snow Valley Sno-goers of Andover
March 3- Winterfest – Crystal Lake in Gray www.graysnowwolves.com
March 17- USCC Snowmobile Racing, Greenville, www.usccracing.com
For an updated list of all the events, festivals, races and information about snowmobiling and clubs in the state visit: www.mesnow.com
For information about a snowmobile safety course offered near you visit: www.maine.gov/ifw/education/safety/snowmobile.htm