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    Snowmobile the Mighty Mac? YES!

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Snowmobilers ride along the Straits of Mackinac shore near the Mackinac Bridge. Photo by Jim DuFresne. (Courtesy
    According to a recent news report on, there will soon be history made on the Mackinac Bridge in St. Ignace, Mich. For the first time ever, people will have the opportunity to cross the bridge on snowmobile.

    For a short time on Saturday, Dec. 17, the bridge will be open to vintage snowmobiles. The event is being held in conjunction with the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway and the St. Ignace Events Committee.

    "The biggest draw is going to be the cool factor of taking your snowmobile across the Mackinac Bridge," said Quincy Westhuis, assistant director, St. Ignace Visitor's Bureau. "Literally no one has done it in the bridge's history."

    Driving snowmobiles across the Mackinac Bridge is usually prohibited. The Mackinac Bridge Authority has long provided a service to transport snowmobiles across the bridge via trailer, but self-manned machines have never crossed the bridge.

    Organizers hope to make the event an annual occasion while growing the festivities each year.

    "There's going to be opportunity to meet people with old snowmobiles and to check out the machines," Westhuis said.  "If there's snow, there's also lots of trails in the area. You can make a weekend out of it."

    In order to participate, your snowmobile must be at least 25 years old and outfitted with a wheel kit, and the wheels must be at least two inches wide and have no studs or cleats. The crossing begins at 11 a.m. Registration is $35 per sled, which includes bridge fare and and lunch at the Mackinac Grille afterwards. Any passengers cost $30 each.

    For more info, including a schedule of events and registration instructions, click here.

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