Ice Conditions Report 3-4-19

Grand Island Pc John Miller

Cold temps and fat ice are what you will find if you are planning on venturing up to Pictured Rocks this week!  For the months of January and February the Munising area received 141.4″ of snow making access to the back country climbs challenging. If you are planning on climbing in the backcountry on the mainland bring snowshoes of skis! This weekend saw a flurry of activity with some folks working hard breaking a trail out to Dairyland only to find it was soaking wet!

Twin Falls Pc John Miller


Grand Island Pc John Miller
West Shore Grand Island PC Colten Moore

The lake ice out to Grand Island continues to be good and many climbers have been taking advantage and tagging the long and beautiful routes on the West Shore.  Access to the East Channel climbs remains unsafe to cross from Sand Point!  In our opinion the best climbing conditions in the U.P. are in March as the ice is fat and the sun starts to come out from its winter hibernation!  There are still ample opportunities to get some swings in so grab your friends and head on up for some spring climbing!


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! Special thanks goes out to the Millers and Colten Moore for their use of the photos!