Winter Activities

Winter Wonderland

Activities and events that are totally unique to this area. From ice racing, ice fishing, antique snowmobiles, or skiing deep into the snowy woods. This is winter done right.  

Great Lakes Ice Racing

Watch racers fly by on ice or try racing for yourself! People gather on the Escanaba River in Gladstone every Sunday during winter to take part in Ice Racing. Racers add studs to their tires for more grip on this slippery track. You can bring any ORV vehicle that you and they’ll find a place for you in a race. Learn more about the races by clicking here.

Ice Fish

Head for the ice on Lake Michigan to catch some dinner or a trophy fish. We have awesome bait shops that are here to help you with all your ice fishing needs. For more information on Ice Fishing in the area, click here.

Photo: @findingfish906

Winter Sports

Tie your boots and buckle those snowshoes.  There are several groomed trails to get your skiing fix during these winter months. The Escanaba Civic Center also has free 24-hour snowshoe rentals, just fill out a form and hit the trails! Their hours are 7:30 am-4 pm.  The John & Melissa Besse Sports Park takes tubing to the next level with several tracks and tubes that join together so you can take the entire family down the hill. You can also downhill ski and snowboard here. For ideas of where to go for your favorite winter activity, click here.

See how @MidwestGirlAdventures spent her time.


Zoom through miles of trails and make a pitstop at any one of our restaurants.  Learn more about our trails by clicking here.

Rapid River Relic Riders

Check out vintage sleds in action! Rapid River Relic Riders is an antique snowmobile club with an annual event every January that includes a show, ride, and swap. To learn more about this event, click here. 

Photo of Rapid River Relic Riders by Antique Snowmobile Club of America:

Indulge in Local Cuisine  

Eating totally qualifies as a winter activity. Start your morning at the Swedish Pantry for some warm traditional Swedish Pancakes or Jacks Restaurant in Rapid River for a long-time local favorite homemade meals! Don’t forget to grab a Yooper favorite from Grams Pasties and Dobbers Pasty! Sip on locally roasted coffee at Stones Deli to keep you warm throughout the day! 

Photo of a meal at Swedish Pantry by @jessica_leeee