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Lake Gogebic Trail Report – 12/22

Lake Gogebic Motel

We got a fresh 3 inches of snow this morning that turned into wet and heavy snow in the afternoon. This put something on the trails but not much. Our trails here are far from GREAT at this point but there is something to ride on. Our groomers are still out doing what they can do. I am noticing that the swamps are getting better with people and groomers packing them down.


Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce

Conditions are once again too warm for grooming, at least during the daytime hours. We did get an additional 2 – 3 inches of new snow over last night and more is expected this week along with much colder temperatures just in time for the weekend.

Watch for a change on trail 1 South from Rd. 8800 to Marenisco soon. We’ve been encountering more water problems in this area and hope to reroute…just watch for signs.

For any who are planning to spend Christmas day up here please be aware that not all of the restaurants will be open so it’s best to call ahead. Also, by law, all bars must close Christmas Eve by 9:00et/8:00ct.

You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info.

The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.

Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce


December 22, 2014 |

Lake Gogebic Area Ride Report – 12/18

As of 12-18-14, I took a ride on my own sled on the trails to see what they were really about. I started out from my motel and ventured towards Whitepine and Silver City on trail 1. The low areas (swamps) are really wet and some spots are not frozen over completely. Once you get outside of town a little bit, the trails were not that bad.

I was the first to break trail on the fresh snow we had from the other night. I made it to Silver City and back without running into any problems. The trail groomers are out, but once again they are trying there hardest to redo what they just got done doing. At this time they are mostly out trying to get the bad spots passable by sled. Old railroad grades along with higher ground areas are alright for sledding. Once again you just have to use caution for the wet areas. I recommend at this time to stay off trail 13 on the east side of Lake Gogebic and trail 102 going toward South Boundary Rd. Trail 8 west of Bergland towards Wakefield has a lot of swamp. With the few days of warm weather and a day with rain. Trail 8 has some very bad spots, this may change as the colder temps freeze them up. Snow is in the forecast, so as the days go by the trails should be getting better. As always feel free to call and asked for the latest conditions.

Thank you!

Casey Yesney

December 18, 2014 |
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