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Snowshoeing is the perfect way to explore the sights and sounds of the Keweenaw’s great outdoors. Whether you’re seeking solitude, craving adventure, or just looking to get in a good workout, the Keweenaw’s diverse terrain and miles of picturesque trails will challenge and satisfy your mind, body, and soul.
If you already have snowshoes, perfect! If you don’t—no worries, we’ve got you covered.
You can buy or rent snowshoes at the following locations:
Down Wind Sports located in downtown Houghton offers everything from popular brand name apparel and footwear (e.g. Keen, Patagonia, Prana, Salomon) to Hydro Flask water bottles, first aid kids, snowshoes, and more.
Mount Bohemia located in Lac La Belle is an all-season resort located on over 1100 acres of Keweenaw wilderness. Ski and snowshoe rentals available. Over 12 miles of trails lead you under canopies of frosted pines to breathtaking panoramic views of Lac La Belle and Lake Superior. Hungry after a long day on the slopes or trails? Try the homemade wood-fired pizza at Mount Bohemia’s on-site restaurant The Log Cabin Italian Bistro from 5pm-11pm daily.
Cross Country Sports in Calumet offers everything from apparel and accessories to snowshoes and poles. Experienced staff go above and beyond making sure your experience is unforgettable.
12. Helmut & Candis Stern Preserve, Keweenaw Peninsula
A challenging trek, Mount Baldy is in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, off US-41. There is a designated parking area, near the Helmut & Candis Stern Preserve sign. The trailhead is directly north of the parking area. It’s a strenuous, mostly uphill hike to the top of Mount Baldy. But, the jaw-dropping views when you reach the summit, 730-feet above Lake Superior, is so worth it.
11. Michigan Tech & Nara Trails, Houghton
The Michigan Tech and Nara Trail System easily accommodates all skill and ability levels. Snowshoe trails include Isle Royale, Superior Loop, Tolkien Trails, and River Loop. Trail maps available here. Enrolled Michigan Tech students use the trails at no charge. A trail membership or day pass for those ages 12+ is needed for all other users, more info here.
10. Swedetown Trails, Calumet
Swedetown Trails have over 20 miles of groomed trails and 5 miles of more backcountry trails. There are trails available and well-marked for all skill and ability levels. They even offer evening hours with trails staying lit until 9pm. The chalet, open daily, offers beverages, snacks, trail maps, and restrooms.
9. Chassell Trails, Chassell
The Chassell Trails can be found on the corner of 2nd and Hancock Street. Parking is available one block west of US-41 in Chassell on Hancock Street at the Chassell Heritage Center, and on Archambeau Road. Around 7 beautiful miles of even terrain make this an ideal spot for beginners. Looking for a little extra workout? Tryout the trailside fitness equipment as you make your way to really get that heart rate up!
8. North Houghton Canal Park, Houghton
About 2-miles north of the Marsin Nature Center is North Houghton Canal Park. You can park at the end, off to the side, of Houghton Canal Road or at the end of the turn-off road. It’s about ¼ mile-1/2 mile hike to get to where you have views of Lake Superior and the North Entry Lighthouse. Explore over 177 acres. Relax and enjoy the sounds of ice crackling and waves gently hitting the breakwater.
7. Marsin Nature Area, Houghton
This off-the-beaten path destination is located off Houghton Canal Road. The Marsin Nature Area has beautiful hardwoods and various fauna and flora. There are several short trails that lead across a small brook and along the outskirts of the property. It’s a great place for the entire family to enjoy snowshoeing.
6. Maasto Hiihto & Churning Rapids, Hancock
The Maasto Hiihto & Churning Rapids trails, located in Hancock, are the area’s only 100% dog-friendly trails. There are two trailheads, one located on Tomasi Road and the other at the Houghton County Fairgrounds. The Swedetown Creek Gorge is the highlight of these trails.
5. Calumet Waterworks, Calumet
Located on Lakeshore Drive in Calumet, Calumet Waterworks is a beautiful, quiet park with a stunning shoreline. The park offers magnificent views of Lake Superior with frequent freighter sightings. Snowshoeing along the shore, you’ll hear the crunching of snow beneath your feet and the relaxing sounds of Superior washing against the rocks.
4. White City Park, Jacobsville
White City is a secluded park that’s located near the historic, once-bustling town of Jacobsville in Torch Lake Township. A long pier leads from the snow-blanketed beach to the Portage Lake Lower Entry Lighthouse. From the pier you can watch large chunks of ice, some the size of small islands, float from the Keweenaw Waterway out into the great abyss of Lake Superior.
3. Copper Harbor Pathway
The Copper Harbor Pathway offers over 9 scenic miles of trails that wind through the Keweenaw’s old-growth boreal forests. A beautiful, well-loved trail system that offers unique vantage points of the dense woodland and Lake Superior. The trailhead is located at the Copper Harbor Welcome Center.
2. Mount Bohemia
Mount Bohemia is an all-season resort with lodging facilities, restaurant/bar, and over 12 miles of trails to explore. Snowshoe rentals are $10 a day.
1. F.J. McLain State Park, Hancock
During the winter months, McLain State Park transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Snowshoe through the woods or along the two miles of Lake Superior’s rocky shoreline where you will see stunning ice formations and “ice volcanoes”! What are ice volcanoes? “An unusual feature of Lake Superior are ice volcanoes. They form above sand bars and reefs near the lakeshore as ice shelves build during cold periods.” (Keweenaw Geoheritage)
- Leave No Trace
- Bring out whatever you brought in.
- Stay on designated trails.
- If snowshoeing on cross-country ski trails please stay to the side of the groomed tracks.
We would love to hear about your snowshoeing excursions in the Keweenaw’s winter wonderland. When you share photos on social media please use #Keweenaw so we can check them out!
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