Eastern South Dakota experienced great snowmobiling conditions during the 2012-2013 snowmobile season, but March 15 marks the official end of the season for the east river trail system.

“After last winter, when snowfall was minimal, snowmobilers were able to take advantage of great riding conditions throughout this winter” said Tony Schmitt, State Trails Program Specialist of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. “Snowmobile clubs were busy and did a great job maintaining the trails in their areas.”

Through a Grant-In-Aid program, local snowmobile clubs groomed, signed and maintained over 1,152 miles of trails this season.

The trails in the Black Hills officially remain open until March 31, but with warm temperatures expected, grooming will be on a limited rotation.

“Grooming operations will be limited to those areas that have snow cover unless we receive additional snow accumulations,  said Shannon Percy, Black Hills Trails District Park Supervisor. “The outer fringes of our system are starting to shrink up.”

Logo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

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