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DNR Reminds Snowmobilers of New Trail Signage System

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources would like to remind snowmobilers of changes to the snowmobile trail signage system.

Some changes were implemented on state trails, including 5 new sign types and the elimination of 10 sign types.

"The changes to the motorized trail signage program are the result of a collaborative process with stakeholder groups and should be a real improvement for trail users," said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR's Parks and Recreation Division. "The sign reductions will result in less clutter along the trails and provide for more consistency statewide."

The following signs have been eliminated and will be removed from state snowmobile trails:

Bridge Ahead


Deer Crossing

Drift Area

Narrow Bridge

Narrow Trail

Trail Crossing

Truck Traffic

Two Way Trail

Winding Trail

New signs added to state snowmobile trails include:

Combination Horizontal Alignment/Intersection (left and right)- bright yellow signs with directional arrows give notice of changes in horizontal trail alignment of less than 90 degrees where an intersection occurs within or immediately adjacent to a turn

Private Drives Ahead- warn trail users where driveways cross a snowmobile trail

One-Direction Large Arrow (left and right)- large yellow, reflective signs (10 x 12 inches) with a black arrow and border give notice of changes in horizontal trail alignment of 90 degrees or more

Next (number of) Miles- a supplemental sign that may be used below "Private Drives Ahead" sign to indicate how long the stretch of private drives runs

Trail Closed to Wheeled Motor Vehicles Ahead- used on state or federal land prior to the point where a designated state snowmobile trail enters private property where the use of wheeled motorized vehicles is prohibited

The DNR will continue to mark 90-degree turns with "sharp turn" warning signs supplemented with a new directional arrow.

For illustrations of the signs visit www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling or click on the link to the left of the story for a direct link to the illustrations.