With the winter gearing up and snow on the ground, we’re beyond thrilled! After all, it’s the season for a whole slew of fun, cold weather activities, like snowshoeing, ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, and one of our faves, snowmobiling.This year, we’re extra excited to get our engines revved because we just got wind of a snowmobiling paradise where there are nearly 400 miles of groomed paths! With more than enough trails for all of us and all of you, there’s no reason why we can’t spill the beans on where to go. In fact, we want you to invite all of your friends and family for an unforgettable experience! So, where is this snowy wonderland? Oswego County, NY! Centrally located in the heart of New York State, Oswego County is easily accessible to snowmobiling enthusiasts making it a prime locale for your next wintry getaway. We can’t rave enough about this place, and for that we can thank our latest sponsor Oswego County Division of Promotion and Tourism.
They gave us the lowdown on how to maximize the fun while staying safe, which of course we’re going to share with all of you. Here’s the scoop:
- Stop in at one of the ten snowmobile clubs that maintain the trails to become a member and for a trail map.
- Your snowmobile must be registered and insured when using public trails.
- All snowmobilers must wear helmets at all times.
- All riders have to stay to the right of the trail.
- There is a trail speed limit of 55 mph unless it’s otherwise posted.
- To ensure the safety of our junior snowmobilers, children between 10 and 17 must take a snowmobile safety course enabling them to receive a certificate upon completion.
- Children 10 through 13 are allowed to operate a snowmobile off their own property when accompanied by (or within 500 feet of) a person at least 18 years of age.
- Get trail conditions before you go or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) for more information.
We think Oswego County Division of Promotion and Tourism has thought of it all. They even have an app where you can get interactive maps of the snowmobile trails, information on public parking locations, details on restaurants, lodging areas, and other businesses along the Oswego County trail system. Click to download the free Snowmobiling Oswego County app, available in both Apple’s App store and Google’s Play store.
While you’re at it, download our free Pocket Ranger® Guide for New York State Parks and Official New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Guide to help you explore the beauty of New York’s natural areas year-round.
We know you don’t need any more reasons to head over to Oswego County, but here’s one more before you hit the road. By paying club dues and registering your snowmobile, you’ll be contributing to the development and upkeep of the trails throughout the County. That means you’ll be able to make your Oswego County snowmobiling vacation a tradition for years and years to come!