Snowmobile trails in parts of Dane County open for first time this season

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The snowmobile trails in the northwest and north-central regions of Dane County opened at 1 p.m. Tuesday, county officials said.

The regions include the Military Ridge State Trail and trail No. 35, which provides access to Columbia County, and No. 37, which provides access along Highway 51 near DeForest.

“I know the snowmobiling community is excited to hit the trails,” Duane Meyers, president of the Council of Snowmobile Clubs, said in a release. “This is the first time the trails have been open this season, and we want to remind trail users to use caution. There may be uneven terrain and potential open water areas in the marshes and waterways that will be windswept with minimal snow.”

Dane County officials said snowmobile users need a state DNR snowmobile trail pass to ride on the trail system.

“The majority of the snowmobile trails are on private lands, so all users must stay on the designated marked trails,” Dane County sheriff’s Sgt. John Brogan said. “Venturing off the trails is considered trespassing and riders may be issued citations.”