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Snowmobiling is a popular wintertime sport among many Midwesterners. To provide for this activity nearly 500 miles of public snowmobile trails and additional open scramble areas on frozen water surfaces are available on state (Illinois) and county owner lands. More than 1000 miles of additional trails for public use are made available by local snowmobile clubs on private lands. Locations for most of these trails are listed in this site. Many are groomed for your riding enjoyment.

Be prepared to enjoy some exciting snowmobiling adventures in the Midwest the next time a good snowfall hits. Public snowmobiling areas are within convenient driving distance of nearly everyone in the northern half of the state. To ensure your enjoyment of these specialized facilities and to help keep them open and available for continued public use, snowmobilers must conduct themselves in an ethical manner and obey all regulations. Always remember to respect the rights of other winter trail users, protect the environment and follow the Snowmobiling Code of Ethics.

Note: Specific weather conditions and a minimum of 4" of snow cover must exist before any trail can be opened for snowmobiling. Several facilities offer other winter activities such as cross-country skiing, ice fishing, ice skating and sledding. An advance call to the site is recommended. All snowmobilers are required to register their presence at the Park office or other designated registration point prior to snowmobiling.

Snowmobiling Code of Ethics
Summary of Illinois Snowmobile Law
Illinois Snowmobile Clubs and the IASC


Illinois Department of Conservation Snowmobile Sites:

Chain O' Lakes State Park / Miles: / McHenry and Lake counties
Snowmobiling in the park is available on the frozen surfaces of the Fox River and Chain O' Lakes. Always call ahead for ice conditions. The gently rolling glacial landscape of the park, which borders three of the lakes, is covered with sparse to dense timber. Parking areas, toilets, and picnicking facilities are available. The park is located a few miles west of Antioch. * For information, contact the Park Office / 8916 Wilmot Rd / Spring Grove, IL 60081 / (708) 587-5512.

Franklin Creek State Park / Miles: 4 / Lee County
Snowmobiling is allowed on 4 miles of designated trails through scenic hardwood forest and meadow areas after the hunting season closes. The park is located 8 miles east of Dixon just north of Rt 38. * For information, contact the Park Office / 1872 Twist Rd / Franklin Grove, IL 61031 / (815) 456-2878.

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park / Miles:75 /
Whiteside, Henry and Bureau Counties

The Canal towpath running from Bridge 39 to Lock 2 near Bureau Junction, and along the feeder canal from Sheffield to Rock Falls, comprised of signed scenic snowmobile trails. Parking, toilets, and a warming house are located at the paarkway visitor center just east of Sheffield. Other registration points and parking are located at Lock 24 near Geneseo, Lock 23 near Atkinson, Lock 11 near Tiskilwa, Route 92 Bridge 56 near Tampico, Route 88 Bridge 45 south of Rock Falls and Bridge 15 near Sheffield. Numerous historical aqueducts and working canal locks can be viewed along the tree and shrub lines canal. * For a map on the canal Parkway, contact the Parkway Office / RR #2, Box 201 / Sheffield, IL 61362 / (815) 454-2328

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail / Miles:55 / LaSalle County
Snowmobilers may use the groomed trails following the canal towpath which is open 24 hours a day. Access points with parking, warming shelters, toilets, and picnicking facilities, are located at Buffalo Rock, Gebhard Woods, and Channahon State Parks. Access may also be achieved in the communities of LaSalle, Utica, Ottawa and Marseilles. Historic stone aqueducts, canal locks and other historic canal structures, as well as picturesque woods and panoramic views of the Illinois River are located along the canal. * For a map of the canal and more information - Contact the State Trail Office / PO Box 272 / Morris, IL 60450 / (815) 942-0796

Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park / Miles:10 / Henry County
Snowmobilers may use designated trails and unplowed park roads from sunrise to sunset after the completion of upland game hunting season. The scenic, looped trail system winds through strands of oak-hickory timber, pine plantations and gently rolling meadows. parking and toilkets are available at the site, which is located five miles north of Kewanee. * For information, contact the Park Office / 27500 N 1200 Ave / Kewanee, IL 61443 / (309) 853-5589

Rock Cut State Park / Miles:13 / Winnebago County
Snowmobiling is permitted on trails through rolling terrain from 8am to 5pm. The park, located six miles northeast of Rockford, features scenic woodlands. Snowmobilers should use the Hart Road entrance to gain access to the trail head. * For more information, contact the Park Office / 7318 Harlem Rd / Loves park, IL 61111 /(815) 885-3311

Shabbona Lake State Park / Miles:7 / Dekalb County
Snowmobiling is permitted from 8am to 4pm on designated trails between January 1st and winter's end. All snowmobilers must check in at the park office both before and after going out on the trails. Parking, toilets, and picnic facilities are available at the site. The park, located just south of Shabbona in Dekalb County, is characterized by rolling terrain with meadows and some upland and bottomland timber. * For information, contact the Park Office / 4201 Shabbona Gover Rd / Shabbona, IL 60550 / (815) 824-2106

Silver Springs State Park / Miles:4 / Kendall County
Designated trails are available for snowmobiling from 7am to 4pm. The trails run through mature timber on relatively flat terrain that typifies the park. Parking, toilets, and picnic shelters are available. The park is located five miles west of Yorkville. * For more information, contact the Park Office / 13608 Fox Rd / Yorkville, IL 60560 / (708) 553-6297

Local / County / Municipal Agencies

Rockford Park District
Page - Quarry Hill - Searls Parks
9 miles of groomed trails. Contact the Rockford Park District

McHenry County Conservation District
Nippersink & Ringwood-Richmond Trail
16 miles of groomed trails.

Byron Forest Preserve District
Prairie Park 3.5 miles.

Putnam County Conservation District
Lake Senachwine 430 acres

Lake County Forest Preserve District
Des Plaines River Trail 11 miles groomed.
Grant Township Preserve 3 miles.

Kane County Forest Preserve District
Prairie Path Batavia Branch 5 miles
Hampshire Preserve 3.5 miles
Oakhurst Preserve 5.2 miles
Great Western Trail 23 miles Groomed
Campton Preserve 4.5 miles.

Fox Valley Park District
V.L. Gilman Trail 4 miles
Jericho Park 3.5 miles

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Map & Address

Crawford County / Miles:76
Description: Connects with Richland Co east of Mount Zion, Prairie du Chien to Eastman, Vernon Co, at Readstown. * Map & Address: 608-326-0270 / Land Conversation Office / 111 W Dunn St / Prairie du Chien WI 53821

Grant County / Miles:210
Description: Connects the Wisconsin River Valley communities of Blue River, Muscoda, Castle Rock, Boscobel, Woodman and Wyalusing as well as Mt. Hope, Lancaster, Ellenboro, Potosi, Cassville and Platteville, Cuba City and Hazel Green. * Map & Address: 608-723-2125 or for trail conditions / Resource Dept. / Box 31 / Lancaster WI 53813

Governor Dodge / County: Iowa / Miles:15
Marked trail winds around lakes, across bridges and streams and through fields and natural strands of hardwoods. Connects with the 36 miles Military Ridge snowmobile trail. * Hours: 6am - 11pm / 608-935-2315 / Map & Address: Gov Dodge State Park, RR1, Dodgeville WI 53533

Military Ridge / Counties: Dane & Iowa / Miles: 37
West from Hwys. PB & 151 on old RR grade to Dodgeville / Hours: 6am - 11pm daily * 608-935-2315 / Map: Blue Mounds State Park / DNR, Box 98, Blue Mounds WI 53517 Address: Governor Dodge State Park RR #1 Box42, Hwy 23 N., Dodgeville WI 53533

Trempealeau County / Miles:142
Connects with Eau Claire Co to north, Buffalo Co to west, Jackson Co to east and La Crosse Co to south. Connects with Buffalo River Trail (RR grade). Forested and agricultural land, rolling terrain. * Map & Address: 715-694-2278 / Laurel Berg, Rt 2, Osseo WI 53758

Great River Trail / Counties: La Crosse, Trempealeau / Miles:11.5
Onalaska to Lehman Rd where it connects with Trempealeau Co trail system. Open 24 hours. Curfew in city limits of Onalaska, 7am - 10pm. * Map & Address: 608-534-6409 or 608 781-9570 / DNR, Perrot State Park Box 407, Trempealeau WI 54661 or Center for Tourism 800 Oak Forest Dr, Onalaska WI 54650

La Crosse County / Miles:95
Connects with adjacent Vernon, Monroe, Jackson and Trempealeau Co trail systems. Access points in communities throughout the county. * Map & Address: 608-785-9770 / Parks Department, Courthouse, 400 4th St., La Crosse WI 54601

La Crosse River / County: La Crosse and Monroe / Miles:21
West from Sparta to Onalaska. Access points at Rockland, Bangor, West Salem and Sparta.
Hours: 6am - 11pm / 608-337-3775 * Map: La Crosse Co Parks Dept., Courthouse, La Crosse WI 54601 / Address: Wildcat Mountain State Park, Box 98, Ontario WI 54651

Monroe County / Miles:166.7
Elroy Bike Trail and La Crosse River Trail are abandoned railroad beds. Trails connect to Juneau, La Crosse and Jackson Counties. Land is agricultural and forested with hills that offer very scenic views. There is about 95 miles of groomed club trails in addition to funded trails open to the public.
Map: 608-269-3375 / Local pit stops or contact: Monroe Co Coordinator, Delores Bowen RR#4, Box 79, Sparta WI 54656

Elroy-Sparta Trail / Counties: Monroe and Juneau / Miles:32
West from Elroy to Sparta / Hours: 6am - 11pm / 608-337-4775 * Map: Sparta Chamber of Commerce, 101 S Water, Sparta WI 54656 / Address: Wildcat Mountain State Park, Box 98, Ontario WI 54651

Lafayette County / Miles:153
Connects with Grant, Iowa and Green Counties and Illinois trail systems. Agricultural landlinterspersed with woods. (98 state funded miles / 55 club maintained miles). Monroe to Mineral Point trail runs along old railroad right-of-way. * Map: 608-776-4820 / Businesses along the trail or contact: Steve Ag Center, Darlington WI 53530

Pecatonica Trail / County: Lafayette / Miles:10
Trail connects Belmont with Calamine. Former Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul and Pacific Railway. Forested valley with agricultural areas. / Open daily 608-523-4427 * Map & Address: Pecatonica State Park Trail c/o Yellowstone Lake / 7896 Lake Rd / Blanchardville WI 53516-9321

Yellowstone Lake / County: Lafayette / Miles:16
Off Hwy F on Lake Road between Darlington and Blanchardville, WI 608-523-4427

Cheese Country Trail / Counties: Green, Lafayette & Iowa / Miles:43
NW from a newly installed parking facility on the edge of Monroe near the Illinis state line, through Browntown, South Wayne, Gratiot and Darlington on to Mineral Point. Following an abandoned railroad bed, it is the only multi-use trail in Hidden Valleys -- allowing ATV's, horseback riding and sowmobiles in season. There are 57 overpasses, including the 440 ft bridge spanning the Pecatonica River just west of Browntown. / Trail Conditions: 608-776-4830 / Green County Tourism Po Box 516, Monroe WI

Sugar River Trails / County: Green / Miles:23
Abandoned railroad grade. Access points in New Glarus, Monticello, Albany, and Brodhead. Open 24 hours. 608-325-4844 / Map & Address: DNR, N 3150 Hwy 81, Box 256, Monroe WI 53566

Richland County / Miles:104
South from Cazenovia to Richland Center to Boaz to Crawford Co and west from Lone Rock to Muscoda to Richland Center to Boaz to Vernon Co. Very scenic mixture of forest and agricultural land, rollin ghills, river bottoms and rugged challenging terrain. / Map: Businesses along the trail 608-647-6148 * UW Ext, 1100 Hwy 14 W, Richland Center WI 53581

Vernon County / County:Vernon / Miles:160
Forested and agricultural hills and coulees. Connects with adjacent Richland, Sauk, Juneau, Monroe and La Crosse count trail systems. * Map & Addresses: 608-637-2575 / Vernon Co Tourism, 124 1/2 S Main St, Viroqua WI 54665

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