Snowmobilers should use caution and be mindful of their surroundings on the nearly 205 miles of trails in Kewaunee County that were set to open Feb. 14 in all four snowmobile sections, three of which include use of the Ahnapee State Trail.
“When operating on the Ahnapee State Trail, be aware that there are many users of that system other than snowmobilers,” said Sheriff Matt Joski of the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department. “There are also portions of the public trail that utilize private lands. Be respectful, and stay on the trail because a great deal of damage can be done to areas that are not groomed. Also, leaving the trail poses greater risks because there are many hazards you may not see until it’s too late. When crossing roads, please follow the posted signage, and realize you have the same obligation on a snowmobile as you would in a vehicle.”
To use public trails, snowmobilers must buy an annual snowmobile trail pass through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Passes are $10 for Wisconsin residents who are members of a snowmobile club that’s affiliated with the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC, awsc.org), $30 for Wisconsin residents who are not affiliated with AWSC, and $50 for out-of-state residents.