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Winter Fun

Adam Zeeman has a blast sledding in fresh winter snow, photo courtesy Paul Gerow.

Michigan is draped in beauty when the winter months come calling. Alpena is a popular location for winter sports such as snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. More than 100 miles of groomed trails and more than 13,000 acres of State managed forest land offer peace and tranquility for those who love to bundle up and head out into the refreshing outdoors.


Snowmobiling

The Alpena Snowdrifters Club is under contract with the MDNR to sign, brush and groom 93 miles of snowmobile trail in the Alpena area. There are presently three staging areas for snowmobilers to park and ride from. In addition to the Devils Lake, a series of trails in a state forest, there are three other trails in the system. For trail conditions, a map and more visit the Alpena Snowdrifters Club. Riders can also bring their sleds into town near the NEST trail and stop for bite and a brew! But, please drive responsibly. Check out our blog, The Beginners Guide to a NEST Trail Snowmobile Adventure for a step by step, and trail by trail riding description.

Alpena Snowmobile Map

Northeast Michigan Snowmobile Map


Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing at Rockport State Recreation Area, photo courtesy Jason Lampel.

Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes is home to 5 country-side trails, each one is unique and offers the most tranquil and peaceful snowshoe experience. Getaway for an adventure that is the Pure Michigan experience this winter by snowshoeing through Alpena. See The Powder of 5: Snowshoeing the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes for a complete description of our trails and snowshoe experiences.

 

 

Ice Skating

Alpena is home to a state-of-the-art indoor ice skating facility, Northern Lights Arena. Built in 2003, this arena offers two first-class official NHL sized skate rinks for hockey tournaments, figure skating, and open skating to the public. These skate rinks are open year round so whether you are feeling the wintery Michigan spirit in July or December, come down and skate your cares away as you make Pure Michigan memories right here in Alpena! Find out more about Northern Lights Area in our blog, The Ice is Nice at Northern Lights Arena.

 

Cross-Country Skiing

Multiple cross-country ski trails are groomed throughout the season in the Alpena area. Photo courtesy, Casey Stutzman.

With a variety of trails ranging from rugged to smooth terrain, cross-country skiing is a favorite winter sport amongst Alpena locals and tourists to the area. You can find a list of our trails >>HERE<< and pick which terrain is best suited for you. Everything from novice to expert is only a few miles distance from town in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.

 

 

Ice Fishing

A winter tradition on Alpena’s inland lakes, providing some of the best ice fishing around! Long Lake, Grand Lake, and Hubbard Lake are ice fishing hot spots in the Alpena area for walleye, perch, several species of pan fish, bass, and pike. Bundle up and set up your tip ups on the inland lakes of Alpena, where the ice is nice and the fish are plenty!