January 21, 2015
Greetings from Aroostook County...
This is what the whole entire snowmobile community was built on great people and volunteerism, and that still holds true today. The county would not be as great without the hard working and dedicated people that we have. This week.s report is being dedicated to all the volunteers who have cut brush, groomed, marked, and do it over and over. THANK YOU.....
This season is just not wanting to work out for us, last week we had some of the nicest trails around, and this week well I think you all know what this week is.
Most clubs in the central and southern parts of the county are reporting not so ideal conditions, while the northern half of the county are reporting decent conditions. Portage is reporting a pressure ridge near the camp ground entrance, it is marked.
One of the worst things that riders can do is not adhere to where the trail is located, I know this sounds like a broken record PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS means exactly that. In the Oxbow area on ITS 85/81, there is an active logging operation please adhere to the rules, the trail will end up by being closed if the rules of the landowner are not followed. I don.t think that anyone from Millinocket up to Fort Kent would appreciate this, so when we ask to slow down just do it.
So all in all there is still riding in the County, some of the conditions are not the best but the further north you travel the better the riding is. Unfortunately it is not what we should have for conditions at this time of year.
ITS 85 Ashland is reporting a logging op. in the Masardis area follow the signs. In the Winterville area there is a slight reroute use the Red River road not the Buggy Brook Road. Two miles north of Oxbow the road is plowed, and it is not in the best of condition. Fort Kent and Eagle Lake are reporting good conditions
ITS 83 Caribou has been out trying to get lubrication for snowmobiles, Madawaska, Presque Isle are out as well. There are icy spots so be careful.
ITS 81 Easton, Mars Hill, Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Grand Isle are holding off until we get more snow, Van Buren, Madawaska have been out and are reporting ok condition.
ITS 92 This trail is in great shape, 92A, and 92B also are in great shape.
ITS 90 Fort Fairfield, and Caribou.s section of this trail is passable but use extreme caution, as you travel further West the conditions get a little better. Caribou will try and get out and do the western section of this trail. Portage will hold off for more snow.
ITS 88 This section of the CP rail line, extreme caution should be used, but as you travel further west it gets better, but ice is very prevalent.
ITS 86 No report on this trail, but if I would have to guess there is ice.
ITS 105 Hard packed snow and ice use caution
ITS 120 Hard packed but ride able
RT. 89 Madawaska River is not safe to cross. From Dubay pit road to ITS83 fields are ice covered not much lubrication.
RT. 100 Caswell will attempt to go out and should be groomed by the weekend
Easton trails are bare in areas, not grooming until it snows
Chapman Ridge Runners fields are passable use caution
On the Social Side:
Friday night chicken stew at the Presque Isle clubhouse 5-7 pm
Washburn Trail runners Breakfast / Lunch Saturdays 7-2pm Sunday 7-12pm at the clubhouse
St. Francis Sno Angels Saturday Meals.home cooked meals. stop by off ITS 92 10am-9pm.
Houlton breakfast every Saturday at the clubhouse on the Wiley road 6-9.
January 24 & 25 Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby.
January 25th Snowmobile Drag race in Caribou.
January 31st chicken stew & ployes & bake sale at the Madawaska clubhouse from 11-2, deliveries will be provided to the mill.
March 1, Breakfast at the Grand Isle Community center 7-11