MARQUETTE COUNTY — The heat of the summer is still upon is, and yet snowmobile season is closer than we think. Keeping the trails in good shape is a very important element of keeping the Upper Peninsula a snowmobile destination.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for a group to sponsor over 60 miles of snowmobile trails in Marquette County. The areas in need of grooming sponsorship include 23 miles along Trail 8 between the “Crossroads” area in Sands Township and Little Lake, 7 miles southwest of Gwinn on Trail 32, and 32 miles of Trail 33 between Gwinn and Arnold.

“Trail 8 is one of the main east–west connectors in the Northern Upper Peninsula so having that link is critical,” said Central U.P. Trail Specialist Rob Katona. “We need to find someone who is going to take on these responsibilities and wants to get part of the program, have some fun grooming, and have some ownership in the work they do, and making our trail system what it is.”

The grooming would help avoid the loss of trail connections in major areas on the trails.

If you are interested in sponsoring a trail, Contact Katona at the Michigan DNR in Marquette.