If you would like a map of the trails in Van Buren, Cass, and Berrien Counties, please send $3 plus $1.25 for postage and your return address to:
Southwest Michigan SnowStompers
PO. Box 534
Lawton, MI 49065
Please allow a minimum of 5 days for delivery.
Please remember riding this trail is a privilege, not a right. Staying on the trail is imperative. We mark trails where the landowners want us to ride and to protect riders from dangerous areas. Those who think they can ride wherever they want are helping take away the privilege from the rest of us.
Snowmobile Trail Permit:
In addition to registration of a snowmobile in Michigan or from another state or province, a person who desires to operate a snowmobile in this state shall purchase a $45.00 snowmobile trail permit sticker. The snowmobile trail permit sticker shall be valid for a period of 1 year which begins October 1 and ends September 30 of the following year.
Snowmobile trail permits are available from snowmobile dealers and many retail businesses located adjacent to or near the Michigan snowmobile trail system. These permits are also available through all DNR electronic license agents.
Snowmobiles are exempt from the Trail Permit Sticker if they are:
Operated exclusively on lands owned or under the control of the owner, used entirely in a safety education program conducted by a certified snowmobile safety instructor, exclusively operated in a special event of limited duration which is conducted according to a prearranged schedule under a permit from the governmental unit having proper jurisdiction or a snowmobile used solely for transportation on the frozen surface of public waters for the purpose of ice fishing.
Display of Trail Permit Sticker:
The trail permit sticker shall be permanently affixed to the forward half of the snowmobile directly above or below the headlight.
Note – Tuesday 11-1-2011:
The Lawton Chief of Police has issued a reminder to all snowmobilers riding in the village of Lawton:
- It is a violation of State law to ride a snowmobile on any sidewalk.
- Snowmobiles may run on the right shoulder at a speed necessary to maintain forward motion. They may not run at excessive speed or down the middle of the road and must stop at all stop signs.
- Do not ride through people’s yards. This is a violation.
- Stay on the posted trail when going to get gas or food.
It is important that all snowmobiles obey the regulations, or the village will decide to ban their use in the village limits! The Chief has instructed all the officers to take enforcement action for violations.