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Snowmobile Trail Aids

Snowmobile Trail Pass


All public snowmobiles operating on a Wisconsin trail or corridor must display a valid snowmobile trail pass for the 2015-16 season. Click on "Snowmobile Trail Pass" above for more information.

Snowmobile Trail Grants are available to counties and tribes to apply for funding to provide a statewide system of well-signed and well-groomed snowmobile trails for public use and enjoyment.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants

Counties and tribes may apply for these grants.

Snowmobile bridge rehabilitation

Eligible projects
  • replacement of entire structure including approaches and abutments
  • repair to the superstructure of the bridge
  • replacement of the entire deck and railings
  • repair or replacement of protective riprap around abutments or footings
Ineligible Projects
  • replacement of bridge railings only
  • patching of decking
  • grading or minor repair to approaches
  • bridge repairs to bring bridge structure within any existing codes
  • reinforcement of bridge structures to accommodate weights in excess of 14,000 pounds
  • deck replacement for the sole purpose of accommodating larger grooming equipment

Snowmobile trail rehabilitation

Eligible projects
  • clearing of trees from storm damage to re-establish the trail corridor
  • filling and grading to re-establish the trail tread damaged as a result of erosion
  • widening and straightening trail segments to improve visibility
Ineligible Projects
  • brushing, signing and similar activities conducted as part of routine maintenance
  • construction of a new bridge or culvert with an inside diameter of greater than 24"
  • rehabilitation or replacement of a bridge or culvert with an inside diameter of greater than 24"

Note: Any costs incurred PRIOR to receipt of a grant are not reimbursable and MAY jeopardize your entire grant!

Priority ranking

Per s. 23.09(26)(5)(c), Wis. Stats. [exit DNR], trail funds are distributed according to the following priority-ranked purposes.

  • Maintenance of existing approved trails, including purchase of county liability insurance and acquisition of easements of less than three years
  • Club signing program (obsolete program)
  • Major bridge reconstruction or rehabilitation
  • Route signing program
  • Trail rehabilitation (prioritized by mandatory relocation, discretionary relocation, new bridges)
  • Development of new trails, including acquisition of land interests for a period of 3 years or greater or in fee simple

Deadlines

April 15 - Maintenance & Development Projects

Applications are due in the regional offices for the upcoming season.

August 1 - Supplemental Maintenance

Applications are due in the regional offices for the previous season.

Resources

Guides and information

Bridges

Ranking Tools

Snowmobile equipment and labor rates

NOTE from the Snowmobile Recreation Council: The intent of the proposed different class A rates is to give a small increase ($5-$20) to the more expensive units. If you are utilizing an all-wheeled or half-track agriculture tractor, once you are above 105 h.p. there is no further increase in rate unless you go to the fully-tracked tractors above 124 h.p. You can more than double the cost of some 4WD tired ag units to reach the cost of the fully-tracked ag tractors, Tuckers, Pisten Bullys, etc. The difference in reimbursement rates certainly will not double. The proposed small increments of increasing from Class A to AA or AAA would not justify the costs of purchasing these more expensive units just to receive a higher reimbursement rate and will only serve to get you to your cap quicker. Therefore purchasing a larger unit for an increased reimbursement rate is not sound financial planning.

Trail signing

Rail crossing guides and forms

Help

Contact information
For questions about Snowmobile Trail Aids, contact:
Your DNR regional community service specialist
Cathy Burrow, Snowmobile Grant Manager
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
101 S. Webster
Madison WI 53707-7921
608-267-0494
Last revised: Friday May 06 2016