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Trail Report 3-18-16

The Official Snowmobile Trail Report:
From the Desk of:
Gary Marquis 
Caribou Parks & Recreation Dept. 
55 Bennett Drive
Caribou, Me. 04736
207-493-4224

3-17-16

Well despite what has been a very up and down winter for a lot of projects here in the County, we are still grooming here in parts of Central Aroostook. The Valley and the Allagash have not stopped whatsoever. I have spoken to a lot of new faces in the past few weeks and they are indicating that this is their first trip to the County and definitely will not be their last. The winter that never was for the Southern parts of the State might be a blessing for the County with all these new people coming up, they are certainly getting what we always knew which is the kindest people and the best trail’s on the planet.

As I sit here and write this report it is snowing hard and accumulating on the ground. Despite the fact the day before was almost 50 degrees. With this being said there is a lot of water sitting in low lying areas, so please use caution. Places that will hold water will be: FIELD ROADS WITH BAD DRAINAGE, DIVERSION DITCHES, LOW LYING SWAMP AREAS, ROAD DITCHES, AND OBVIOUSLY BODIES OF WATER. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND.

Remember that we are about the only area that has snow in the Northeast so trails will be busy once again this weekend and with a lot of new people to the area please ride right and slow down.

CAUTION: ALL RIVERS AND STREAMS ARE BECOMING VERY UNSAFE

Trail Info:

ITS 92 This trail continues to be groomed and is in very good condition.

ITS 90 Caribou will not reopen their section of 90 as the warm temperatures have taken its toll on the base. Pick up 90 off of 105 and travel towards Portage is in good condition.

ITS 120 Also known as the Deboullie Trail is groomed and in very good condition, remember to get gas out of Portage, Eagle Lake, or at St. Francis. Stop by Deboullie pond for great pictures.

ITS 83 . There is a small water hole behind the old MDOT garage in Axle siding, and there is another one on the other end of the power line in the sharp turn. Through Washburn and Caribou all the way to the roof top of the County this trail is in good shape. There are some issues going through Caribou with water in low spots use caution.

ITS 81 Unfortunately anything South of Fort Fairfield is very limited snow cover, but the further North you travel the trail is holding up well, remember that this trail goes through a lot of open ground in the Central part of the County so you might travel over some brown snow, and water holes so please use caution.

ITS 85 Ashland North this trail is holding up well and the farther North one travels the trail is in very good shape due to the deeper snow pack.

ITS 105 This trail is setting up in very good shape and as you go north the better the snow cover.

ITS 88 not groomed

ITS 86 not groomed

Trail 100 will be groomed and is in good shape.

Trail 81 in New Sweden will also be groomed once temps drop and snow stops.

On the Social Side:

St. Francis Sno Angels Saturday Meals at the clubhouse 11-7

Presque Isle Friday night Stew at the clubhouse.

Washburn Trail runner’s clubhouse opens this Saturday for the season. Hours are Saturday 7-2/ Sunday 7-12

Pleasant Ridge Riders of Caswell will be having a club ride on March 19th meeting at the clubhouse at 9am and travelling to Lakeview.

Houlton breakfast every Saturday at the clubhouse 6-9

Bite the Bullet & Battle Big Rock, March 19th registration at 3pm racing starts at 5:30pm

Fort Kent Sno-riders Snowmobile Club will be hosting King of the Mountain Hill Climbs on April 9th. Check out their Facebook page.

March 19th the MSA Northern region Board of Directors meeting will be held in Caribou at the Caribou Friends of Scouting Hall located off of US. Rt. 89. More details to come.

Pleasant Ridge Riders will be hosting a Breakfast and Bake Sale Fundraiser on Sunday April 10th at the clubhouse from 7-11.