IDNR Announces $200,000 to Enhance Snowmobile Trails Throughout Illinois

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Trail maintenance, equipment and safety projects will enhance snowmobile recreation


NW Illinois Snowmobilers Alliance Trail 10/29/2009 – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today awarded state snowmobile trail grants totaling $200,000 to nine local governments and to the statewide snowmobile association for trail maintenance, equipment, and safety improvements for public-access snowmobile trails in Illinois. 

“Snowmobiling in Illinois is enjoyed by thousands of people annually and we always talk about the importance of safety.  This money will help maintain trails and help keep snowmobilers safe this coming season.” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. 

The state snowmobile grant program is funded entirely by snowmobilers through the registration fees they pay.  There are nearly 38,000 registered snowmobiles in Illinois.

The snowmobile grant program is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Applications for the next round of grants are available by contacting the IDNR Division of Grant Administration, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL, 62702-1271, or by calling 217/782-7481.  Applications are accepted March 1-May 1.

The Snowmobile Grant Program recipients and project information for Fiscal Year 2010 are listed below:



Blackhawk Park District (Carroll County), $15,000 to upgrade and maintain the snowmobile trail between Stockton and Elizabeth. Funds will be used to repair/replace four snowmobile trail bridges and to add gates and posts.

Flagg-Rochelle Park District (Ogle County), $11,085 to acquire a 1.7 mile-long, 40-foot wide corridor adjacent to a proposed bike path in Rochelle.

Freeport Park District (Stephenson County), $8,000 for the out-of-pocket operation and maintenance costs involved with the grooming and maintenance of the area’s public snowmobile trails.  

Knox County Sheriff’s Department (Knox County), $3,100 to buy heavy cloth orange safety vests, and a portable generator to provide electricity for a command trailer.

Lena Community Park District (Stephenson County), $16,000 to purchase and replace two rubber tracks on a Tucker-Terra 1000 snowmobile groomer and to help cover operation and maintenance costs involved with the use of the snowmobile groomer. 

Lena Community Park District (Stephenson County), $2,550 to purchase materials to construct a snowmobile bridge, 200 snowmobile trail signs for better marking trails and posts.

Loran Township (Stephenson County), $5,250 to repair seven small snowmobile bridges and to purchase 500 snowmobile trail signs and posts to better mark the area’s public snowmobile trails.           

City of Morrison (Whiteside County), $11,085 for the development of a 10-foot wide, eight-tenths of a mile long aggregate trail that extends northward from the edge of town.  The eventual plan is to develop a trail that will reach Morrison- Rockwood State Park. 

Rockford Park District (Winnebago County), $40,820 to install a new snowmobile bridge, to repair four existing snowmobile bridges, and to purchase snowmobile trail signs and posts to better mark the area’s public snowmobile trails.

City of Savanna (Carroll County), $7,110 to purchase snowmobile trail signs and posts to mark two new public snowmobile trails.  One trail will extend from Savanna to Mt. Carroll and the other will extend from Savanna to Thomson. 


Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs, Inc. (IASC), $80,000 to partially reimburse them for their annual cost of maintaining liability insurance that is required on all public snowmobile trails in Illinois.