MAYVILLE, N.Y.:--Conditions permitting, Dec. 21 will mark the start of the 2016-17 Snowmobile Season in Chautauqua County.
The county offers over 450 miles of snowmobile trails, which take riders across rolling foothills, open meadows, and forestlands. These trail systems are the result of a strong collaboration among Chautauqua County’s five snowmobile clubs: Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, Cherry Creek Sno-Goers, Ellery Sno-Cruisers, Lake Effect Trailbreakers, and Sunset Drifters; and hundreds of landowners, volunteers, and other key stakeholders.
“Chautauqua County is fortunate to have a wonderful system of scenic snowmobile trails thanks to the hard work of these clubs, landowners, and volunteers,” said Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan. “Our well-groomed trails draw over 15,000 snowmobilers. We have seen visitors from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and even Canada come here to use our trails, which are a great asset to our tourism industry and our local businesses that are close to the trailheads. I encourage residents and visitors to take advantage of the snowmobile trails and to please wait until the trails are open to start using them.”
Riders can find out current trail conditions by calling 1-800-242-4569 (press 2, and then 5). Interactive trail maps are also available on all of the snowmobile clubs’ web pages.
Riders are also encouraged to be courteous to landowners by staying on the marked trail and riding between the stakes.
“The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office will have our snowmobile division patrolling the trails to help ensure the safety of everyone using the trail system,” said Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace. “Each snowmobile season, we arrest snowmobilers for drinking and driving, trespassing on private property, riding on undesignated roads, and operating without registration or insurance. Obey the law, respect our trail system and enjoy many, many miles of groomed trails. Ride right! Ride smart! Ride responsibly.”
Snowmobile registration can be done at any of the County’s three Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices and registration is $45 for snowmobile club members and $100 for non-members. DMV offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and each office has one day a week where they are open until 5:45 p.m. The Dunkirk office is open late on Mondays, the Mayville office is open late on Wednesdays, and the Jamestown office is open late on Thursdays.
“With the start of the snowmobile season, the DMV in Mayville will soon begin its Saturday hours, which are dependent on snowfall,” said Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore.
Saturday hours are usually 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., but residents are encouraged to visit the Chautauqua County DMV Facebook page, visit the County Clerk’s website at www.co.chautauqua.ny.us or call the Mayville DMV at (716) 753-4229 to confirm Saturday hours.
For more information about Chautauqua County’s snowmobile clubs, visit www.chautauquasnow.com , www.cherrycreeksnogoers.com , www.ellerysno-cruisers.org , www.trailbreakers.com , and www.sunsetdrifters.net .