Winter in Lenawee County offers a plethora of exciting activities for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Whether you prefer the graceful glide of ice skating, the adrenaline rush of snow tubing, the serenity of snowshoeing, the endurance challenge of cross country skiing, or the anticipation of ice fishing, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Southeast Michigan.
1. Snow Tubing
If you're seeking an exhilarating winter adventure, look no further than snow tubing. Lenawee County boasts some fantastic snow tubing spots that promise hours of laughter and thrills! Gauci Golf Resort located in Onsted transforms into a thrilling snow tubing destination in the winter. Plus, they offer the experience at a low cost. Only $8 per person Monday-Friday and $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday, this includes tube and sled rentals. Gauci is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the winter.
You can also bring your own tube and glide down the hills at Heritage Park, Gerber Hill Park, Island Park, Ramsdall Park, and Taylor Road Park.
2. Snow Shoeing
For those who prefer a more serene winter activity, snow shoeing is the perfect way to immerse yourself in Lenawee's winter wonderland. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and venture out onto scenic trails that wind through snow-covered woods and meadows. Lenawee County offers a multitude of snow shoeing trails that cater to all skill levels. From gentle paths for beginners to challenging terrains for the more adventurous, there's something for everyone.
You can snowshoe anywhere on state land that is open to the public including Lake Hudson Recreation Area, Cambridge Junction Historic State Park, and Hayes State Park. County parks recommended for snow shoeing include: Gerber Hill Park, Hidden Lake Gardens, Ives Road Fen Preserve, Ramsdall Park, and Taylor Road Park.
3. Cross Country Skiing
Lenawee County offers great cross country skiing trails for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. One popular trail in Lenawee is at Hidden Lake Gardens which features a scenic path winding through the beautiful garden landscape, offering breathtaking views of winter scenery. Other local parks recommended for cross country skiing include: Gerber Hill Park, Ives Road Fen Preserve, Ramsdall Park, and Taylor Road Park.
Lenawee is also just over an hour from Mt. Brighton Ski Resort, where you can spend the day on man-made slopes and drive to Lenawee to stay the night then wake up to explore nature trails in the open parks!
4. Ice Fishing
If you're looking for a unique winter experience, ice fishing in Lenawee County is a must-try activity. With numerous lakes and ponds, the county offers plenty of opportunities to reel in some fish. Devil's Lake is a popular ice fishing destination in Lenawee. Known for its abundant fish population, including perch, bluegill, and walleye, the lake provides a great chance to make a catch. Other lakes, such as Round Lake and Wamplers Lake, also offer ideal conditions for ice fishing.
Remember to check local regulations and obtain the necessary permits before you head out. Ice thickness is crucial for safety, so always consult local authorities or experienced anglers to ensure safe fishing conditions.
5. Ice Skating
Arrington Ice Arena located on the campus of Adrian College is home to AC’s men's and women's NCAA Division III hockey teams, ACHA Division I, II, and III men's hockey teams, ACHA Division I and II women's hockey teams, as well as the synchronized skating and figure skating teams.
The arena regularly hosts public skates that are open to the general public. Sessions are designed for skaters at both the beginner and advanced levels. Their facility schedule is available online and on Arrington’s Facebook page. It’s an inexpensive family outing, with entry at only $4 per person and rental skates for $1. You’ll enjoy music playing in the arena and concessions available for purchase. Plus, fuel up after at WOW Café. The restaurant overlooks the arena and is known for some amazing chicken wings!