Snowmobile trail grooming is our primary focus (and a full time VOLUNTEER effort) in the winter. But, the other 3 seasons involve a lot of work that is less visible. The GRTA is responsible for signing all snowmobile trails to the requirements of the DNR. We repair bridges, brush the trails, negotiate easements, maintain the equipment, and grade the trails.
We are always in need of volunteers and additional funding. The GRTA recieves it's funding throught the Michigan DNR Grant Program. This program provides funds for brushing and signing as well as a certain amount per mile to offset the cost of fuel and maintenance. We also rely on local memberships from individuals and business to help with the costs of repairs and mainanence.
The Gogebic Range Trail Authority (GRTA) is based in the Western Upper Peninsula town of Bessemer, MI where average annual snowfall exceeds 200".
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of 112 miles of snowmobile trails in and around Bessemer, Ironwood and Wakefield.
Funding for our work is provided partly by snowmobile permit funds which are distributed by the Michigan DNR and partly by contributions from snowmobile enthusiasts and local businesses.