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AROOSTOOK COUNTY TRAIL REPORT UPDATED 01/28/2016
The Official Snowmobile Trail Report
From the desk of: Gary Marquis
Caribou Parks & Recreation Department
55 Bennett Dr.
Caribou, Me. 04736
Well apparently this is what kind of winter we will have as this is the 27th of January. So the old saying we will make lemonade out of lemons is certainly true. While most projects are doing the best they can with the same old snow that we had three weeks ago. Despite the old snow, the reports that I have received from riders, club trail masters and I have gotten out a time or two the trails are in very good shape.
ATTENTION THE LONG LAKE FISHING DERBY IS THIS WEEKEND SO THE LAKES IN THE FISH RIVER CHAIN WILL BE EXTREMLY BUSY SO PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVERSING THESE LAKES.
DEER HAVE STILL BEEN REPORTED IN THE CARIBOU, AND WASHBURN AREA OF ITS 83.
Check out www.oxbowsno.com for the most up to date conditions for this neck of the woods.
ITS 85 there is logging operations throughout this section of trail, Ashland’s section will be rerouted to the old way, they have made the connection with Portage and Ashland. This ITS trail now has been connected from Madawaska clear down to Shin Pond and beyond. There are still numerous logging operations in the Eagle Lake section with sections of plowed roads.
ITS 83 This section is starting to shape up nicely, there are a few areas of concern. Prestile stream in Presque Isle is still not frozen so the club has not groomed down to either side of the stream, also in the Caribou area there is a section that has been groomed but remains rough due to the lack of snow, this section is from the Thibodeau road to the Fowler rd. use 83B as an alternate. Madawaska is still reporting logging on their section watch for signs.
ITS 81 All clubs who maintain this section of 81 are reporting that it is groomed and in good condition, remember that there are a lot of fields in the central Aroostook area that the wind causes havoc and there is not a lot of cover. So please take off slow so not to tear into the base. ITS 85/81 from Masardis to the connection with Patten/Shin Pond clubs are in good shape.
ITS 86 From the boarder in Houlton to the junction with Oxbow has been completely groomed and is in good shape.
ITS 92 From Fort Kent to St. Francis through to Allagash is in great shape, Trail 92A to Carter brook is groomed and in very good condition. 92B also known as the Lincoln trail will not be open this year. Allagash will be out all weekend as they installed a new pan on their drag, they had been going out pulling a compactor drag, after tonight their trails will be in good shape.
ITS 90 Fort Fairfield has been done to the turn around with Caribou and reporting the swamp area has been cleared to travel through. Caribou has been able to fill in the water hole North of Dodo’s Market. Caribou is reporting that their section of 90 from the Lombard road intersection up to trail 105 will be closed until further notice. There is water and major logging operation near the Tupper road. The best way to get to Portage is off of 105.
ITS 88 Fort Fairfield has been grooming this section, Presque Isle is reporting a water hole on the CP line near Blackstone Potato House it is marked, Aroostook River and Ashland both have met and are reporting passable conditions but definitely need more snow.
ITS 105From Mapleton all the way to Van Buren has been done and is in good shape. Trail 105 from Houlton South is in good shape. There has been a groomer breakdown in the Danforth/Weston area and they are in hopes of being back out on the trails before long.
ITS 120 Allagash has been out on their section and is reporting a logging operation that should be completed within the next three weeks. Both Allagash and Eagle Lake have met at their turn around and reporting good conditions.
RT.89 Caribou has gone as far as the Emond Road to a new business location. They have not gone to the river as Madawaska Stream is not frozen. What has been groomed is marked.
RT 100 Caswell has been out and met up with limestone and has made it all the way to the intersection of trail 94, Van Buren has been out and reporting good conditions. The old 100 trail that meets up with Caribou’s trail 89 has been groomed, just remember that if you are coming from Caswell towards 89, the trail does not connect as the Madawaska River has open water.
Trail 71-Dthe lake crossing has not been officially marked or checked, sledders have been crossing for a week with no issues, this will be the only trail connection to Libby’s Camps from the north this year. The trail that was used last year on the Oxbow Road is plowed and SNOWMOBILES SHOULD STAY OFF.
Trail 71-AFrom Oxbow to Ashland on the West side of the Aroostook river, the river has been marked and has 6 plus inches of ice please stay where it is marked. Ashland has been down and it is signed. The route is different than last year so follow the new signs. All of the Oxbow local trails have been groomed and are in very good condition like everyone else need more snow.
Easton has been out and all trails are groomed, they’re are reporting good conditions but need more snow.
Chapman Ridge Runners have been out, trail 105 south of 74 closed due to logging for two weeks, should be open soon.
in the New Sweden area has been opened.
On the Social Side:
Annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby January 30-31.
St. Francis Sno Angels Saturday Meals at the clubhouse 11-7
Presque Isle Friday night Stew will start next week Friday the 8th.
Washburn Trail runner’s clubhouse opens this Saturday for the season. Hours are Saturday 7-2/ Sunday 7-12.
Pleasant Ridge Riders of Caswell are hosting a breakfast fundraiser on 1-31-16 at the clubhouse located at 17 Pleasant ridge road. Starting at 7-11 $7 for adults and $3 for children.
Pleasant Ridge Riders of Caswell will have a Chicken Stew/Chili dinner fundraiser on February 6th at the clubhouse $8 for adults $4 for children.
Eagle Lake will be hosting snow drag races on February 20th on the Convent Road in Eagle Lake.
Fort Fairfield snowmobile club will be having a breakfast at their clubhouse located on ITS 81 off of the Strickland Road on February 14.
Houlton breakfast every Saturday at the clubhouse 6-9
Moose stompers Weekend February 7th.
THE FORKS TRAIL REPORT (01/27/2016)
No new snow since last weeks report. Trails are holding up well, considering the minimal snow. Groomers have been out on all sections this week and we will hit things again, as needed, on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights. Generally speaking, sections of the trail on unplowed roads are in good shape. Woods trails are very rough, but passable. There is plenty of snow to groom on road sections. We are not grooming woods trails until we get more snow. Fortunately, about 75% of our trail system is on roads. We have been able to pull snow into most of the water bars that opened up with all the rain we had on Jan 10, but there are still some divots here and there. You have to be careful at all times. There is very enjoyable riding out there, but remember that it is low snow conditions.
- ITS 86 FROM BERRY's STORE HEADING EAST TOWARD GREENVILLE/ROCKWOOD TO THE ITS 88 JUNCTION. Intown is very rough, but passable. We can’t groom intown until we get more snow. Once out of town just a couple miles, things improve greatly. Boise Road section is fine riding. Half mile Power Line section near Moxie Pond is very rough. Couple wet spots through there that are easily gotten around. There is a 2 mile section of plowed road due to logging, around Moxie Pond and on the Shirley Road sections. This plowed section has a hard packed snow cover on it. Go slow through there. Rest of the way up to ITS 88 intersection is in good shape.
- ITS 87 HEADING SOUTH TOWARD BINGHAM. Divide Road section to Northern Outdoors is good. ITS 87 heading south from Northern Outdoors to Pleasant Pond area has two separate 1 mile wooded sections that are very rough. We can’t groom these sections until we get more snow. From Pleasant Pond area continuing south is mostly on roads and in decent shape. There is a 1 mile section of plowed road near Baker Pond. Road has a hard packed snow surface. If you are traveling between The Forks and Bingham and want to miss those two rough sections, then use the Bald Mountain Trail to travel north and south. Caratunk Spur is open and groomed. Spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout is open and groomed. Nice views of Bigelow Range and Sugarloaf/USA.
- PLEASANT POND TRAIL. Closed for the entire season due to logging.
- BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL FROM ITS 86 HEADING SOUTH TO ITS 87. Great ride all the way through.
- KENNEBEC RIVER TRAIL. Is open and groomed all the way through. Last mile on the north end can’t be groomed until we get more snow, so it’s rough but passable.
For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201. The lot is very large, well plowed and has plenty of room for large trailers. The lot is marked with a large sign on Route 201. Trail maps, 91 octane gas, food are available at Northern Outdoors.
Northern Outdoors SC
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