The Heart of Snowmobile Country
Welcome to the Inlet Trail System and the Moose River Recreation Area! - 12/19/19 Groomers have been seen on the trails.
Explore the many miles of snowmobile trails in the Inlet area, and check out some of the most pristine scenery New York has to offer. Inlet is the gateway to the Moose River Recreation Area, a 34-mile corridor of state-owned land that is groomed each day and connects with trails in Indian Lake. It is referred to as a snowmobile highway.
The Town of Inlet/Webb system winds through forests, goes around lakes, and climbs along mountains on well-marked and groomed trails. All of our accommodations, restaurants, and services are easy to reach right via our trail system.
Trail Conditions as reported by the Inlet groomers on 12/19/19:
Both Town of Inlet Groomers went out yesterday and today.
Moose River Plains is groomed and in good condition to the Silver Run turn around - the base is thin and icy in spots.
Trail 5 from Eagle Bay to the Limekiln Road is groomed and in fair condition - the trail is thin with little to no base from the end of Gilbert Road to Limekiln Road.
The Inlet Trails are groomed and are in fair condition - but snow conditions are thin with little to no base. The “over the top” trail from the Inlet inner trails to MRP will need more snow before it can be groomed.
FX Matt’s Trail between South Shore Road and limekiln rd will need more snow before it can be groomed.
Limekiln Road is rideable and the sides of the road have been groomed from Route 28 to MRP Limekiln Gate.
You can also check Old Forge's website and see what they have posted for conditions. The BEST places to go for trail conditions are: the Facebook group Snowmobile Conditions Big Moose/Old Forge & Inlet Area - in this group, the reports are from real people riding the trails; Inletsnow's Facebook page - local to Inlet, this page will share Town of Inlet and Inlet Barnstormers groomer reports. They also own InletSnow.com where you will find a bunch of area webcams so you can check snow conditions live; ILSNOW.COM - this is Darin Harr from Indian Lake. He rides the trails in Indian Lake, Spectulator, through the Moose River Plains and into Old Forge as often as he can and also knows a lot about the weather. Trail conditions in the Long Lake area can be found here.
Permit and Registration Information:
The Inlet-Old Forge trail system requires a trail permit. The funds from permit sales are used for trail grooming and maintenance. A joint permit trail system with the town of Webb allows for professional grooming, making easy travel from Inlet to Eagle Bay, Big Moose, Stillwater, Old Forge, Thendara, Beaver River, Raquette Lake, and McKeever.
2019-20 Webb/Inlet Snowmobile Trail Permit Prices:
- Preseason permit: $65 until November 15
- Seasonal permit: $80
- Weekly permit: $45, good for seven consecutive days from the date of purchase. Must be purchased in person.
- Seasonal weekday permit: $50, good for the whole season. Only valid from 5 p.m. Sunday until 5 p.m. Friday.
- On January 1, 2020 permit fees will increase: $100 for seasonal permit, $60 for seasonal weekday permit, $55 for weekly (7-day) permit and $80 for preseason permits, (which will go on sale for the 2020-21 season starting March 6, 2020.)
Permits can be purchased in person 7 days a week at the Inlet Information Office or at the Town of Webb Visitor Center.
- Inlet Permit Hours (Winter Season): Sunday 9am-6pm, Monday 9am-6pm, Tuesday 8am-6pm, Wednesday 8am-6pm, Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-6pm
- Old Forge Permit Hours: Sunday-Saturday 9am-4:45pm
NYS SNOWMOBILE REGISTRATIONS:
New York State requires out-of-state snowmobilers to carry a NYS registration and insurance. A Department of Motor Vehicles Office is available in the town of Webb.
Town of Webb DMV:
Address: 183 Park Ave, Old Forge, NY 13420
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 - 4:45 p.m. The office may also be open on occasional Saturdays over holiday weekends. Call to confirm.
Phone: (315) 369-3301 | Fax: (315) 369-9936
DMV Office Website
- Free parking is available at the Inlet Town Hall, Route 28, and at Fern Park, off South Shore Road. Overnight parking is allowed at Fern Park.
Insider Riding Tips:
- Midweek rides are best if you can get away to join us!
- Ride with the Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club every Tuesday and Wednesday (weather permitting). The group leaves at 10 a.m. from the Gravel Pit at the intersection of Rondaxe Road and Trail 5. Destinations are posted on Facebook at 7 p.m. the evening before each ride. Barnstormers Facebook Page.
Snowmobile Club Information:
Save $55 on your New York state registration by joining a club.
Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club
PO Box 144
Inlet, NY 13360
Why the towns of Webb and Inlet are not snowmobile clubs:
As a provider of some of the best snowmobile trails in the east, we are in a unique situation here in the Old Forge/Inlet area. We have the only trails in New York that are owned and maintained by a municipality, and our reputation as the best is because we hire groomers who work 24 hours a day to keep the trails smooth when the weather cooperates. The towns of Webb and Inlet have considered forming a club and charging a small dues amount of $5, which in turn would have been forwarded to the New York State Snowmobile Association as per that organization's requirement of all recognized clubs. This small dues amount would have helped to offset the cost of the increased New York state snowmobile registration fees, essentially saying that the extra $5 would save $55 per snowmobile.
However, NYSSA has changed the minimum dues for all clubs to $25 per member, which is the amount that the two clubs adjacent to our trail system charge for their annual dues. So the towns of Webb and Inlet could not make it any cheaper for a snowmobiler to obtain the NYS registration by forming a club, and instead decided to support the two local clubs, the Inlet Barnstormers and the Trackside Blazers in Forestport, whose trails are adjacent to our trail system.
Also, our trail system does not qualify for any of the reimbursement from the New York State Snowmobile Trail Fund.
We hope the above information helps you understand why we must charge for our trail system to offset the hundreds of thousands of dollars the towns of Webb and Inlet spend each year to groom and maintain our trails. Thank you for riding with us!