Thursday, November 23, 2017
Welcome to Snowdrifter Country!

So, you’re cruising along on your snowmobile, enjoying the ride and scenery on a brisk winter’s day. The trail is groomed, there’s plenty of snow and things are looking good. Well, where are you? It’s quite possible that you’re riding the snowmobile trails provided by the Marcell Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club.

The club maintains 105 miles of trail in northern Itasca County. The communities of Marcell, Talmoon, Bigfork and Effie are all connected by the snowmobile trail. Additionally, there are connections to the northwest to reach the Blue Ox Trail that runs between Bemidji and International Falls, 
connections to the east to reach the State Taconite Trail that runs between Grand Rapids and Ely, connections to the south that connect to the Suomi Trail which will take you through the Chippewa National Forest and connections to the west that will take you to Northome, Blackduck and Lake 
Winnebigoshish. Throughout the Snowdrifters trails there is great scenery with tall majestic pines, vistas of frozen lakes and the occasional wildlife. The trail offers something for everyone.
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Jack Hilstrom
Trails are not groomed
The trails are open but not groomed as there is not yet enough snow to do so. We also need some good cold weather to freeze up the bogs and lakes as we don't want to dunk the groomers. Our youth snowmobile safety training class will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Marcell Town Hall. To register for the class, go to the MNDNR website and find the class on their schedule.
Mike Hughes
Trails are not groomed
It's March. And we all know that means the season can change week by week. Last week we had -23 on Wednesday morning and it felt like January. I hope you got to ride over the weekend as the trails were in great shape. This week we have had temperatures in the 50's and it feels like Spring. The effect on the trails has been severe. The snow we had is almost completely gone and riding conditions are extremely poor. We recommend that you not ride at all as we don't want to harm the trail surfaces or irritate the landowners. If we get a big snowstorm we'll be able to ride again but the end of the season will be here soon as it closes at midnight, March 31.
Mike Hughes
Trails are not groomed
Although the trails opened officially on December 1, there is not enough snow yet to use them. Obviously, they are not groomed either. Pray for snow!
Mike Hughes
Trails close on April 1st
We have had a full week of Spring weather and the snow is gone. It was a short season! Unless we get a big snowstorm soon, there won't be any chances to ride before the trails close at midnight, March 31st. Please stay off the trails until there is snow.
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