Maine Snowmobile Program

What we do:

  • Establish and manage trail systems:
    • Over 14,000 miles of interconnected trails statewide
    • More than 310 miles of multi-use rail trails
  • Serve as a liaison to snowmobile clubs, municipalities, and private landowners
  • Provide trail map information
  • Provide grants to clubs and municipalities
  • Provide trail signs and signage guidelines
  • Trail grooming guidelines and training

Most of the thousands of miles of snowmobile trails located throughout Maine are on private land and are maintained by local clubs. Cooperative agreements between private landowners, Snowmobile clubs, and the Bureau's Snowmobile Program are key to the success of the trail system.

It is important to note that without the use of private land, most trails wouldn't exist and your ability to ride is a privilege that is granted to you by the landowner. Please respect their wishes and their land as if it were your own.

Multi-use Rail Trails

Several state-owned or leased abandoned rail beds are available for multiple-use, including snowmobile use, such as the Aroostook Valley Trail, the Bangor and Aroostook Trail, and the Jay to Farmington Trail which are all owned by the Bureau of Parks and Lands.

Four additional trail systems include State groomed trails:

    • Mount Blue State Park, Weld
    • Beddington, Washington County
    • White Mountain National Forest, Evans Notch
    • Frye Mountain, Liberty

Multi-use Road Systems

Many of the Public Reserved Lands road systems are open to Snowmobile use.

  • If Snowmobile use is allowed on a road it will be marked with a shared use sign.
  • If there are designated Snowmobile trail systems they will have the regular Snowmobile trail signs on them. If roads or trails don't have these signs then Snowmobile use is prohibited!

Game Management District roads (The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife) are generally open to Snowmobile use however, remember to always tread lightly and be respectful of other users of these properties.

Grants

The Snowmobile Program has funding available in the form of Club Grants and Municipal Grants to help in the construction and maintenance of Snowmobile trails, and Capital Equipment Grants for grooming equipment. We also provide insurance to protect landowners and clubs involved with Snowmobile trails. In addition we provide signs and have trail signing guidelines so that trails are basically all marked the same. These services are all provided at no cost as part of the program which is funded by a portion of the Snowmobile registration fee.