“Our Favorite Winter Trips”
Episode #2101 Travel planner
We have traveled throughout the Midwest in winter and enjoyed every place we have been but there are always a few places that stand out in our mind and today we will take a look at some of them.
Snowmobiling Owen Sound
Location: Owen Sound, Ontario
Bryan Plumstead the Executive Manager of tourism for Grey County Ontario would be our guide through Owen Sound. Anybody that knows anything about Canada knows Owen Sound, Ontario located on the beautiful Georgian Bay. It is the cultural hub of Grey County with art fairs and festivals of all kinds but today it would be our snowy playground.
Winter Kayaking - AuSable River
PADDLE BRAVE CANOE LIVERY
Location: 10610 Steckert Bridge Road - Roscommon
Phone: (800) 515-5213
The South Branch of the AuSable River is world renowned for canoeing, kayaking and tubing. The South Branch of the AuSable River flows northward out of St. Helen to Roscommon (This section is floatable only at certain times of the year). Out of Roscommon the AuSable River flows north and east through the George Mason Wilderness Retreat. There are no homes or roads in the 3,500 acres between Chase Bridge and Smith Bridge; this stretch of the river is preserved as a wilderness. Here the river's depth ranges from one to four fee; a few places are deeper. A moderate current will take you steadily downstream. The Roscommon Canoe Liveries can help you plan trips from 1-4 hours to overnight trips.
Snowmobiling - Pictured Rocks / Whitefish Point
PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE
Location: 1505 Sand Point Road - Munising, MI 49862
Hours: Open year-round, 24 hours a day
Sandstone cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, sand dunes, inland lakes, deep forest, and wild shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The power of Lake Superior shapes the park's coastal features and affects every ecosystem, creating a unique landscape to explore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four-season outdoor opportunities abound. Winter at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a unique time of year. The serenity and splendor that ample snowfall brings to the northwoods offers visitors endless opportunites for adventure. What's your favorite winter activity? We have a lot to choose from: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, viewing ice formations, winter camping, and ice fishing.
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore [National Parks Service]
WHITEFISH POINT LIGHT STATION
Location: 18335 N Whitefish Point Road - Paradise, MI 49768
Phone: (888) 492-3747
Whitefish Point is located at the extreme southeastern end of Lake Superior. It is a critical turning point for all vessel traffic entering and leaving this largest of all the Great Lakes. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, but there was no money for restoration. In 1980, Whitefish Township approached the fledging Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society for assistance in preserving this important property. The Society obtained a License from the Coast Guard in 1983 to commence museum operations; opened the first exhibits in 1985; and opened the present Shipwreck Museum Building in 1987.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Location: 41382 W. M 123 - Paradise MI, 49768
Size: 46,179 Acres
Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses nearly 50,000 acres and stretches 13-plus miles in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The park is home to multiple campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities, a boat launch, more than 35 miles of trails and multiple overlooks to the Upper and Lower Falls.
The 200-feet-wide Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. The river’s amber color is caused by tannins leached from the cedar, spruce and hemlock trees in the swamps drained by the river, and the extremely soft water churned by the action of the falls causes the river’s trademark large amounts of foam. Just 4 miles downstream is the Lower Falls, consisting of a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. The falls can be viewed from the riverbank, all-accessible Ronald A. Olson Island Bridge over the Tahquamenon River or by a rowboat rented from a park concession. Drone use is prohibited.
Black bear, coyote, otter, deer, fox, porcupine, beaver and abundant bird life, including spruce grouse, pileated woodpeckers, bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds can be found in the park. Moose are occasionally seen feeding in the wet areas of the park, especially along M-123 between Paradise and the Lower Falls.
- Tahquamenon Falls State Park [Michigan DNR]
Snowshoeing Fayette State Park
FAYETTE STATE PARK & HISTORIC TOWNSITE
Location: 4785 II Road - Garden, Michigan 49835
Phone: (906) 644-2603
Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Located on the Garden Peninsula at Snail Shell Harbor. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. It is now a completely restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October. The historic site is located in Fayette State Park.
Location: Big Bay de Noc, Michigan
Location: 914 Ludington Street - Escanaba, Michigan
Phone: (906) 399-1578
Delta County has the longest freshwater shoreline of any county in the entire USA. So it’s no surprise that “villages” of ice fishing shanties spring up on both Little and Big Bays de Noc. This area is for trophy walleye fishing, where you can reel in a 30 to 32-inch keeper, tipping the scales at 14-pounds. Catch northern pike or a mess of yellow perch. Or try to beat the 54-inch and 43-pound sturgeon hefted through the ice of Stonington Peninsula in mid-January 1996.
Katelyn Beaver was introduced to fishing by her Dad and Grandpa, who would take her on the water as early as her mom would allow it. Some of her earliest memories are pulling up in her grandpa's boat and showing off their catches. As she grew older life got busy, but she started to hit the water again during the Covid-19 pandemic and also started making lures during this time. This hobby has now turned into her business called Beavers Lures! Beavers Lures are made in Da Upper Peninsula of Michigan, along the waters of little Bay de Noc. Each lure is airbrushed and assembled in small batches to assure you the highest quality. Our goal is to help you... Finally Catch that Dam Fish. EST. 2020
Grand Island National Recreation Area
Location: Lake Superior - 1/2 mile from Munising, Michigan
Reachable By: passenger ferry or private watercraft
Located on Grand Island, Michigan offshore from Munising, Michigan, the Grand Island National Recreation Area covers approximately 13,500 acres of Lake Superior woodland. Grand Island is the perfect place to spend a day or even just a few hours biking, exploring, and appreciating nature. Please be aware that, in keeping with agency interim direction, the non-motorized trails are not open to eBikes. The island is an exciting and secluded destination that offers: Breathtaking overlooks, Pristine sandy beaches, Fascinating cultural sites, Deep hardwoods, Inland lakes
Kitch-iti-kipi (The Big Spring)
Location: Location: LAT 46.004772000000003 LONG -86.385047 at the northern terminus of state highway M-149, Manistique, MI 49854
Approximate Size: 388 Acres
Phone: (906) 341-2355
Palms Book State Park is a rewarding side trip for the vacationer touring the Upper Peninsula, for here can be seen one of Michigan's alluring natural attractions -- Kitch-iti-kipi, The Big Spring. Two hundred feet across, the 40-foot deep Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan's largest freshwater spring. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone. The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit. By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.