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ALL TRAILS LEAD TO MACKINAW CITY -- CROSSROADS OF THE GREAT LAKES

 ALL TRAILS LEAD TO MACKINAW CITY -- CROSSROADS OF THE GREAT LAKES
 MACKINAW CITY, Mich., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In the not-too-distant future, all snowmobile trails will eventually lead to Mackinaw City, the northernmost point and final destination from anywhere in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. On the coastal northeast border of the trail in Cheboygan County, you will find one of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron. On the northwest coast in Emmet County is Lake Michigan. Where both Great Lakes come together and combine their waters to form blue ice in the frigid winter, stands the beautiful Mackinaw Bridge, the crossroads of the Great Lakes that connect both Michigan peninsulas in the Straits of Mackinac. The ivory towers of the bridge can been seen from miles away as you near the straits from wherever your journey begins.
 Snowmobile organizations in the north have been working to provide safe and scenic trails for several years. Improvements are constantly being made to give you the best experiences in the straits region.
 The trails fan out through forests and fields with neighboring communities all eventually linking one to another. Nearby Wilderness State Park is a popular spot in the winter, with cross-country ski trails and cabins often reserved a year or two ahead, for all winter sports enthusiasts. But, if you prefer the luxuries while you're roughing it, there are several modern motels and restaurants to relax in after a hard day on the trails. The trail brings you right into town from Carp Lake, just six miles south of Mackinaw City. Cheboygan is only 15 miles away, as is Alanson. Trails link up with Harbor Springs, the Black Mountain trail, Indian River and Alpena to the south. Excellent downhill skiing is only 30 minutes away at Nubs Nob Resort or Boyne Highlands.
 If you like real bargains, for the low sum of $1, you can actually ride across the Mighty Mackinac Bridge and see the islands of Mackinac -- Bois Blanc and Round, and tips of both Michigan peninsulas, all at the same time. Just notify the Mackinac Bridge Authority at 906-643-7600 that you're coming through with your sled, and authority representatives will be very obliging, transporting your sled by trailers and you by car.
 During the second weekend in January, Mackinaw City hosts the "Mackinaw Mush" Sled Dog Race. Area snowmobile clubs and volunteers assist in trail packing and as spotters for emergencies. Snowmobile drag racing on ice comes to nearby Carp Lake in mid-February.
 A "travel planner" is available by contacting the Mackinaw Area Tourist Bureau toll free at 1-800-666-0160 or calling the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce at 616-436-5574, or stopping by the chamber office, 708 S. Huron, for snowmobile maps.
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 /CONTACT: Gail McBride of the Mackinaw Area Tourist Bureau, 616-436-5664/ CO: Mackinaw Area Tourist Bureau ST: Michigan IN: LEI SU:


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