Enjoy the scenic snowmobile trails across Northeast Iowa. Trails run through Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties. When the snow begins to fall across Northeast Iowa, embrace the chilly temperatures with a brisk snowmobile ride. Some snowmobile enthusiasts are adrenaline pumping thrill seekers, while others prefer a serene trail to contemplate or just clear the mind.
There are many snowmobile clubs throughout the region. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources provides snow grooming equipment to clubs through a Snowmobile cost-share Program. Groomer operators in the clubs develop and maintain snowmobile trail systems. Groomer operators attend a training program and maintain a certification.
The clubs offer recreational support, but insist on safety. Clubs inform active members of snow and trail conditions. Black Hawk Riders, Chickasaw Sno-Riders, Clayton County Snowbirds, Driftrunners, Inc., Snow Pioneers, and Winneshiek Trail Twisters are just a few of the clubs located throughout Northeast Iowa that participate in the program. A list of clubs by county are listed online. The clubs sponsor group rides throughout the year.
Maps of snowmobile trails managed by clubs through the Iowa DNR are available online. The trails in all seven Northeast Iowa counties interweave. Clubs in Allamakee County maintain an excellent trail loop beginning at Waukon and extending through Lansing, Harpers Ferry, Waterville, and ending back in Waukon.
The trails throughout Yellow River State Forest provide an opportunity to commune with nature. Pike’s Peak State Park boasts some beautiful wooded bluffs and valley trails with sheer walls of limestone. (Remember: The restrooms at the park are closed for the winter.) McGregor is an excellent place for a restroom break or to warm up with a cup of coffee.
CONCLUSION: The prospect to enjoy the great outdoors does not end during the winter months. Northeast Iowa offers many opportunities to enjoy beautiful vistas along fantastic snowmobile trails.
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