January 21, 2016
Greetings from Aroostook County...
Once again we are not going to receive any new snow from this monster storm that will affect areas that do not want it and we would love to get it. Most clubs are wishing for about a foot of new snow but they are reporting well to very good conditions in most areas. Fields are definitely starting to feel the impact of a low snow pack, so if you see rocks in the trail stop and help by removing them. With high ground water and no frost in the ground, rivers and streams might not be safe to cross for the entire winter so please check before you cross.
CAUTION: DEER AND MOOSE ARE EVERYWHERE: ITS 83 FROM CARIBOU TO WASHBURN, MOOSE ARE ON THE TRAIL FROM NORTH OF MADAWASKA LAKE ON ITS 83, PLEASE BE AWARE. OXBOW IS ALSO REPORTING A LOT OF WILDLIFE ON THE TRAILS.
ATTENTION: LONG LAKE HAS BEEN MARKED WITH STAKES SO PLEASE RIDE WHERE THE MARKERS HAVE BEEN PLACED.
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 of trail has had some grooming done to it Houlton, Mars Hill, Presque Isle, Washburn, Caribou, Red Arrow, and Madawaska have all been on their sections. Prestile stream still is unsafe so use alternate trails. From the North Side of Presque Isle to Caribou it is in great shape, From Caribou all the way North the trail is in good shape. In the Caribou area use 83A over to 83B to bypass a section of ITS 83 as there is not enough snow to groom this section of woods. There is still some logging in the Madawaska area watch for signs.
ITS 81 This trail is starting to come together, there are still soft areas so please use caution. Madawaska is reporting a logging operation watch for signs. Van Buren is reporting a logging operation north of town. Caswell, Limestone and Fort Fairfield are reporting good conditions. Oxbow is reporting that their section is in good shape. Mars Hill will attempt to connect with Walker Siding. On the East side of the County there are a lot of fields so please keep this in mind.
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.
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 105 From 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 are still wet areas so please use caution.
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
Easton has been out and all trails are groomed, there is a detour on trail 81C use the Ladner Road around Yoder’s pasture. They 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, also going into Mapleton 81A is closed for now this is off of 105.
On the Social Side:
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.
Cold Mountain Snowmobile Club will be hosting a Baked Bean Dinner at the Grand Isle Community Center on the 23rd of January from 11-1. They are also having a raffle for Heating Oil.
Caribou Snowmobile Club hosting drag races on January 24th reg. opens at 7:30, location is at the old Van Buren road lodge. 416 Van Buren road.
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.