Snowmobile safety education course offered in Marquette County

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The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and the Forsyth Township Snowmobile Club are hosting a snowmobile safety course in the Gwinn area for those ages 12-16.

Graduates of the course receive a snowmobile safety certificate from the sheriff’s office.

Snowmobilers stop to look at a trail map along the South Boundary Road at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County.

Snowmobile safety education training and online safety courses are recommended for all snowmobile operators and are required for youth between the ages of 12 and 16 years.

A person who is at least 12 but less than 17 years of age must successfully complete a Michigan-approved snowmobile safety course if they will be:

  • Operating a snowmobile without the direct supervision of a person 21 years of age or older. (Certificate must be in operator’s immediate possession.)
  • Crossing any highway or street. (Certificate must be in operator’s immediate possession.)

The course in Forsyth Township will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Forsyth Township Snowmobile Clubhouse, located .6 miles east of Kountry Korners, along the north side of M-35.

The course is limited to 24 students, with spots filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Todd Lundstrom at 906-362-1168 to reserve a place in the class.

All course materials will be provided free of charge. Students should bring a sack lunch, if desired. Hot cocoa, pop and popcorn will be provided at no charge. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate in the course, but this is not required.

“Come join the fun and help keep our wonderful northern Michigan snowmobile tradition alive, well and safe,” Lundstrom said.

For more information, contact Todd Lundstrom at 906-362-1168.

Check here for more information about Michigan’s snowmobile safety course. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, visit the DNR’s webpage at www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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