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
Link to us: www.snowmobilemuseum.com and our Museum video: http://youtu.be/UOKo2VlNr6s
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, Marilyn Vallier and Lori Vallier. You'll find us under Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum. Join in on the posts!
Latest News Flash!!
Oct 19, 2014. It's our first anniversary in the new building!. My, how time flies....And we have loved every minute of it! If you were a year ago, you need to come again and see how much more we have in here now. On Oct. 21, the Budweiser Drag Sled is leaving us and being replaced with the Arctic Cat Boss Cat III. We have added 2 more annual shows to our schedule (the St. Ignace Tractor Show and the Soo I-500 Vintage, Memories at the Mile Show). made lots of new friends and changed our hours so that we are open every day of the week (except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and Easter). Our attendance continues to grow every month, our gift shop continues to expand and we were able to get the stone work done on the building and the front part of the driveway paved this summer. We would not be where we are today with out the awesome support of everyone out there who has helped in any way they can! We wholeheartedly Thank You!!
Sept 13, 2014 will be our Swap Meet and Auction. If it's time to clean out the garage, keep us in mind! The Swap Meet will be from 8am till 2pm. The Auction will begin at 2:15 and all recreational vehicles or items are welcome. It will all take place at our new museum site on US 2 in downtown Naubinway. You can list your auction items on www.postulaauctions.com. You can find more information on our Featured Events page. This is a fundraiser to help us pay our winter heating bill.
May 13, 2014 - We have received our first payment from the AmazonSmile Program. If you place an order under AmazonSmile and click on the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum as your charity, .05% of your order will come to us. Here is the link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/61-1513668. We appreciate all donations!
A New Show for us - Top of the Lake Show, Sept. 5 & 6, 2014 in St. Ignace, MI. This show will be in conjunction with the St. Ignace Tractor Show held the same weekend. Our snowmobile show will be held in the enclosed Little Bear Arena East, in downtown St. Ignace. Displayers are asked to arrive between 3pm and 8pm on Thursday, Sept 4 to avoid the traffic conjestion on Friday am. This will be a fun show, with fun trophies awarded on Sat. at 3pm and the cost to display and for admission is free. Any donations will go toward the Museum Show Fund. Call the museum, 906-477-6298 or email, email@example.com, for the registration form and more information. 900+ tractors crossed the Mackinac Bridge for this show last year. Come and help us make this an even greater event.
The MSA magazine had a great article in their Jan, 2014 issue about our Grand Opening coming up, on Feb 14, 2014! We also had an article in the Jan, 2014 issue of Lake Superior Magazine. Check them out!
I-500 Show update. We all had a great time at the Soo 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. 12, 2015) 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 & VI 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. Due out in Sept. 2014 is Old Iron VI, which will feature the new Top of the Lake Museum.
|Thank you for visiting! We look forward to seeing you at the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum and Michigan's Upper Peninsula!|