Winter Activities

XC Skiing / Snowshoeing / winter biking
  • Check ahead to make sure that the area you are going to allows your activity on the trails

  • The Ottawa National Forest offers a winter wonderland for snowshoe enthusiasts.  Encompassing nearly one million acres, there is sure to be something for everyone in the beautiful snow-covered landscape. While there are no specific trails designated for snowshoeing, with a compass and map, a person can go virtually anywhere in the Forest.

  • Groomed Trails

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Sledding / Tubing Hills
Ice Fishing

The state boasts more than 150 species of fish and almost all of them can be caught through the ice. Popular species when the ice freezes over include panfish such as bluegill and perch as well as northern pike, walleye and various trout species. Click here for information on the free fishing weekend. Click here for some general information about ice fishing, including where to get fishing licenses.

Michigan Technological University (MTU) Winter Carnival

For one week in February (either the first or the second weekend) the Michigan Tech campus celebrates winter in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation. Featuring dozens of huge, intricate snow statues all around campus and the community, this event also brings together students to participate in broomball, comedy skits, sleigh rides, a queen coronation, and lots of winter fun.

Other Links to pages that might inspire you to try new things this winter