Ice Conditions Report 2-1-21

HMR 1-30-21 pc Rob Brugman

Happy February everyone! It was so nice to see so many familiar faces and people enjoying the outdoors this past weekend. Lots of the climbs we have been patiently waiting for are now in including the Munising classic Dairyland!

Dairyland 1-30-21

You may have also seen the lake ice in the bay starting to form. But it is NOT SAFE conditions to cross over to Grand Island yet. We will be the first to let you know when ice lake conditions are safe. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Lake Superior can be a little cold this time of the year!

Also access to Miners Area/ Chapel Area roads are not drivable anymore so approaches will be longer and not via an automobile. Remember we do rent snowshoes/ xc skis at Down Wind Sports in Munising to help get you out to the backcountry! Speaking of there was a lot of action from Miners Castle to Chapel which is wonderful to see. When venturing out that far be sure to be prepared for long days and take precautions if someone in your part cannot ascend the climb!

Rappin Ice & Deadwood pc Captin Scott Gnas

Deadwood pc Gina Lynn

Sweet Mother Moses pc Greg Thelen

Emily Gantner on Widow Maker Miners Falls Area.


With the exception of The Amphitheater, all of the front country is looking pretty good! Just a friendly reminder that there is no parking allowed along Sand Point Road. Please park at the end parking lot and take the short warm up approach to the climbs.

Bryan DeAugustine rope soling on Swamp Thing

The Dryer Hose pc Micheal Straka

Swamp Falls pc Michael Straka


The Michigan Ice Fest Guides does offer a wide array of climbing gear for rent during the ice season. With gear from Black Diamond, Petzl, CAMP, La Sportiva, LOWA and many other great brands, we have what the gear you need to enjoy a day on the ice with friends.

If you have the skills and experience and are only lacking the gear, this a great way to get out. You can reserve any gear here.

At Michigan Ice we take pride in being your go to site for current ice climbing conditions for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as well as climbs throughout the Upper Peninsula. Planning a trip to Pictured Rocks? We have you covered for all the latest snow and ice conditions on all of your favorite climbs. Check back often for updates, pictures, and trip reports!