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Map of Keweenaw Snowshoe Hike Recommendations

Looking for a snowshoe experience in the Keweenaw? Check out our online map to discover your next adventure!

12 Recommendations for Your Keweenaw Snowshoe Experience

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.

Woman and dog snow shoeing at Swedetown in the Keweenaw

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.

Snowshoeing at Nara in Houghton

Nara Nature Park, just outside of Houghton, provides serene views and a gentle, rolling landscape for snowshoe enthusiasts.

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 three marked snowshoe trails for a total of 7 miles. Bearpaw Trail starts at the main Swedetown Chalet parking lot and offers a view of the village of Calumet with its many church spires. Muggun Creek Snowshoe Trail starts at the M203 trailhead and travels along a hillside overlooking a creek. The Multi-Use Trails at the Woodland Trailhead are where your dog is allowed to join your hike. There are a lot of signs of wildlife on this trail and a view of a big peaceful swamp. Swedetown Chalet is open daily, offers beverages, snacks, trail maps, drinking water 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.

Snowshoeing in McLain State Park in the Keweenaw

McLain State Park offers winter recreationists incredible views of Lake Superior.

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)

 

Side Notes:

  • 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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2901 Swedetown Road
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-1170
Region: Calumet
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Swedetown offers something for everyone. From the beginner that wants to stay on the well groomed trails, to the more experienced, adventurous skier who likes to blaze their own trail through the
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Chassell, MI 49916 US

Region: Chassell
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The Chassell Classic Ski Trail is nearly 10km and is groomed every day!
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Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (906) 289-4105
Region: Copper Harbor
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This primarily easy rated trail system is composed of several main loops which are just over 9 km in total distance. The terrain is relatively flat and offers a variety of landscapes including woo ...
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Pine St
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 US

Phone: (906) 289-4407
E-Mail Address: office@eagleharbortwp.org
Region: Eagle Harbor
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The Eagle Harbor Township Conservation and Recreation Area includes Eliza Lake Preserve, Long Lake Refuge, and George Hite Dunes and Marshes. These 10 miles of trails are groomed in the winter for ...
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18350 Highway M-203
Hancock, MI 49930 US

Phone: (906) 482-0278
Region: Hancock
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90 sites on Lake Superior. Open mid-May to mid-October.
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Off of Birch Street
Hancock, MI 49930 US

Phone: (906) 482-0820
E-Mail Address: arlyn.aronson@gmail.com
Region: Hancock
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Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids in Hancock offer groomed trails for classic skiing, snowshoeing, and snow biking. Trail users may purchase a daily pass for $5 or an annual membership for $60 per ...
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US Hwy 41 S
Houghton, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-1700
Region: Houghton
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The park is located two miles east of the Michigan Tech University campus on the east end of the Houghtons Waterfront Trail. There is a variety of activities for every season to do at the Nara Nat ...
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Paradise Road
Houghton, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-0820
E-Mail Address: info@keweenawlandtrust.org
Region: Houghton
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The Pilgrim Community Forest was established by the Keweenaw Land Trust in the fall of 2014. The 276-acre forest is just minutes from Houghton and the acquisition is part of a larger conservation ...
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Houghton, MI 49931 US

Region: Houghton
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The Michigan Tech trail system accommodates all levels of skiers, bikers, and hikers—from beginner to advanced.
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6532 Lac La Belle Road
Lac La Belle, MI 49950 US

Phone: (906) 289-4105
(906) 360-7240
E-Mail Address: bohemia@mtbohemia.com
Region: Lac La Belle / Bete Grise
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The Midwest's premier ski resort totally dependent on Mother Nature!
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Chassell Classic Ski Trail

Chassell, MI 49916
United States
Region: Chassell
The Chassell Classic Ski Trail is nearly 10km and is groomed every day! More

Copper Harbor Cross Country Trails

Copper Harbor, MI 49918
United States
Phone: (906) 289-4105
Region: Copper Harbor
This primarily easy rated trail system is composed of several main loops which are just over 9 km in total distance. The terrain is relatively flat and offers a variety of landscapes including woo ... More

Eagle Harbor Township Conservation and Recreation Area

Pine St
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950
United States
Phone: (906) 289-4407
Region: Eagle Harbor
The Eagle Harbor Township Conservation and Recreation Area includes Eliza Lake Preserve, Long Lake Refuge, and George Hite Dunes and Marshes. These 10 miles of trails are groomed in the winter for ... More

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids

Off of Birch Street
Hancock, MI 49930
United States
Phone: (906) 482-0820
Region: Hancock
Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids in Hancock offer groomed trails for classic skiing, snowshoeing, and snow biking. Trail users may purchase a daily pass for $5 or an annual membership for $60 per ... More

McLain State Park

18350 Highway M-203
Hancock, MI 49930
United States
Phone: (906) 482-0278
Region: Hancock
90 sites on Lake Superior. Open mid-May to mid-October. More

Michigan Tech Trails

Houghton, MI 49931
United States
Region: Houghton
The Michigan Tech trail system accommodates all levels of skiers, bikers, and hikers—from beginner to advanced. More

Mount Bohemia Skiing, Yurts & All-Inclusive Adventure Resort

6532 Lac La Belle Road
Lac La Belle, MI 49950
United States
Phone: (906) 289-4105 (906) 360-7240
Region: Lac La Belle / Bete Grise
The Midwest's premier ski resort totally dependent on Mother Nature! More

Nara Nature Park

US Hwy 41 S
Houghton, MI 49931
United States
Phone: (906) 482-1700
Region: Houghton
The park is located two miles east of the Michigan Tech University campus on the east end of the Houghtons Waterfront Trail. There is a variety of activities for every season to do at the Nara Nat ... More

Pilgrim Community Forest

Paradise Road
Houghton, MI 49931
United States
Phone: (906) 482-0820
Region: Houghton
The Pilgrim Community Forest was established by the Keweenaw Land Trust in the fall of 2014. The 276-acre forest is just minutes from Houghton and the acquisition is part of a larger conservation ... More

Swedetown Recreation Area

2901 Swedetown Road
Calumet, MI 49913
United States
Phone: (906) 337-1170
Region: Calumet
Swedetown offers something for everyone. From the beginner that wants to stay on the well groomed trails, to the more experienced, adventurous skier who likes to blaze their own trail through the More

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