Snowmobile trail set to reopen

MARQUETTE — Thanks to the efforts of several local trail partners and cooperation of a key landowner, a segment of Snowmobile Trail No. 14 in Marquette Township soon will reopen to public use. The trail segment had been closed in recent months due to loss of land permissions.

The reopening would not have been possible without collaboration from the Big Bay 550 Snowmobile Club, Hiawatha Trails Inc., snowmobile advocate and business owner Bob Taylor, the landowner, and Pete Glover, snowmobile contact for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Gwinn Management Unit.

“Snowmobile Trail No. 14 connects Marquette and Big Bay,” said Glover. “With the reopening of this segment, riders now will be able to get to Big Bay from Snowmobile Trail No. 8 — a huge benefit for riders and local businesses.”

In order to maintain the permission for trail access, Glover said it is critical for all riders to stay on the marked trail. If off-trail riding occurs in this area, the trail will be closed. Law enforcement officials will patrol the area.

Big Bay 550 Snowmobile Club members were set to install “private property” and “stay on trail” signs and snow fencing this week. Once signing and fencing installation are completed — hopefully by this weekend — the trail will reopen.

For more information, contact Pete Glover, 906-346-9201, ext. 102 or or Rob Katona, 906-228-6561 or