Snowmobiling in Maine's Majestic JoMary/Katahdin Region
Maine's finest snowmobile trails!
The JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club maintains over 100 miles of wilderness snowmobile trails with our three commercial-grade diesel powered groomers. Our trail maintenance staff has been recognized by the Maine Snowmobile Association as being "Trail Groomers of the Year."
The Club is located on South Twin Lake, eight miles outside Millinocket, Maine, and at the edge of the KI/JoMary multiple use forest that spans the high country known as Maine's famous 100 Mile Wilderness. The region lies between Mount Katahdin to the north, Moosehead Lake to the west, Sebec Lake to the south and the Penobscot River to the east.
From the parking lot on South Twin Lake one can ride for hundreds of miles through spectacular forests and over mountains without ever passing through populated areas. Nearly all the region's snowmobile trails are on level, wide, gravel roadbeds used by Maine's logging industry. These landowners thankfully allow use of their unplowed roads during the winter months for both our groomed trails and hundreds of miles of "off-trail" riding.
Along the way there are dozens of scenic spots, moose watching opportunities, and off-trail challenges such as riding to the top of Ragged Mountain.
Some of our fantastic groomed trail riding includes:
- The Katahdin Loop Trail - the Club is directly on the "Loop" which offers a highly scenic ride around the North and South Twin Lakes, Pemadumcook Lake, Millinocket Lake and Elbow Lake. The trail passes by the town of Millinocket, as well as many ponds, streams, ridge tops and scenic views of Mt Katahdin.
- The Pemadumcook Parkway - a fast and scenic alternate route from South Twin to ITS86, Abol Bridge and Kokadjo.
- The B Pond Trail - running deep into the 100 Mile Wilderness, and connecting to trails leading to Kokadjo, the historic Katahdin Ironworks and the 110 Connector between Greenville (via Gulf Hagas and the B-52 Crash site) and Brownville. There is even has a side trail to scenic Gauntlet Falls.
JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club's trail system links to several other groomed trail systems to provide riders with an endless variety of routes. Our trails link directly to these destinations: Millinocket; Kokadjo; Ragged Lake; Rockwood; Northeast Carry; Pittston Farm; Greenville; Jackman; Brownville; Schoodic Lake; Abol Bridge; Shin Pond; Chesuncook Village; Baxter State Park; Katahdin Ironworks; Gulf Hagas; and Nahmakanta
We welcome you to enjoy our trails, and hope you will join the JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club.
Support Snowmobiling and Fight with Us
We love to snowmobile and are willing to work hard to provide the best riding opportunities possible. But that takes major support from our landowners, our Legislature, and our business community.
Our Club must be heard. The Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA) must be heard. And you must be heard. That's where you come in. Every snowmobiler must make an ongoing effort to be heard - Not just by supporting a club or the MSA. The most effective way to protect your interests is for you to show up at Legislative hearings and industry meetings, writing to your Legislators, and writing to your newspapers.
Can our industry count on your support?
Thanks! See you on the trail.
Our Latest News and Reports
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On Wednesday, January 28, the Jo Mary Riders groomed the following trails:
- 109 to ITS 86
- 109 towards ITS 83
- Black Pond trail
- 111 connector (original trail by Ragged Mountain is now open)
- Millinocket/Downtown trail
The B Pond trail, the Greenwood/Gauntlet trail, the Parkway trail (including the scenic loop) and the 109 to 111 x-over will be groomed today (Thursday).
Pressure ridge at South Twin Lake on January 26, 2015
This picture was taken on Monday, January 26, 2015. It shows a substantial pressure ridge on South Twin Lake that runs southeast from Russell Point to “McAvoy’s Island” (1.3 miles north of 5 Lakes Lodge).
Even with no snow on the ice it is difficult to see until you are right on top of it. Now with the new snow it is going to be a DANGEROUS CONDITION on the lake. Please pass this on to anyone who might be using the lake. The ice on the north side of the ridge was very thin with open water in several locations even though the temp was just above zero F.
On Tuesday we groomed:
- the 109 towards Medway
- the “downtown” trail
- the 109 north to the 109/111 crossover trail and the crossover itself
Wednesday we groomed:
- the entire 109 up to ITS 86
- the P.P. x-over
- the B Pond trail
- the new G G trail (Gauntlet/Greenwood Mtn.)
- the 111 and Wildwoods trail
The Parkway trail is being done today (Thursday).
All trails are in good to excellent condition.
There are still a few remnants of the damage done by those who rode on Monday (See 1st picture for what some hot shot riders think is a good holeshot start – they destroy a trail surface by leaving a big rut for the rest of us). In some places they left ruts up to 10 inches deep — do you have any idea as to how difficult it is to fix a 10 inch rut when dealing with frozen material all around it?
We were able to fix most of the damage but there are probably a few places where a ski could still get caught so PLEASE exercise caution when riding this weekend!
Trail damage done by those who rode on Monday after the weekend of rain
ITS 111 just west of Ragged Mountain
B Pond trail looks great behind the groomer
Gauntlet Falls-Greenwood Mountain Trail ahead of groomer on January 21
On January 20 & 21 the Jo Mary Riders groomed our entire trail system. The surface was very hard due to the rain and warm temps that we just experienced.
Fortunately we were able to “rejuvenate” the trail surfaces and turn everything into packed powder. There are no bare spots anywhere and the trails are in good to excellent condition. We advise caution in some areas as the people who rode on Monday created “ruts” that were very difficult to repair.
The area lakes are void of any snow so don’t plan on riding them!
We were successful in opening a “re-route” for the 109 trail coming from Medway to S.Twin yesterday. This was due to a new logging operation which started Tuesday to our surprise. Took about 4 hours from start to finish. We had to build a snow bridge using pallets over a small brook, and push 4′-5′ of snow to fill in a dry brook. A little signing is left to be done on the Medway side.
We had to do the same thing last March. We also opened up the Silver Lake trail for the Brownville club which meets up to our B-Pond trail.
Opening up a re-route to Medway
Mid-week update: -20 degrees this morning. Most of our trails are open.
- ITS 111 – A small section of ITS 111 is detoured due to a logging operation finishing up — signs being put up for the detour this week.
- ITS 109 – A section of ITS 109 coming from Medway is being re-routed due to a new logging operation (we just got informed on this yesterday). We (both JMRSC and EBSR) will try to have this open for the weekend.
- The Wadleigh Pond trail, which heads to the Black Pond trail is open, but the Black Pond trail is closed due to logging for the time being.
Please Ride Safe, Ride to the Right, and Stay on the Marked trails!
Good snow cover on the trails. Lots of brushing being done. Club membershave been out on sleds helping to clear the blow overs.
Parkway Trail at outlet of Lower JoMary Lake
JoMary Parkway Trail
Thanks to Mike Delong, Dave Perrotti, Steve Amari, and Ron Morrison for clearing the PP x-over trail today. We’ll get her groomed ASAP.
Got The Parkway trail opened today. Quite a bit of brushing. Had some great helpers. More snow than I expected. Looking good after 11 hours of work. Slow going, but 2+ feet of snow in many areas. Looks like a good beginning of the sled season!
JoMary Parkway Trail
Parkway Trail at outlet of Lower JoMary Lake
On Wednesday, January 7, the Jo Mary Riders started their grooming season. All three groomers were out and were able to groom the following trails:
- groomed from South Twin lake towards Millinocket on the “Downtown” trail
- groomed to the 111 as far as the Jo Mary road and then to B Pond. Also opened the Gauntlet Falls trail and the new Greenwood Mountain loop. Groomed the 111 to 109 x-over trail.
- opened the 109 as far as the P.P. X-over trail on top of Potaywadjo Ridge.
Remember that this was our initial groom and that there are still many trees down in the areas that we have not yet reached. Some sections have only had one pass by the groomers but they are 10′ wide so not really an issue. If you plan on riding this weekend please consider taking a saw with you and help us to cut trees (and throw them way off the trail!).
Phil heading to B Pond and Gauntlet Falls
Dave Silva headed for the 109 as far as the P. P. X-over trail
Rick Levasseur cleared trees on downtown trail