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Winter Celebrations Abound in Marquette, Michigan

Located on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the clear waters of Lake Superior lap the shorelines, Marquette County harbors a community distinguished by its natural surroundings – from rushing waterfalls and rock formations to scenic vistas and dense hardwoods. With every snowfall, Marquette transforms into a picturesque wonderland filled with outdoor adventure and fun at every turn. From exploring the frozen coast of Lake Superior and the surrounding snowcapped forests to warming up with hot chocolate by a fire pit, Marquette County has plenty of winter activities to keep locals and visitors alike invigorated as the weather gets frosty.


Hailed as one of the snowiest cities east of the Rockies, the region is truly transformed – its numerous waterfalls and rugged terrain become blanketed in snow offering a wide range of activities and events for visitors of all ages and interest. Mark your calendars this January for the 26th Annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon on January 26 and 27, 2024—an event that has magnetized skilled and leisurely cross-country skiers for over two decades, drawing participants from across the U.S. and beyond. The historic point-to-point race commences from the historic Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, known for organized skiing and the prestigious U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and ends at the famous NMU Superior Dome. Another winter favorite and one of the most anticipated February traditions is the U.P. 200, an event that stands as one of America's premier mid-distance sled dog races featuring 12-dog teams. This thrilling race commences in Downtown Marquette and embarks on a 230-mile journey to Grand Marais before retracing its path back to Marquette along the same trail. From February 15 to 19, 2024 you can witness the remarkable spectacle of dogs and their determined mushers navigating Marquette's enchanting winter landscape, creating an experience like no other.


Following these exhilarating events, Marquette County invites you to explore its multitude of winter adventure options. Relax and savor Marquette's fine dining and award-winning craft brewery scene, or take to the numerous trail networks for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and more. There's truly no better place to experience a winter wonderland and ring in the season than Marquette.

Photo credit: Aaron Peterson



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