Maine is known as Vacationland and it’s no wonder. This vacation spot offers activities for nearly everyone from hunting, fishing and hiking to enjoying life on the snowmobile trails. In fact, Maine has 14,000 miles of groomed and trimmed snowmobile trails, 4,000 of which make up the Interconnected Trails System (ITS) leading from one end or the State to the other, says the Maine Snowmobile Association. If you are visiting Maine during the winter and want to explore nature, traveling the local snowmobile trails provides an excellent opportunity to view the landscape, encounter wildlife and have some fun in the winter snow. Before you head off into the Maine wilderness with your snowmobile there are some things you need to know.
Maine Snowmobile Regulations
According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife , any snowmobile driven on the trails must be registered. There are several registrations available. Maine residents can register a snowmobile for the season for $45, while non-residents must pay a fee of $99. Non-residents can also purchase a 3-day or a 10-day registration for a fee of $49 and $75, says the Maine Department o Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
In addition to the registration requirements, there are some age requirements for operating a snowmobile. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to operate a snowmobile and children between the ages of 10 and 16 must complete a safety training program with their parent or guardian, according to Maine State Statue TITLE 12, CHAPTER 939.
Operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if your driver’s license is suspended, is also prohibited. Other regulations apply, such as observing posted speed limits. Complete ATV/Snowmobile Rules and Regulations are available online or through local snowmobile clubs.
Maine Snowmobile Clubs
Maine boasts over 300 individual snowmobile clubs listed with SledMaine. These clubs work together to maintain the snowmobile trails and provide services to local snowmobilers. They provide maps of snowmobile trails and can give you valuable insight into the conditions of the trails in the area you wish to travel. If you are new to snowmobiling, or new to the area, a visit to the local snowmobile club can prove invaluable. Members are knowledgeable about the weather conditions and local sights you may want to observe and can even point in the direction for observing native wildlife. They can also direct you to the proper trails to take to reach your desired destination.
Snowmobile Safety and Trail Etiquette
Groomers spend long hours working to keep the trails well-maintained and safe for everyone. You can do your part by practicing safe operation of your snowmobile and observing trail etiquette.
Snowmobiling in Maine is a great winter activity that allows you to enjoy time in nature. By observing Maine snowmobile regulations and practicing good trail etiquette you will be on your way to an exciting adventure in the Maine outdoors. Click here for more info about buying a snowmobile and preparing for your trip.