We might be biased, but we really feel blessed to live in Michigan, a state that offers so many options for outdoor recreation and outdoor activities. Michigan is well-known for our lakes, our golf courses, our deer hunting options, but we also offer some excellent places to hit the powder with your snowmobile. This blog article will outline some of the best places in Michigan to visit with your snowmobile.
Michigan offers miles and miles of groomed snowmobiling trails. In fact, Michigan has one of the most extensive systems of interconnected snowmobiling trails in the nation. Michigan’s diverse terrain offers you plenty winter adventure opportunities to ride across frozen inland lakes, along the side of the Great Lakes, and through state and national forests. The state of Michigan Department of Natural Resources website offers an excellent snowmobile trail and pathway search application to help you find the type of trail you want to visit.
Lower Peninsula of Michigan Snowmobiling
The snowmobiling trails in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan are easy to get to for most visitors and they offer some beautiful and adventurous terrain for snowmobiling fans.
The Grayling and Gaylord areas are some of the most popular areas to ride and they offer a lot of places to stay. You can head off with your sled in just about every direction if Grayling or Gaylord is your starting point. The areas near Cadillac and Mancelona, Michigan are also nice home bases for your winter snowmobile trail riding.
Here are some recommended places to visit when you ride across the Lower Peninsula of Michigan:
- Lost Pine Lodge in Harrietta, Michigan
- Wolf Lake Motel & Resort in Baldwin, Michigan
- Offers snowmobile rentals
- Ray’s Retreat near Gaylord, Michigan
- Direct access to the Gaylord snowmobile trails
- Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michgan
- For some of the “fancier” snowmobilers out there!
Upper Peninsula of Michigan SnowmobilingThe Upper Peninsula of Michigan has won many awards from snowmobiling publications and snowmobiling associations including these accolades from Snow Goer Magazine as the best overall snowmobiling area…
“Chalk up another Number 1 spot for Michigan's Upper Peninsula…according to Snow Goer Magazine readers the Upper Peninsula offers miles of trails, plenty of scenic views and more, catering to snowmobilers of every skill level and age."
The Snow Goer Magazine award continues with this enthusiastic overview of the upper peninsula snowmobiling experience:
“If you close your eyes and imagine perfect riding, what do you see? Do you visualize trails weaving through the forest? Do you see hotels with more snowmobiles than cars in the parking lot? Can you feel the wind buffeting against your jacket and hear the sound of your snowmobiling brethren from miles away? Well, welcome to the best all-around snowmobile spot in North America, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, offering plenty of snowmobiling amid spectacular natural beauty.”
Wow, that just about says it all. The “UP” of Michigan is where it is at if you are seeking an ideal sledding experience.
Here are some recommended places to visit when you ride across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan:
- Grand Marais, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
- The Hilltop Cabins are a good place to stay when riding through this area
- Marenisco, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
- Be sure to visit the Hoop’n Holler Tavern
- Munising, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
- Don’t miss out on the Buckhorn Bar and Buckhorn Resort located to the south of the town of Munising
- Drummond Island, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
- After taking the ferry across the river, visit the Drummond Island Hotel for a great place to stay
Best Kept Secret Places to Snowmobile in MichiganThe Lake Gogebic area, and the surrounding land within Ontonagon county and Gogebic County, located in western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is a not to be missed place to ride your snowmobile. This is probably one of the best kept secrets for snowmobiling aficionados.
The Lake Gogebic area features hundreds of miles of trails connecting excellent forests for snowmobilers to ride through and enjoy. The area receives an average of 200 inches of snow each year and in fact there have been several recent years where the annual snowfall has exceeded 300 inches! This heavy powder offers sledding enthusiasts awesome riding conditions and trails. It doesn’t matter if you are seeking a quick overnight trip, a few days of family fun, a weekend getaway, or even some party time, the Lake Gogebic area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan offers it all.
The locals in the Lake Gogebic area welcome snowmobilers with open arms as they love to share the breathtaking splendor of this winter wonderland. The panoramic views of snow covered wilderness will be a delight as you get to know this beautiful area of Michigan. In this region, the snow is pure, clean and white, with plenty of sunlight shining through and you might even come across some waterfalls if you keep your eyes open! The snowmobile trails are maintained and groomed with the state-of–the-art equipment with trail access points located in convenient spots.
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