Lake Superior Snowshoeing
Situated on the south coast of Lake Superior, the far western corner of the Upper Peninsula receives the highest snowfall of any area in the northwoods of Wisconsin and Michigan. Our group will quickly leave signs of civilization and enter a world of deep powder, soaring trees and remote wilderness. Superior's lake effect snow hits the Black River region and Ottawa National Forest consistently, providing four to five feet of snow by mid-winter. Our adventure combines comfortable lodging in log cabins, cozy fires and fresh organic meals with amazing snowshoe hikes past frozen waterfalls and sea caves. We'll snowshoe down densely wooded gorges, past frozen waterfalls, through sea caves with ice stalactites, and down to the majestic shores of Lake Superior. When finished with snowshoeing, cross-country ski trails are located directly behind our log cabins for optional ski trips. At night, a Finnish style sauna and wood fires glowing in the fireplace await the adventurer looking to relax after a day of snowshoeing. Ottawa National Forest is comprised of close to one million acres of prime snowshoeing wilderness and includes the designated National Wild and Scenic sections of the Black River Gorge. Join us as we explore some of the most special and secluded spots in this beautiful and unique area.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown a day in advance. If flying in/out for this trip, to accommodate flight times, you may need to plan for an additional night hotel in Duluth on Day 4.
Lake Superior Snowshoeing Itinerary:
Day 1 Join your fellow snowshoers at our furnished log cabins – your home for the next 4 days as we explore the winter wilderness!
Day 2 From our cabins, we snowshoe alongside the frozen river past ice-covered waterfalls and stunning vistas.
Day 3 Our day is spent exploring the infamous sea caves and shores of the Apostle Islands. Tonight we enjoy a sleigh ride and bonfire!
Day 4 The final snowshoe will take us through the Black River gorge for amazing views of the expanse area and waterfalls.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions. This can include changes to the huts used, trails hiked, etc.
Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted above. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is one-half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.
Three nights lodging at Bear Track Cabins; all meals as indicated in itinerary; snowshoes and trekking poles; professional guiding; taxes; 3:00pm transfer from Duluth International on Day 1 and group return transfer to Duluth International on Day 4.
Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; park entrance fees where required; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages; soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.
Duluth International Airport, Duluth, MN – 125 miles, 2.5 hours
A complimentary group transfer is available from Duluth International Airport at 3:00pm of Day 1. Likewise, a group transfer is available to Duluth International Airport from the Bear Track Cabins on Day 4.
This trip is rated Moderate  as snowshoeing is an aerobic activity and we will be carrying packs weighing up to 25 pounds while traveling on some rugged terrain with elevation gain and loss each day. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest that you engage in a regular exercise regimen beginning at least three months prior to your departure. Most important to your enjoyment of the trip is your overall fitness level.
Winter-time temperatures usually hover in the 30s during the day and below zero at night. It's important to be prepared for all types of winter weather, including winter travel conditions as you drive to the location. Roads are maintained but winter driving conditions may be present.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Lake Superior Snowshoeing
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
Winter-time temperatures usually hover around 30's F during the day and sub-zero in the night. It is important to be prepared for all types of winter weather conditions including winter travel conditions as you drive to the location. Roads are maintained but winter driving conditions may be present.
- Trekking poles
- Bedding & Linens
- Safety Equipment
- Waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight waterproof and breathable (REI Elements or Goretex)
- Expedition weight fleece jacket
- Down jacket or vest
- Waterproof over-mittens or shell gloves
- Insulated hiking boots: heavy duty, waterproof, and well broken-in. Sorel-type boots do not work well. REI sales specialists can give great recommendations on snowshoe boots to keep your feet warm and dry.
- Down or synthetic booties for inside the cabin
- Two layers of mid- or lightweight thermal top and bottom made of synthetic (such as REI MTS) or wool
- Expedition weight fleece or wool pants
- Hiking or ski socks, made of wool or synthetic (one pair per day plus a spare)
- Sock liners-synthetic/wool liners- optional
- Balaclava or other breathable face covering (synthetic or wool)
- Wool or fleece hat
- Warm Gloves (bring an extra pair)
- Lightweight glove liners of wool or synthetic
- Gaiters-they greatly help to keep snow out of your boots
- Swimsuit or other clothing for Finnish Style Sauna
- Two 1-quart water Nalgene bottles
- Two water bottle insulators (to prevent freezing)
- Daypack – 30-50 liters
- Waterproof pack cover
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Ski goggles
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Personal snacks (your favorite energy foods and drinks)
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Hand and toe warmers
- Personal first aid kit, small and light with personal medication
- Personal towel for bathing
- Pocket knife or small multi-tool
- Camera with spare batteries and film
- Small binoculars
- Travel Games
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.