Lake Gogebic, Marenisco, Bergland, Michigan, Snowmobiling and Snowmobile Trail Reports

Lake Gogebic is Michigan's largest inland lake located in the far western end of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The north half of the lake is in Ontonagon County, Bergland Township, and the Eastern Time zone. The south half of the lake is in Gogebic County, Marenisco Township, and the Central Time zone.  In 13,380 acres of prime fishing water, there are walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, jumbo perch and some whitefish.

This region is also a prime hunting hot spot for deer, bear, small game and birds. Families will enjoy Lake Gogebic's summer water sports, camping, sightseeing and hiking the surrounding timberland. Winter is a "world of its own" with an annual snowfall of nearly 300 inches. Lake Gogebic is situated within a vast snowmobile trail system extending throughout the Upper Peninsula. Cross country ski trails are abundant and five major downhill ski facilities are less than a hour's drive. It is a great place to use snowshoes.


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Lake Gogebic, Marenisco, Bergland, Michigan Snowmobiling and Snowmobile Trail Conditions Reports
December 18, 2014 We’ve got the snow back that we lost (about 8-inches), but conditions are still very wet. A lot of the streams re-opened earlier this week and the word is the woods are still very wet. Once again, it’s very important that you stay on the trails as the conditions off trail will be worse. We’ve got a few nights coming up with very cold temperatures that will help the trail situation. Groomers have run on all the trails, some with drags and hopefully all with drags by this weekend. If daytime temps get a little too high the grooming will be restricted to night hours only. Watch for a change on trail 1 South from Rd. 8800 to Marenisco soon. We’ve been encountering more water problems in this area and hope to reroute…just watch for signs. For any who are planning to spend Christmas day up here please be aware that not all of the restaurants will be open so it’s best to call ahead. Also, by law, all bars must close Christmas Eve by 9:00et/8:00ct. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:17:31 (PST)
December 16, 2014 Well, we’ve got a slight improvement after Mondays rain, it turned to snow overnight giving us about 3-inches. However, it is very wet snow…on top of rain…on top of already wet ground. We’re expecting mostly 20’s for highs this week, although the nighttime temps look to drop down into the single digits later in the week which should help a lot. Can’t say for sure how good conditions will be for this next weekend just yet but for now you should stay off the trails as you will encounter a lot of wet and mud in some spots. For any who are planning to spend Christmas day up here be aware that not all of the restaurants will be open so it’s best to call ahead. Also, by law, all bars must close Christmas Eve by 9:00et/8:00ct. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:53:21 (PST)
December 14, 2014 Wet, wet, wet…pretty much sums up our trail conditions right now and the groomers are off the trails until conditions change. The forecast is calling for a return to normal conditions for this time of year once we get past Monday. On the bright side, this actually may be a good thing for setting the trails up for better conditions for the rest of the season. The trails are packed down so they’ll freeze once the temperature drops and then we’re expected to get more snow through next week. But for now the trail conditions are very poor. I will keep you updated as soon as conditions change so keep checking back. For any who are planning to spend Christmas day up here be aware that not all of the restaurants will be open so it’s best to call ahead. Also, by law, all bars must close Christmas Eve by 9:00et/8:00ct. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 16:05:28 (PST)
December 10, 2014 Our groomers have been out packing almost our entire trails system, but groomers with drags have only run on trails 8 east, 1 north and 8 west. However we’re experiencing some extremely wet conditions on 8 west right now. It would be best to avoid this trail until we receive colder temps. Don’t try to by-pass the trail by riding to the side of it as the water conditions are even worse off the trail. We’re hoping to have trail 102 open this week as well as 13 north. Although the gates are still closed on 13 north, if you’re very familiar with the trail, you can ride around the gates for now. As the groomers make their way up 13 north they will unlock all the gates. That’s the way we do it every year. While our groomer drivers are making progress on 13 south it still has not been groomed with a drag yet, however, you can still ride along the side of East Shore Road. With the record amount of approximately 90-inches of snow in November we’re really scrambling to get trails ready. Once the snow hit it brought a lot of branches down across trails and hindered our attempts to get out and check trails. Now it’s causing very wet conditions as the ground underneath hadn’t frozen before the snow came. More bad news…the forecast is calling for temps to get as high as 40 this weekend. Bummer. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 13:06:37 (PST)
December 5, 2014 We have groomers, with drags, out on trail 1 north, 8 west and 8 east. Watch for “wet area” signs on trail 8 west. All other trails we’re running groomers on but just to pack the snow down, trying to set the freeze down into the ground. With the incredible amounts of snow we received in November it served to insulate the wet ground underneath. As a result we’re now dealing with some very wet conditions on, at least, portions of most of our trails. It is very important to stay on the trails, however, because you will be getting into even worse conditions off the trail. Lots of water everywhere. Our nights have been very cold so wherever the groomers have run it should be freezing on the trails. The forecast is calling for more snow next week, but we often get unexpected lake effect snow…so you never know. I will keep you posted as conditions change or if we have any big weather news to pass on, so keep checking back. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, December 05, 2014 at 11:12:22 (PST)
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