Mayville-Portland Snowmobile Trail System Closes



For Immediate Release, December 18, 2014
For more information, contact Keri Wanner, Executive Director at (701) 328-5377.


Snowmobile North Dakota (SND) and the North Dakota Parks and Recreation (Department) would like to remind the public to be safe this snowmobile season.  SND is contracted by the Department to manage the states 14 snowmobile trail systems which consists of over 2,800 miles of groomed trails.

The state snowmobile trail system relies heavily on the trail systems volunteer support.  The snowmobile trail expenses are partially funded through snowmobile registrations, non-resident trail pass and gas tax attributed to snowmobile use.  Donations, fundraisers and volunteer work by the snowmobile clubs make up the remainder of the expenses and efforts to operate these trails.

With the Mayville-Portland Trail Association, SND and the Department would like to announce the closure of the 90 mile trail system located in Traill County.  There has been a lack of interest in the local snowmobile trail system generating less volunteer efforts and local donations to maintain the trail.

The local snowmobile club, May-Port Sno Travelers, conducted meetings in the fall that lead to the final decision to close the trail.

Snowmobiling is a great way for families and outdoor enthusiasts to get out and get active in the winter.  Please remember snowmobiles must be registered to ride on public property which includes the state snowmobile trail system.  Registration is $40 for two years and $35 of that goes to the state trail systems.  This will avoid a $50 ticket for an unregistered snowmobile.  Children 12 years of age or older are allowed to operate a snowmobile only after taking the ND Snowmobile Certification course. Otherwise, children must have a driver’s license or ride with an adult.

To ensure more closures of the state snowmobile trail system doesn’t happen, join a club and get involved.  It not only helps the local trail system thrive, it can also be a fun experience to enjoy the outdoors and a recreation with friends.

For more information on snowmobile safety, trails and the latest trail conditions please visit

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