Benzie – Manistee Snowbirds Club
Benzie Manistee Snowbirds Vintage weekend
January 10th and 11th 2020
FOUR STROKE FRIDAY!
Jan 10th, 9am 1972 and older front or rear engine 4 strokes
Meet at Gino’s Bar and Grill ; 14848 Thompson Ave
Thompsonville, MI 49683
Vehicles and trailers shuttled to Snowbirds Clubhouse in Kaleva, Riders
depart Gino’s at 10:30am for the 17mile leisurely trail ride to Kaleva with a
few stops along the way. Cookout and Campfire to follow at the clubhouse
VINTAGE SLED SATURDAY!
Jan 11th, 10am
Snowbirds Clubhouse 14121 Industrial Dr. Kaleva, MI. 49645
1993 and older Vintage sleds must be Michigan Historic Registration
Benzie Manistee Snowbirds Clubhouse around the 36 mile loop trail 33 and
trail 3 back to the Clubhouse. Campfire, Hot Dogs, Chili and Beverages to
follow rides each day. Donations accepted for cookouts
For more information call Brad Lakso, 231-690-4568
Benzie – Manistee Snowbirds
Snowmobile Safety Class
Saturday – December 7th 2019 Snowbirds Club House 14121 Industrial Ave. Kaleva Mi. 49645
Snowmobile Safety Class will be offered free of charge to ages 12 and up class will start at 9:00 am and will finish around 3:pm.The snowmobile club will provide lunch.
Guest speakers will be
Maple Grove Fire / Rescue – winter safety / first aid
With Gary Bowling
Benzie County Sheriff Dept – Laws and Regulations
Department of Natural Resources – Signs and Policy
Class participants must be 12 yrs. old by December 31
In order to earn a certificate
Registration from 8:30 am day of class
For more information call; Mark Coe 231-944-0678
Jeff Petrosky 231-510-2622
I know we are well aware of this, but need to share this message we those who do not know!
From Steve Cameron DNR
To all of you snowmobile enthusiast, probably pretty excited about the snow! Just a reminder that the state snowmobile trails officially open Dec 1 thru March 31 and are only groomed during this time, Many trails utilize private property to connect trail segments to many communities. With this said the gates to private land are still closed and will reopen Dec 1. Respect their land or we will lose it! The same applies to ORV’s. We have many locations in my area and around the state the clubs fight this battle each year. It will only take one private property owner to pull out of the program to lose access to other trails or whole communities. Also remember the quiet hours are in place during hunting season. There DNR website is a great place to find this information and more. Have fun be safe!
Remember trail clean up tomorrow Nov 2, 2019 meet at the clubhouse 8:30am. We will be signing, cutting brush followed by lunch
Land owners allow our trails to go through their property. Without them our trails would not be possible. PLEASE show your thanks this Saturday at our annual Land Owners appreciation dinner. All are welcome. Beverages and social time starts at 3 with dinner being served at 5. Come check us out and have a good time. Did I mention beverages??
Groomer Jeff Pyciak will be spending some time on the trails starting around 9 am doing signs and cleanup. If you want to help bring your saw and side by side or atv to clubhouse.
Also don’t forget about the “Photo Contest”. 3 simple rules. 1. Must be in a frame. 2. The person entering picture must be in the picture. 3. There must be at least one snowmobile in the picture. The winner gets a trophy and a gift certificate to Traks.
Trail clean up for October 12 has been postponed due to the poor weather predicted for Saturday. It will be rescheduled for October 19 meet at the club house 9:00 AM
Looks like we will be getting the “good” trail permits again this year!!! We got his info from MISORVA
Just wanted to let you all know that we have reached an agreement with the DNR to distribute the Michigan Snowmobile Trail Permit. President Jim Kelts and Bill Manson will be signing the contract today 10/7/19 in Lansing. After signing the contract, we will be given permits to distribute to our agents and members as well as sell online to snowmobilers. The contract is for the 2019/2020 snowmobile season. Thank you to all of you who have supported us in our effort to continue as a distributor of the permits.
Many activities going on in the next few weeks see the list below
1 Trail clean up 10/12/19 meet at the club house @ 9:00 AM
2 Landowners Appreciation Dinner 10/26/19 social hour 3:00 PM dinner @ 5:00 pm burgers and hot dogs will be provided just bring a dish to pass
3 Trail clean up 11/02/19 meet at the club house @ 9:00 AM
4 Snowmobile safety class 12/07/19 @ 9:00 AM lunch is provided
Here is the list of winners from our Vintage Show and Swap Meet. Even though we had lots of rain that day everyone seem to have a good time. To view more information and pictures please go the Winning Edge Magazine
First club meeting of the season Wednesday September 4 @ the club house 7:00 pm
Our end of the season party will be held April 27 @ the club house social hour 3:00pm, dinner 5:00pm. Mike will be cooking up his brats-hot dogs and burgers please bring a dish to pass. Hope to see you all there.
Looks like today Friday and early Saturday should be some good riding as the temp are staying down cold there is a warm up starting Saturday so we may not be able to groom Saturday night will have to wait and see.. Also had word from the north driver they are going to try to get to Maple City tonight and start working on get that trail back in shape.
Looks like it should be a great weekend with good weather and the groomers are running most of there normal schedule expect we still can’t groom north of M-72 due to the drifting that occurred last week. Hopefully after the weekend riders they can pack the drifts down and we will be able to send the groomer further north next week.
Trails are being reported from good to excellent we made it through the holiday weekend with out any issues, groomers have been out and running there normal schedule. The bad news is the weather for this upcoming weekend looks like were going way above freezing if that happens groomers will get parked till it cools back down. If you have the chance now would be the time to get out and ride before the warm up. If things change we will post here and on Facebook.
We got some good snow in the last few days groomers are running there normal schedules..Keep any eye out for the big green machines and give the drivers a thumbs up.This upcoming weekend is the president weekend so there may be more sledders than normal so keep to your side and be careful.
Rain, ice, rain! But I see a chance for some decent snow. Watch out for water holes, bumps, ruts and with the high winds were having watch out for downed trees. If we get snow I’ll get all the groomers out. As of now a slushy mess.
With all the new snow and cold temp we had in the last week the groomers are finally getting caught back up on there normal schedules. Trail reports are good to excellent. This is our schedule as long as weather permits. All trails
Please remember to stay on the posted trail and the club house is open on Saturdays weather permitting
Groomers went out last night (Thursday) will be going back out tonight and start our normal schedules if riding at night keep an eye for them and give them plenty of room. Trail report is fair in most parts of our trail system. Since we are just starting grooming this is going to be like early seasons riding I have received some reports that many areas have ice under the new snow.
Warm sunny weather, trails are SHOT. Please stay off during these warm temps to help preserve what little base we had and hope this Monday is snow and not rain.
We did ride some yesterday. We have some very dangerous ruts and holes. Please use caution.
Club house will not be open this Saturday due to warm temps.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!!
We are having a BIG problem up north, just north of M-72 on trail 3 in Leelanau County. We received a phone call from a land owner giving us one last chance. The effected area is OBVIOUS, we just put up additional signs and just added orange fences. This is the ONLY trail to Maple City. The land owner stated the next snowmobile that doesn’t abide by these rules the trail will be closed immediately and forever. We have many generous landowners and some riders cant seem to respect landowners property. This landowner just happened to plant seeds in his field but even if he hadn’t we still need to respect the rules. Please pass this on to everyone you know. Otherwise we will be all driving our vehicles to Maple City. Thank you to those who are following the rules and sarcastically if we loose this trail thanks to those of you who don’t.
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.
Christmas Party / meeting this Wednesday 12/05/18. Social hour and dinner at 6. Meeting will start at 7. All are welcome to come.
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
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!
Statewide Motorized Trails Program
Michigan DNR, Parks & Recreation Division
PO Box 30257 ~ Lansing, MI 48909
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
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!!!
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
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
3/1 Thru 3/3/18
Groomer Workshop St Ignace Mi
TBD MSA Congressional Ride
Beulah Winter Festival
2/1 thru 2/3/18
Cadillac Winter Festival- Cadillac Mi
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 email@example.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.
|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
|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
|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.|