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.
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.
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.
Download Ogemaw Hills Snowmobile Trails Map - pdf format 540 kb
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.
Ogemaw Hills Pathway
Clear Lake Road and Fairview Road - AuSable State ForestTrails: 13.6 MilesPhone: (989) 473-2258
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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
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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.
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.