Winter in Michigan. February Edition
During the month of February multiple state parks and recreation areas offer free events that shine a light on Michigan’s beautiful outdoors. From lantern-lit snowshoe hikes through Ludington State Park to the Gun Lake Winterfest at Yankee Springs Recreation Area, these events have a little something for everyone.
Ludington State Park
Ludington State Park consist of 5300 acres of scenic Michigan beauty. Sand dunes, ponds, marshes, and forest. Wedged between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan visitors have several miles of shoreline to explore. The park is also the home to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse.
On Saturday, February 6th from 6-8 p.m. visitors can have a self-guided lantern-lit snowshoe hike, if you get to cold there will also be a warm campfire and hot chocolate. Snowshoes will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
Yankee Springs Recreation Area
Yankee Springs covers 5200 acres of rugged terrain, bogs, streams, and many lakes. The recreation area has three special places of interest: Devil’s Soupbowl, Graves Hill Overlook, and The Pines. Devil’s Soupbowl is an unusual glacial formation.
Gun Lake Winterfest begins Feb 12. Here you can explore Yankee Springs or check out the cool winter activities. The winterfest will have things such as igloo village competitions, a fashion show, and a Polar Bear Dip plus much more. Activities for all ages, entertain the kids with a fun family event.
If snows not your thing and you’d rather be on the ice. Feb. 13-14th is free fishing weekend throughout Michigan. Go out and catch yourself some dinner. Just be careful of thin ice after this little warm spell.
For more information about these events and many more go check out www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors
Go outside, explore, adventure and most importantly stay fresh.