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Keweenaw Peninsula Trail Report – 03/26

KEWEENAW PENINSULA UPDATE via Keweenaw Trail Reports​ –

The forecast includes a chance for light rain in the Keweenaw and warmer temps again for a few days. Trails are still holding up well for late season riding, however getting in and out of any towns become increasingly more difficult as the roads are bare. It is very difficult to pass through Houghton/Hancock.

Jay Piotrowski and family spent the day riding trails in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula and this is the report he gave of the trails they were on……

“Riding was great today only bad spot was 134 spur to High Rock. Looks like groomer may have gotten stuck up at high rock last time they groomed. Other than that 134 was flat and fast. 3 from Vansville to Copper was great ….there was still enough snow and water in Copper Harbor for my scratchers to throw and keep me cool getting into town. 124 was great. Around 7pm trails were getting pretty loose. Saw a groomer crossing 41 southbound in Ahmeek. Fingers crossed rain doesn’t hit hard and temps stay down.”

Thanks Jay for taking the time to update us with a trail report. If anyone else is out riding the area please feel free to share a report on conditions and/or photos!


Conditions as of March 25, 2019:

Most snowmobile trails from Twin Lakes to Copper Harbor are in spring condition. The edges on the trails are soft, please use caution. Trail 122 has several flooded areas and will be closed for the rest of the season. The west and east Lac La Belle Loops (132) will not be groomed, due to some icy stretches on hills that have made it unsafe to operate a groomer on. Those trails are still open to snowmobile traffic. As the season works towards a close, the grooming operations will be adjusted on a daily basis to accommodate the safety of our groomer operators, so riders should expect varying conditions on the trails.
Trail 120 and 121 that goes around Freda is closed for the season and will not be reopened, as well as Trail 3 from Dollar Bay to Lake Linden. You can still get to Dollar Bay by way of Hancock and to Lake Linden by way of Calumet. Trail 133 is closed for the season for logging.

Please stay on the trails, STAY OFF THE ICE, respect private property, do not drink and drive, and above all else, drive safely. The signs on the trails are there for rider’s safety so please DO NOT remove or destroy them.

Snowfall & Weather:
Snowfall in the Keweenaw Peninsula: No new snow with 35 inches of snow on the ground, 262 inches have fallen to date as of 3/26/2019.

Today’s forecast: Cloudy, high 41, low 32

Wednesday’s forecast: Cloudy, high 48, low 35

Thursday’s forecast: Cloudy, high 39 low 26

Friday’s forecast: Cloudy, high 37, low 23

Saturday’s forecast: Cloudy, high 27, low 20


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Tuesday October 15th, 2019 - 3:54 pm

Keweenaw Trail Reports

The first photo is one I’m sure MANY of us have somewhere on our phones from snowmobile seasons.....but how many of you have been able to see a Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula sunrise during the fall?!

@appslapper shared his beautiful photo with us from Sunday morning!

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The first photo is one I’m sure MANY of us have somewhere on our phones from snowmobile seasons.....but how many of you have been able to see a Michigans Keweenaw Peninsula sunrise during the fall?!

@appslapper shared his beautiful photo with us from Sunday morning! 

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Tuesday October 15th, 2019 - 8:43 am

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Did you know today is National "I ♥️ Lucy" Day? "I ♥️ Lucy" Day is observed annually on October 15th. Today celebrates one of TV's all-time greatest shows. "I ♥️Lucy" made it's debut in living rooms around the country on October 15th, 1951.

The chocolate factory episode is one of our favorites! What's yours?

Craving a sweet treat? Try a Yooper Bar! Sayklly's, founded in Escanaba, Michigan in 1906 created the original Yooper Bar to honor the company's proud U.P. heritage. "Yooper Bars are solid, homemade milk chocolate bars made from cocoa and molded into the shape of the Upper Peninsula." You can find them at many of our retailers:


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They are all my favorites but if I had to pick it would be the chocolate factory and vitameatavegamin one

Every day should be Lucy Day.

The chocolate factory and the grape stomping episodes are my favorites

If you have never seen Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the movie "The Long, Long Trailer" please watch it tonight. It's such a great comedy. I wish they would've made more movies like that together. Highly recommend.

'L.A. at Last' Lucy is stargazing in the Brown Derby when she spots William Holden and he turns the table on her.

Karen Ramstack Poulos Hey Ethel, we should be celebrating ♥️

Just got 3 this weekend!!

Teresa Churchwell Adams

Megan Breimeier


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Monday October 14th, 2019 - 10:29 pm

Keweenaw Trail Reports

Just a little "lullaby" to hopefully bring you dreams of white gold and lots of braaap'in SOON!

Nothing like the sound of braap in the mornin’ ☕️🍩 #AdrenaHolics
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Michael Lucht some winter braaappp! 👍🏼

Eric Turner

Zack Brogaard

Jay Freyling guess we have to try and make a 4-stroke "WAAPPP" video. Haha

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Jacob Neuenschwander

This is how you close trails.......🤣🤣🤣👀👀🤣🤣🤣

Robert Schulte....now I'll have to listen to this all day at work from you 😂😂

LAAAAAWDDDD Randy Schulte Logan Poppeck Nathan Smaglinski

Carl Lung

Ralph and Brandon

Jared Sucharski Travis Stelzer Tyler Thomas Amanda O'Connor

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Monday October 14th, 2019 - 5:48 pm

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Indigenous Peoples Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native Americans, recognizing their history and cultures.

Michigan’s "First People' were the tribes of: Fox, Sauk, Kickapoo, Menominee, Miami, Ojibwe (also known as the Ojibway, Ojibwa, or Chippewa), and Potawatomi. The state’s very name is an Algonquian word for “big lake.” Eventually, the Huron and Ottawa tribes migrated to the area.

"Long before modern mining, Native Americans were recovering and mining copper here, in what was the first use of metalworking by people in North America and possibly the entire world. By at least 8,000 years ago, a full-fledged copper industry existed in the western Lake Superior Region." (Keweenaw History/Mueller, Robin presentation) You can find incredible artifacts (indian hammers, fishing hooks, etc.) at the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum in Houghton and Quincy's Restaurant in Dollar Bay.

Today, Michigan is home to 12 federally recognized Indian tribes: Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe), Hannahville Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Assinins, located in Baraga County, is a historic town, established by Bishop Frederic Baraga, that consisted of several buildings including a school and an orphanage. The town was named Assinins after Chief Assinins, first to be baptized at the location.

Only a few dilapidated structures and foundations remain. The orphanage was home to hundreds of children including Indians taken from their families to be "Americanized". When the orphanage ran out of room, they sent over 65 children to the newly-opened Marquette Orphanage. (History isn't always pretty.) Due to its sad history, the remains of Assinins Orphanage have been the subject of ghost hunting & paranormal investigations.

This past summer, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Cultural Committee came to the Eagle River Museum, where they put on a beautiful & fascinating display of dance and the Ojibwe culture. The museum also hosts the exhibit called “The Anishinaabeg: Keweenaw’s Native People”.

Location names with Native American ties include:

Ahmeek, on the Keweenaw Peninsula, is an Indian word meaning 'beaver'. It was founded in 1902.

Chippewa Harbor is located on Isle Royale and was named after the Chippewa Indians who mined copper on the island for hundreds of years before the 'white man' showed up.

Keweenaw is an Indian word for 'the crossing place".

Kewainoqot Harbor, located in Grant Township, on the Keweenaw Peninsula, is a relatively unknown harbor which was given its name by the Chippewa Indians. It means "beautiful little boat harbor."

Mohawk, on the Keweenaw Peninsula, is derived from the Indian word "Maque" which means "bear".

There have been many Native Americans from the area that have made important contributions to our heritage. A few include:

Joseph Henry "Chief" Jones was one of the, if not *the* first "full-blooded indian" to play professional hockey. He played for the Portage Lakes in the first pro league, the IPHL. He also played in the NHA.

Born in L’Anse, Michigan, Cora Reynolds Anderson was the first woman elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, serving from 1925 to 1926.
Cora is also believed to be the only Native American woman elected to the Michigan House.

Herbert "Chief" Welch, grandson of Sitting Bull, who resided in the L'Anse/Baraga area, and educated people on the Ojibwe and Indian customs by telling incredible stories. He worked for the Upper Michigan Tourism Association traveling around the country.

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Great info. I like the turn around from Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day.

Amazing history and wonderful stories!

My father was from L'Anse, we grew up hearing stories about Chief Welch.

Superb historical learning!!!

Fascinating article.

Very interesting!

Thanks for sharing

Michigans first people killed and ate a missionary in 1900. Columbus day

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