Michigan Trail Report


Keweenaw Peninsula Trail Report – 01/16

January 16, 2020

Snowmobile trails are in good to very good condition throughout the Keweenaw.  Trails are groomed daily throughout the region.

  • Valley Sno Drifters trail from Lake Linden to Dreamland Restaurant & Bar is OPEN!
  • The Portage Lift Bridge is open to snowmobile traffic.
  • Trail 133 around the Gay stamp sands is closed for logging.
  • Trail 3 from Dollar Bay to Lake Linden and the Freda Trail (south of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge) will be closed the entire season for repair.

Remember when you’re out on the trails to watch out for the groomers.  They have the right away.

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.

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Sunday April 5th, 2020 - 9:20 pm

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Sidnaw, Michigan is located in southern Houghton County. Sidnaw is an Indian word meaning "small hill by a creek". The town was the epicenter of Henry Ford's logging empire. Land in Sidnaw became a big piece of Ford's 400,000 acres of timberland. In 1920, Ford built a lumber camp in Sidnaw, “the likes of which no sober lumberjack had ever dreamed,” wrote Ford. Lumberjacks had what was then considered to be luxurious accomodations for lumberjacks. The men slept in bunkhouses with heat and electricity. Smoking and drinking were prohibited, and laundry was available for $5 per day. Locals nicknamed Ford’s Sidnaw lumberjacks.... “lumber ladies.” Henry Ford was proud of Sidnaw and would even bring his friends to visit....friends like Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone.

Sidnaw was also home to the Civilian Conservation Corps which in February 1944 became Camp Sidnaw, a work camp for 250 German POWs. They lived here between February 1944 to April 1946. These German POWs were mostly young men who were drafted into the Nazi movement, not believers in the Nazi party or sharing its ideology. These young men grew to take pride in their work (lumber) and grew close with the guards and the locals. Locals delivered them gifts and food. The POWs played sports like hockey for the first time as well as learning musical instruments. When the war was over many wanted to stay, but they had to be sent back per the Geneva Convention. Guards sent their former "prisoners" care packages, and some maintained long friendships, writing letters back and forth. Irrespective of their various political, social ideologies they were joined by their common humanity to want peace.

Today there are remnants of a guard tower and other various structures. There are scenic trails and waterfalls nearby too.

Jumbo Falls:
www.waterfallsofthekeweenaw.com/jumbo-river/jumbo-falls/

Photo Sources:
Library of Congress
Henry Ford Museum
MTU Archives
Sources:
Camp Sidnaw Prisoner of War Camp by Clarence Monette
Library of Congress Archives

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I visited the site a few years ago. Subsequently I read that there were plans to remove the guard tower for preservation at a different site. Does anyone know what actually happened?

Me in front of POW Guard Tower around 2008 or 2009.

Wow what piece of Michigan history I just learned about. Thank you

There is also an abandon iron mine nearby “The Taylor Mine”. I believe it shut down in 1929. .....No...excuse me...that was Alberta I was thinking of.

I attended Bible Camp Nesbitt for two weeks ,for 4 or 5 summer, in the 1940's. Loved the experience.

All to get his way into the Huron mountain club

This was a great little read.

Very cool. My bride and I will visit this summer.

Super interesting. Thank you for sharing!

Great piece of history!

Where is the guard house?

Al Capone enjoyed Sidnaw as well

Very interesting!

Very interesting

Interesting!

Excellent

That was cool! Thanks

My hometown.

Debi Silvey Ptak

Roger Wiik

Leslie Wilkinson

Jill Baxter

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Sunday April 5th, 2020 - 12:12 pm

Western & Southern UP Trail Reports

My ol merc peeking through the snow. It's just a yard ornament.
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My ol merc peeking through the snow. Its just a yard ornament. 
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We had one of those! What a tank, nothing like the famed Sno-twisters that followed.

That was my first sled in the 70's. It ran forever.

Cool, I had a white sno twister back in the 80s I sold .🛷👍❄

Mercury this is !!

Had a hurricane 644! Tank.

I had 2 of those

Jeff Ortman here is a Mercury for ya

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Sunday April 5th, 2020 - 9:23 am

Western & Southern UP Trail Reports

The Great Lakes states are crushing this stay at home order.
👌 nice work everyone! ❤️
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The Great Lakes states are crushing this stay at home order.
👌 nice work everyone! ❤️

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That’s because we leave our phones at home cause there is no cell service where we go 😊

It's probably due to the lakes. Where else are there large areas where no one lives.

Tracking us.. read up on 5g cell service.. don’t think it’s just gonna be faster for ya 🤦‍♂️

Considering most of NY and PA are shut down....

And yet the death count is 3rd in the nation......

Yeah right!

Fakeee

Brian Krebs

Its also not that nice out yet either. I can say around Appleton way too many ppl are still out and about.

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Saturday April 4th, 2020 - 9:24 pm

Keweenaw Trail Reports

Important information from the Keweenaw ATV Club

Please remember that the trails north of Calumet open May 1st.Please remember. Trails North of Calumet open May 1st.
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Important information from the Keweenaw ATV Club 

Please remember that the trails north of Calumet  open May 1st.
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