This winter, the state of Maine is participating in a special weekend to provide enhanced opportunity for snowmobilers. On Jan. 26-28, a nonresident (from another state or province) may operate a snowmobile in Maine (no reciprocity necessary) so long as he or she has a valid registration from his or her home state or province.
“We welcome these snowmobilers to explore more than 14,000 miles of Maine’s interconnected, groomed, and marked trails,” said Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock. “As always, we encourage them to enjoy Maine’s beautiful outdoors, but also urge them to ride safely.”
The Maine Warden Service reminds snowmobilers to ride with caution at all times.
“With the increased traffic anticipated during the free snowmobile weekend, we remind all riders to obey laws of prudent operation; do not drink and drive, and be mindful that this is a family sport, so please keep our trails safe,” said Maine Warden Service Colonel Joel Wilkinson. “Pay extra close attention to ice conditions on all Maine waterways especially when traveling at night, and ride with caution. We hope that enthusiasts participate in these great opportunities to discover Maine’s tremendous snowmobiling opportunity.”
Snowmobilers should stay on marked trails, ride at a reasonable speed, use hand signals, and ride to the right.
To register a snowmobile in Maine, go to moses.informe.org/online/atv_snow/index.htm.
For information about snowmobile laws and rules in Maine, go to mefishwildlife.com/snowmobilelaws.
For Maine trail condition updates and trail maps, go to mesnow.com.