The Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced today that Muncie Lake Pathway, located 13 miles southeast of Traverse City; and Cadillac Pathway, located five miles northeast of Cadillac, will be groomed for cross-country skiing thanks to local public support. Donations are needed to groom these cross-country ski trails due to the loss of state General Fund dollars that historically were used to maintain this activity.
A small, dedicated group of cross-country skiing enthusiasts associated with the VASA Ski Club have donated funds to have the 11.5-mile Muncie Lake Pathway system groomed. The VASA Ski Club is continuing to accept donations for the Muncie Lake cross-country ski system.
A successful pledge and donation drive by devoted cross-country skiers in the Cadillac area will insure that the 11.3-mile Cadillac Pathway is groomed this winter. For donation information, please go to www.cadillacpathway.org, or contact Todd Neiss, DNRE recreation specialist, at 231-775-9727. Questions about area trails in northwest Michigan can also be directed to Neiss at the number above.
Both cross-country ski trails will be groomed by DNRE employees on a weekly basis, depending on snow conditions.
Information regarding other trail and pathway opportunities may be found on the DNRE’s website at www.michigan.gov/dnre, under Outdoor Recreation.