Twenty years ago a group of snowmobile enthusiasts formed an association to promote snowmobiling in the Crow Wing County area. Since then the clubs of the Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association (CWCSTA) have met monthly to share ideas, cooperate and get updates on policies and legislation affecting snowmobiling.
As part of their 20-year celebration, CWCSTA hosted the 2013 annual MnUSA Snowmobile Winter Rendezvous at Cragun’s Resort. Hundreds of snowmobile club members from across the state met to enjoy the local trails and recognize members for their contributions to snowmobiling.
CWCSTA is made up of 12 snowmobile clubs that maintain more than 1,000 miles of trail in the Brainerd lakes area. These clubs include: Bay Lake Sno-Packers, Baxter Snowmobile Club, Brainerd Snodeos, Emily/Outing Snowbirds, Fort Ripley Trail Busters, Garrison Commercial Club, Gull Lake Drifters, Ideal SnoPros, Merrifield Marathons, Pequot Lakes Brush Pilots, Ponto Knight Riders and the Sno-Serpents Snowmobile Club.
Snowmobiling has a huge economic impact in Minnesota with 256,000 registered snowmobiles. Hundreds of volunteers from the CWCSTA clubs provide such services as clearing and maintaining trails, driving and maintaining grooming equipment, managing club finances, working with land owners to allow private land access for trails, and communicating with the DNR and other government agencies to ensure the health of the sport of snowmobiling. Clubs also participate in, or sponsor, a variety of community events, sell raffle tickets to raise funds and produce a yearly trail map.
The CWCSTA website, www.brainerdlakesareasnowmobiletrails.com, gives direct access to everything needed to know about the CWCSTA and its trail system. Check weekly for local trail condition updates as well as community events.