Registered Sleds ('12-'13), ('13 to Feb. 1, 2014)
The Department of Natural Resources says snowmobile registrations are up in many north central Wisconsin Counties-- with Vilas County seeing an increase of more than 300 registrations compared to last season.
The DNR says so far this snowmobile season, riders registered 228,913 sleds-- that's up 4,000 from last season, but still behind the states record set in 2010. A DNR spokesperson says that season 235,374 were registered in the state.
Many snowmobile trails opened in December and have remained open due to steady snowfall and winter-like temperatures.
Joanne Haas, a Public Information Officer from the Wisconsin DNR says it is no surprise that the sate is a snowmobiling destination with its 25,000 miles of groomed trails.
In north central Wisconsin, Vilas County has 10,610 registered snowmobiles; that's followed by Marathon County with just more than 8,800.
Snowmobile registrations are comprised of antiques, fleets maintained by all levels of government agencies – such as police forces and other emergency responders, and those which are privately registered which are not used on the public trails.
Fifteen people have died as result of snowmobile accidents this season.
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