Snowmobiling in April? You betcha

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Mar 29, 2013 at 6:32 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI)  With a foot or more of snow still blanketing most of northern Minnesota, the snowmobiling season may extend into April for the first time in many years.

The Department of Natural Resources says state trails will remain open on public land while weather and snow conditions permit. But grant-in-aid snowmobile trails close for the season on April 1st, when permits with private landowners expire.

Courtland Nelson of the DNR's Parks and Trails Division says late season snowmobilers need to be aware of changing conditions, including bare spots, flowing water and exposed rocks. Some gates may be closed on grant-in-aid trails.

Even if snow conditions are good, Nelson reminds snowmobilers not to ride on trails that cross private land. After April 1st, riding those trails without the landowner’s permission would be trespassing.

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