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Backcountry Skiing – Sleeping Bear Dunes – January 30, 2011

This weekend – February 12 & 13 – you’ll find superb snow pack in most backcountry trails of Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. It’s a great time to cross-country ski or snowshoe. Here are some photos from 2 weeks ago. You’ll find similar conditions this weekend. Click on photos for slideshow view…


Sleeping Bear Snow Shoe Adventure – Honor Motel – Benzie County

A Sleeping Bear Snowshoe Rhyme!

We break away from daily captivity to enjoy our favorite winter activity. We like to call it trailblazing, the experience is always amazing. Come along and see, why snowshoeing has a way of setting us free! – Photo Story Courtesy of Honor Motel – Click on photos for slide-show view with captioned photo story…

Great news, we’re happy to rent you our snowshoes. The part we like the most, is that we are so close. We can point you in the right direction to an amazing collection of snow covered perfection! And if you should run in to “Park Ranger Jim”, tell him that his old friend Carol, “has a crush on him”!

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Winter Naturalist Programs Offered at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located on the south shore of Lake Superior near Silver City in Ontonagon County, is offering cross-country skiing by lantern light again this winter.

“This place is incredible in the winter,” said Park Interpreter Bob Wild. “What better way to see the park and experience winter, than by participating in one of these naturalist-lead programs.”

Lantern Light Cross-Country Skiing: Jan. 23 and 30 from 6-9 p.m. EST; also Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30-9 p.m. Old-fashioned kerosene lanterns illuminate the trail during this night ski. Lanterns are placed along the entire one-mile loop for a unique and memorable skiing experience. Stop about halfway around the loop at the warming shelter where the park naturalist will have a campfire going. This trail has an “easy” difficulty rating; however, skiing at night is always a challenge.

A guided snow shoe hike will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 13. Snow shoes will be provided if needed on these 1.5 hour hikes.

These programs may be cancelled due to weather. To inquire about cancellations call 906-885-5206.

For more information on winter recreation opportunities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, call 906-885-5275 or visit www.michigan.gov/porkies.

All motor vehicles entering a Michigan State Park or Recreation Area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8.

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