March is considered by many to be one of the worst months, especially in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And who can blame them? Depending on the weather, March can either be a winter wonderland – or a wet, muddy puddle of slush.
But if you’re set on spending your spring break in the UP, don’t despair! There are still plenty of things to do despite – or even because of – the weather.
In no particular order, here are ten things to do in the UP during March:
- Skiing. Get your skis back out, because it’s still winter! Many ski hills in Michigan stay open through the end of March, and even into mid-April. Spring is one of the best times for skiing in Northern Michigan because the warmer weather means you won’t freeze your fingers off!
- See the boats come in. The Soo Locks in Sault St. Marie open for the year at Midnight on March 25 (the night of the 24), 2020. If you’re up for a late night, you can head down to the viewing platform to watch the first freight boat come in!
- Tree Tapping. March is maple syrup season in the UP! Lots of local farms offer tours and syrup tastings.
- Dog sledding. The Upper Peninsula is home to several sled dog training centers. Make your reservation to learn how sled dogs are trained, what they do during the summer, or even try driving your own team through the woods!
- Visit local breweries. No matter where you go in the UP, a local brewery isn’t far away. This is a great opportunity to experience Yooper culture (and enjoy some excellent food and drink) while staying warm and dry inside.
- Snow shoeing. March is still winter up here, so why not take a stroll through the woods? For an even more amazing view, check out some of the many gorgeous waterfalls the UP has to offer – you won’t be disappointed!
- Fishing. You can find great fishing opportunities year round at the many lakes and rivers of the UP. Fishing licenses are available for purchase online, from any DNR service center, any many other establishments like hunting and fishing stores and some gas stations. A 24 hour license costs just $10, while a 72 hour license is $30.
- Antiquing. People come from all over just to browse for antiques. Downtown Negaunee is known for antique shops, but hidden gems can be found all over the Upper Peninsula.
- Bird watching. If you want to see wildlife, there’s plenty around! Of special interest to you may be the annual Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch, which begins each year on March 15 and goes through June 15. If you’re in Copper Harbor, consider visiting the count site to enjoy the spectacular spring hawk migration!
- Ice skating. If the outdoor rinks are closed (some of them have already closed by March, but some may be open through the end of the month), there are plenty of indoor rinks around as well!
Now that you’ve got 10 things to do in March in the U.P. you can start planning your spring trip with a schedule in mind. Have fun!