As Michigan residents, we know all about cold and snow. While some of us would rather grab a blanket and cuddle up inside, there are many who enjoy playing in the snow. No matter which side you fall on, check out some fun outdoor activities you can try to keep from getting cabin fever.
Ice Fishing: With over 11,000 lakes in Michigan, there are plenty of places to go to catch a variety of species during the winter. Bluegill, perch, walleye, northern pike and crappie are popular catches during the cold months. Usually, depending on the colder temperatures, anglers have four to five months to get out on the ice.
Sledding or Tubing: If you’re looking for a family activity, sledding is one of the least expensive ways to enjoy the snow. Grab your sleds, bundle up and head to your nearest park or sledding hill. If you’re looking for something a little different, or for something your younger kids might like at the ski resort, why not try tubing? Most places offer hourly rates for tubing, which range between $10-$25 an hour.
Ice Climbing: If you’re looking for a little more adventure, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers this unique outdoor activity. One of the best places to visit is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Waterfalls and sandstone cliffs offer prime climbing spots in Munising. A backcountry permit, which costs $5, is required to visit these locations. Ice climbing combines challenge and adventure with some of the most breathtaking views around.
Fat Tire Biking: If you love biking, and want to continue through the winter, there are plenty of places to ride in the winter. Trail systems throughout the state, including the Noquemenon Trail Network, the TART Trails and the Deep Lake Trail at Yankee Springs Recreation Area, are groomed for this emerging winter sport. Many resorts and ski areas offer rentals, as well as trails to get you started.
Snowshoeing: Many state parks across Michigan have snowshoe equipment available to borrow, as well as snowshoe making classes and guided hikes. Or, if you have your own snowshoes, head out to the woods and enjoy!
Information from Pure Michigan website