When the weather outside is frightful (and that fire inside feels oh-so delightful...), it's hard to find the inspiration to get up, get out, and go adventuring. But, truth be told, Pure Michigan winter is one of the most breathtaking times to break free, bundle up, and just be outdoors, enjoying some of the most awe-inspiring, snow-and-ice-covered landscapes you'll find anywhere.
Skis, snowshoes, and fat tire bikes delight in the crunch of freshly-fallen stuff found on our winding, wintry trails. Stop at Jack's Bicycle Shop in Bay City to rent your own fat tire for a self-guided ride, or hop on during one of their special shop rides to take a tour with good company. Or, try Ray's Bike Shop (with both Bay City and Midland storefronts), where you'll find fat tire bikes for the taking at affordable hourly, day, or weekend rental rates.
Trekking on two tires not really your thing? Then, ski or snowshoe a nearly 100-mile span of safe, accessible trails known only as our Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail and thank your lucky stars for finding this local gem. But, whichever way you set out on your frosty adventure, first gear up with the good stuff found at some of our local favorite outdoor shops like Old Saginaw City's The Stable Outdoor Outfitters, Midland's Little Forks Outfitters, Linwood's Frank's Great Outdoors, and more!
Inside Midland's City Forest, time slows and togetherness gets more... together-ey... when families' legs are intertwined for a daring, downhill ride on a classic toboggan run. Bring your own sled (or rent one for just $6/hour) and prepare to be the parent who absolutely slayed planning that #PureMichiganSnowDay. Just drag out your snowsuits, dust off the thermos, and pour in a pile of hot cocoa: the scenic, snowy dreamland of City Forest will do the rest, keeping your entire family tobogganing, tumbling downhill, and taking in the perfect Pure Michigan snow day, together. (Hint: while you're here, you can also rent skates for the Forest's massive ice skating rink, or ski and snowshoe its eleven kilomoeters of gorgeously groomed trails!).
Every day from dawn-to-dark, set out to explore more than nineteen miles of scenic trails on snowshoes or cross-country skis, all inside the 1,200 frozen, winter-white acres of diverse ecosystem that make up Midland's Chippewa Nature Center. Set out on a short trail overlooking the frozen Pine River, take the longest trail through the Beech-Maple & Oxbow Woods, or try any of the other six fascinating trails in-between, but, whichever way you choose to venture out, be sure to take in some of Midland's most magical wintertime scenery and tuck it away in your memory.
Ready to fish our frozen waters, but don't have a clue (errr... which auger to use, what tackle to try, where to nab gear, how to find the perfect spot to set up shanty)? Fish Pure Michigan's Saginaw Bay this winter like only the trophy walleye-wielding pros would, with these ice fishing tips from a seasoned, local angler and owner of our own Mark Martin's Ice Fishing School!