The Michigan DNR provides snowmobile maps in a variety of formats for Michigan’s nearly 6,500 miles of designated snowmobile trails. Snowmobile trail permits are valid for one year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30) and enable you to ride state-designated trails and thousands more miles of public roads and on public lands (where authorized). State-designated trails are open Dec. 1-March 31 and grooming occurs when there is enough snow on the ground. For more information please visit the Snowmobile web page at: www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling
The Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office operates the following Law Enforcement programs for the safety of all Marine, Off-Road Vehicle, and Snowmobile enthusiasts:
Marine Safety Program: This enforcement program runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. The Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office receives a grant each year from the Department of Natural Resources to help assist in the cost of 1 full-time and 1 part-time uniformed officer during the marine season. These officers are responsible for the patrol of approximately 3200 acres of waterways in Missaukee County including Lake Missaukee, Crooked Lake, Sapphire Lake, Goose and Long Lakes, Dyer Lake, Reedsburg Dam. These officers respond to calls for assistance and complaints from Central Dispatch. In May of each year, these Officers conduct a Marine Safety Course for those 12 and above. Call the Sheriff’s Office at 231-839-4338 for more information.
Off-Road Vehicle Safety Program: This enforcement program runs from Labor Day to the snow season, and then from spring to Memorial Day. The Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office receives a grant each year from the Department of Natural Resources that funds this enforcement program 100%. This program employs 1 full-time uniformed officer to patrol off-road vehicle trails and respond to calls for assistance relating to off-road vehicles. Missaukee County has approximately 70 miles of off-road vehicle trails.
Snowmobile Safety Program: This enforcement program runs through the snow and winter season. The Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office receives a grant each year from the Department of Natural Resources to help assist in the cost of 1 full-time uniformed officer during the winter season. This officer patrols snowmobile trails, area lakes and roads on a snowmobile. This officer also responds to calls for assistance and complaints relating to snowmobiles.