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Is it winter already? You betcha! Check out our feature on where to find the best snow before Christmas and Jim DuFresne’s piece on exploring Sylvania Wilderness in the middle of winter entitled Solitude on Snowshoes. Then use our Trail Search feature above and click on cross-country skiing under “Select an Activity.” You’ll discover trails and will be able to download the appropriate map for wherever you want to ski.

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    Trail Talk Blog
    February 14, 2020 Drive-in or Walk-in? In Michigan We Need Both
    Walk-in or drive-in? In Michigan there is a need for both types of access but not on the same lake. That’s the debate they’re having in the Upper Peninsula over the future of Silver Lake Basin. The latest Trail Talk blog looks at the issue a… read more
    December 27, 2019 The Right of a Coyote to Live Next Door
    Who’s your neighbor? Five whitetail deer that ravish your tomato plants or your expensive landscaping? A squirrel that empties your bird feeder? A coyote eyeing your cat from behind a tree? In this Trail Talk blog for MichiganTrailMaps… read more
    November 20, 2019 A Moose hunt on Isle Royale? Bad Idea
    The moose population on Isle Royale has exceeded 2,000 and some Michigan lawmakers are pushing a resolution urging the National Park Service to stage a lottery hunt as a way to control the herd. In this latest Trail Talk blog from MichiganTr… read more
    July 12, 2019 The High Cost of a Backcountry Rescue – Who Pays?
    High water levels on Lake Michigan have doubled the cost of retrieving injured visitors along the shoreline dunes of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore this summer. In this Trail Talk blog, Jim DuFresne wonders why are the rescued so shocke… read more
    A Paddling Map for Spring

    Little known Pretty Lake Complex, a non-motorized area in the U.P.,  is our first paddler’s map

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    Sylvania Wilderness; Solitude on Snowshoes

    Sylvania in the winter is a true wilderness adventure.

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    Our Newest Map Is Now Available

    Our new waterproof map covers North & South Manitou Islands in Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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