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Winter Recreation

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest

Cross-country skiing

The NHAL has four beautifully tracked and wonderfully scenic cross-country ski trails: Escanaba [PDF], Madeline [PDF], McNaughton [PDF] and Raven [PDF]. State trail passes are required for these trails. Because they are tracked, snowshoes, hiking and pets are not allowed on these trails in winter.

The Lumberjack [PDF] and Powell [PDF] trails are great for skiing. These trails are not groomed, but because they are popular, many times a trail may have already been broken.


The NHAL has nearly 400 miles of marked snowmobile trails that connect with an extensive network of county and local snowmobile club trails. These trails are all maintained and groomed by the local snowmobile clubs.


In addition to our winter trails, Lumberjack [PDF] and Powell [PDF], the parking lots at Fallison [PDF], North Trout [PDF] and Star Lake [PDF] Nature Trails are kept plowed to provide ample opportunities. For those that don't require a trail, the possibilities are endless. But please remember, no snowshoeing on groomed and tracked ski trails.