Our weather isn’t as extreme as other parts of the U.P. but our sports certainly are. Ice Fishing The cold and snow does not stifle the fishing on the Bays. Winter brings the rise of shanty towns where anglers drop a line for Walleye, Perch, Northern Pike, Splake or Smelt. Amateur anglers can compete in the Jig It Ice Fishing Tournament Extravaganza on Little Bays de Noc. Baydenoc.com/icefishing.htm Snow Biking If you’ve got a fat-tire bike, a helmet light, and the desire to ride through the trees with some hardy souls, the Days River Trail is groomed in winter. Visitescanaba.com/member-16/days-rivertrail-2.html Cross-Country Skiing • Escanaba River State Forest has a trail overlooking Fayette State Park and its village. The trailhead is off M-183 on the Garden Peninsular, 16 miles south of US-2. • Days River Pathway provides four trail loops of picture perfect Delta County scenery and rolling hills, winding along the Days River, pine, spruce and cedar ridges of the Escanaba State Forest. The trailhead is 2 miles NW of US-2 & 41 between Gladstone and Rapid River. • Rapid River Ski Trails offers five loops of Nordic ski trail opportunities plus two skating loops. One of the Upper Peninsula’s most beautiful trails through pine-covered ridges and thick swamps with gentle terrain to steep hills, its trailhead is 6 miles north of Rapid River on US-41. • North 30th Escanaba Pathway provides nearly 7 miles of groomed ski trails, enabling skiers and snowshoers to enjoy nature without leaving town. Visitescanaba.com/snowshoe-and-skiing-20 Snowmobiling Two dedicated Delta County snowmobile clubs groom hundreds of miles of designated snowmobile trails. The Nahma Grade Trail is one of Michigan’s best for snowmobiling. The trailhead is on I-40 near County Road 509, 2 miles east of Rapid River. Visitescanaba.com/snowmobile-19
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