Skiers Enjoy Trail, Sanctuaries

By Angie Jackson

Nearly two dozen people braved the cold in the U.P. on Jan. 9 to participate in a cross-country ski outing hosted by MNA.

The event, held at the Eagle Harbor Conservation Area in Keweenaw County, encouraged participants to enjoy the outdoors and experience three of MNA’s sanctuaries.

Five MNA stewards led the group on a 6-mile loop to Great Sand Bay along Lake Superior.

“I found it particularly rewarding that so many people participated,” said steward Nancy Leonard, noting that a good portion of the crowd had never skied on the Eagle Harbor Township trail before and knew little about it.

And those already familiar with the trail had the opportunity to learn more about the surrounding sanctuaries, Leonard added.

“It was great to have the opportunity to familiarize them with the three MNA sanctuaries that happen to be strung together along the trail,” Leonard said, referring to Eagle Harbor Red Pine Dunes, Dean Webster Memorial and Cy Clark Memorial.

Eagle Harbor Red Pines Dunes consists of 25 acres of sand dunes and connects to Cy Clark Memorial, which stretches 37 acres and is covered in cedar, black spruces, red maple and other plants. The Dean Webster Memorial is 12 acres.

Some participants, such as Mary Eckhart of Chassell, said they enjoyed learning about MNA and intend to become members.

Stewards will lead a snowshoe hike at Keweenaw Shore and Upson Lake Nature Sanctuary on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 2-4 p.m. Email Nancy Leonard at if you are interested in participating.

Check out coverage of this event in the Mining Gazette.