Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: Snow in the forecast
Date of Report: March 19, 2020
Hello from Lake Gogebic where social distancing is why we live and work here! We hope you and your family are healthy and holding up well through the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). This pandemic coupled with rapidly deteriorating trails are forcing the final report of our 2020 Snowmobile Season. Gogebic Area Groomers are done grooming, but don’t think for a minute that their job is over as they’ve already started planning and working on next season! Lake Gogebic trails have been amazing all season, and we extend a multitude of thanks to our hard-working, dedicated team. We are certainly fortunate for their efforts as well as the those of all surrounding clubs. That said, there is snow in the forecast this weekend (of course there is!).
We also owe a debt of gratitude to all our loyal guests and customers, as without their continued support, we wouldn’t even exist! On behalf of Gogebic Area Grooming, all our local area businesses, employees, residents and volunteers – we shout out a HUGE “thank you” for making the Lake Gogebic Area your home away from home! We know that you have a choice of where to ride and spend your vacation time, and we appreciate that you choose our beautiful region! We hope that your time here was special and that you took home memories that will make great stories for years to come (some stories better than others!).
Gogebic Area Groomers have projects going on throughout the year, and we encourage (need) people to get involved. We ask you to be a part of our efforts with a sponsorship of $30 for a single membership, $50 for a family membership and $125 for a business membership. These can be sent to “Gogebic Area Grooming” at “P.O. Box 409, Bergland, MI 49910”. We appreciate all donations/sponsorship and we will do our part in communicating our goals, efforts and accomplishments back to you.
While you and your families may be confined to your homes right now – it’s a great time to start planning your next vacation. Please keep the Lake Gogebic Area in mind as it is a great place to visit year-round. From fishing to hiking, ATV’ing, waterfall touring, swimming, boating, kayaking, camping and more – we’ve got it all! I know if you call all any of our local area businesses, that they will be happy to help you plan your next family vacation or fishing trip!
Well, that’s it for now folks – this season was a great one and we have been blessed. For the moment we are just staying home, staying positive and looking forward to a brighter tomorrow. While the tourism industry is taking a huge hit, we will get through this and be will emerge better and stronger!
Until next season, this is Mary Beth from AJ’s Walleye Lodge wishing you and your loved one’s peace and good health as we navigate together through these unchartered waters. We won’t say good-bye -we’ll just say that we’ll “see you when we see you next”! All the very best…. stay well friends….
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.
Bergland 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.
Bergland 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.