Economic Impact of a Missing Snowmobile bridge on DNR Trail #47
FACTS 1. Snowmobiling has created a year around revenue stream for businesses and workers
in the Eastern UP
2. Snowmobilers pay their own way with trail permit fees to groom and maintain the
3. The main East-West Trail #47 connects the Eastern UP with the rest of the State 4. In 2004 at a cost of 1.5 million dollars a bridge was built over I-75 to connect the Eastern UP snowmobile Trail #47 with the rest of the UP and the State's extensive
trail system. It has now become the "bridge to nowhere." 5. Ten years ago a snowmobile bridge on Trail #47 over Nunn's Creek in Mackinac
County was condemned as unsafe by Federal Forests. 6. Trail #47 was re-routed over M-134 and St. Ignace Road forcing snowmobilers to
ride on over 7 miles on a plowed gravel road with no ditch and no shoulder. 7. The snowmobile community across the State is now aware of the hazardous long section of Trail #47. As a result, snowmobilers from all over Michigan and adjoining states avoid riding to the Eastern UP connecting Hessel, Cedarville,
Drummond Island, and Sault Ste. Marie.
8. The Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club has worked diligently for 10 years with the
DNR to get funding for a new bridge over Nunn's Creek. 9. We are asking for COMMUNITY SUPPORT to get the Nunn's Creek bridge a #1
priority for DNR funding.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
If you support the Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club's effort to secure non-taxpayer DNR funding for this restoration effort to invest in the Eastern UP economy, would you please sign your name and or your business or name by following the link below:
Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club Membership Application
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Single/Family Membership dues are $25 annually.
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Support donations are appreciated.
Business dues are $50 annually.
Support donations are appreciated.
Download and mail us your application along with your check.
Dues alone do not cover our costs, your donation of $25.00, $50.00 or more would be greatly appreciated.
We have no paid employees. All trail grooming,trail maintenance and
equipment and building maintenance is done by volunteers.
We are a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization
and a grant sponsor of the DNR responsible
for the snowmobile trails in the eastern UP.
Our volunteers groom over 107 miles of trails.
Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club is happy to be a participant in Groomer Tracker this year. We have the tracker installed in 2 of our 3 machines. This is a screen shot of our trails and Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association trails. Sign up to get access to current grooming information. https://www.groomertracker.com/
Half of the subscription fee goes back to the club!
Just because the trail is green or yellow, does mean it's in mid season form. It's still early around here.
The Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club is one of the earliest snowmobile clubs in the state. It was founded in 1967 by local residents who loved snowmobiling. Over rivers, creeks and through the woods on over 100 miles of our groomed trails won’t get you to grandma’s house, but you will ride on some of the nicest trails in the country. Wildlife is plentiful as you ride over I-75 on the snowmobile bridge east through the Hessel/Cedarville area and then to DeTour. Heading north from Cedarville or DeTour the trails join up north of Pickford as you continue to Kinross or the Soo.
The Club is part of the Michigan state-wide trail grooming network and is a member of the Michigan Snowmobile Association and the EUP Snowmobile Council. The MSA and EUPSC work tirelessly to promote and support the sport of snowmobiling.
The MSA publishes the "Michigan Snowmobile News" magazine - to learn more visit the MSA website and connect with them on Facebook. The EUPSC publishes a comprehensive trail map that shows all State sanctioned snowmobile trails in the EUP as well as other helpful information. The maps can be found throughout the
EUP at many businesses.
As a grant sponsor for the statewide trail system, the Club receives a per mile stipend from the State Snowmobile Trail Fund. This stipend helps cover fuel, normal maintenance, insurance, etc. The groomers belong to the State and the Club agrees to maintain and repair them.
Every fall the LCSC receives funds to cover expenses that the Club is responsible for such as signage, brushing, gates onto private property and repairing trails for the coming season. The Club is also responsible for acquiring easements for the trail system on private property 80% of Les Cheneaux trails are on private property. A payment is made from the Trail Funds for these easements..
Money to maintain and groom trails comes from Trail Permits and snowmobile registration fees. No state general fund tax dollars are used in the program in Michigan. The DNR administers the funds in accordance with policies that are agreed upon by the DNR and the Snowmobile Advisory Work Group. Policies are reviewed and modified as needed.
Every December the LCSC offers a snowmobile safety and educational class for young snowmobilers who are between the ages of 12 and 17. The class is taught by certified instructors and participants receive a DNR patch and certificate. There is no charge to attend and parents are also invited to attend. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information on the safety class schedule email
Don Smith Logging
Next Meeting February 6th, 2020 at the Club House/Groomer Barn in Cedarville.
The many dedicated members who volunteer their time are at the heart of the LCSC. Their generous spirit, friendship and shared passion for the sport are what make our Club so special. Each year volunteers endure rain, sleet, cold and snowy weather to keep our local trails open. Through their efforts our trails are fun to ride and a proud accomplishment for our Club. There are NO paid employees in the LCSC. Our groomer operators donate100% of their time, which can amount to hundreds of hours per groomer operator each year. Volunteers do make a difference - become involved!
Dues and grant sponsorship alone do not cover the costs of grooming over 100 miles of trails. The Club sponsors fund raising events to assist in covering our costs. The LCSC is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donations to the Club are tax deductible on your income tax return.
Club members attend regular monthly meetings the first Thursday of every month at 7PM in the Cedarville Clubhouse. Contact the Les Cheneaux Snowobile Club to receive your meeting reminder.
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