Upcoming events:

All events are open to the public, so bring your friends and family! RSVP’s are very appreciated but not necessary unless other wise specified. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and sign up for our email newsletter for updates as the events get closer!

Sunday May 6: 5K RACE DAY!
Join us in racing “Over the River and Through the Woods” to save land! This fun event in a beautiful setting is open to all ages and ability levels and is followed by dinner and a silent auction at sponsor Ore Dock Brewing Company ‘s Community Room. Learn more here!

June 23rd – Wildflower hike with Carol Margrif at the Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve
Join local wildflower guide Carol Margrif as we hike around the diverse ecosystem of the Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve looking for nature’s spring gems. Meet at the Main Street trailhead (Approximately 106 CR BAA in Harvey) at 10 am and walk along a slow 3/4 mile with us, with frequent stops.

July 21 – Explore our upcoming project: The Dear River Community Forest 
Oh boy are we excited to take you on this journey! This will be a half on- half off-trail introduction to our next upcoming project: We’re looking to purchase 190 acres north of and adjacent to the Vielmetti-Peters Reserve, which will more than double the protected area and recreational opportunities. Come explore with us while we daydream about the possibilities for education, public recreation, trails, and adventures in that area. Details to follow shortly!

August 11th – Indian Lake Hike Outing
Another classic UPLC summer outing–this time, from a new angle! UPLC protects over 2,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Michigamme Highlands and we are working with multiple partners including the DNR, the National Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and dozens of local landowners to create a corridor of unbroken protection for the wilderness in the area. The Indian Lake and Murphy Family Wilderness Preserves protect the headwaters of the Peshekee River, which provides the drinking water for more than 60,000 people. Meet at UPLC’s office at 8 am to carpool/caravan to Craig Lake State park, where we’ll be hiking in to the Preserves. This will be a minimum 9-mile hike along mostly logging roads. RSVP required. Details to follow shortly!

August 25th – 2nd Annual Chocolay Bayou Paddle Classic
The Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve still needs our help–we need to raise $25,000 in the next 5 years to ensure that we can responsibly promise to take care of it forever–this fun event will have two components: a more serious, longer paddle race, and a short, silly race for teams who are encouraged to raise money through team sponsors, decorate themselves and their boats, and play around in the water! Beer, food trucks, and local music for those of us on shore. (Psssssst, we need volunteer help with this, too!) Registration coming soon, get your group excited now! Details to follow shortly!

September 29th – Bald Mountain Adventure Day
UPLC’s fall favorite adventure in the Huron Mountains. Come on a challenging, off-trail hike (approximately 8 miles?) up a steep granite bald with fall views of Point Abbaye and the Huron Islands. Details to follow shortly!

Hope to see you out on the trail!