The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says they are still working to clear and groom snowmobile and ski trails from a pair of late-November snowstorms.

Rob Katona, central Upper Peninsula trails specialist with the Michigan DNR Parks and Recreation Division says, "The number of downed trees and limbs is astonishing. We haven’t seen conditions like this in recent history.”

Many trails are open, but snowmobile riders should use caution and watch out for downed trees, limbs and other obstacles.

The November storms brought over two feet of snow. In some areas, tree limbs or tree tops have been weighed down and bent over to the ground, then remained stuck to the ground after becoming buried by snow.

On Friday, Dec. 13, the Michigan DNR released a map showing where work still needed to be done on Marquette County trails.

U.P. trail closures as of Friday, Dec. 13.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The DNR hopes to have trails ready for the increase in users that will come with the holidays.

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