Skip to main content

UP winter fishing access

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is continuing a successful program begun in 2021 to keep boating access sites plowed at more than two dozen popular Upper Peninsula ice fishing locations.

Various local partners have agreed to assist the DNR with the program to ensure access to ice fishing opportunities in the U.P. are available consistently during snow conditions.

The 25 locations – situated across nine of the U.P.’s 15 counties – are DNR boating access sites managed for recreational boating.

The DNR enters into agreements with partners to plow the access sites for the winter.

An evaluation takes place each spring to assess several things, including how often the plowed sites are used and whether damage occurs to the access ramps.

Locations to have boating access sites plowed this winter include:

  • Baraga County: Vermilac Lake, Silver River
  • Chippewa County: Conley Point
  • Delta County: Little Bay de Noc (Kipling, Ford River)
  • Dickinson County: Lake Louise
  • Iron County: Indian Lake, Swan Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Emily, Lake Ellen
  • Keweenaw County: Gratiot Lake, Lake Medora, Lake Bailey
  • Luce County: Little Lake Harbor, Kak’s Lake, Big Manistique Lake
  • Mackinac County: South Manistique Lake, North Manistique Lake, Milakokia Lake and Millecoquins Lake
  • Marquette County: Lake Michigamme, Greenwood Reservoir, Johnson Lake, Big Shag Lake, East Bass Lake
  • Schoolcraft County: Big Spring Landing

For more information on places to fish in Michigan, visit the DNR’s webpage at:

Note to editors: An accompanying photo is available below for download. Caption information follows. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, unless otherwise noted.

Angler: An ice angler enjoys an afternoon fishing on an Upper Peninsula inland lake.

Contact: Zach Bishop, 906-789-8217 or John Pepin (media), 906-226-1352