A group of interested persons gathered Saturday, January 7,1995, at the Lake Osceola State Bank to explore the formation of a snowmobile club to enhance snowmobiling in Lake County. This meeting was the culmination of interest shown by local residents, and a request from the Lake County Chamber of Commerce for help in grooming and upgrading the snowmobile trails.
The Lake County Chamber of Commerce had been grooming about 25 miles of trails and there was a need to expand the trails, but the Chamber needed assistance with trail upkeep. The group of residents formed the Lake County Snowmobile Club, and were given trail sponsorship by the State of Michigan DNR to continue to maintain the work on the trail system. The existing trail was narrow, the signs were almost non-existent and riders had to pull off the trail if there were oncoming riders. The Lake Osceola State Bank gave the club a room in their basement for the club meetings for the first four years. The name of the club was changed to Trailriders Snowmobile Club and over the years, with coordination from the DNR and U.S. Forest Service, trails have improved and expanded. The club purchased grooming equipment and the trail system grew to include 122 miles of trails.
Today, the volunteer members of Trailriders Snowmobile Club continue to maintain and improve the trails through brushing and signing. Grooming starts December 1st, or as soon as there is enough snow, and continues through the months of December, January, February and March. Trailriders Snowmobile Club trails join in the north with Irons trails, to Newaygo in the south and east to Reed City. The club publishes a trail map which covers all their trails and where they join with other trails, as well as maintaining a website with updates on trail and weather conditions. The maps are available to riders through local commercial vendor club sponsors.
At the present time, the club has signed leases with landowners and is working with the DNR to join their trails west to the Hart area. A “Groomer” barn to house the grooming equipment was built and is also used to conduct business meetings as needed, and welcome trail riders for refreshments and warm up at a bonfire. Trailriders Snowmobile Club continues to receive compliments from riders on the excellent condition of our trails, and works hard to keep up trail conditions. As a non-profit organization, Trailriders also contributes annually to local charitable foundations.