Snowmobiling in the Keweenaw Peninsula
in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Snowmobile the Deep Snow!
Snowmobilers can receive a 99.9% guarantee that they will find plenty of snow in the Keweenaw Peninsula every year between the months of December and April. Lake Superior is responsible for most of the snow, blanketing this region with 16 to 20 feet of snow annually. The Keweenaw Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by Lake Superior. More than 200 miles of perfectly maintained trails link riders with over 2,500 miles of trails throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Houghton and Hancock are the bustling nucleus of this region's trail system as all riders rendezvous here to cross the Portage Canal Bridge between the two cities. Snowmobile rentals in Hancock and in Houghton.
Many riders reach this area via the Bill Nicholls Trail, an abandoned railroad grade that serves as a super highway to the Keweenaw Peninsula. The Bill Nichols trail starts at Adventure Mountain near Ontonagon. The Freda Trail loop connects with the Bill Nichols trail just north of Toivola and offers riders a fun-filled trek to view Lake Superior and join back up with the trail near South Range.
There is a possibility the Chassell -Houghton Trail will be open this year as the courts recently rulled that the rail grade belongs to the Michigan DNR. Check with your lodging host for the latest information.
The Painesdale -Chassell Trail which travels east to the town of Chassell at the southern end of Portage Lake and then heads south along Keweenaw Bay to Baraga and L'Anse located at the tip of the bay is presently closed for 2009.
Traveling north from Hancock, the Stevens and Keweenaw Trails join together in the Calumet and Laurium areas providing an excellent start to exploring beautiful "Copper Country". Scenic day trips from this area to Gay and Dreamland are highly recommended.
Once riders have made it this far, they are almost always overcome by the urge to make it all the way to the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula where the Clark Mine Trail and Mandan Trail lead to a spectacular view of High Rock Bay.
Located near the tip of the Keweenaw is the cozy little town of Copper Harbor which welcomes snowmobilers to enjoy the peace and serenity of this scenic area. A trip on the Brockway Mountain Trail will make you feel as if you are riding on top of the world. The panoramic view from the top lets riders overlook Copper Harbor and Lake Superior. Most snowmobilers make plans to stay at least a day or two in the area to tour the Eagles Loop between Eagle Harbor, Eagle River, and Phoenix.
Snowmobiling opportunities throughout this region are unlimited and exciting as snow-riders discover the rich mining history that is so prevalent in this area. Restaurants, resorts, and hotels along the trails are ready to welcome snowmobilers to their warm, comfortable establishments.
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