Snowmobiling Stud Restrictions on State Trails

State law (M.S. 84.8712) prohibits snowmobiles with metal traction devices (a.k.a. "studs") from paved public trails, except as otherwise provided by the government with jurisdiction over a trail. Learn more about the law.

A portion of the statewide system of paved state trails has been designated as being closed for use by snowmobiles with studs. Wherever possible parallel trails adjacent to the paved surface have been developed to accommodate snowmobiles with studs, and in some cases, all snowmobiles. In many cases, nearby grant-in-aid trails connect the same communities as the state trails.

The table on this page lists all developed State Trails, and provides information on allowed snowmobile uses. Please note that paved trails administered by local units of government are also subject to the metal traction device prohibition law.

Refer to a snowmobile map of the area you plan to ride for more detailed information or call the DNR Information Center for the most up-to-date information at 1-888-MINNDNR (1-888-646-6367).

studded tracks signs

Thumbnail graphic of the stud restrictions map

Stud restrictions map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

 

 

State Trails

Stud Restriction Status

Details

Arrowhead

Not restricted

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.

Blazing Star

N/A

Entire length of trail not open to snowmobiles.

C.J. Ramstad/North Shore

Not restricted

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.

Casey Jones

Partially restricted

Alternate route adjacent to a paved, 5-mile trail segment from Pipestone to the east.

Central Lakes

Not restricted

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.

Cuyuna Lakes

Partially restricted

All snowmobiles must run on parallel trail adjacent to the paved, 6-mile trail segment from Crosby west to County Road 128.

Douglas

Fully restricted

Alternate routes on restricted areas:

  • All snowmobiles must run on parallel trails.

  • No snowmobiling is allowed on paved surfaces.

Gateway

N/A

Entire length of trail not open to snowmobiles.

Gitchi-Gami

N/A

Entire length of trail not open to snowmobiles.

Glacial Lakes

Fully restricted

  • Studs are not allowed on the paved portion from Willmar to the Kandiyohi/Stearns County line.

Alternate routes on restricted areas:

  • Willmar to New London - no parallel trail available, however a grant-in-aid trail connects Willmar to New London.

General Use:

  • Paved trail will be open for snowmobiles without studs.

  • A grant-in-aid trail exists on portions of the undeveloped trail in Stearns County. Those portions are open to snowmobiles with or without studs.

Goodhue Pioneer

Fully restricted

All snowmobiles must run on parallel trail.

Great River Ridge

Fully restricted

Parallel trail adjacent to paved trail from County Road 9 to Elgin (8 miles). Northern 5 miles of developed trail from Elgin to Plainview has a grant-in-aid trail that closely parallels paved trail.

Harmony-Preston Valley

N/A

Entire length of trail not open to snowmobiles.

Heartland

Not restricted

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.

Luce Line

Not restricted

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.

Matthew Lourey

Not restricted

 

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.

Mill Towns

 

Not restricted

 General use:

  • Full extent of the developed paved trail from Dundas to Northfield is open to snowmobiles with or without studded tracks.

Minnesota Valley

Not restricted

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.

Paul Bunyan

Not restricted

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.

Root River

Fully restricted

Alternate routes in restricted areas:

  • No parallel trail available, except for a very short segment between Lanesboro and Whalan.

General use:

  • Because the Root River Trail is predominately a non-motorized trail, snowmobiles are not allowed on the paved surface of the trail.

Sakatah Singing Hills

Partially restricted

See map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Studs allowed:

  • Waterville to Faribault.

General Use:

  • Paved trail will be groomed for snowmobiles without studs from Waterville to Mankato.

Shooting Star

N/A

Entire length of trail not open to snowmobiles.

Taconite

Not restricted

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.

Willard Munger

Not restricted

Entire length of trail open to snowmobiles.