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PO Box 534
Lawton, MI  49065



Trail Conditions


2010/2012 Maps have arrived!!!!

If you would like a map of the trails in Van Buren, Cass & Berrien County, please send $3 plus $1.25 for postage and include your return address to:

Southwest Michigan SnowStompers

PO. Box 534

Lawton, MI 49065


Please allow a minimum of 5 days for delivery.


Please remember that these trails are a privilege, not a right.  Stay on the trail and respect our landowners.  These trails will be closed permanently if continuous Trespassing becomes a problem.


Trail Permits

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.



Trail Conditions as of:

Tuesday 11-1-2011   The Lawton Chief of Police has issued a reminder to all snowmobilers riding in the village of Lawton:

1. It is a violation of States law to ride a snowmobile on any sidewalk.

2. 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.

3. Do not ride through people's yards. This is a violation.

4. 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.






































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 of you that think that they can ride wherever they want are helping taking away the privilege from the rest of us.

The pictures below are from an individual that thought he could ride anywhere he wanted.  The entry into the drainage ditch is about 40ft outside of the marker at the end of the drainage ditch.  I do not know the exact extent of his injuries, but he broke the handlebar stem off with his knees as he went over the handle bars.  I do know that he was taken to the Hospital.  This was the 2nd snowmobile in a week that has gone in this same ditch.  You can see the tracks in the foreground.

Folks, Have Fun, Ride Safe and


Stay on the Trail

At the time of these pictures, the actual owner of the sled was at the hospital.

Please respect our landowners and stay on the trail. The current condition of the trail is very unstable  due to a lack of landowners willing to let us use their land. We could lose sections of the trail at a moments notice if riders do not stay on the trail.























Page last Updated: 04/08/2013 10:43 AM