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Snowmobiling in Ramsey? Know the Rules Before You Ride
Snowmobiling in Ramsey? Know the Rules Before You Ride

With all the snow on the ground it's tempting to pull out your snowmobile, but the City of Ramsey is reminding residents to review the rules before they ride.

Ramsey Police Chief Jim Way tells KSTP.com the snowy conditions have caused more issues with snowmobiles this year. He says people are so excited to get out and ride, that many riders have been ignoring the law, and are riding on private property.

According to Way small trees, shrubs and a cable box have already been destroyed. Way says officials are reminding riders to review the rules and maps, before they hit the trails.

The City of Ramsey has posted snowmobile rules to its website which includes a designated non-use area running from east to west of the 16700 block, starting at the Rum River on the east, and running to the City of Elk River border on the west. Within the non-use area, access to Elmcrest Park and Central Park will be made and restricted to loading and unloading of snowmobiles in parking lots only.

A designated route from the parking lot of Central Park will be posted to allow access to Armstrong Blvd for northbound travel to the designated use area. You can ride your snowmobile between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Riders are not allowed to operate their snowmobiles on their property unless there is a minimum of 6 inches of snow on the ground. It is only legal to ride on another person's property with written permission from the owner of the land, and only if the property is bigger than two and a half acres.

It is also illegal to ride a snowmobile in city parks except for loading and unloading zones, railroad right-of-ways, school grounds, golf courses unless designated as a trail, tree nurseries, and in the median area between opposing lanes of traffic.

You must operate your snowmobile in the same direction as traffic flow on a county road or highway, one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise.

Way says they have had some complaints, but it's often difficult for officers to track down the snowmobile. If a rider is found breaking the law, they will receive a violation.


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