Snowmobile Trail Conditions
2/12/18 - 10:00 P.M. Sorry for the late update. Looks like our cold weather consistency will be coming to an and after tomorrow. I am fairly confident tomorrow will be your last day for decent riding this winter. They have already stopped grooming, although its been getting very cold at night and I would have to think it could be groomed one last time before its gets wiped out on Wednesday, but I guess not. It was sunny all day today which didnt help matters any, but the snow loss was minimal, it only really hurt where the roads are plowed. The roads have minimal snow left on them. The long range forecast looks bleak, but ya never know. If you want to get one last ride in, go from paw paw to lawton to sister lakes area. I will be taking my final ride from Decatur to Paw Paw tomorrow. If we get a miracle snowstorm soon I will update again, but the 10 day forecast gives a pretty good idea on where the rest of this winter is headed. We thank you for all of your patronage this snowmobiling season and hope that next Winter will consist more of 2-3 good weekends of riding. Until conditions improve again, or if they improve again, I will update everyone.
2/11/18 - 1:00 P.M. Another 3-4" came down last night. There is at least a foot and a half on the ground. The trails Paw Paw to Decatur were groomed last night. Everyone that has come in so far today say the trails are awesome. Snowmobling is at its best right now and after this Wednesday, you wont have this good of riding the rest of the year. There's plenty of snow out there right now, so ride while you can. I Rode to Allegan from Decatur yesterday and the snow gets much thinner past Timber Ridge Ski Lodge. I would recommend riding to sister lakes area, over to south haven back to Paw Paw or vice versa. That should be a very good loop to make with the current snow conditions. Have fun out there and thank you all for your patronage.
2/10/18 - 10:00 A.M. We recieved only a dusting overnight. Rode the trail from Decatur south to Niles and there is lots of snow out there. The trails were in need of desperate grooming by the time we were on our way back at night. I am told the trails were groomed late lsat night from Keeler North to Lawton then here to Paw Paw. The trail here in our parking lot is as smooth as can be with a fresh groomed trail from the groomer. Should be some good riding today, but I expect the trails to get choppy as the day goes on because there will be a ton of traffic today. Gobles Driftbusters hsa a radar run this morning starting at 9:00 A.M. at their club house and it goes till 3:00 P.M. You can get to there right off the Kal Haven Trail. Should be a fun time. I will be riding from Decatur North to Allegan today so I will upate tomorrow on the conditions. Ride safe everyone and have fun! Another warm up is expected mid week!
2/9/18 - 2:00 P.M. We received so far @ least 8" of new snow. There is well over a foot on the ground now. It's been snowing all day, and they are calling for more tonight and tomorrow night. Some snowmobilers that came in just now said you just float out on the trail right now. The traffic is currently light so there will be good riding today. I assume there will be alot of traffic this weekend, so get out and ride early. The groomer will be out today so be on the look out. Drive safe and have fun. I am about to go hit the trail myself right now, so I will follow up with a more detailed report tomorrow. Braaaaaaaaaaaap!
2/8/18 - 3:00 P.M. We received another couple inches of snow here in Paw Paw. Decatur area receivd a dusting over night. It's currently lightly snowing. There is 7" of snow on the ground. Went for a ride yesterday and hit some fields and there was decent snow out there. This weekend will be the weekend to ride with the predicted snow we are supposed to get. Take off work tomorrow and beat the storm. I could almost gurantee this will be the last good weekend of the year to ride. As usual we had another shit winter, but at least we are able to ride a lttle bit here in February. There is a radar run Saturday morning in Gobles at the driftbusters snowmobile club if you are looking for something to do. Check out their page on facebok to learn more. From the riders that have been out on the trails so far they all say the conditions are surprisngly decent. I know the traffic has been very light through here based on the trail in the parking lot so thats encouraging. Drive safe if you are traveling up here tomorrow. Will update again tomorrow.
2/7/18 - 11:00 A.M. We received another 2" of snow overnight. We currently have 6-7" on the ground. It's been system snow so its more condensed than the light lake effect snow. It's beginning to pile up here and they are still calling for snow every day and a good amount of snow friday and Saturday. You will certainly be able to ride this weekend. Hopefully they get the groomer out and do somethig with the snow we have down now and pack it down. Will update again when we get more snow.
2/6/18 - 8:00 A.M. We received 2" overnight. We curently have 4-5" on the ground. It's slowly but surely stacking up. I did see a snowmobile out while plowing this morning. I would think the groomer could get out on the trail and start packing it down, but that's not my call. They are still calling for snow all week and this weekend they are as of right now calling for quite a bit more snow. I would definitely plan on riding this weekend as we are already into February. Will update again tomorrow.
2/5/18 - 2:00 P.M. We received a dusting overnight. Currently 3" of snow on the ground. Calling for snow all week, so hopefully if the forecasts hold true, we will be riding by this weekend. John Dee is also calling for snow all week in this area, but he has been off on all of his predictions this winter so we will just play it day to day. Will update daily as long as there's something to update. Do those sbow dances!
2/4/18 - 1:00 P.M. We have received about 3" of very heavy wet snow. This is the perfect snow to set up a base with. Not enough to ride yet, but it's a start. I would say there is 3" total on the ground. They are calling for snow off and on this week, and the forecast literally changes hourly here so I have no clue what to expect. Just keep your fingers corssed that we keep getting snow! If you are looking for something to do today, stop in, we will be having our Super Bowl party today with lots of free stuff that we will be giving away!
2/2/18 - 3:00 P.M. We are starting all over again, and so far we have received 2" of snow with a total of 2" of snow on the ground. We are gettng lake effect, so its very fluffy and light. There's defintely not enough snow to ride yet, but they are calling for snow all weekend and next week. Hopefully by next weekend we will be out on the trails with a lot of snow. Keep your fingers crossed. We are having our superbowl parrty this Sunday so if you are in town stop in for some super bowl fun and free stuff at half time!
1/24/18 - 6:00 P.M. There has been nothing to report for over a week now and it continues to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I almost want to give up on this years Winter, but I see light at the end of the tunnel and it will soon return a week from this Friday. We are going to get an arctic plunge and the whole month of February is going to be a snowy hell with lots of cold weather. You just wait and see!! So with that being said, the cold is expected to return by next weekend and stay put. Think snow!
1/16/18 - 12:00 P.M. There is only a few inches on the ground. They are calling for a warm up this weekend and into next week. Will update when trails become rideable again. Till then, think snow and cold temps for our area.
1/13/18 - Currently 11:00 A.M. There really isn't much to update at this point other than the warm up as expected wiped us clean of all our snow. There was snow let in the woods, but thats about it. So here we go, starting all over again. We have an inch on the ground right now, if that. They are calling for some snow the next couple of days, so we will see what happens. Wish I had more encouraging news to tell everyone, but I don't. Think snow!
1/7/18 - Currently 11:00 A,M. Rode the trails this past weekend and some are good some are bad. Decatur to Lawton, Trails are beat down pretty good! They are still rideable, but very dirty snow. Lawton to Paw Paw, trails get better with mroe snow. Trail from Paw Paw to Gobles, rideable, but kal haven trail headed towards Allegan were beat down pretty hard with lots of moguls. Sounds like the best snow is towards South Haven. My advice is, just get out and ride today, there is a warm up mid week with 50s projected and rain. No idea what the future holds after that, sounds like a cool down then an even longer warm up. So if this year turns out like last year, then ride while you can right now! Will update after we get through our first warm up.
1/5/18 - Currently 4:00 P.M. All the trails in the immediate area have good snow. Headed towards Edwardsburg it thins out, and the trails turn to shit. The trails from here to Lawton to Sister Lakes are all in good condition. From Paw Paw to Gobles to Allegan, trails are in good condition as well. They are calling for more snow tonight, which will improve conditions immensely. Going to be a busy weekend, they are calling for a warm up next week, so get off your asses and hit the trails while there's still snow. Will update snow amounts tomorrow if we get any. Remember to stay on the trail so we don't lose it!
1/3/18 - Currently 3:00 P.M. We received another couple inches here in Paw Paw. Supposed to get snow all week. Trail conditions in the immediate area are in good condition. Ride them while there is snow!
1/2/18 - Currently 4:00 P.M. Happy New Year everyone! Today has been sunny with a high of 10 degrees! The snowmobile trails have been getting groomed almost daily now and the base is setting up nice! We havent had any snow loss over the weekend and we are forecasted more snow and cold temps all week! The snowmobile trails should hold up good and with the snow forecasted this week, I would expect the trails to be in good to very good condtion. I know from Sister Lakes to Allegan all the groomers have been going. I havent heard any complaints about the trails so get out and ride them and please stay on the trail.
12/30/17 - Currently 12:00 P.M. There is well over a foot on the ground, the snow is light and fluffy but riding should be decent. Snows thin in Hartford, but once past Hartford, gets deeper again. Lawton is rideable, already a lot of snowmobile traffic out. Hopefully the groomers get out and pack down this snow. It's been white out conditions off and on. Snowing like hell one minute, sun out the next. The roads are all very good on the trail. Headed towards Gobles and Allegan the snow gets deeper. The further north you go the deeper it gets. Be safe riding everyone, and be sure to stop in and let us know about the conditions you are experiencing out there!
12/29/17 - Currently 10:00 a.m. We have received about an inch or two the past couple of days. The base is setting up here and it's currently snowing now. The snow is supposed to intensify later this evening. The trails get thinner the further south you go from here. I would continue to drive north from here towards gobles and south haven. Also, allegan trail there's a detour to get around the trail section that is shut down. In our immediate area the trails are probably rated a 5 out of 10. If the snow keeps coming down and they continue to keep grooming like they are right now the conditions will greatly improve! There will be lots of sleds out this weekend so drive safe and please stay on the trail.
12/27/17 - Currently 3:00 P.M. We received a couple more inches of snow. There was a lot of snowmobiliers out, they say the snow is better the more north you go from here. Towards Lawton to marcellus it gets thinner. Calling for snow all week. Should be decent riding this weekend!
12/26/17 - Currently 4:00 P.M. Been getting a lot of calls about snow conditions, went back to Chicago for the holidays but now i am back and I can give you an update! Drove through Hartford today, there's alot less snow there, the fields are wind blown and bare in many spots. I don't think the riding in that area would be any good right now. Drove through Decatur today and theres probably 5" of snow, the fields are wind blown there as well. Here in Paw Paw we have about 7-8" at best! It's snowing off and on and they are calling for snow all week and with these cold ass temperatures, the snow isnt going anywhere. Ive seen sleds going through the trails so people are out, I just don't think the conditions are very good at this time, but by the end of the week they should be good! Ill ask some people that come in today how the trails are, but as of right now, I would ride from Paw Paw headed north to allegan and south haven! Allegan has a detour for the trail is closed near the ski hill, but the snows been piling up that way. If you plan to trail here, park your truck and trailers towrds the northwest end of the lot. I have it plowed pretty deep back there so you should have no problem parking there. Till then, think snow!! The cold is here to stay and now we just need the white stuff to keep flying!
12/19/17 - Bright sunny skies and a balmy 47 degrees! Snow - Non Existent! Typical winter so far, will have to wait and see if things take a turn for the better up here.
12/16/17 - Currently 10:30 A.M. We received 1" of new snow last night and the trails as of right now are still rideable, but by the end of the day I think the trails will be pretty beat up. It's about 36 degrees and we are in melt down mode. Looks like we will be having warmer weather for the next week before it cools down and the trails will probably be right back down to dirt by that time. Hopefully this wont be a repeat of last year but we will have to just wait and see. Will update again when conditions imrpove.
12/15/17 - Currently 9:30 a.m. Took a ride from Decatur to paw paw last night and the conditions between Decatur and Lawton were poor. There is a tree across the trail at the T for edwardsburg in the forest. You cant get through. The trail from Lawton to Paw Paw was good. Riders said Hartford to sister lakes is very thin and a very bad ride. I would advise to go from paw paw to gobles and down to south haven. It's currently snowing now, and we're supposed to get a few inches today. Ride while you can, this upcoming warm up will wipe out everything we have by next week.
12/14/17 - Currently 1:00 P.M. We received an additional 3-4" of snow yesterday and have about 8-10" on the ground. We had quite a few snowmobiles come in last night and the trails were surprisingly okay from what riders were saying. Remember to please stay on the trail. I will be taking a ride from Decatur to Paw Paw tonight and will let you know how the trails are between those towns tomorrow. Looks like the traditional warm up is coming this weekend so ride while you can!
12/13/17 - Currently 5:00 P.M. The system snow we thought we would be getting went far north of us, however it just started snowing about an hour ago and has been coming down fairly hard. We already received another inch on top of what we had yesterday. We have had some snowmobilers in here and there is one field by magoos thats rutted up pretty bad, but thats the only compalint I have heard. The further south you go from here the less snow you will run into. Decatur only has about 4-5 inches on the ground, and towards sister lakes I hear its very thin (unrideable), so if you do ride, go north from here for deeper snow. Will update again tomorrow.
12/12/17 - Currently 2:00 P.M. We have received a solid 8" so far and it is still coming down very hard. The snow has been coming down in waves, one minute its hardly snowing, the next minute its a complete white out! Is there enough snow to ride? Yes! Will the conditions be good? Probably not, but if people get out there and start packing down the trail, the conditions will only improve! We are open at 3:00 P.M. during the week and normal business hours on the weekends. Decatur had about 4-5" of snow as off 11:00 A.M. It's been snowing alot more in Paw Paw. Will update again tomorrow!
12/9/17 - Today we received about 3-4" of snow. It has currently stopped snowing as of 12:00 P.M.. Not enough to ride yet, but at least it's a start. Will update again when we get more!
12/8/17 - Well we didn't get much snow but it's a start. We received 2" of snow from here to Decatur. The grass is covered, but that's about it. But, it's a start and they are calling for snow tomorrow evening through Saturday and with cold temps in store for a while, so things could be looking up! Remember, when we get enough snow, please stay on the trail, landowners are getting pissed and not renewing their land contracts because of it. Will update again when we get more snow.
12/1/17 - A new year of snomowbiling season is upon us and with us being skunked the past 2 years, we are due for a good Winter! The snowmobile trails are just about all put in, and after this weekend the Southwest Snowstompers look to have the trail completed! They can use all the help they can get as for t's no easy task! Please volunteer this weekend if you are available! You can check on their facebook page on how you can help. There is currenty zero snow depth, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. They are caling for a drastic change in the weather and they are predicting HEAVY lake effect snow to start up by the end of next week! We will keep our fingers crossed. They are calling for this pattern to persist until mid December so get them sleds ready everyone! Get those wear bars on, hyfax changed, and get everyting greased up and ready to go, because I think we will soon be snowmobiling! I will update again once the weather turns on us. Remember, we are your snowmobile destination here in SW Michigan!