dog sledding trips in the upper peninsula
Triple Creek Kennels
Buck Sporting Lodge
E5372 Highway M-94, Munising, MI 49862


Your Musher is Matt Johnson

Drive Your Own Dog Sled Team in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Enjoy the Ultimate Wilderness Experience

Our winter dogsledding rides include 2 hour, 1 day, or 2 day guided trips, with your option of driving or riding your own dog sled team. With an average of more than 200 inches of snow, the trails are always in great condition. Our dog sled rides are tailored to groups as small as 2 to 6 and our packages include lodging at the Buck Sporting Lodge and meals.

At the Buck Sporting Lodge we provide you with the opportunity to drive your own team. You will learn all aspects of mushing, including commands, braking, steering the sled, and dog care. You'll find you and your dogs become one unit and the feeling is incredible. Some guests prefer to take on the complete care of their personal team during the trip, while others are happy to simply run the dogs and let the guides take care of the rest.
sled dogs in the upper peninsula of michigan

Accommodations are available at the Buck Sporting Lodge in the northwestern side of the Hiawatha National Forest in Forest Lake, Michigan.

We have three guest rooms available on the second floor of our restored farmhouse. We serve a continental breakfast, lunch on the trail, and a hearty home-cooked meal for dinner.

The Buck Sporting Lodge offers breathtakingly beautiful natural settings in the Upper Peninsula with lots of snow, the perfect spot for some exciting dogsledding. We offer dogsled adventures with food and lodging at the Buck Sporting Lodge or just take a day trip or one of our two hour trips.

Dogsled Trips
2-6 people per trip.

Day Trips are $165.00 per day per person with lunch on the trail. A 9:30 am arrival is required so you can meet the dogs and learn the basics of driving your team.

2-Hour Trips are $100.00 per person and are available on weekdays only. Please call 906-439-5242 for reservations.

Winter Dog Sledding Packages
Dogsled Trips with Food and Lodging

One Day Trip
Instruction on how to drive your own Dog Sled Team, including a five hour trip down the non-motorized trail with an experienced musher.  This package includes a day trip, lunch on the trail, a full dinner after your ride, and lodging that night at The Buck Sporting Lodge. A Continental breakfast is served the next morning to guests. $200 per person. Upon availability, a room for the night before the trip is $65 with no dinner served that night.

Two Day Trip
Day one, instruction on how to drive your own Dog Sled Team, including a five hour trip down the non-motorized trail. 

Day two, Full day of Dog Sledding. 

This package includes lunch on the trail and two nights of lodging at The Buck Sporting Lodge and all meals.

Intermediate and Advanced Mushers Per day
Drive your own Dog Sled Team, including a five hour trip for more advanced mushers.

sled dogs for trips at the buck sporting lodge

After dogsledding, relax at the lodge, or go snowshoeing (snowshoes available with no charge). There are groomed cross country ski trails at nearby Valley Spur (bring your own skiing equipment), you can try your luck ice fishing on nearby lakes, or visit the Eben ice caves. There is downhill skiing and snowboarding in Marquette, within an hour of the lodge, or visit local area attractions and shops. 

dog sled trips in the upper peninsula
buck sporting lodge for dog sled trips

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!


buck sporting lodge, rapid river michiganThe sled dogs live at Triple Creek Kennel, an absolutely outstanding facility for more than 25 sled dogs. Our dog sled teams go out in the snow or shine, 7 days a week, year round.

Dog sled racing has become a major attraction in the Upper Peninsula with several major races each year, including the U.P. 200, considered one of the top mid-distance dog sled races in the lower 48 states. The U.P. 200 has a purse of more than $50,000, which attracts dog sled mushers from all over the world.

Matt is an experienced musher and will be your guide as you ride through the forest. Matt has participated in the U.P. 200 Dogsled Race from Marquette to Grand Marais, MI and back. He will be racing again in the 2012 U.P. 200 dog sled race that occurs in February.

At the time you make your reservations, you will be sent information about the warm clothing you will need, and a map showing how to find us in the the Hiawatha National Forest. We are located just off Highway M-94, south of AuTrain and near Munising, MI.

Be sure to bring a good sense of humor: When the dogs have taken the correct path around a tree, and you have decided to try an alternate route, you can't really blame the dogs for snickering. Remember, as you pick yourself out of the snowbank, snow trickling down your neck, you have gained in experience what you have lost in dignity.

Don't forget your camera!
Outstanding photo opportunities as you ride through the snowy northwoos with your team of dogs.

Call Now to Reserve Your Trip. Please Make Your Reservations Early.

Phone: 906-439-5242

We also offer Guided Deer and Bear Hunts at the Buck Sporting Lodge



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