Winter Sports Trail at Leelanau State Park Open House on February 3!


Here's another great chance to get outside this winter! We're so lucky to have opportunities to ride with pals, and over the next few months, there's no reason to be bored. From Winter Trails Day (1/7), our Annual Meeting (1/13), and the North American Vasa (2/10-11), your dance card is pretty full. Well, make room for a field trip to Northport on 2/3! 

All of the partners that have worked to bring you the Winter Sports Trail at Leelanau State Park invite you to check out the final product. We're excited to bring a a 7-mile multi-use winter trail system at Leelanau State Park, and this is a chance to show you the fruits of our labor. On February 3, bring your friends and pack your fat bikes, skis, and snowshoes to enjoy a look at this developing recreational opportunity! 

The trail officially opened on December 1st with a series of 2-3 mile groomed trail loops that offer fun and adventure to fat tire bikers, xc skiers, snowshoers, and winter hikers. The multi-use trail is meant to support a wide variety of activities and has been developing over time through a volunteer partnership between Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA), North Shore Outfitters, Suttons Bay Bikes, rangers at Leelanau State Park, and an organized group of bike advocates from Bike Leelanau. 

The Trailblazing Open House is family-friendly and teens and youth are encouraged to come and explore their newest community trail system. This event will feature members from the community talking about proper trail etiquette and use of the trail, free fat tire bike demos from Suttons Bay Bikes that can be taken out by riders throughout the day, food from Northport Outfitters, and information about Leelanau County biking opportunities from Bike Leelanau. 

There will be two group fat tire bike rides offered, one 3 mile loop for beginners and one 7- mile loop for a bit more of a challenge. The group rides will begin at 11:30 AM. Those wishing to test a demo for the event should call Suttons Bay Bikes at (231) 421- 6815 ahead of time to reserve their bike. 

Attendees can find parking at Leelanau State Park, at the Densmore Road Trailhead, located at the end of Densmore Road, past Woolsey Airport. 

Adults ages 21 and older are invited to continue the festivities at The Mitten Brewing Company in Northport for an after party happy hour from 2 - 4 PM. The Mitten Brewing Company is located at 112 W Nagonaba St, Northport, MI 49670