PESHTIGO — The Marinette County Parks Department has issued notice to area residents about a temporary closing of its ATV Trail System.

Due to soft trail bed conditions, the trail system is closed to all vehicles effective today until further notice. According to Pete Villas, the Forestry and Parks administrator, the closure is required to protect the soft trail bed from erosion damage caused by ATVs and other vehicles during the spring breakup.

The trails will be re-opened when conditions warrant.

Michigan DNR trails

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will close its state-designated trails to snowmobiling on Monday.

“This is the date our trails close, as grooming contracts and private land agreements expire,” said Ron Yesney, DNR U.P. trails coordinator. “Snowmobilers can still ride on state land, but state-designated trails will be closed beginning April 1.”

Riders may know that the snowmobile trail system is dependent upon easements the DNR has secured from private landowners to connect trails between public lands.

“These easement uses expire on April 1,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “In addition, as late-winter temperatures begin to rise, riding conditions can become very unpredictable, leading to unsafe situations or poor to very little snow. We appreciate the cooperation of all snowmobilers.”

For those continuing to ride, remember to “Ride Right” to bring everyone back home safe. For more information, people may visit Michigan.gov/RideRight.

The winter 2019-20 season will open Dec. 1.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, people may visit Michigan.gov/Snowmobiling.