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Snowmobile Trail Report: February 11—26

Another couple of inches of snow this week will certainly help freshen up the trails in The County. Everyone is just raving about how awesome the trails are up here. If you are not riding in The County, then you are missing out on 2,300 miles of pure perfection. All clubs are reporting grooming around the clock and perfect conditions. With this new snow and more predicted, riding will be unbeatable.

On the trails

Trail 71A: Only open the first 6 miles to Garfield.

ITS 83 is in great shape from one end of The County to the other. Remember that there is a reroute due to logging. The trail is marked so plan accordingly. There is a logging operation 4 miles south of Linneus; please watch for signs.

ITS 90: is open and completely groomed and in great shape. The logging operation that was affecting the Caribou end is now done and the trail will be reopened for the weekend. Please use caution if you do venture out there before the groomer does. Portage has also reported some logging operations going on above the Mouse Island Road in Perham; watch for signs. The Portage Lakers Snowmobile Club is working on reopening the old section of this trail off of the Mouse Island Road. Caribou is still working through the logging situation behind the Woodland Highway Department. Please ride with caution in this area. There will be a slight change in this trail before the weekend and it will be signed.

ITS 85 is connected all the way through to the crown. There is a section of road that is plowed at the Red River Bridge where Eagle Lake and Portage meet. This will be plowed for the rest of the season, so please use caution. There is a logging operation South of Violette Settlement. Please use caution; watch for signs. The Oxbow area of 85 is in great shape, so head down that way. It makes for a great ride.

120: The Deboullie trail is in great shape. Remember there is still a logging operation near the St. Francis road, about five miles of plowed road.

ITS 92 from Fort Kent up through to Allagash is reported to be in great shape. This part of the County seems to always get great snow and they are reporting awesome conditions.

ITS 86 is groomed all the way from the border in Houlton and is in good shape to Oxbow.

ITS 81 is in good shape and completely open. There is a logging operation before meeting with Fort Fairfield on the Easton end. Watch for signs and equipment on the trail. Watch for a logging operation down off the Ashland road, and also on the Ralph Craig Memorial trail.

105: The trail from Van Buren through Stockholm and south to Mapleton is in good shape. There is a logging operation at the southern end in the Chapman area. There are alternatives to use. Logging should be complete within the next week. The southern section of 105 is in great condition.

ITS 88 from Fort Fairfield is reported open all the way to Ashland. Watch out for speed bumps in the Parkhurst Siding area of the railbed.

73B is open and signed. There is a logging operation in the Little Black Lake area. Please use caution.

Trail 81 (Swede’s Trail) is open and reported to have a few water holes. Watch for signs. There is a small water hole, but it is very well marked. Trail 81 in Houlton has a logging operation and will be shortened, and is only going to Oakfield.

Trail 100 in the Caswell area has now connected with Trail 94 in the Cyr Plantation area in a different location.

Trail 61 is open off downtown Washburn, going towards 980. There are plowed sections, so please use caution.

On the social side

Saturday, Feb. 11: Portage Lakers supper on the run.

Sunday, Feb. 12: The Fort Fairfield Snowmobile club will host breakfast at the clubhouse from 7-10. Check out their new kitchen; the clubhouse is on the Strickland Road.

Sunday, Feb. 12: The Central Aroostook Snowmobile Club will have a hot dog roast, hosted by Harvard Townsend at his camp of ITS 81 in Westfield, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Saturday, Feb. 18: Annual hot dog roast, hosted by Caribou Snowmobile Club at Axle Siding in Stockholm on ITS 83. Snow drag racing, hosted by Eagle Lake, starting at 11 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26: Breakfast fundraiser at the Pleasant Ridge Riders Snowmobile Clubhouse, 7-11 a.m. All proceeds to the groomer fund.

The Washburn Trailrunners Club is open Saturdays 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays 7 a.m.-12 noon. During vacation week the clubhouse will be open daily for breakfast and lunch.

The Presque Isle Snowmobile Club serves chicken stew on Friday nights from 5-7 p.m.

The Meduxnekeag Ramblers of Houlton host breakfast every Saturday morning at the Clubhouse, 6-9 a.m.

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