7724 Wilderness Snowshoeing
Sault Ste Marie Manistique Tourism Council
Episode: 7724 "WILDERNESS SNOWSHOEING" Travel Planner
There is no place like Michigan’s Upper Peninsula when it comes to deep snow and lots of it. We will snowshoe deep into the Hiawatha National Forest for some incredible scenery. We won’t stop there with the snowshoe adventure. We find an abandoned trail that will give us all that we can handle with the big shoes.
We have collected information and web links related to the area and combined them here with photos we took and video clips from the show in what we hope will be a helpful guide as you plan your trip. Feel free to select only one or two activities per day according to your family’s interests. For assistance or for more information, call the Manistique Tourism Council 1 (800) 342-4282. Have fun!
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February 2007

» Winter Gallery 1
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» Winter Gallery 2
(17 photos)
Related Information & Links

» Directions: To Manistique from Michigan's lower peninsula: travel on I-75 N over the Mackinac Bridge//take exit 344B to merge onto I-75-BL/US-2/ W toward Manistique/Escanaba // follow US-2 about 85 miles to Manistique.

Manistique, MI

The snow is deep and beautiful and most importantly untouched. We have featured Michigan’s U.P. many times over the years in all of its wonderful seasons, but none is more beautiful and serene than winter. We did our first show in Schoolcraft County over 20 years ago and almost nothing has changed. It is still a Great Getaway for an outdoor adventure. More snow! Less people! This trip would have everything the winter enthusiast searches for as we go snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Its cold, its white and its soooo inviting. Let’s get started!

» 6 hours // snowshoes, layered clothing, thermos, water, snacks, first aid kit, compass, cell phone, map

Location: accessible from County Roads 440, 437, and Forest Road 2258 approximately 30 miles northwest of Manistique in Schoolcraft County.

Pine Marten run is a 26 mile system of hiking and horseback riding trails located in the Ironjaw Semiprivate Area. Parking areas are available at each trailhead. And Adirondack shelters, with fire rings, have been constructed at Rim Lake, Rumble Lake and along the Indian River. Water and toilet facilities are available at the C.R. 440 trailhead, while the others only have toilet facilities.

» full day // snowmobile, snacks, drinks, money for restaurant stops, cell phone

Location: we rode snowmobile trails from Indian Lake State Park north to Shingleton stopping at Jack Pine Lodge ( GPS: N46 Degrees 09,058' W086 Degrees 23,716' )

With an average of 165 inches of snowfall, Schoolcraft Country is a winter paradise for outdoor enthusiasts - and especially snowmobilers, since there are nearly 400 miles of groomed trails. These trails are part of more than 2.500 miles of well marked and well-maintained pathways throughout the Upper Peninsula.

» 4 hours // snowshoes, layered clothing, thermos, water, snacks, first aid kit, compass, cell phone, map

Location: east on US-2, turn left and head north on CR-433, turn left on Krummich Rd. (West) and follow until the roads curves to the south and ends at the entrance of the environmental lab.

The Environmental Lab's purpose is for the environmental education of youths.  The property is located within three miles of most of the county's schools and contains a wide variety of flora, fauna, topography, soils and stages of succession.  Three state and federal grants, supported with local donations to match have allowed the project to develop and be successful.

» 2 hours // x-country skis, layered clothing, thermos, water, snacks, first aid kit, compass, cell phone, map

Directions: west on US-2, /turn right at M-149, /turn left to stay on M-149, /turn right at CR-455, /turn left at M-149, /turn right into parking area & starting point.

Another great pastime and something that most winter enthusiast enjoy is cross country skiing.  And of course there is a great pathway right out side of Manistique call what else the Indian Lake Pathway. It has 3 loops that are 1, 3 and 4 and half miles long or for the heart you can do the whole thing which is over 10 mikes of ungroomed trails. As you can see it is a favorite of young and old alike.


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