Land Use Partners

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore hugs the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s known for the dramatic multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs. Unusual sandstone formations like Miners Castle and Chapel Rock define the park’s headlands.

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides operate under special use permit with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Hiawatha National Forest (Grand Island)

Located in Michigan’s wild and scenic Upper Peninsula, the Hiawatha National Forest’s dramatic shorelines lie nestled up to Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan — three of the five great lakes. Our lakeshores, lighthouses, islands and abundant snow create a place of respite and play within a day’s drive of urban and rural areas of Michigan, Wisconsin, other nearby states and international locations.

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides operate under special use permit with the Hiawatha National Forest. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

MIF has secured permits for operating within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

MIF is operating under special use permit with the Hiawatha National Forest for climbing on Grand Island.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

Land Use Acknowledgement

The Michigan Ice Fest recognizes the tribal nations of this territory — the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Hannahville Indian Community and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

We acknowledge that we stand upon the ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabek.

Transportation & Sustainability Partners


In an effort to be more efficient getting our backcountry classes out into the park we are very excited to announce that we have teamed up with Polaris, the global industry leader in powersports. 

The Michigan Ice Fest is making an effort to become more environmentally sustainable by switching our back country shuttles to be electric! The Polaris RANGER XP KINETIC PREMIUM, with range up to 80 miles, convenient charging from a 120V outlet, and less scheduled maintenance than a similar gas-powered vehicle, will give us the power to do more!

We are stoked that Polaris will be joining the Michigan Ice Fest Team this year helping us to become more responsible in the world that we play in. be sure to check out all of their vehicles at the backcountry shuttle or at the Michigan Ice Fest headquarters

Polaris Adventures

Polaris Adventures is the adventure arm of the Polaris brand you know and love.  By partnering with a select network of Outfitters nationwide, Polaris Adventures provides on and off-road, safe and memorable outdoor adventures for guests of all skill levels. All outfitters feature unparalleled rental experiences – either guided or unguided and best-in-class vehicles, all at the top travel destinations near and far.