Benzie Manistee Snowbirds

Welcome to the Benzie~Manistee Snowbirds On-Line. Our system consist of 162 miles of trail and connects to Wellston Winter Trails. Our trail reports bring you up to date information on parts of Benzie and Manistee County, along with links to other areas in northern Michigan.

The Benzie Manistee Snowbirds were founded in 1968. At the time, a local group in support of their love to snowmobile got together and started this club. In the beginning, there were no tractors build to groom the trails. In the Mid 70″s Ray Bradley, who was named Groomer of the year, used a “track Truck”. This is where the innovation came from for smoothing out the trails. Our 162 miles of trails are groomed trails and connects to groomed Wellston Winter Trails. There you have another 64 miles of winding and straight tracks going through the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Add on connecting Leelanau trail, Cadillac trail or Irons trail for many more riding miles.

We have trail maps located at most area businesses. Be sure to let them know you appreciate their support of the many senic trails you can enjoy.


Stop by our Club House every Sat. Jan. – Feb. (weather permitting) from 10a – 4p. Located in Kaleva at 14121 Industrial Dr,. behind the Park on trail # 3.  Come in, enjoy free hot coffee, hot chocolate or tea with cookies, relax warm up, have some goodies and chat with friends! You will find more events for our area on our calendar or trail update tab.

Benzie~Manistee Snowbirds PO Box 1, 14121 Industrial Dr, Kaleva, MI 49645. 162 miles of trails connecting Leelanau, Cadillac, Irons and Wellston trail
Explore natures winter playground, the quiet unspoiled serenity of the outdoors and the glistening snow. Cross country and downhill skiing are right on the doorstep of the trails at Crystal Mountain Resort. Enjoy ice fishing on Bear Lake, or the quiet serenity of natures untarnished landscape. While riding our groomed snowmobile trails, prepare to encounter Northern Michigan, “Natures Finest!”

Use Caution!! Please be observant as our fellow rides and the great guys “our volunteers” on those big green machines maybe just around the corner or just up over the hill. Show them your appreciation with thumbs up and a courtesy pass of right a way. Our guys give up many hours of their own riding time and their sleep to do a great job at trying to keep others happy on our trails. And just a few selfish people can take away the groomers pride of all they have accomplished and not to mention the big cost to our club. Please show some respect for the guys grooming during the early morning or late night hours.

Benzie Manistee Snowbirds  PO Box 1 · 14121 Industrial Dr, ·  Kaleva, MI  49645


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