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2017/18 Trail Pass

The 2017/18 Wisconsin snowmobile trail pass is now on sale through the website. Trail passes cost $30/sled. However, if you are a current member of a Wisconsin Snowmobile Club you can purchase a discounted trail pass online for just $10/sled registered in your name at You will need to provide a valid AWSC membership number and the snowmobile(s) registration number at the time of ordering.

If you have let your club membership lapse, please renew your membership with your club before attempting to purchase a trail pass.

Purchase your Trail Pass today!

Starting TODAY you can order your 2016/17 Trail Pass. For current snowmobile club members the Trail Pass is just $10/sled. For non-members it’ll cost you $30/sled. Visit our Trail Pass page for more information.

So if you have more than one sled registered in your name, it can pay to become a member of a local snowmobile club. Membership to the Moon Shiners Snowmobile Club is just $30/year. Your membership also supports the local trail system in Waukesha County, so please consider joining a club this year. United We Trail…Divided We Fail.

** Trail passes will be mailed starting in early fall.

New Wisconsin Trail Pass

The new Wisconsin Trail Pass in now in effect. All snowmobilers riding the Wisconsin trail system will need to have a trail pass sticker displayed on the windshield or center of the hood of your sled. The trail pass will cost $30/year/sled unless you belong to a Wisconsin snowmobile club. If you are a current member you can purchase discounted trail passes for $10/year/sled.

For more information, download this TrailPassJointFactSheet.

Change is Coming: July 2015

The CAP/STEP initiative (2013 Wisconsin Act 142)

Changes coming in 2015: Snowmobile Registrations and Trail Passes – This is what the new changes mean to you. For additional information please review the CAP/STEP question and answer sheet.

• Effective July 1, 2015, snowmobile registration will cost $30/3 year from the current $30/2 year.
• All snowmobiles operating in WI will now be required to display a WI Trail Pass (purchased separately from snowmobile registration).
• Increases the non-resident trail pass fee from current $35/year to $50/year. Includes a 4-year sunset clause which requires re-evaluation (2019) by the legislature prior to renewal of the WI Trail Pass program.
• The annual (yearly) WI Trail Pass will be available to members who belong to both a snowmobile club and the Association of WI Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) for $10 through the AWSC office in DeForest, WI.for each of your WI registered snowmobiles. Snowmobile owners who don’t hold membership in these groups will pay $30 for the required WI Trail Pass through the DNR. (So consider joining a local club)
• Your snowmobile club will be responsible for your AWSC membership which makes you eligible for the discounted WI Trail Pass.
• The WI Trail Pass is brand new in 2015 and is a separate item from your snowmobile registration.
• Non-residents may purchase a discounted trail pass if your snowmobile is registered in WI and you belong to a snowmobile club and the AWSC.
• Revenue generated from the sale of snowmobile registrations and WI Trail Passes will be deposited into the state snowmobile segregated fund, which is used to pay snowmobile clubs to maintain and develop the trails. WI trails are made possible by snowmobile club volunteers who provide the labor to brush, sign and groom the trails and the landowners who allow trails to cross their property.

Note: Additional changes will allow resident owners of snowmobiles 35 years old and older to register them as antiques.

Lottery Announced for New Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access to Yellowstone

Applications will be accepted starting September 3, 2014, for those interested in obtaining a permit to take a non-commercially guided snowmobile trip into Yellowstone National Park this winter.

A permit is required for all non-commercially guided snowmobile groups to enter the park.

Applications can be submitted online at: You can find additional details about this program at or by calling Alicia Murphy, Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program Coordinator at 307.344.2627.