Last Updated March 4, 2021
Comments: Trails are closed due to the recent warmth.
Grooming: No grooming at this time.
Guidelines: Trails officially open when snowcover reaches 4 inches on or after December 1st and closes by April 1st. It's always a good idea to avoid riding on the trails until after they have been groomed so a nice base can form. In general, no grooming will commence until adequate snow base is reached. Based on MN DNR guidelines that is around 8-12" of decent base as well as adequate and safe ground conditions. Early season issues such as wet areas and unfrozen swamps prevent grooming in some cases.
Remember to ALWAYS stay on the trail. Our trail coordinator received the following e-mail last season from a landowner regarding trespassing problems. Please remember that the majority of NWT's trail system is made up of private property where landowners graciously grant us access to run a trail across their land. Respect them, always.
[I'm a landowner in Independence.] Last year we allowed the snowmobile trail through out property as our new house was being built, we have over 400 pictures on trail camera of snowmobilers trespassing (going off the trail). I have already had a snowmobile drive through my front yard this year.
I have a few concerns.
-I work for [a local powersports business] and I will have snowmobiles, and we will legally access the trail from our property but I do not want others to follow my tracks back up to my house.
-I have planted over 50 trees on my property Most are marked with stakes, but I do not want them run over.
-If snowmobiles come to close to the house my dog barks, and will likely wake the kids if sleeping.
-If other snowmobilers cannot stay on the marked trail we will be forced to not let the trail across our property.
As an outdoor enthusiast, and powersports activist I have no problem with the trail across our property, However if other riders cannot stay on the trail and continue to trespass I will not be able to continue to allow the trail access.
I do understand most riders stay on the trail. And I would hate to see a few ruin it for the rest. I will be putting up NO Trespassing signs in the future, and welcome any (stay on trail) signs you may want to put up in addition to my signs.
Pictures and video from grooming our trails:
Pictures from 1/29/10 grooming:
Pictures from 2/16/08 grooming:
Pictures from 2006-2007 grooming activities:
Address:P.O. Box 444, Osseo, MN 55369