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Winter plowing

bird's-eye view of boating access site with snow

Winter plowing

To help expand ice fishing opportunities, the DNR and local partners team up to plow snow at key boating access sites in 10 of the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties. The following boating access sites are included:

  • Baraga County: Vermilac Lake, Silver River
  • Chippewa County: Munuscong Lake
  • Delta County: Little Bay de Noc (Kipling)
  • 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, Deer Lake, Lake Angeline, East Bass Lake
  • Schoolcraft County: McDonald Lake

Each spring, the DNR evaluates several things, including how often the plowed sites are used and whether damage occurs to the access ramps, to determine which sites will be plowed.