Winter Fun

Whatever your preference for outdoor activities in the wintertime, come to Ogemaw County and enjoy the best that nature has to offer.

Winter Fun in Ogemaw County

Ogemaw County is well known for its outstanding cross country ski trails. Ogemaw Hills Pathway is located at the corner of Fairview and Clear Lakes Roads. The trails wind through approximately 15 miles of the Ausable State Forest providing groomed cross country trails for all skill levels. Because of its location skiers can usually count on 6 to 10 more inches of snow on the trails than in the lower areas around West Branch and Rose City due to the elevation difference.

Whatever your preference for outdoor activities in the wintertime, come to Ogemaw County and enjoy the best that nature has to offer. Snowmobilers will find 95 miles of some of the finest groomed trails in Michigan. Easy access to snowmobile trails is one of the many pluses you will find in Ogemaw County. Check with your hotel for the easiest route to any of the trails in the system. Current snow and ski conditions reports are available 24 hours a day at (800) 755-9091 during the winter season.

  • Ogemaw County Trail Report

    trail report

    Snowmobiling Cross Country Skiing

    Want to know how much snow is covering the snowmobile trails or ski trails have been groomed? We have you covered with the Ogemaw County Trail Report.

  • Snowmobilings

    Snowmobiling

    Snowmobiling

    Snowmobilers will find 95 miles of some of the finest groomed trails in Michigan. Easy access to snowmobile trails is one of the many pluses you will find in Ogemaw County.

    Snowmobiling in Ogemaw County

    Download Ogemaw Hills Snowmobile Trails Map - pdf format 540 kb

  • Cross Country Skiing

    Cross Country Skiing

    Cross Country Skiing

    Ogemaw County is well known for its outstanding cross country ski trails like those at the Ogemaw Hills Pathway and Rifle River Recreation Area.

    Cross Country Skiing Ogemaw Hills Pathway

    Ogemaw Hills Pathway

    Clear Lake Road and Fairview Road - AuSable State ForestTrails: 13.6 MilesPhone: (989) 473-2258

    Download Map - pdf format 1.83 mb

    Rifle River Recreation Area

    18 Miles NW of West Branch on Rose City Road (AuSable State Forest)Approximate Size: 4449 AcresTrails: 14 MilesPhone: (989) 473-2258

    Download Map - 'Trails' pdf format 365 kb

  • Sledding at Irons Park

    Sledding

    Sledding

    Irons Park also gets visitors in the winter months. The hill behind the tennis courts are used as a sledding hill and the tennis courts are used as an ice rink, weather permitting.

    Sledding at Irons Park - West Branch

    Irons Park is a Municipal Park located on the West Branch of the Rifle River just south of Houghton Avenue on South Valley & Shrigley Streets. Amenities include: "Fort Austin" - a modern playscape, reservable shelters for picnics or weddings, bathroom facilities, tennis & basketball courts. The Rivertrail also runs throughout the park and connects to downtown Victorian West Branch.

  • Ice Fishing

    Ice Fishing

    Ice Fishing

    With an ice auger and just a bit of luck, you will be catching your dinner in no time on the frozen lakes and rivers of Ogemaw County. If you love to fish, and the snow, and the crisp, fresh air, then ice fishing is another reason winter may be your favorite season. Depending on where you are, there are several active types of fish that school up and are easy to catch. The lakes are known for their bass, bullheads, pike, crappie, musky, panfish, perch, and walleye. Check out the Fishing page for more information.

    Ice Fishing in Ogemaw County
  • Rifle River Cabin
    Cross Country Skiing
    Ice Fishing
    Snowmobiling
    Sledding at Irons Park