The Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum, Naubinway, Michigan
"Where the history of snowmobiling comes to life"
Welcome to the the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum! We are a non-profit antique & vintage snowmobile museum in Naubinway, Michigan. We are located on the north side of US 2 in downtown Naubinway. Our museum, fundraisers and events provide one-of-a-kind experience for people of all ages. We invite you to visit our museum, join us for our events and explore our wonderful town of Naubinway, Michigan in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Video - Diablo 50 Mile Ride
We have now joined the "facebook" crowd. You can keep udated on the very latest news there, thanks to Karen Jarema and Lori Vallier. You'll find us under Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum.
Latest News Flash!!
The MSA magazine had a great article in their Jan issue about our Grand Opening coming up, on Feb 14, 2014! We also had an article in the Jan issue of Lake Superior Magazine. Check them out!
I-500 Show update. We all had a great time at the I-500 and 45 machines made the vintage lap around the track just before the race began. Lou Hunt led the pack with his 1973 Polaris Starfire, which was the sled that he raced in the I-500 in 1973! He also won the People's Choice trophy at our show (the only trophy we handed out this year). We hope more can join us next year. We're also thinking about doing a short ride on Friday, the day before the race and show. Let us know what you think.
The Museum is now in charge of the Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show which will take place on Feb 1, 2014 at the Soo I-500 Race in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Anyone attending this show will be able to take their sled on one lap around the race track just before the beginning of the annual I-500 race! This is a very unique and special treat.Contact us at the museum for the registration form and information.
Oct 19, 2013 - The new, bigger and better, Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum is now OPEN and ready for business! Our hours will remain the same for now, but we are still working on some things, so there is almost always someone here before and after those hours. Or give us a call (906-291-0628) and we will do our best to open up for you. We want to show off the great selection of snowmobiles that 46 owners have put in here on loan. Our new address is W11660 US2, Naubinway, MI 49762.
June, 2013 - The new building is making great progress!! You can follow along with the pictures posted on the New Building/Photos page on the website, or on the Museum page on facebook. The donations of equipment, labor, food, & moral support have been amazing! You can go to the New Building page to find out what our needs are, and a list of donors. Together we can get this done. We thank you!
"Wild Bill's Run" DVD available at the museum in Aug, 2013:
This is the strange but true story of Wild Bill Cooper. Part Arctic adventure and part crime caper, WILD BILL’S RUN is an unforgettable ride with a true American folk hero. In the winter of 1972, Wild Bill Cooper led a ragtag crew of mechanics, ranchers and photographers on a grueling expedition across the polar ice. During some of the darkest days of the Cold War, their goal was to snowmobile 5,000 miles from Minnesota to Moscow. They didn’t quite make it.
May 10, 2013 - Groundbreaking Ceremony ! The Groundbreaking was on Friday, May 10 at 2:00 pm at the new museum site on US 2 in downtown Naubinway, MI. Here is the link for the 9 & 10 News video of the Groundbreaking: http://www.9and10news.com/story/22221410/ground-breaking-ceremony-marks-new-chapter-for-upper-peninsula-snowmobile-museum. You can also find pictures of the event on the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum facebook page. Also you will find a photo gallery of the building's progress on this website, under the New Building page.
On March 14, 2013 the State Savings Bank of Manistique, MI approved our loan for the new building! With your donations and donated labor pledged for the project, we are able to borrow $200,000, which is the minimum needed to get the building up and open. With this amount, we will be keeping the payment almost the same as what we have been paying for the last 4 years. We will continue to need your support to keep the museum growing. We have lots of ideas! Stay tuned to this website and facebook for updates as the project progresses. We still have snow, but it will eventually go and then we will begin!
On Feb. 2, 2013 Charlie,from the Museum, took the 1969 Timberwolf on the Vintage Lap around the track at the Soo I-500 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The Timberwolf was made in the Sault, and was the 'Pace Sled' for the 1970 I-500 race. It was donated to the Museum this spring by David Blair and restored by 5 Museum members. It is now in the Museum. It is something to see!
On Dec. 7, 2012 the Museum was awarded a $35,000 grant through MCACA (Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs) for the new building! Many thanks to MCACA and Laura Marohnic, with MI-SBTDC, for her hard work on this grant. The new building project is one step closer!
The January, 2013 issue of SnowGoer magazine has an article about the 13 Best Snowmobile Museums in North America, and Top of the Lake Museum was rated #1 and has a fantastic article about the museum! Thanks to Chris Riley and David Wells for their great work.
Feb. 2012 - The Museum has received a framed print of a Special Tribute from 6 State Legislators and also signed by the Governor of MIchigan. We are honored to be noticed by the Legislators and Governor. It is on display at the Museum.
We currently hold two major Upper Michigan antique & vintage snowmobile events annually that is suitable for the entire family: The Annual Top of the Lake Swap Meet the second Sat. in Sept. (Sept. 13, 2014) and the Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show and Ride, the 3rd weekend in Feb.(20th & 21st, 2015)
Why Donate?To continue reaching our goals, which include getting into a building on US 2, we depend on the help of people like you. Whether its a yearly membership, visiting the museum, taking part in a fun activity, buying raffle tickets, or making a donation.
WANTED: New Members!
If you would like to become a supporting member of the Museum, or already are a member and need to renew your membership, call the Museum and Marilyn will set you up. The cost is $50 per year. A membership includes free admission for 2 to the Museum and all museum events, 2 newsletters a year and the pride in helping to save a memorable part of snowmobiling history.
|Online Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Museum Store|
Check out our antique snowmobile museum store and browse our clothing, hats, Top of the Lake items, light switch covers, patches, books, children's handcrafted snowmobile rockers, and more! We will continue to add new snowmobile related items in the future, so check back often. All purchases are made securely online through PayPal or call the museum with your credit card order.
As of July 29, 2010 we are the owners of approximately 1 acre of property on the north side of US 2, downtown Naubinway! Someone volunteered his labor and equipment to clear the land and a local logger donated his equipment and labor to chip the trees. We had someone excavate the land for us. The Groundbreaking was held on May 10, 2013 and we moved into our new building on Oct. 19, 2013. If you would like to be a part of this great venture, please contact the Museum! We are open to all ideas and information.
With all of the donations we have received of memorabilia, money and snowmobiles, we realize this has become a project of love and memories made by so many people. It is definitely not "our" museum but "your" museum. As you can guess, it has taken a lot of hard work and help to build and establish a bigger and better museum. We want to make you a big part of this project. We have donation boards made to list donors and contributors, whether for a business, snowmobile club, individual donor, or donation of equipment and/or labor.
We''ll have more information in the coming weeks and check out our New Building Project page here on the website.
Online Antique Snowmobile Related Videos & Information
We also have the videos, Old Iron I, II, III, IV & V by Memo-Vision Video Productions, for sale. Video II has a segment on the Museum featured along with several other great features, which last almost 2 hours and Video IV has a segment about the Vintage National Show, July 14, 2012.
Bud Knapp, Snowmobile Hall of Fame Historian, is available as a great resource for antique and vintage information. Please feel free to call him at 616-940-5429. He is in a Nursing Home, but his mind is still sharp. He loves to talk about snowmobiles! His adddress is:
Bud Knapp, 2058 Ken Ade St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Thank you for visiting! We look forward to seeing you at the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum and Michigan's Upper Peninsula!