BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Snowmobile clubs starting to close trails

Those wanting to take their snowmobile out one more time to ride on the county’s trail system will need to go to Cherry Creek.

On Wednesday, all clubs in the county closed their trail systems except for the state lands in Cherry Creek, according to the Chautauqua County Trail Conditions hotline.

“All clubs in the county are closing their trail system with the exception of Cherry Creek Sno-Goers who will leave the state lands open. That is a higher evaluation with more snow,” said the new hotline message as of Wednesday. “Cherry Creek trails are closed except for riding in the state lands.”

The Chautauqua County Trail Conditions hotline can be reached by calling 800-242-4569.

The Lake Effect Trailbreakers, www.trailb-reakers.com, had posted on its website that trails are closed.

“We are concerned about the lack of snow in the low areas and our respect for the landowners as we don’t want to be riding mud on their properties. With the temperatures rising and the snow quickly disappearing, it will be necessary to close the trail for the season at the end of the day Wednesday,” stated the website.

Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club’s website also stated trails are closed.

“Trails are closed for the season. Thank you to all that have joined, and we hope to see you back next year. Remember, join early so we can get the funds moving to start the season,” it stated.

Ellery Sno-Cruisers website, www.ellerysno-cruisers.com, stated trails are closed, as well.

According to the Chautauqua County Visitor Bureau’s website, the county has 450 miles of groomed trails that are maintained by members of the county snowmobile clubs. These groups work with hundreds of private landowners and utilize groomers to maintain trails. Along the trails, people can visit service stations for fuel, restaurants for a bite to eat and hotels for overnight accommodations.

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