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!


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.

We’ll be taking off from the end of Brickyard Road at 10  (turn left past the new Meijer gas station), hiking through the Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve and on into the proposed Dead River Community Forest together. We’ll be off trail, bushwhacking our way along a future path down to the Dead River. This will be several miles of hiking, at times on steep slopes! Please come wearing sturdy hiking books, walking sticks as needed, and with food and water and anything else you’ll need to take care of yourself for a few hours away from a trail. UPLC staff will be there to guide you, AND so will a small film crew! We’ve been working all week creating a promotional video about the project that will be shared far and wide to help the community connect with this project. We want to include some bits with a group of folks out having fun in these woods–maybe you, too! Join us to see new rock cliffs, gentle sweeps in the river, beautiful wildflowers, huge trees, and maybe even a waterfall or three!

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!