Today we would like to inform our snowmobilers about a few safe lake riding strategies. The Vermilion Penguin Snowmobile club currently stakes approximately 60 miles of trails across Lake Vermilion. These marked trails are designed to bring riders safely across the lake by giving them a route to follow. The trails are put in areas that give riders access points to mainland trails. As with any winter activity there are things to remember when riding thelake. Just because you have a staked trail to follow doesn't mean that obstacles won't pop up throughout the winter. ICE ROADS are one of those obstacles and can be very dangerous when crossing the trail. Our riders need to be aware when riding on the lake. Just because the route is there doesn't mean it is hazard free, and riders need to keep this in mind when crossing the lake. REMEMBER THE LAKE IS PUBLIC and snowmobilers are just a small portion of the public. Other users such as fishermen, cabin owners, skiers, and hikers all use our great resource for activities throughout the winter. As a common curtesy, we need to respect other users that might be enjoying nature as we are. Please be mindful of other snowmobilers and take the time to mark a hazard such as a plowed road with something as simple as a balsam bough. Other hazards on the lake are newly made ruts, slush, pressure ridges and snow drifts, these obstacles can come up quickly and be very dangerous to riders, especially in low light or night conditions. So...when riding, ride to the conditions, don't use the staked trail as a race track, and please ride safely on our lakes and trails. We want people to enjoy their snowmobiling experience in our area and at the end of the day return unharmed. BE SAFE.