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Ottawa National Forest North Country Trail Hike June 26

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The Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail (NCT) will host a hike on the NCT on Sunday, June 26th.¬†Mark Roberts will lead a hike of PWC Segment 40, starting at 3 pm (ET) from the NCT crossing on Forest Road 2200 in the Ottawa National Forest near the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness. Continue reading →

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2015-2016 Cross Country Ski Season Ends

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The 2015-2016 cross country ski season ended on April 16, with the final grooming of the Michigan Tech trails. It was a busy season that started somewhat later than the recent past. Michigan Tech hosted the US Cross Country Championships for the second year, and the Great Bear Chase at Swedetown saw a record attendance.

Just for grins, here are the starting and ending grooming dates for the last five seasons, culled from Keweenaw Trails trail reports.

Year – start date – end date

2015 – 2016 – Dec. 15 – April 16
2014 – 2015 – Nov. 11 – April 11
2013 – 2014 – Nov. 24 – April 28
2012 – 2013 – Nov. 13 – April 26
2011 – 2012 – Nov. 16 – Mar. 16

As you can see, the year started later than past years, but the end date was pretty much in line.

Thanks to the groomers who consistently submitted trails reports, and also to the Swedetown Trails Club, the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club, Chassell Recreation, the folks in Copper Harbor, and Michigan Tech for providing the great trails and support for Nordic skiing.

Time to tune the bikes!

–Dean Woodbeck, Keweenaw Trails webmaster

Posted in Nordic Skiing

Annual Gear Swap Slated April 9

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The Copper Country Ski Tigers Nordic Race Team is holding a used outdoor gear swap on Saturday, April 9, at the Houghton High School Multi-Purpose Room. Buy and sell outdoor gear – bikes, kayaks, canoes, camping gear, soccer equipment, skis, snowboards and outdoor clothing.

Drop off items to be sold on Friday, April 8, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 9, from 9:00-9:45 a.m.

Sale begins at 10 am Saturday.

Pick up unsold items from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday. 

There is a 15% commission, with a $50 maximum, charged on all items sold.

Also, bring your skis and snowboards and the state championship high school skiers will wax them for a nominal fee.

Questions? Call Amy at 906-487-6072

Posted in Events, General News, Nordic Skiing

DNR announces $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant for Houghton County project

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March 2, 2016 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that nearly 1,300 acres and 3.5 miles of Pilgrim River corridor in Houghton County will be protected from development, available for public use and managed as a working forest, thanks to a $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant.

The project, known as the Pilgrim River Forest, includes the state acquisition of a conservation easement on 1,299 acres of prime forest land on the Keweenaw Peninsula that is strategically positioned adjacent to the Pilgrim River Community Forest. The property contains 3.5 miles of undeveloped Pilgrim River frontage and serves as a wildlife travel corridor. Read the full story here.

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