Mother Nature provides Delta County with plenty to do outdoors. Year-Round Fishing Ice fishing is a very popular winter sport for our hardy U.P. natives and visitors. But during the rest of the year, Bays de Noc is a fishing paradise with schools of smallmouth bass, walleye and perch, plus world-class sanctioned fishing tournaments. (See “Fishing” pages for more information.) Hunting November 15th kicks off Michigan’s opening day for firearm deer season, celebrated as a holiday by thousands of residents and visitors in search of Whitetail Deer. Wild turkey can be hunted in the spring and early fall, as well as Ruffed Grouse, Woodcocks, rabbits, and waterfowl. Skiing Gladstone City Sports Park offers a challenge for beginning to intermediate downhillers and snowboarders from October through April, and also features three runs of tubing with lifts and a snowboard terrain park. Gladstonemi.org/SkiPark Cross-Country Skiing Escanaba River State Forest, Days River Pathway and Rapid River Ski Trails are three of the most popular trails for X-C skiing in Delta County. (See “Extreme Vacation Destination” page for more information.) Snowmobiling The Nahma Grade Trail has 31 miles of marked, groomed trails that snowmobilers salute as one of the best anywhere, while Felch Grade Trail connects to the entire western side of the U.P. visitescanaba.com/snowmobile-19 Fantastic Fall Colors • Don’t miss Peninsula Point Lighthouse Tour around Little Bay de Noc for spectacular fall colors. • The Tunnel of Trees on the Haymeadow Creek tour takes you through Hiawatha Forest, about 11 miles from Rapid River on County Road 509. • The Escanaba River Tour is an amazing 65-minute drive up the majestic Escanaba River, from the shores of Little Bay de Noc to Munising. Visitescanaba.com/fall-color-tours-24 WHERE’S WALLEYE? Of all the fish found in American lakes, one fish is seen in abundance in the Bays de Noc: the walleye. In fact, walleye fishing in both Big and Little Bay de Noc is often spectacular along 211 miles of shoreline, the most of any U.S. continental county. With the walleye population estimated to be around 400,000, anglers often catch trophy sized fish. Hiking, Biking and Horseback Trails Delta County contains more than 241,000 acres of the Hiawatha National Forest with hundreds of miles of Great Lakes shoreline to hike, rivers to fish, and streams to paddle. These include: • Bay de Noc – Grand Island Trail: Trailhead 2 miles east of Rapid River on County Road 509. • Days River Natural Trail: Trailhead is located between Gladstone and Rapid River. • Days River Pathway: Trailhead is 2 miles northwest of US-2 and 41, between Gladstone and Rapid River. • Fayette State Park: Within the Escanaba state forest, the trailhead is located at the Fayette State Park entrance off M-183 on the Garden Peninsula, 16 miles south of US-2. • Fayette State Park: Located south of Garden on Garden Peninsula. • Maywood History Trail: In Little Bay de Noc recreation area, located 5 miles south of US-2 on Country Road 513, Rapid River. • Peninsula Point Lighthouse Interpretive Tour: 1-mile trail along Big Bay de Noc, 19 miles south of Rapid River on County Road 513. • Pioneer Trail Park: Takes the path of Chippewa Indians and French Missionaries, on Escanaba River north on US-2, 41 and M-35. • The U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Route: The tranquil beauty of the Hidden Coast boasts over 100 inventory points of interest, from M-35 for 64 miles from Menominee to Gladstone. • Pathway/Trail North 30th Street/Ludington Park: A year-round trail system that can be used for non-motorized activities, provided by the City of Escanaba Recreation Department. Visitescanaba.com/recreation-8 Sports Complex The Hannahville Ice and Turf Complex: Lined with turf, this facility offers nets on the perimeter and ceiling, ice-making capabilities, as well as baseball/ softball batting cages. Facebook.com/Wells-Sports-Complex-130749940321799
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