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Dec. 8, 2004

Oswego County Snowmobile Trails Opens Dec. 21

OSWEGO -- Snowmobile trails across Oswego County will open at 8 p.m. Dec. 21, after the close of muzzle-loading season in the southern zone. There are 340 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails crossing public and private lands in Oswego County. At least three inches of snow cover is required to allow for safe riding conditions and to prevent damage to trail surfaces.

"Snowmobilers should stay on marked, groomed trails, and have respect for landowners along the trail system," said Planning Director Brian Frazier. Frazier said it is illegal, and extremely dangerous, to cross Interstate Route 81 on a snowmobile.

Snowmobiles must be registered and insured while using public trails. Unless otherwise posted, the trail speed limit is 25 mph. Children ages 10 to 17 must take a snowmobile safety course and receive a certificate of completion. Helmets must be worn at all times.

Trail maps are available to members of organized snowmobile clubs. For a complete listing of snowmobile clubs, information on joining a club, or area trail conditions, visit the New York State Snowmobile Association Website at www.nyssnowassoc.org/clubs/oswego.htm Trail conditions will also be listed on the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism's FISH-N-Fun line at 1-800-248-4FUN (4836) and website at www.oswegocounty.com.

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