Things To Do

Each of the 4 seasons offers something for everyone in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula!

Spring, Summer and Fall

ATV / ORV Trails
Many roads on the Ottawa are open to visitors with no restrictions. Use on some lower standard roads is regulated to protect the road investment or other resources or to provide a desired recreational experience. Hikers, skiers, and other non-motorized users may use most roads at any time. ORV's and ATV's may use roads (with the exception of main collector roads) unless there is a sign prohibiting their use.

Hiking
The Western U.P. offers visitors hiking opportunities unsurpassed in the Midwest. Enjoy a day or a week or more in the Porcupine Mountains State Park or the Sylvania Wilderness Area or on scenic land throughout the Ottawa National Forest.

Camping
From roadside camping to wilderness adventures, you can enjoy a friendly campfire and a night under the stars throughout the Western U.P.

Fishing
Fishing in the Western U.P.is good clean fun! Our endless variety of lakes and rivers will provide you with whatever type of fishing you want. From ''Big lake" charter boat fishing, to the fishing with a float tube on a small secluded lake, and every thing in between.

Kayaking
Whitecap Kayak offers guided kayak day trips, overnight camping trips & instructions on the pristine waters of Lake Superior & selected inland waters.

Mountain Biking
The growing sport of mountain biking has taken hold here in the Western U.P. Three complete trail systems to ride on make this a biker's paradise. Just about anywhere you stay someone can point out a favorite trail.

Mineral Collecting
Join us for an exciting day spent digging through your own private ore pile in search native copper, silver, datolite, quartz, feldspar,calcite and epidote! Folks of all ages are able and welcome to join in this unique experience. Caledonia Mine offers fee digging by ADVANCE RESERVATION only. Experience and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help with collecting techniques and specimen identification. This is truly a hands on educational and potentially profitable experience.

Winter

Skiing
The Western U.P. of Michigan is "Big Snow Country" and there are plenty of ski resorts in the area to keep even the most enthusiastic and adventurous skier busy! Whether your interests are in downhill or cross-country we offer a multitude of options.

Snowmobiling
You will enjoy hundreds of miles of connecting trails though our pristine forests. For the last 10 years we have received an average of 200 inches of snow. For two of the last three years our snowfall has reached record depths, over 300 inches. This heavy snowfall gives you, the rider, the very best conditions and trails.

Ice Fishing
Western Upper Michigan is well known for its freshwater fishing. That holds true even when those waters are covered in ice. Whether you’re looking to hook walleye, perch, whitefish, bass, lake trout, northern pike or a variety of pan fish – Michigan’s got you covered even during the winter months.

In fact, some experienced anglers say that winter is the best time to fish, because with the warm weather gone, so are the weeds. An ice fishing excursion can be as simple as drilling a hole in the ice and dropping in a line while perched on an overturned bucket. Or it can be an all-day outing complete with an elaborate ice shanty boasting all the comforts of home. With proper clothing and equipment, knowing the condition of the ice and following safety precautions, ice fishing can be a fun and rewarding experience in Pure Michigan.