12/7/18

We have some snow but no base. Groomers will not be out panning or filling until we get more. Conditions are poor. I would advise not to ride until we get more snow. We have some dangerous water holes so use caution. Once trails are packed and rideable we will let you know.

12/04/18

Christmas Party / meeting this Wednesday 12/05/18. Social hour and dinner at 6. Meeting will start at 7. All are welcome to come.

11/20/18

Fellow Sledders we received this from the DNR office and was asked to forward to our web page and discuss at our upcoming meeting. Please take the time to read Thanks  Snowbirds

Subject: DNR Law Division Contacts

Hello everyone!

In our efforts to better communicate with our partners in DNR Law Division, please see the below information. 

Feel free to share and post this, or report in your newsletters and at your council and club meetings.

  • We lost almost 400 miles of snowmobile trail last year due to trespass and noise violations and complaints. 
  • Trail abuse could cost the program(s) valuable resources – money, manpower, not to mention deterioration to our Natural Resources.
  • Enforcement can help if we direct them to areas of concern. 
  • Our motorized programs grants funds to DNR Law Division each year.
  • You are the eyes and ears out on the trail!

The best way for any of the grant sponsor clubs to contact LED regarding law enforcement concerns is to call the District office and speak with the LED officer available to answer the phone. 

Each office is updated on the web https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79136_79772_81097-24666–,00.html

For issues related to snowmobile or ORV occurring on the trail at that time or being observed, riders should call the RAP line 800-292-7800. 

For emergencies or serious criminal activity currently occurring people should call 911.

It’s my hope that you find this info helpful!

Jessica

Jessica Holley

               Statewide Motorized Trails Program

                  Michigan DNR, Parks & Recreation Division

                  517-331-3790 cell

                  PO Box 30257 ~ Lansing, MI 48909

10/19/18

Please join us for our party

 Benzie Manistee Snowbirds
50th Anniversary Celebration

October 27th 3 – 7 PM Kaleva Clubhouse
3 – 4pm Greeting social hour
4 – 5pm Guest speakers – Presentations
5 – 6pm Landowner Appreciation Dinner
Department Natural Resources
Representative Curt Vanderwall
Vintage Show Donation to Salvation Army
On behalf of Beard family
Recognition of starting members

9/20/18

Oct 6 Trail clean up meet at the club house 8:30 am

Oct 13 Snow Birds Club House 4pm-6pm  Fish Boil Fundraiser to send 2 groomer drivers from each club to the MSA workshop in March $10.00 donation. Please help support this cause.

Oct 20/18 Trail clean up meet at the club house 8:30 am

Oct 27 50 th anniversary party and landowners dinner- time will be announced soon!!!

8/21/18

Note Club Meetings resume Sep 5 @ 7:00pm at the club house

Aug 24-25 Nelsons/ Lakeside  Sno Motion in Greenville Mi

Sep 21-22 MSA Swap Meet  Saginaw County Fair grounds Cheasaning  MI

5/3/18 

This Saturday! The end of the year party!!!!
Kaleva club house. 3 pm beverages with cook out at 5, bring a dish to pass.

Open to all! Meet the members and groomer drivers. Great turn out last year and hoping for a better one this year.

Drinks, food, drinks, desserts and drinks!

2/9/18 Trail Report – trail are rated as good groomers are out on their normal schedules weekend forecast is cold temp with snow flurries each day. Club house will be open Saturday 10am-4pm

2/5/18 All trails have been groomed and groomers are back on normal grooming schedule trails are reported to be fair-good there still are some icy place out there so use caution in the corners

1/26/18 Club house will not be open this Saturday due to very icy trails, warm temps and no grooming!
Hope for snow so trails can become rideable again.

1/18/18 Trail report for the weekend. Icy thin base now. Please stay off during the thaw again this weekend. We need snow. Groomers have not been out for over a week due to lack of snow.

This was our team that participated in the Charity Corn Hole Tournament put on by the Wertz Warriors with the proceeds going to the Special Olympics. Sorry to say they didn’t win but we were told they tried very hard and had a great time.

Team Members were

Kyle,Bill,Sherry,Mike,Rick & Mary 

Trail Report as of 1/10/18

Groomers are parked till the weather cools back down. If you would like to help us please stay off the groomed trails until it refreeze this will preserve our base that we have. Thanks from the SnowBirds

More events

3/1 Thru 3/3/18

Groomer Workshop St Ignace Mi

TBD  MSA Congressional Ride

2/10/18

Beulah Winter Festival

2/1 thru 2/3/18

Cadillac Winter Festival- Cadillac Mi

1/18/18

North West Council Meeting Skinner Park Irons Mi 7:00pm

1/18 thru 1/20/18

ISA-MSA ride in Bay Mills Resort, Brimley Mi

Up coming events on 1/13/18

Kids Races at Coyote Crossing on 1/13/8 starting @ 8:00am

Empire Airport Snow Drag Races
08:00 to 6:00 pm

Charity Corn hole Tournament to benefit Special Olympics @ Stronach Township Hall 2471 Main St Manistee Mi
Register @ 11:00 am Starts @ 12:00
For more info or to register early call Melissa @ 231-723-2432 or email spoormel12@gmail.com

1/1/18 Trails are great get out and ride groomers are on there regular schedule

12/30/17 We have received some good snow in the last few days all groomers are on there normal schedule trying to keep up with the holiday sled traffic. Trails are being rated as good to excellent keep the snow dance going. 

12/20/17 We need snow!!!!
Had a good start, everything panned, packed and filled.
The last few days of warmth with this cold has made the trails a sheet of ice. Groomers will be parked until we get snow.

12/06/17 Christmas- Dinner-Meeting

6:00 pm Dinner please bring a dish to pass.

7:00 pm Meeting please bring a dish to pass.

12/02/17 Snowmobile Safety Class this Saturday at club house. Registration at 8:30 class starts at 9:00.

12/01/17 Trails open

 Trail report- As of now trails are mostly dirt and the groomer guys have not filled in the holes yet..

11/02/17  Trail clean Nov 4,2017 meet at the club house @ 8:30am

10/16/17 upcoming events

1- Trail clean up Oct 21,2017 meet at the club house 8:30am

2- Land Owners Dinner Oct 28,2017

Social hour 3:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm Pig Roast furnished by the club. Members if bringing a dish please call John Girven @ 231-883-3844 to let him know what you will bring.

4- Trail clean Nov 4,2017 meet at the club house @ 8:30am

5/8/17  Watch our calendar as new things have been added for the upcoming summer and fall

3/4/17  Groomers are parked and are in the barn until we get significant more snow and cold temp  if not it might be the end of grooming till next season. Now with the trail updates : Trail from the south- High Bridge area to Kaleva – poor  mostly brown very little snow. Mid section-  Kaleva to Tompsonville- starting out its poor but the further north you go it gets better. Bear Lake trail- no report. North section- Tompsonville north  trails are fair to good very few brown spots. The temperature over night is suppose to drop into the 20’s so the trails should sit up over night and if you can get out early in the morning you should have some decent riding till it warms up and rain  later in the day. Also one other thing we have add a calendar  to the web page please keep checking as to future activities the club may be having.

2/28/17  If the weatherman holds true we may get one more ride in the next few days so keep the snow dance going. Just remember we are started out from nothing again so expect some water and be on the look out for down branches as the groomers have not been out since early February. 

Watch out, Groomers are great guys voluntarily working out there in the cold for your *winter sports fun* Use caution!! Keep them and yourself safe by giving them right of way. “Slow down” Show your
appreciation with a thumbs up as carefully passing. Also remember that the signs on the snowmobile trails are there for a reason, for the safety of all riders. So please don’t remove them!! “Just Think” the souvenir (sign) you take home, could take someone’s life and that rider goes for last ride home in a box. Grooming is done 4 days a week, by 3 groomers at different parts of our trail every Mon., Wed, Fri, and Sat. nights, also as needed. Watch for those big John Deere Tractors especially on hills, curves in wooded areas through out our trail system! Ride safe and sober, make it fun for the whole family; be courteous
and helpful to others you meet along the trail. Travel safely this winter and come enjoy our extraordinary white winter wonderland season fun this year.
 

Snowbird Area Links

Area Snowmobile Reports Area Links
Wellston Winter Trails 
Trail conditions and information for the Wellston Area Trails. 
Benzie County Visitors Bureau 
Irons Area Trails 
Trail conditions and information for the Wellston Area Trails. 
Cadillac Winter Promotions 
Trail conditions and information for the Cadillac Area Trails 
Trail Report
Michigan Snowmobile Association 
A comprehensive list of snowmobile information including conditions and maps for trails throughout the state. 
Benzie Chamber of Commerce 
Benzie County Visitors Bureau 
Manistee Chamber of Commerce 
Manistee County CVB 
Wellston Michigan

 

Purchase of trail permits is critical for the trails to operate.  A large segment of the snowmobilers thought that the trail systems were funded through a general budget of the DNR. This is a misunderstanding. DNR administers the program using the funds collected from the trail permits. Trail system is self funded by you whom purchase trail permits. We sell permits through our members or at local merchants in this area and remember to get our trail map.