Top Four Winter Activities in Harbor Country

While Lake Michigan provides the sunshine, sand, and summer fun that everyone has come to expect from the area, Michigan winters provide their own brand of fun and adventure when the lake is more fun to look at than to jump in. We've put together a few of our favorite winter activities available right in Harbor Country. 

Ice Skating

Almost as soon as temperatures hit freezing, the nearby skating rinks are ready for you to lace up your skates and get out on the ice. A perfect activity for the whole family, whether you're experienced or just learning.

Oselka Park

Located in New Buffalo just west of the New Buffalo High School under the New Buffalo water tower.
 www.cityofnewbuffalo.org/oselkapark

Chikaming Township Park

Located on Red Arrow Hwy next to the Chikaming Township offices.
www.facebook.com/chikamingicerink
 

Near Harbor Country
 

Howard Ice Rink – St. Joseph,MI 269-983-8795 open Thanksgiving to March
Niles Ice Skating – Niles, MI 269-683-4700
Washington Park Ice Rink - Michigan City, IN 219-873-1510
Howard Park Ice Rink - South Bend, IN 219-255-1130 The Ice Box Ice Skating - South Bend, IN 219-288-3300


Snowmobiling


 

Snowmobile trails extend from New Buffalo, MI through Three Oaks to Galien and into Indiana. Snowmobilers can park at the Plaza One Truck Stop in New Buffalo and drive their sleds across Hwy 39 to the trailhead. Additional trailheads are located in Three Oaks and Galien. Trails are very well marked and extend approximately 26 miles, one way. For trail conditions call (269) 684-1749

Information available on regulations, permits and safety tips at the Michigan DNR website. 
Michigan DNR

The State of Michigan requires a $25 trail permit. This permit is good from October 1- September 30.

Permits may be purchased at:

Knoll Bros. Gas Station - 127 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo -  269-469-2725
Captain Cook’s Sports - 400 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo - 269-469-4510
The Featherbone Restaurant & Lounge - 6741 W. US Hwy 12, Three Oaks - 269-756-6821. Permits may also be purchased in Galien, MI at the
Bungalow Inn - US 12, Galien
Pro Mart Gas Station - US 12, Galien
Any Secretary of State office - Niles, Benton Harbor
MSA Association - 269-361-2285


Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing 


 

Warren Dunes State Park - 269-426-4013 - offers cross country skiing, but no ski rental. Open normal park hours, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Chikaming Township - 269-469-1676 has several area preserves that offer excellent cross country skiing opportunities.


Near Harbor Country

Madeline Bertrand Park – Niles - 269-683-8280 - 3 miles of lighted trails-groomed. Night skiing on Friday and Saturday. Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Rental available every day but Monday and Tuesday.

Love Creek – Berrien Center - 269-471-2617 -  6 miles of trails-groomed and lighted. Night skiing on Saturday nights. Cross Country Ski Rental available every day but Monday.

Grand Mere State Park – Stevensville - 269-426-4013 -  This 371 acre natural area is one of the area's most popular cross country ski sites. There is no ski rental.

Sarett Nature Center - Benton Harbor - 269-927-4832 -  This unique nature center, located in southwestern Michigan's Berrien County, has five miles of trails meandering through its 800 acres. Both cross-country skis and snowshoes are available for rental, and all trails are open from dawn to dusk every day.

Five Pines Tubing Hill - Berrien Center - 269- 471-1396 - Five Pines offers you and your family exciting winter enjoyment on their specially constructed 5-lane, 400-foot tubing hill. Snowmaking equipment provides the best possible conditions. Open to the public on Saturday and Sunday and available for groups’ weeknights. A warming house offers a snack shop, big screen TV and games. Cross-country skiing is also available.

St Joseph County Parks - Osceola and South Bend IN . Ferrettie/Baugo Creek Park in Osceola offers a tubing hill and snowshoe rental. St. Patrick's Park in South Bend also has a tubing hill and cross-country ski rentals. Click on 'Leisure Activities' for rates and hours. St. Patrick's trail passes are also honored at Madeline Bertrand County Park.


Sledding


 

Oselka Park Sledding HillNew Buffalo - Located just west of the New Buffalo High School under the New Buffalo water tower.

New Troy Community Center Sledding Hill - 269-426-3909 - 13372 California Rd, New Troy - Between the community center and the park.

Warren Dunes State Park269-426-4013 - offers cross country skiing, but no ski rental. Great slopes for tobogganing. Open normal park hours, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Five Pines Tubing Hill - Berrien Center - 269- 471-1396 - Five Pines offers you and your family exciting winter enjoyment on their specially constructed 5-lane, 400-foot tubing hill. Snowmaking equipment provides the best possible conditions. Open to the public on Saturday and Sunday and available for groups’ weeknights. A warming house offers a snack shop, big screen TV and games. Cross-country skiing is also available.

St Joseph County Parks - Osceola and South Bend IN - Ferrettie/Baugo Creek Park in Osceola offers a tubing hill and snowshoe rental. St. Patrick's Park in South Bend also has a tubing hill and cross-country ski rentals. Click on 'Leisure Activities' for rates and hours. St. Patrick's trail passes are also honored at Madeline Bertrand County Park.