Snowbirds Events Update – 10/24/2022

Clubhouse Open House – This Saturday October 29 we will be celebrating the International Snowmobile Day with an open house and our Landowner appreciation dinner.  Following is the schedule of events:

  • 11:00 AM – Grooming equipment and snowmobiles on display.
  • 12:00 PM – Hot Dog roasting, Cider and Doughnuts.
  • 1:00 PM – A 10-mile bike ride on the new “Chief Grade Trail” from Kaleva to Chief Road and back.
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Open House.  We will have local rider’s snowmobiles, Vintage snowmobiles and new snowmobiles from Peacock Motorsports, Babbitts Powersports and others.
  • 4:00 PM – Wrap up Snowmobile and Equipment display.
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM – Landowner appreciation dinner.  We will have smoked pork butt for dinner.   Please bring a dish to pass.

 

Trail Clean Up Days – Following are the remaining planned trail clean up days.   Meet around 8:30 to depart around 9am from our Kaleva club house. Bring your side by sides, quads or hitch a ride. Bring saws if you have them. Please let us know if you will attend so we can assign sections.

  • November 5

 

Chile Cook Off – On Saturday November 12 we will be hosting a Chile Cook Off fundraiser for Kaleva Days.

 

DNR Information

With the increased trail use, and an influx of new riders out there we thought it would be beneficial to share with you the following two DNR links about groomer safety / awareness information.  Please share this information with your family and friends.

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 throughout 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 Trail Reports Other Area Links
Benzie-Manistee Snowmobile Club Trail Report

Wellston Winter Trail System 
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

MISORVA – Michigan Snowmobile and ORV 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.