Dane County Snowmobile Trails Open as of December 16

All Dane County Snowmobile Trails opened at 7pm on Friday, December 16. Within Dane County, there are over 500 miles of snowmobile trails including Badger, Glacial Drumlin and the Military Ridge State Trails. For trails to be open there, must be at least six inches of snow and steady below freezing temperatures. A State Snowmobile Trail Pass is required to ride on the snowmobile trail system.

“With the trails opening, snowmobile enthusiasts are eager to take their first ride of the season,” said Jim Blouin, President of the Dane County Council of Snowmobile Clubs. “We would like to remind riders to use caution as there will likely be uneven terrain, the potential for open water in the marshes and waterways, and windswept areas with minimal snow.”

According to Tom Sankey, Sargent, Dane County Sheriff’s Department, “The majority of snowmobile trails are located on private land and users must stay on the designated marked trails.” Sankey reminds snowmobilers that venturing off the trails is considered trespassing and riders may be issued citations.

Trail users are asked to please contact the 911 Center if there are any trail safety concerns.

For up to date information and trail conditions including snowmobiling, cross-country ski, mountain biking and sledding visit the Dane County Parks Winter Trail webpage or call our 24/7 trails information line at (608) 242-4576.

For Snowmobile Trail Pass information or to learn more about the many other winter recreational opportunities available in Dane County visit the Dane County Parks Winter Recreation Webpage.

For more information, please call the Dane County Parks office Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 608-224-3730 or visit the Dane County Parks Website.


Darren Marsh, Parks Director (608) 224-3730

Jim Blouin, President, Council of Snowmobile Trails (414) 559-2842

Tom Sankey, Sargent, Dane County Sheriff’s Department – Marine and Trail Enforcement Bureau (608) 333-5547