The state of Maine is known for many things, including some of the best snowmobiling trails in the Northeast United States. There are numerous places throughout the state where visitors can go to partake of these trails including the small and charming town of Bingham, Maine.
Located along the Kennebec River, Bingham is considered to be within the borders of Somerset County and part of the Upper Kennebec River Valley.
What follows are helpful pieces of information for anyone considering a snowmobiling vacation in Bingham, Maine.
Maine has what is commonly referred to as an “Interconnected Trail System” which encompasses over 14,000 square miles of superlative snowmobiling terrain.
Each year, several Maine based organizations get together and publish complimentary maps of the state’s snowmobiling trails which can be downloaded from the “The Maine Snowmobile Association.”
The current surface and weather conditions for all of the state’s snowmobiling trails can also be found on the same website as the trail maps.
Snowmobiling Vehicle Rules
Would-be visitors that want to bring their personal snowmobiles should note that the “Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife” requires all individually owned snowmobiles to be registered with the state regardless of residency.
Snowmobile registration for out-of-state visitors can be done online. As of 2010 the snowmobile registration fee for out-of-town guests is $89 per snowmobile.
Both “The Maine Snowmobile Association” and the “Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife” offer free to low-cost snowmobiling safety information in multiple formats that can be obtained prior to starting one’s vacation.
For example, the entire “Ride Right, Ride Smart” CD can be ordered by mail from The Maine Snowmobile Association” whereas an eighteen minute segment of it can be viewed on the “Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife” website.
There are also various locations within the state of Maine where one can take a certified safety course,
All Inclusive Snowmobiling Packages
Those that do not want to go through the expense of transporting and registering their personal snowmobile would be wise to consider contracting with an all inclusive snowmobiling operator such as the “North Country Rivers” or the “Sunrise Ridge Guide Service and Sporting Camps of Maine.”
Located right in town, “North Country Rivers” offers an expansive array of snowmobiling packages that are inclusive of snowmobile usage, overnight accommodations, meals, guide service and clothing rentals.
Details about the snowmobiling packages offered by “North Country Rivers” can be found on the outfitter’s website.
“Sunrise Ridge Guide Service and Sporting Camps of Maine” is also located in Bingham and offers a multitude of snowmobiling packages that include snowmobile usage, overnight accommodation, guide service and clothing rentals.
Details about the snowmobiling packages offered by “Sunrise Ridge Guide Service and Sporting Camps of Maine” can be found on the outfitter’s website.
Places to Stay
Would-be visitors that opt to bring their own snowmobile can find suitable overnight accommodations at the “Bingham Motor Inn and Sports Complex”.
The facility also offers complimentary sled and trailer storage for those visitors that stay two weekends per month.
Those that wish to learn more about the “Bingham Motor Inn and Sports Complex” may do so by accessing the facility’s website.
Places to Eat
“North Country Rivers” owns and operates “Patrick’s Restaurant and Pub” within the town of Bingham. Depending on meal selection visitors can expect to pay anywhere from $9 to $26 for a main dish.
For those that are interested, a copy of the facility’s menu can be downloaded from the business’s website.
Those that would like more information on planning a Maine winter vacation would do well to log onto the state’s tourism website.
Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, “Snowmobiles” Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
The Maine Snowmobile Association, “Services for Snowmobilers” The Maine Snowmobile Association
North Country Rivers, “Snowmobile Maine” North Country Rivers
Sunrise Ridge Guide Service and Sporting Camps of Maine, “Sunrise Ridge Maine Snowmobiling Rentals, Trips and Maine Cabin Rentals” Sunrise Ridge Guide Service and Sporting Camps of Maine
Maine Office of Tourism, “Snowmobiling” Maine Office of Tourism