We have happily gone to the dogs!
What could be better than gliding through snowy trails of scenic hardwoods capped with powder? Add a team of playful sled dogs to UP the fun factor! This experience goes well beyond a ride in a sled. Mushing is a celebration of true U.P. spirit and offers an exhilarating taste of the local flavor. Throughout the region, you will find experienced Iditarod-tested mushers who will teach you everything you need to know about the sport. Dog sledding has broad appeal for visitors of all ages and abilities. These Alaskan Huskies are friendly, gentle and love socializing with people. Those with limited ability to participate in more physically demanding sports will enjoy a ride with these enthusiastic pups. Children 10 years of age and older can lead their own sled team!
An hour’s drive northwest of the Mackinac Bridge, you will find Nature’s Kennel Sled Dogs nestled between the Newberry State Forest and the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Train with your very own team and lead the dogs through frosted, wooded private trails. Treat your family to an experience they will remember for a lifetime by spending the night at the camp with your dog team, where kids learn to feed and care for the dogs. The location, near fabled Tahquamenon Falls and ice caves, creates a truly magical experience!
Dog sledding abounds in the U.P., and you are never far from top attractions. Husky Haven Kennels in Shingleton near Pictured Rocks tailors tours to your group interests and offers dog meet and greets. Or head up to the wild and windswept Keweenaw Peninsula where Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures will arrange camping trips for individuals and groups with dog teams near the shores of Lake Superior.
If you would rather work a short ride into your visit, many of our ski resorts offer dog sledding as another family-friendly alternative. If cheering on the dog teams is more your style, gather with the locals at the races! Many festivals throughout the season offer live entertainment and draw mushers from around the world to IFSS and ISDRA sanctioned competitions. For the more docile, give skijoring a try – lace up your cross-country skis and let your pooch pull you along powdery trails!
21st Annual Annual Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race
Jan. 29-Feb 2 AND Mar. 4-7
Dog Sledding and Exploring Ice Caves
UP 200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30
Marquette to Grand Marais
Feb. 28 – March 1