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Mike Carr has logged more than 60,000 sled miles in 21 states and provinces. Every winter, he further expands his riding horizons.
RELATED TOPICS: SNOWMOBILE TRAVEL | TRAILS | WISCONSIN | MICHIGAN
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IRON COUNTY, WISCONSIN
Located along the south shore of Lake Superior where “lake effect” weather brings big snows, Iron County deserves its ranking as one of Wisconsin’s best places to ride. Not only is there typically plenty of white stuff, but the county also boasts an extensive and outstanding trail network with lots of well-groomed loop routes to choose from. If that’s not enough, it’s easy to connect to great trails in adjoining counties (Ashland, Vilas, Price) and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For an ocean-like view, ride to Saxon Harbor and gaze out upon the endless expanse of majestic Lake Superior.
Trail Towns: Hurley, Mercer, Manitowish Waters, Iron Belt, Saxon
Highlights: Saxon Harbor, Little Bohemia Lodge (site of the 1934 FBI vs. John Dillinger shootout)
Info: Iron County Tourism, http://ironcountywi.com/recreation/winter-activities/snowmobiling/
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BERKSHIRE MOUNTAINS, MASSACHUSETTS
Have you ever thought about snowmobiling in Massachusetts? For the most part, neither does anyone else outside of New England! But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some good riding on the network of trails throughout the Berkshire Mountains. With its proximity to southern Vermont, this region can be part of a two-state tour that will open your eyes to new places and new vistas. Despite the fact that Massachusetts sledders pay a registration fee to the state but receive zero dollars in return, the trails are surprisingly good due to the ceaseless efforts of snowmobile clubs and a supportive state association.
Trail Towns: Colrain, Adams, Conway, Windsor, Bernardston, Gill, Leyden
Highlights: Historic Shelburne Fire Tower
Info: Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts, www.sledmass.com
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TOP OF THE LAKE, MICHIGAN
For avid snowmobilers, there are places to discover all across the North American snowbelt, as this series will prove. One of those is at the very top of Lake Michigan, where the town of Naubinway (halfway between Manistique and Saint Ignace off U.S. Highway 2) welcomes sledders from around the world. The big attraction is the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, where the annual Show & Ride draws a crowd of vintage fans (Feb. 16-17, 2018). Whether you’re aboard some old iron or the latest model of sled, the local area offers good riding, as well as access to all the top destinations in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
Trail Towns: Naubinway, Engadine, Curtis
Highlights: Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway
Info: Eastern Upper Peninsula Snowmobile Council, www.upsnowmobiling.org; Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, www.snowmobilemuseum.com
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