Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced the following State Forest pathways and trailheads will be groomed for cross country skiing this winter:
Northern Lower Peninsula
Chippewa Hills and Norway Ridge pathways in Alpena County;
Wildwood Creek pathway in Cheboygan County;
Mason Tract pathway in Crawford County;
Muncie Lake pathway and Vasa trail in Grand Traverse County;
Pine Valley pathway in Lake County;
Buttles Road pathway in Montmorency County;
Ogemaw Hills pathway in Ogemaw County;
Pine Baron pathway in Otsego County;
Black Mountain and Ocqueoc Falls pathways in Presque Isle County;
Tisdale Triangle pathway in Roscommon County; and
Cadillac pathway in Wexford County.
Algonquin and Pine Bowl pathways in Chippewa County;
Days River pathway in Delta County;
Merriman East pathway in Dickinson County;
Lake Mary Plains pathway (Lake Mary) in Iron County;
Canada Lakes pathway in Luce County;
Peters Creek pathway in Mackinac County;
Anderson Lake and Blueberry Ridge pathways in Marquette County;
Cedar River pathway in Menominee County; and
Indian River pathway in Schoolcraft County.
Grooming and maintenance of DNR pathways, trailheads and parking lots are supported by grants from the Recreation Improvement Fund, or through efforts of local volunteers. Due to grant fund limitations, ploughing efforts will be reduced this season. Parking lots in the Traverse City area that serve non-groomed pathways also will not be cleared this season.
Parking along county roads can be unsafe and subject to local restrictions. DNR officials remind the public to use caution when accessing any state land for winter recreation activities.
For more information regarding State Forest pathways or trailheads, contact Brenda Curtis, Forest Recreation Planner, at 517-373-6260, or visit the DNR Website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.