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The Lakes Region Snowmobile Club is an organization of approximately 250 members based in Franklin, NH that promotes the sport of snowmobiling in the central part of the State of New Hampshire.

Formation

The Lakes Region Snowmobile Club (LRSC) was originally established in 1966 in Tilton, NH. At the time of incorporation the Lakes Region Snowmobile Club served the towns of Franklin, Hill, Tilton, Northfield and Sanbornton. Early meetings were held in the clubhouse at the Den Brae Country Club in Sanbornton, NH.

The original slate of club officers included: Jack Willey, President; Sam Davis, Vice President; Margaret Davis, Secretary and Mickey Brassard, Treasurer. The formal club By-Laws were adopted in November 1966.

Club Ride March 2009
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Associations

In December of 1967 the Lakes Region Snowmobile Club joined the New England Snowmobile Association. In 1969, with the establishment of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA) the Lakes Region Snowmobile Club became a charter member of the association. John Bordeau, then President of the Lakes Region Snowmobile Club, served on the original NHSA Board of Directors in 1969 as a county representative.

Fund Raisers and Activities

From its inception the Lakes Region Snowmobile Club has been involved in fund raisers and club activities to promote the sport of snowmobiling and to provide support for charitable organizations.

Early fundraisers included Ski-Doo raffles to raise money for club equipment. The first winner of the Ski-Doo raffle was Gary Marcotte of Laconia, NH who happily accepted delivery of a 1967, 10.5 horsepower Ski-Doo on December 24, 1966. The snowmobile was delivered and presented to Mr. Marcotte by club president, Jack Willey.

Over the years the Lakes Region Snowmobile Club has sponsored snowmobile races in the Franklin area. During the late 1960's the races were held in Tilton and Sanbornton, NH. During the early 1970's sno-cross races were held on the Sisters of Holy Cross property in West Franklin, NH. Later in the 1970's and in the early 1980's the races were moved to the old Hurricane Road race track in West Franklin, NH. Currently Radar Runs are held each January on Webster Lake in Franklin. The Radar Runs draw huge crowds onto the ice of Webster Lake to witness speeds over 100 mph on a 660 foot ice track.

The last few years has seen the Lakes Region Snowmobile Club sponsor a golf tournament at the Den Brae Country Club in Sanbornton, NH which is always a successful day of friendly competition amongst both club members and non members.

Due to the success of both of these major fundraisers the Lakes Region Snowmobile Club has been able to make substantial contributions to the Easter Seals Association during the annual Ride-In event.

The Lakes Region Snowmobile Club annually sponsors a snowmobile safety training course which held at the National Guard Armory in Franklin, NH to promote the proper and safe operation of snowmobiles. This training is done in conjunction with the Franklin Fire Department and the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department and is beneficial to both young snowmobilers and to older snowmobilers that are new to the sport.

Other club activities include club rides throughout the winter seasons, torchlight parades and most recently a snowmobile scavenger hunt and cookout which promote a fun filled family activity and social event to meet and greet area snowmobilers.

Trail System and Equipment

Today the Lakes Region Snowmobile Club maintains approximately 50 miles of groomed trails throughout the Franklin and Hill, NH communities. The club if constantly improving both its trail system and its equipment through monies from Grant-In Aid projects, the volunteer efforts of many of its members and especially through the generosity of private landowners, the Army Corp of Engineers and the City of Franklin through whose lands the trail system transverses.

The Lakes Region Snowmobile Club trail system is a major resource which includes NH Corridor Trail #'s 2 and 11, NH Primary Trail 335 as well as local club trails that provide excellent snowmobile riding through scenic areas providing panoramic views of the central New Hampshire region.

Many sections of the groomed trails are shared by cross country skiers and sled dog teams taking advantage of the excellent outdoor facilities the area has to offer.

The Lakes Region Snowmobile Club maintains the trail system with 2 pieces of grooming equipment. The primary and largest piece of grooming equipment is a New Holland 7740 tractor with a 9' x 18' Sur-Trac Drag which takes care of the larger, wider trails. The smaller secondary trails are maintained with a Ski-Doo Skandic with a 4' x 8' Mogul Master Drag.


Franklin Falls Dam Crossing 1980

Franklin Falls Dam Crossing 2009