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Lake Gogebic, Michigan

Reporter: Mary Beth Defazio
Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: Lots of Snow
Date of Report: December 11, 2017
Area Report:

We’ve had a lot of snow – just about every day and I’d say about 40″ so far this year.   What we really need is cold to freeze up the wet spots.  Forecast shows that we are going to have several days of teens, single digits and there’s even some sub zero in the forecast.   That is all good news.  There’s also a lot of snow in the forecast for the remainder of 2017.   Anthony and I went out for a ride this past weekend.   Lots of powder, lots of wet and a lot of pulling for which I am sore.   Not a kid anymore!    The Gogebic Area Groomers are having a meeting on Wednesday night so we’ll find out a bit more about the conditions, grooming, re-routes, etc.   We’ll update you by Thursday morning.   We’ve had a few riders in – and they have to search for areas to ride but have all had a good time.  This weekend will be sketchy and I am sure that there will be sledders out on the trails as well as fishermen out on the ice.   There’s about 8-10″ in the bay and shacks are starting to appear.  With both the trails and the ice – please use extreme caution.     Thanks for all your support and  your patience!   Know that we are working hard to ensure that the Lake Gogebic area provides the experience!      Weekends are filling up fast – give us a call and make sure your group gets the room you want!

Jim & MB


Snowmobiling Information

Lake Gogebic is centrally located so it can be used as a hub for your snowmobile activity whether you are looking for family fun, a weekend getaway or overnighters. The trails offer winding forest trails, scenic overlooks, railroad grades, bridges, hills, lakes, cedar swamps, and logging roads – all in a days ride.

Lake Gogebic to Iron River & Iron Mountain to Lake Gogebic (overnight) Take Lake Gogebic Trail 1 or 13 south to Trail 2. Go east to Watersmeet, through Iron River and on to Iron Mountain. Stay overnight in Iron Mountain approximately 130 miles. Leave Iron Mountain heading north on Trail 5, then east on Trail 16 to Crystal Falls where you head north on Trail 111 to Trail 15 north to Trail 8 and go west through Kenton, Bruce Crossing, Ewen and Bergland approximately 150 miles.

You may shorten this trip by staying over at Iron River. That would make it approximately 86 miles the first day. Leaving Iron River you would backtrack west, 6 miles on Trail 2 and go north on Trail 15 to Trail 8 and go west through Kenton, Bruce Crossing, Ewen and back to Bergland. Approximately 95 miles. This is an easy ride.

Lake Gogebic to Copper Harbor & Back to Lake Gogebic (Overnight) Take Lake Gogebic Trail 1 or 13 and north on Trail 13 out of Bergland to Rockland and Greenland. Pick up Trail 3 (Bill Nichols Trail) to Houghton. Follow trail 3 to Trail 132 and into Copper Harbor approximately 175 miles. Follow the same route back. This is a very picturesque trip and includes the three Firesteel Bridegs and the bridge at Houghton.

Lake Gogebic into Wisconsin and Return (day trip) Take Lake Gogebic Trail 1 or 13 south to Trail 2 east to Watersmeet. Go south on Trail 3 to Land’O Lakes west on Trail 6 (Wisconsin) and follow signs to Bents Camp for lunch. Back out to Trail 6, which turns into Trail 15 west to Presque Isle. Go north on Trail 1 back to Michigan, Marenisco and on to Lake Gogebic. The entire trip is approximately 100 miles.

Lake Gogebic to Lake of the Clouds and Return (day trip) Take Lake Gogebic Trail 1 north to Silver City then west to the Porcupine Mountains and Lake of the Clouds. On the way back down from Lake of the Clouds pick up Trail 11 south to Trail 8 and Wakefield. Go west on Trail 2 to Marenisco and north on Trail 1 back to Lake Gogebic (approximately 115 miles)

These are just some suggestions but the possibilities are endless. Be sure to pick up trail maps at any area resort or gas station and check trail conditions before you go. The mileage may vary depending on possible trail re-routing. We want you to enjoy your visit with us.