Minocqua Snowmobile Community of the Year

[MINOCQUA, WISCONSIN, April 1, 2024] The Town of Minocqua was recognized by the AWSC as a Snowmobile Friendly Community (2024-2028) during the recent AWSC annual meeting in Elkhart, Wisconsin. Thanks to a submission by the Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club (MFRSC), a 501C-3 not-for-profit organization, whose volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year ensuring the area has safe and well-groomed snowmobile trails.

The Snowmobile Friendly Community (SFC) Program was established by the AWSC to recognize and celebrate the volunteers that are the soul and backbone of organized snowmobiling and our statewide snowmobile trail system. The SFC Award is also an advocacy tool to further the mission of the AWSC: to promote safe and responsible snowmobiling. Snowmobile Friendly Communities build and maintain partnership between many stakeholders.

As a tool, the SFC award helps Clubs and Counties preserve and protect snowmobiling by working together with their community partners to maintain and improve the economic impact snowmobiling provides. Snowmobile Friendly Communities and their local snowmobile Clubs promote safe and responsible snowmobiling and the tourism it can generate for their community. A Snowmobile Friendly Community Award announces that your area welcomes snowmobilers and it is a positive program promoting the sport of snowmobiling.

“It is a great honor to receive the award since Minocqua is considered the birthplace of the AWSC. This award is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of both the club, and town working together to make Minocqua a snowmobile riding destination,” stated Jerry Wakefield, President of the MFRSC. The Minocqua Forest Riders maintains and grooms over 160 miles of trails in the towns of Minocqua, Hazelhurst, and Lynne. The club has 550+ members, many of whom volunteer their time to ensure our trails are the best they can be. Inventory includes 3 PistenBulley® groomers and a New Holland tractor that are used to groom 6 days a week during snowmobile season, along with over 25 operators who give up their early mornings or late evenings. Many of these same groomer operators also volunteer their time to help maintain and service our equipment weekly on top of their grooming schedules.