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About Us

Who We Are:

We are a group of families from Boone County and based in Belvidere, IL. who enjoy the sport of snowmobiling and promoting safe family fun. First organized in 1971 and chartered in 1975, the Prairie Riders members include families with children, couples, singles and seniors. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to join a snowmobile club. Snowmobile clubs promote and protect your right to ride and a larger membership makes that an easier battle. Joining is easy and you don’t need to be sponsored. Download a membership form or join online via the link on the "Join The Club" page. Membership includes a subscription to the digital Illinois Snowmobiler Magazine.

Safety Education:

All riders 12 – 15 years old and anyone born in 1985 or later must have a Safety Certificate to ride on Illinois or the surrounding states trail systems. Check out the class schedule at https://ilsnowmobile.com/safety-classes/

Trails: Without snowmobile clubs there would be no trails

The Prairie Riders maintain around 40 miles of trails in Boone County. These trails are possible because the land owners have given their permission to use their land so please respect their gift. If you snowmobile on any trail in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan or other states, chances are that trail is made possible by the local snowmobile club. Clubs like ours provide these trails for public use through volunteer efforts of our members. Our club can always use help to provide good trails to ride on.

Club Culture:

So do we only work on trails? By no means is this a work only club. We snowmobile, take club trips, socialize, raise money for many local charities, have summer camping trips/picnics, have club sponsored dinners a couple times a year, hold fundraisers and support the community whenever possible. Our big event of the year is our annual Grass Drags and Power Sports Swap Meet that takes place on the first Sunday in October. This event has become the largest snowmobile event in Illinois and something the club members can be very proud of. Above all this is a family oriented club with many activities to enjoy.

Prairie Riders Membership:

By belonging to the Prairie Riders Snowmobile Club you are helping keep the sport strong by providing a trail system, political voice and having fun being with people who enjoy and understand the fun and fellowship of snowmobiling. Joining is easy by going online with a credit card or downloading a membership form. You can also visit us at one of our monthly meetings to see what we are all about. Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from August through April in the back room at Coach's Corner Bar & Grill in Belvidere, IL. They have excellent food and drink so come out early for dinner before the meeting starts at 6:30PM.