Hit The Trails! Midwestern Snowmobile Destinations You Don't Want To Miss

With bitter winters and lots of snow, the upper Midwest is a paradise for casual snowmobilers and major sled-heads alike. There are thousands of miles ready to be shredded no matter where you go.

Now that we're in the thick of winter, we've put together a list of locations that every snowmobiler would be pumped to try out. Here are some great locations in the Midwest you'll want to visit for the trail ride of your life.


Michigan is considered one of the best places to unleash your inner child during the winter season. If you're looking for a snowmobile dealer, Michigan is the place for it. Michigan has over 11,000 frozen lakes and thousands of miles of snowmobile trails.

Here are some of the top places to visit in Michigan for snowmobiling:

  • Lake Gogebic. Lake Gogebic has hundreds of groomed snowmobiles trails that move through the local forest and over scenic areas. There are endless route possibilities, and you can either ride for the day or stay on the trail overnight.
  • Gaylord. Gaylord has over 300 miles of snowmobile trails and averages at 180 inches of snowfall every year. In fact, Gaylord is the site of the annual Michigan Snowmobile Festival.
  • Upper Peninsula. The Upper Peninsula is a legend among snowmobilers. It hosts 3,000 miles of snowmobile trails and has been voted the Most Challenging snowmobiling area because of its technical trails. But don't let that scare you. The U.P. has also been voted Best Power Rising, Best Trail Riding, Most Scenic, and Best Overall Snowmobiling Area by Snow Goer Magazine.


Wisconsin may be known for its farmland and its cheeses, but this Midwestern state also hosts a number of great snowmobiling areas. These areas include:

  • Eagle River. Eagle River has been dubbed the Snowmobile Capital of the World for its 500-mile trail network and local snowmobile clubs. The area is also known for its incredible scenery.
  • St. Germain. St. Germain is actually connected to Eagle River. Its trails stretch hundreds of miles and offer great riding conditions.
  • Iron County. Iron County is located just along the border of Michigan and averages at 200 inches of snowfall a year. Iron County offers 175,000 acres of off-trail forest land for you to explore and 500 groomed trails for you to ride.


No winter is quite as notorious as a Minnesota winter. If you're brave enough to ride in the icebox of the nation, here are some great areas for snowmobiling in Minnesota:

  • North Shore. North Shore has groomed snowmobiling trails that span from Duluth to Grand Marais. These trails come with the incredible scenery of Lake Superior, too. Explore the many local trails connected to the main state trail or stay right on the track.
  • Brainerd. Brainerd spans 120 miles and forms the starting point of the legendary Paul Bunyan Trail, which heads north just past the Bemidji.
  • Bemidji. Bemidji is located at a crossroads of two of Minnesota's largest trail routes. If you're looking to sled your way throughout the state, Bemidji is the place to start because this trail can lead you anywhere you want to go.

On the hunt for snowmobile dealers in Michigan?

Snowmobiling has a major impact on the U.S. economy. In fact, the sport brings in a total of $26 billion every year. But before you can really tear up the snow, you need working snowmobile equipment first.

Nelson's Speed Shop is the snowmobile dealer you need whether you're snowmobiling at Eagle River in Wisconsin or Lake Gogebic here in Michigan. To learn more about our snowmobiles for sale, contact Nelson's Speed Shop today.

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