Brave winter's chill to enjoy Michigan’s outdoor thrills

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We’re in for a cold holiday weekend, but that's never stopped Michiganders from enjoying their favorite outdoor activities! If you haven’t made Valentine’s or Presidents Day plans, why not join a loved one and try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing? Flying solo? There’s always birding (see what we did there!) or falling in love with a peaceful winter hike.

Whatever you do, make sure your gear is warm and you’re following COVID-19 safety guidelines. For example, if you’re hanging out with someone who lives outside your household, stay at least 6 feet apart. You might also want to keep a face mask handy for times when social distancing isn't possible. Bonus: this can help keep the cold at bay! 

Need more ideas?

  • Free Fishing Weekend (Feb. 13-14) means fishing licenses aren’t needed (but all fishing regulations still apply). Even if you're an avid angler, always review ice safety tips at before heading out. The Recreation Passport fee for vehicle entry into state parks and boating access sites is waived this weekend, too.
  • Check out winter activities and more on the DNR Winter Fun page.
  • Celebrate the DNR's 100th birthday with our 100 Things to Do list. Go ahead, pretend you came up with them yourself to impress your friends, family or significant other; we don’t mind.

Winter wonder ahead ►

DNR COVID-19 RESPONSE: For details on affected DNR facilities and services, visit this webpage. Follow state actions and guidelines at