Winter Fun in West Branch

We don’t let the snow slow us down!

Snow can’t stop fun in West Branch. When the weather gets cold, we switch from boating and swimming to snowmobiling and ice fishing!

If you’ve never experienced the world-class cross country skiing of West Branch, put it on your bucket list. Our expansive outdoor parks feature pristine trails that skiers of any skill level will appreciate.

Got the need for speed instead? Our groomed ORV trails make for perfect snowmobile runs in the winter months.

Ice fishing is another hugely popular activity during the winter season. Grab your poles, head out onto one of our many frozen lakes, and try your hand at catching any number of fish species! When you’re finished outside, cozy up indoors at a local brewery or restaurant downtown!

Area Spotlight: Rifle River Recreation Area

Miles of Cross Country Skiing to Enjoy

Rifle River Recreation Area features over 10 miles of groomed cross country skiing trails that wind through a scenic winter landscape. The trails are groomed regularly, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable ride for skiers of all levels. Besides skiing, visitors can also enjoy snowshoeing or winter hiking.

Rifle River Recreation Area is known for its diverse terrain, with trails that offer both flat and hilly sections. This makes it an ideal destination for both beginners and experienced skiers who are looking for a challenging workout. The area also features warming shelters and picnic areas, making it a great place to take a break and enjoy a hot drink and snack before hitting the trails again.

Need a snowmobile?

Find Rentals At:

RZR Rip’n Rentals
938 N St. Helen Rd
St Helen, MI 48656
(989) 632-3229

Carrying all the powersport rentals you need to enjoy Ogemaw County!

St. Helen Power Sports
1901 N St. Helen Rd.
St. Helen, MI 48656
(989) 389-4961

Find great prices on new and used ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, and more!

Frequently Asked Questions about Snowmobiling and Ice Fishing

Where can I find rules regarding snowmobiling?

Please refer to the Michigan DNR website for snowmobile regulations here 


Where can I find rules regarding ice fishing?

Please refer to the Michigan DNR website for current fishing rules and regulations here 

Visiting West Branch in the winter? You can also enjoy:

Downtown West Branch


Trails & Tours

Your Adventure in West Branch is Calling!