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Snowmobile Trail Aids


Maintenance upgrade changes are explained here: SNARS Upgrade

County instructions

    How to edit/approve grooming units
  1. From the county dashboard, scroll down to the “clubs” table.
  2. The table shows how many grooming units are awaiting approval and the red shows the club has units awaiting approval.
  3. Click the “view club details/add grooming units” link for the applicable club.
  4. Scroll down to the “Grooming Units” table.
  5. Click the “edit” link for he applicable groomer. (Only grooming units that have not yet been approved can be edited.).
  6. On the edit popup window, change the necessary fields and click “submit”.
  7. If no changes are need, the grooming units may be approved.

To enable the Alliance role, contact your Regional Grant Specialist. Click the help tab for contact information.

Contact Cathy Burrow, 608-267-0494 with questions.

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.


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


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.


Maintenance Reporting Forms

All maintenance must be reported through SNARS
Reimbursement materials
Supplemental materials

Trouble downloading forms? see: Troubleshooting tips [PDF]


SNARS - Snowmobile Electronic Reporting System

Guides and information


Ranking Tools

Snowmobile equipment and labor rates

Trail signing

Rail crossing guides and forms


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
Your County Snowmobile Trail Coordinator [PDF]
Last revised: Wednesday February 07 2018