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Winter Activities in Northern Michigan

Inland Waterway

Winter brings numerous opportunities on the Inland Waterway. While the rivers rarely freeze, the lakes usually do. This provides great conditions for ice fishing on the various lakes in the area. See the current Michigan fishing guide for regulations. Snowmobilers and cross country skiers may also enjoy the frozen lakes. Be sure to check the local ice conditions before venturing out.

Crooked and Pickerel Lakes
Both Crooked and Pickerel Lakes are noted for good fishing, and relatively deep lakes given their more compact size in comparison to Burt and Mullett Lakes.

Crooked River
The Crooked River flows from Crooked Lake to Burt Lake.

Burt Lake
This is Michigan's fourth largest inland lake and is known for its wide span of water and its beautiful bays. There are two nature preserves on the shores of Burt Lake, Seven Springs Nature Preserve and Colonial Point Forest/Chaboiganing Nature Preserve.

Indian River
Connecting Burt and Mullett Lakes is the 5 mile stretch of the Indian River. The area where the Indian River flows into Mullett Lake is a marshy area known as the Indian River Spreads. The Indian River Spreads is a wildlife habitat for a variety of wildlife including Bald Eagle, Osprey, Otters and Loons and other waterfowl.

Mullett Lake
This is Michigan's fifth largest inland lake. Enjoy ice fishing on this deep lake.

Cheboygan River
This is the largest river in the Waterway system and it flows into Lake Huron. At is mouth, the Coast Guard Cutter "Mackinaw" makes its home. A drawbridge spans the river downtown and a gate lock raises and lowers boats 12 feet.

Winter River Rafting


Sturgeon River Rafting Trips

Guided winter rafting trips are available at Big Bear Adventures. Imagine floating down the crystal clear Sturgeon River amidst the snow covered evergreens. Also available for rental at Big Bear Adventures are cross-country skis and snow shoes.

For more information contact:
Big Bear Adventures
Phone: (231) 238-8181



Silent Sport Lodge

This serene Bed and Breakfast on the West Branch of the Sturgeon River is a peaceful retreat with many activities available all year round. In winter, activities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing and dog sled rides.

For more information contact:
Silent Sport Lodge
Phone: (231) 525-6166

Ice Skating


Cooperation Park

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, ice skating, hockey and sledding will be tons of fun when the snow arrives at Cooperation Park. Located just south of the town of Indian River, this great facility has something for everyone.

For more information contact:
Tuscarora Township Parks Commission
Phone: (231) 238-7865





There are many lakes available for ice fishing in the area, including a limited license drawing for Sturgeon fishing on Black Lake beginning the first Saturday in February. Also, the Sturgeon River is open to fishing year around from Burt Lake upstream to Wolverine. See the current Michigan fishing guide for regulations and seasons.

For more information contact:
Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone: (989) 732-3541

Northern Michigan Snowmobiling


North Central State Trail/Snowmobiling

When the snow flies, it is time for the snowmobiles to hit the trail. Snowmobilers will have a great ride through the beautiful woodlands and along the west shore of Mullett Lake. This trail is groomed. Speed limits and restricted hours are enforced on portions of the trail. Additionally, there are hundreds of miles of other groomed snowmobile trails in the area for you to enjoy.

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For more information Contact:
Top of Michigan Trails Council
Phone: (231) 348-8280

Black Mountain Recreation Area

Hiking and Skiing
With more than 30 miles of trails, hikers and skiers have their choice of routes for every skill level. Special pathways have been constructed for the traditional diagonal skier and the skate-skier. Pathways range from "Easy" to "Most Difficult".

Skiers may find themselves gliding under majestic pines, taking in views of Black Lake and, under the right conditions, even getting a glimpse of Lake Huron. Trail users travel through a number of forest types and are able to see what a managed forest looks like in its various stages of regrowth. Four separate parking lots provide skiers and hikers access to the pathway loops which best suit their abilities or interests.

More than 80 miles of groomed trail await you, with trails from Cheboygan to Millersburg, and throughout the entire recreation area. Please stay on trails designated for snowmobiles.  current Ski Reports,
Current Grromers Blog  

Elk Viewing

Visitors to Indian River are only minutes away from the Pigeon River Country State Forest, a prime location for catching a glimpse of the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi. Stop by the Chamber office to pick up an elk viewing map.

For more information contact:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Phone: (989) 732-3541


There are many thousands of acres of state land available for you to pursue the various types of hunting northern Michigan offers in the winter including coyote, bobcat, small game and land and water trapping. In addition, there is a limited license drawing elk hunt in December. See the current Michigan hunting and trapping guide for regulations and seasons.

For more information contact:
Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone: (989) 732-3541

Cross Country SkiingCross Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is offered at the Indian River golf course during the winter months. There is also cross country skiing available on both the Wildwood Hills pathway and the Black Mt. Forest Trail. All of these trails are groomed for the winter. We have several businesses that can set you up with rental equipment if you would like to give this peaceful way to enjoy the woods in the winter a try.

For more information contact:

Indian River Golf Club
Phone: (231) 238-7011


Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone: (989) 732-3541



Opportunities to participate in this fun worldwide game of hiding and seeking abound in the Indian River Area. There are traditional, multi and earth caches for every skill level. The Indian River zip code is 49749.

For more information contact:

Geocaching the official Global GPS Cache Hunt Website:

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding opportunities exist in the nearby Pigeon River Country and Lee Grand Ranch area. For those horse owners who enjoy peaceful, quiet, wooded areas, these trails are for you.

For more information contact:

Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone :(989) 732-2541

The Cross in the Woods

Join us for worship Year Round:
Saturday: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30am (indoor) and 10:30am
Monday thru Friday: 8:30am and Noon

In 1954, the Cross, made from a Redwood tree was erected. Renowned Michigan sculptor, Marshall M. Fredericks created a bronze image of the crucified Jesus which was raised into place in 1959 to complete the Crucifix.

Interesting Statistics about the Cross
1953 Redwood tree cut down in the mountains of Oregon.
1954 Cross is 55 feet high, 22 feet wide
1959 Corpus (or body) designed by Marshall Fredericks was cast in bronze at a foundry in Norway, weighing 7 tons, 28 feet head to toe, and outstretched arms span 21 feet.
1992 Corpus was cleaned and Cross repainted beige to emphasize the bronze corpus.
Corpus is cleaned and waxed every two years.

For More Information Contact:
The Cross in the Woods
Phone: (231) 238-8973


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