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Local snowmobile club reminds snowmobilers to stay off closed trails

Posted: 6:48 PM, Jan 28, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-28 23:42:25-05

KEWAUNEE, Wis. (NBC 26) -- Even with last weekend's snowfall, not all snowmobile trails are open. Multiple remain closed in Northeast Wisconsin, including those in Kewaunee.

A local snowmobile club, Moonriders Inc. is reminding people to stay off closed trails. Saul Sevcik is a member of the club and a trail captain. He said a lot of their trails go through private property, with permission from owners, including farmland. He added that when people use the trails, even though they're closed, or drive off the trails, it can damage the fields.

"There is damage done to properties where they rip up, you know like, this is a hay field. Everything gets ripped up and, you know, now nothing's going to grow there next year, and that's where it becomes an issue," said Sevcik.

He added, sometimes landowners decide to no longer allow their land to be part of the trail, which can make rerouting the trail difficult.

Darren Kuhn, a conservation warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said driving on a closed trail is illegal and considered trespassing. He added that it can result in a fine.

Kuhn recommends snowmobilers check local counties to determine whether trails are open.

To learn more about Moonriders Inc. or if trails are open in Kewaunee, click here.