The Keweenaw Peninsula is home to a vast network of trails suitable for multiple forms of recreation. Ride along the coast of Lake Superior on your snowmobile or ATV or enjoy views atop ancient cliff ridges after hiking through pristine Keweenaw forestland. Our Keweenaw trails offer a special experience. If you enjoy them as much as we do, we hope that you will read on to learn how you can help support them.
From Houghton to Copper Harbor, the Keweenaw is home to many different trail systems that are open to various forms of recreational traffic. In the winter, you can find skiers gliding through snow covered trees or snowmobilers cruising to the top of Brockway Mountain. During the summer our trails offer incredible hiking, mountain biking, and ATV experiences. From grooming snow covered trails in the winter to building bridges and clearing trees in the spring, maintaining these beautiful trails takes a lot of work. Our trails are cared for through the hard work and dedication of many different local organizations and volunteer groups. When you volunteer your time or make a donation to one of these local groups, you not only support the maintenance of current trails, but the addition of new ones in the future.
Many local organizations host volunteer events to support our trails. This photo was taken during the 2023 Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition (KORC) Cleanup. | Photo by KORC
Each season brings new volunteer opportunities for those that wish to dedicate their time to keeping our Keweenaw trails pristine. Volunteer opportunities range from trail cleanup and repair in the spring to grooming fat-tire biking trails or plowing trailhead parking lots during the winter. Follow your favorite trail organizations online and keep an eye open for volunteer opportunities.
If you don't live in the area, making it to a volunteer event may be a little challenging. Many of our trails are supported solely through donations and fundraising initiatives. Every dollar helps when it comes to sustaining our recreation areas and creating new ones in the future. Consider donating to one of the many organizations below that work tirelessly to make the Keweenaw Peninsula such a beautiful place to recreate. Simply click on one of the logos below to donate to that organization.
Learn more about what it takes to build, maintain, and groom our regional trails by learning more about the organizations who are involved in the process. These organizations are also provide a wealth of information for those looking to explore all the trails the Keweenaw has to offer. Many of them also host events throughout the year. Make sure to show your support by following their social media pages! Click on the links below to learn more.
Many of the organizations listed above offer memberships. Not only does your membership fee support your favorite trails, but most organizations also provide special member perks. If you need help finding information about an organization, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Remember to buy your Michigan State Recreation Passport before entering Michigan State Parks, state forest campgrounds, designated boating access sites, or state-designated trailheads. ORV permits and Snowmobile permits are also required when riding state trails. Usage fees collected are put back into the natural areas you love. Certain trails, such as the Michigan Tech Trails, may require a day-use pass. Be sure to check online in advance, or read the trailhead signs for more information.