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Keweenaw Peninsula / Houghton-Hancock, South Range, Copper Harbor, Michigan

Snowmobiling Information



Snow, snow everywhere is a good description of what fortunate snowmobilers encounter when they ride the scenic well-groomed trails of the Keweenaw Peninsula of U.P. Michigan. Couple an extensive trail system, enabling the avid rider to experience the splendor of this area, with plenty of the white stuff, and you have a fantastic winter wonderland. More than 200 inches of snow blanket this region every season allowing sno-riders up to 5 months to enjoy their favorite sport!

The Bill Nichols Trail heads north through majestic forests and over the three Firesteel Bridges which are old railroad trestles rising more than 100 feet above the Firesteel River. This trail provides a tour past the towns of Twin Lakes, Toivola and South Range as it continues on toward the panoramic twin cities of Houghton and Hancock. Delicious, varied dining and comfortable lodging choices abound in this winter wonderland along with any other services snowmobilers may need.

Trail 15 travels east from the Houghton area through Chassel to the Keweenaw Bay. Here it turns south, winding along the bay to Baraga on the southern tip of Keweenaw Bay.

Traveling north from Houghton and Hancock on Trail 3 you encounter many historic signs of the mining of years past. Magnificent rides through Ripley, Dollar Bay and Hubbell grace the trail on your way to the historic towns of Laurium and Calumet. Continuing north on Trail 3 through Mohawk and Phoenix riders can experience the peaceful Eagles Loop, which leads along Lake Superior to the charming towns of Eagle River and Eagle Harbor.

Trail 3 heads east on the Brockway Mountain Trail, which yields a spectacular view of Lake Superior. On a clear day you can see Canada to the North and to the south the breathtaking carpeted forests that surround you. Just a short jaunt from this splendor, riders find themselves in quaint Copper Harbor, an excellent place to enjoy a delicious meal and spend the night in one of the comfortable lodging establishments.

Truly the Keweenaw Peninsula is an adventure every snowmobiler should experience. With over 200 miles of smooth groomed trails connecting to 2500 miles of trails, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers the avid rider unlimited riding opportunities. There are numerous warm, welcoming hotels, resorts and delicious dining choices to make your trip a remembrance of a lifetime.




Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: 33" to 50"
Date of Report: January 18, 2017
Area Report:

All trails are open except for #122 from Lake Linden to Gay, which is being logged.  You may take the trail in order to reach the trail to Dreamland, but no farther.  Trail #133 between Gay and Lac Labelle is a little rough, as usual.  It doesn’t seem to get all the snow that the other trails get and doesn’t get groomed as often.  All other trails are being groomed daily.  That being said, yes the weather up here has been beautiful this week; sunshine, and warmer temps.  The trails are holding up great and there is plenty of snow on the trails to make it thru this little warm spell.  The snow in the parking lots and back streets is still not melting.  I know its hard to picture this when you are sitting somewhere that it is 40 and all your snow has melted, but we had 5 feet of snow!  It takes more than this to melt that!  I will keep you updated on how the trails are holding up and I will be truthful. 

Remember when out on the trails to respect others and private property, stay off all water- there are open holes out there, keep the speed in check-there are a lot of great sights to see out there on the trails, and save the drinking for after the riding.  Happy Trails!