When the residents of Marquette Country, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, talk about “White Gold”, they are not talking about metals, but instead, the white snowflakes falling from the clouds starting at the end of November and continuing on well into March. With an average snowfall of over 250 inches, the county is a winter playground complete with unique downtowns, and a surprising amount of quality restaurants that range from steaks to comfort food.
The presence of Lake Superior is the natural snowmaking machine that kicks in to produce white, fluffy, “Lake Effect” snow almost daily during the winter months.
Marquette County boasts of having over 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. The reputation for having some of the best groomed trails in the state is a fact. Yearly, thousands of riders descend on the county to ride and enjoy the hospitality of the lodging facilities and restaurants. Located in the middle of the Upper Peninsula, positions the county to be the main overnight stop for riders traveling east or west. One must see stop is along trail 8 at the Carp River on the east side of Marquette. Early winter will allow photo opportunities of Lake Superior crashing waves against the shore. Plan to stop at the Welcome Center, located right on the trail along highway M-28-US41 for snowmobile maps and photo shots from the deck overlooking the lake.
The Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau updates their website daily with snow reports, and grooming conditions reported directly to the Bureau from the groomers. You can download a county wide snowmobile map or email for one at www.marquettecountry.org. You can reach a real person for a free map or dial in for snowmobile conditions at 800 544-4321
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