Snowmobiling the Lake Gogebic, Michigan Area

The Gogebic area features hundreds of miles of connecting trails though our pristine forests for snowmobilers to enjoy.  For the last 10 years the Lake Gogebic area has received an average of 200 inches of snow. For two of the last three years annual snowfall has reached record depths of over 300 inches. This heavy snowfall gives you, the rider, the very best conditions and trails.

Whether you are looking for family fun, a weekend getaway, or overnighters, the Lake Gogebic area has it all.

Ontonagon and Gogebic Counties, located in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, are the best-kept secrets in the Midwest. Snowmobilers are welcome with open arms to the breathtaking splendor of this winter wonderland. The panoramic view of this vast wilderness, covered with Mother Nature’s winter blanket of snow, is mind-boggling.

This is where the snow is so white, clean and pure; sunlight shining through the broken crust of a footprint will be crystal blue. The waterfalls are a tribute to nature’s winter creativity. The snowmobile trails are groomed with the state-of–the-art equipment and located in the areas most accommodating for snowmobilers.

A variety of services await you in the Lake Gogebic area. Everything for snowmobiling enjoyment, form sales and service of your sled, to snowmobile rentals. The Lake Gogebic area lodging accommodations are modern, clean, comfortable and you will be welcomed. Food is available, reasonable and served with the hungry snowmobiler in mind and along the trails you will find many restaurants and bars.

Lake Gogebic is centrally located so it can be used as a hub for your snowmobile activity in either Ontonagon or Gogebic Counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Whether you are looking for family fun, a weekend getaway or overnighters the Lake Gogebic area has it all. The trails offer winding forest trails, scenic overlooks, railroad grades, bridges, hills, lakes, cedar swamps, and logging roads – all in a days ride. It is fun to be able to ride for several days and not see the same scenery two times in the same day.

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A Few Snowmobiling Trips in the Lake Gogebic Area

There are many loops in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan waiting to be explored and enjoyed by all. Most snowmobilers enjoy their loop de jour (loop of the day), which may range from just a few miles, such as riding the perimeter of Lake Gogebic to a loop of several hundred miles.

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 Bridges 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. A visit to the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan is like giving candy to a baby for the first time. Once you have tried it, you will forever feel young and always come back for more.