Wisconsin & Michigan Trail Pass Information
Wisconsin Trail Pass Information
What you need to know about the required Wisconsin trail pass
- All snowmobiles operating on a Wisconsin snowmobile trail or corridor must display a valid snowmobile trail pass whether registered in Wisconsin or another state. A trail pass is not required for a snowmobile that is 35 years or older and displays antique registration.
- The fine for riding without the pass is $295.00 per sled.
The snowmobile trail pass is:
- an annual pass valid until June 30 each year.
- separate from snowmobile registration.
- a 3” x 3” decal required to be permanently affixed to the bottom center portion of the snowmobile windshield.
Snowmobile trail pass types, fees and how to order:
The snowmobile trail pass fee is dependent upon whether the snowmobile for which you are purchasing the trail pass is registered in Wisconsin and whether the owner of that snowmobile is a member of a snowmobile club and the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC). Trail pass fees are non-refundable. You will need your Wisconsin registration number or, for a nonresident snowmobile trail pass, the make and model.
Discounted Wisconsin snowmobile trail pass for club members ($10) – for a snowmobile registered in Wisconsin and owned by a person who is both a member of a snowmobile club and a member of AWSC. Passes may be ordered through the AWSC.
You must first join or renew your annual membership in the Frosty Snowmobile Club. See our membership page for details on how to do that. All snowmobile club memberships expire on June 30 annually.
To get the discounted trail pass go to AWSC.org. Click on Membership Inquiry to be sure your Frosty Club membership has been received & processed. (Note: AWSC processing may take up to seven days from the date of your Frosty Club online membership renewal or seven days from the date your paper membership form is received by the Frosty Club.) Then click on WI TRAIL PASSES at the top of the AWSC page. Follow the directions provided.
To purchase your trail pass you will need:
- AWSC number
- Snowmobile registration number
- Credit/Debit card for payment
Be aware trail passes are mailed from the WDNR and can take up to 21 days for delivery via USPS. You can legally ride with your trail pass receipt.
Wisconsin snowmobile trail pass ($30) – for a snowmobile registered in Wisconsin and owned by someone who is not a member of an AWSC affiliated club. Available online, or at any DNR sales agent. All Wisconsin snowmobile trail passes will be shipped by US Mail within 2 business days to the address specified. A temporary trail use receipt is issued to operate legally on snowmobile trails. Carry the receipt with you until your pass is delivered by the US mail and affixed to your snowmobile’s windshield.
Nonresident snowmobile trail pass ($50) – for a snowmobile registered in or in the process of being registered in another state, province or country. Available online, or at any DNR sales agent. All Wisconsin snowmobile trail passes will be shipped by US Mail within 2 business days to the address specified. A temporary trail use receipt is issued to operate legally on snowmobile trails. Carry the receipt with you until your pass is delivered by the U.S. Mail and affixed to your snowmobile’s windshield.
DNR Sales Agents in Land O’ Lakes – Trail passes can be purchased in Land O’ Lakes at the Gateway Express BP and The Tackle Box. AWSC member discounts are not available at DNR Sales Agent locations.
Michigan Trail Pass Information
- Michigan trail passes are valid from October 1- September 30.
- Trail passes are $52 and can be purchased online or at MI DNR agents and dealers. There is no discount for membership in a snowmobile club.
- Michigan trail permits can be purchased in Land O’ Lakes at Gateway BP Express or The Tackle Box.
- Passes can also be purchased in Watersmeet at Wilderness Bay Lodge & Resort and Headwaters Polaris.
See the Michigan DNR site for more information and to purchase trail passes.