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Outdoor Recreation in Tahquamenon Country

Kayak, ride an ORV, fish, bike, ski, snowshoe and more in Newberry. There is no limit to outdoor recreation here in Tahquamenon Country!

Tahquamenon Country is a year-round outdoor recreation wonderland. Every season offers opportunities to enjoy pristine wilderness, outdoor adventures, beautiful sights, and the rich history and culture of Luce County and Newberry. There are a lifetime's worth of places to explore and enjoy from scenic rivers, inland lakes, wooded trails, waterfalls and the dazzling Lake Superior shoreline. If you enjoy fishing, boating, sailing, snowmobiling, skiing, dog sledding, riding an ATV/ORV/four-wheeler and more then you will fall in love with Luce County.

ATV/ORV Riding

ATV/ORV riding in the Upper Peninsula is one of the fastest-growing recreational sports and Luce County's extensive trail system, including Pine Ridge Trail (PRT), Two-Heart Trail (THT) and Silver Creek Trail (SCT), provide riders with over 200 miles of high-speed adventure. In addition to designated trails, many of the seasonal non-gated roads throughout Luce County are open to enthusiasts.

Biking

Extensive trail systems and seasonal roads make the Newberry and Luce County area an ideal location to enjoy a ride. From relaxing bike rides down country roads to challenging sandy trails, there are opportunities for all levels of experience.

Fishing

The Upper Peninsula is home to a world class fishery year-round. There are so many great locations and types of fish that it is hard to choose the best fishing spot. Rivers like the Two Hearted are renowned for trout, steelhead and salmon. Lake Superior being the largest freshwater lake in the world makes it also one of the best places for freshwater fishing in the world. Popular species include walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, lake trout, steelhead, brown trout, brook trout, and splake.

Golfing

The Newberry Country Club’s 18 hole public golf course has been noted as one of the premiere courses in Michigan and recent upgrades, including the addition of over 300 yards in length, to the course make it both fun and challenging. 

Hiking

Hiking is the most relaxing way to enjoy your explorations of Tahquamenon Country. Popular hikes include the trails between Tahquamenon’s upper and lower falls and the North Country Trail. Along the way you may see deer, beavers, moose, otters, mink, 100+ species of birds and more. Be sure to bring your dogs, they will also enjoy the trails!

Horseback Riding

The Upper Peninsula is the perfect place for a relaxing ride through a peaceful boreal forest and up to Lake Superior. A popular location to camp and ride is Headquarters Lake Equestrian State Forest Campground and Trail Camp. This large equestrian area features six sites, a hand-pump well, picket poles, and a ramp for loading/unloading horses from trailers. 

Water Sports

What better way to explore the rivers, streams and Lake Superior than by kayak, canoe, stand up paddle board or boat. Traveling the vast river system provides access to exceptional wildlife viewing, amazing fishing and a wealth of photo opportunities. Additionally, Lake Superior is the best place to enjoy a refreshing swim. The sparkling cool water will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for your next outdoor adventure. 

Winter Sports

There are a wealth of winter sport activities to enjoy including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat-tire biking, ice fishing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. From extensive trails systems to forging your own trail though the freshly fallen snow the opportunities to celebrate and enjoy our winter wonderland are almost limitless. Below are a couple of highlights of what you can enjoy.

Dog Sledding

Tahquamenon Country is home to world class dog sledding year-round. This iconic winter sport can be enjoyed throughout the year as a spectator or participate in a day trip and even an overnight adventure. Fall colors tours though beautiful hardwood forests are especially popular. In the winter, you can even enjoy a ride though the pristine snow to the Tahquamenon lower falls. 

Snowmobiling Trails

The Upper Peninsula offers the best snowmobiling not only in Michigan but in the entire midwest. The depth and quality of snow and the length of the season coupled with the wealth of snowmobile-friendly restaurants, lodging and other amenities make it an ideal location for sledders. 

Outdoor adventures await you in Michigan’s Tahquamenon Country, plan your stay today. 

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Upper Tahquamenon Falls covered in snow and ice
drone shot of Manistique Lake in winter
Whitefish bay sunrise in winter
deer standing in the snow
The northern lights over Lake Superior
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