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Outdoor Recreation

Fun on Snow and Ice

If you visit St. Ignace to enjoy one of our many winter offerings you'll need a place to stay!  Click here for a list of motels open during the winter in St. Ignace!


Cross Country Skiing

St. Ignace is home to the Sand Dunes Cross Country Ski Trail. Just 11 miles west of St. Ignace, seven groomed trails, varying in length from 1.5 to 7.6 miles, offer a skiing experience for every skier from the beginner to the expert. This scenic trail winds through the ancient dunes of Lake Michigan. The trails are groomed for classic style cross country skiing. There is ample parking, and outhouse, and a log warming cabin with a wood stove. The scenery is spectacular and trails are fun for everyone! The Sand Dunes Cross Country Ski Trail is part of the Hiawatha National Forest, St. Ignace Ranger District.

Downhill Fun

Silver Mountain has two downhill runs for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Snow tubing for the family is an affordable activity with tube rentals and a tow rope back to the top. A warming chalet and a snack bar make it fun for everyone! 


When there’s no snow elsewhere, winter sports enthusiasts look to the U.P.  With 200 inches of snowfall yearly in some areas, it’s no wonder!  The Hiawatha National Forest, positioned in the “lake effect snow” shadows of Lakes Superior and Michigan, is in the heart of a true winter sports wonderland.

The U.S. Forest Service St. Ignace Ranger Station is located about 7 miles west of St. Ignace on US-2.  They have a small network of trails called the Gros Cap Trails.

As well, the North Country Trail system in Mackinac County covers over 40 miles.  These trails are ungroomed in the winter and make for great snowshoeing!


The Straits Area Snowmobile Club maintains over 100 miles of     snowmobile trails in Mackinac County. Visit  to get the latest trail conditions and join their forum/blog!




What ice adventure would be complete without spending some time ice fishing?  Ice fishing out on one of the Great Lakes can be a time for peace and quiet, unless a big one latches on to your tip-up!  In the winter you can use tip-ups and spearing to catch pike, walleye and pan fish at French Farm and Carp Lake.  Ice fishing is best in protected bays and around the marinas.  Jig for pan fish, set tip-ups for walleye, pike, or lake trout, or spear a northern pike or muskie.  If we don't have ice in February anglers can put their ice-fishing tackle away and concentrate their fishing activity from piers, from shore along rivers, streams, river mouths, and from boats where there is plenty of open water.  Warmer winters now make surf-casting for steelhead, brown trout, and salmon on Lake Michigan an option.  Be sure to dress warmly and have a little extra patience.

Hockey and Ice Skating

St. Ignace is home to hockey players and fans of all ages. The local ice arena, Little Bear East Arena and Event Center, provides an indoor ice facility for both skaters and hockey players. The arena hosts hockey and ice skating events from October through March each year. The facility offers skate rental and skate sharpening at a reasonable rate.  The City of St. Ignace supports the St. Ignace Youth Hockey Association in order to make it possible for girls and boys from kindergarten through senior high school to play hockey.  An outdoor rink is maintained on the ice of Moran Bay right in the downtown area.

Pond Hockey Tournament

Each February, St. Ignace hosts the annual Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championships. Pond hockey is played on the outdoor rink with no goalies and four-on-four play action.