The Tahquamenon Falls State Park offers lantern lit trails for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing Saturday evenings in February. The 50,000 acre park itself hosts miles and miles of the best hiking trails in the Upper Peninsula. Afterward, enjoy a Black Bear Stout at Camp 33, a natural celebration of a day well spent. December 1, the park offers a traditional snow shoe building workshop.
Maybe your interest falls in motorized trails. Paradise is located within a 120 plus mile complex of groomed snowmobile trails maintained by the Paradise Area Night Riders.
|Courtesy Terry Humphrey|
Snowmobile racing reaches its peak with the Soo 500, held Saturday, February 2, 2019. The i-500 brings racers from around the world to test the endurance of some 38 drivers and machines over a one mile oval ice track in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan just 60 miles from Paradise. There is a full week of special activities building up to race day, Saturday, the 2nd.
|Compliments Nature's Kennel|
Maybe photography is more your style. The world class sunrises and sunsets are as powerful in the winter months as they are in summer.
|Whitefish Point Light Station Courtesy Local Photographer, Terry Humphrey|
Ice climbing and ice cave explorations are activities that involve a hint of danger. The combination of lake effect snow, waterfalls, the presence of sandstone cliffs, and the water that flows between rock layers to create curtains of ice make Munising a prime location. A mecca for Ice climbing guides and adventures just a 90 minute ride from Paradise. These adventures offer unique experiences in Ice climbing and cave explorations but a word of caution, take steps to be careful.
Ice fishing is a local favorite in the winter months. Fish caught in the ice cold water of the region take on an invigorating flavor, freshness that suits the finest of culinary officiants. Curtis Michigan, no more 65 miles south west of Paradise offers their annual 4th Frostbite Pike Fishing Contest, January 29. If you haven't iced fish for some time, make plans to get out on the ice in 2019 and savor the flavor of your catch.
Have you considered fat bike riding or winter cycling? Why stay inside on a stationary bike when you can get out on the trails of the eastern UP on a fat bike? Better yet, bring your friends and take a fat bike for a spin!
There is no reason to be inactive in the winter months. If you are cold, long johns and wool, make for the perfect body temperatures especially when you are active. Your footing gets a bit slippery? Try cleats on your favorite hiking boots. Given today's technology and advances in thermal clothing and winter footwear, stay active this winter, for the health and shear beauty of it.