The Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum, Naubinway, Michigan
In 2016, the Museum added a new event:
Dec 15, 2018 - Join us for the third annual "Snowmobile the Mighty Mac" crossing of the Mackinac Bridge. All snowmobiles 25 years & older are welcome. They must have a legal registration or the Historic Registration, a wheel kit with at least 2" wheels, and no studs or cleats. A lunch will be included in the cost, at the Little Bear Arena. Call the St. Ignace Visitor's Bureau for registration and details - 906-643-8717. Registration will be online or by phone.
Award winners for the 2nd Annual "Snowmobile the Mighty Mac" Dec 16, 2017;
Farthest Traveled - Jim Budzinski, Marietta, GA
Best Wheel Kit - Jerry Gengler, Chesaning, MI
Oldest Snowmobile - 1963 SkiDoo, Matt Vandenbosch, Dewitt, MI
Best Costume - Donna Johnson, Warren, MI
Youngest Driver - Tucker VanHaitsma (12), Allegan, MI
Oldest Driver - Jesse Foster (82), Fenton, MI
Grand Marshall - Jim Langley, Denver, CO
In 2013 & 2014, the Museum added 2 more annual events:
St. Ignace Snowmobile/Tractor Show is held the 2nd Sat. in September in St. Ignace, MI at the Little Bear Arena. St. Ignace has been hosting the annual Owosso Tractor Show for the last few years. Over 1000 tractors cross the Mackinac Bridge on that Friday. In 2014 the St. Ignace Chamber invited us to bring snowmobiles to show inside the Arena, with the tractors parked in the parking lot outside of the Arena. This was a great mix! It sounds like some of the tractor people will be bringing snowmobiles next year. This year's show will be Sept 8 & 9, 2017. There is no charge to display your snowmobiles. For more information and to register, please contact Marilyn at the Museum. 906-477-6298
Award Winners for the 2017 Show:
Best Red Machine– 1971 Alouette Villian
Bud Bortel Prescott, MI
Best Black Machine – 1978 SkiDoo Blizzard
Randy McEwen Corunna, MI
Best Yellow Machine – 1970 Ski Doo Oly & sleigh
Hailee Lefeber Fond du Lac, WI
Best Tractor Manufactured Machine – 1972 Wheel Horse & Sleigh
Larry Boyle Deerbrook, WI
Best Vintage – 1978 John Deere Liquifire
Lincoln Huffman Elsie, MI
Best Antique – 1963 Snow King
John McGuirk Sidney, OH
Most Unique – 1960? Homemade
Larry Bicigo Crystal Falls, MI
Participant's Choice - 1973 SnoJet & Jet-Along
Darrin Lefeber Fond du Lac, WII
People’s Choice – 1942 Eliason
John McGuirk Sidney, OH
Next St. Ignace Show - Sept 7 & 8, 2018. Please call ahead to register. 906-477-6298
Soo I-500 Vintage Show/Memories at the Mile is held the first Sat. in February in conjunction with the annual Soo I-500 Race in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The date next year is Feb 2, 2019. Anyone attending this show will be able to take their sled on one lap around the racetrack just before the start of the Annual I-500 Race. This is a very unique and special treat! The older sleds are then on display on the south side of the track. Thousands of people are on hand to see both events. Please contact the Museum for more information and to register your sleds for the show. The cost is free. 2018 was also the 50th Anniversary of the I-500!
Top of the Lake Snowmobile Swap Meet & Auction
All proceeds go to the Winter Fuel Fund! Join us to swap items, have fun and gather together! Enjoy participating in the Fall Fest, fund raisers, raffles, and other area events that coincide with ours.
12th Annual Auction, 9/15/2018 - Postula Auctions will be hosting an auction for any recreational vehicles, lawn tractors, motors, trailers, etc. immediately after the Swap Meet at the Museum site. You can post your items on Ted's site anytime before Sept. 14 or call him at 906-297-8481. A 10% consignment fee will be collected and a portion of that fee will go toward the Building Fund. The Swap Meet will end at 2pm and the Auction will begin at 2:15pm. Our Sept. 15 Raffle Drawing will be at 2pm. Prizes will be announced at a later date.
Sept 16, 2017 Raffle Winners:
1st – 1972 Rupp – Todd Masters, Clinton, MI
2nd – 8x10 Storage Shed or $500 Cash – Tony Cerne, L'Anse, MI
3rd – Chamberlin's B & B One Night Stay – Lori Yanakeff, Manitou Beach, MI
4th – $100 Gas Card - Mark Stevenson, Clinton, MI
5th – Snowmobile Print – Jackie Busch, Fenton, MI
6th - $50 Cash - Julian Gaudenzi, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
All proceeds go to the Museum Winter Fuel Fund.
Raffle Prizes for Sept 15, 2018
1st - 1980 John Deere Liquifire (donated by Charlie Vallier)
2nd - 8x10 Storage Shed or $500 Cash
3rd - $100 Gas Card
4th - Snowmobile Rocker
5th - Snowmobile Print
6th - $50 Cash (donated by a Museum Member)
Drawing at 3:00pm at the Snowmobile Museum.
Please Contact the Museum if you would like tickets. Tickets are; 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. You can call the Museum and order your tickets. 906-477-6298
If you are interested in donating a prize for our next raffle in Feb. 2019, please contact the Museum, 906-477-6298. Your donation is tax deductible.
Swap Meet & Auction
This yearly event is one of the fundraisers for the Museum. This event pays for our winter fuel. It's also a great way to start the fall/winter season!
Date: Saturday, September 15th, 2018--- 8am till 3pm Raffle Drawing at 3pm
All Snowmobiles and recreational vehicles and vendors are Welcome! Raffle Drawing at 3pm. Tickets are available at the Museum. Email us today for more information about our Annual Swap Meet or if you would like to advertise with us or buy raffle tickets: email@example.com.
We want to thank everyone who made our 2017 Snowmobile Show so much fun and such a success!
People came from so many different places (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, Illinois & Canada), which makes the turnout so amazing. The memories are still here and thriving! We also added 30 more snowmobiles to the Museum collection, so be sure to stop by next time you're in the area. The date for next show will be Feb. 16th & 17th, 2018. The featured sled will be the large 1968 SkiDoo Olympique in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Plaisted Expedition. Walt Pederson's siblings will be the featured guest speakers.
27th Top of the Lake Snowmobile Show & Ride – Sponsored by the Top of the Lake Communities Assoc. Featured sled this year will be the Johnson snowmobiles.
Feb. 15 & 16, 2019. It's our 26th Annual weekend of fun with the old sleds in Naubinway, MI, located 45 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge on US 2 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Friday – 7:30am till 9:30am – Breakfast at the Naubinway Pavilion (1 block south of the blinking light on US 2), sponsored by the Top of the Lake Communities Assoc.
Friday – 11:00am - Ride leaving from the Museum area. Ride 13 miles to Cranberry Lodge, on the Hiawatha Sportsman's Club, for an eventful afternoon with lots of "sled talk" and brats & hotdogs, just like the good-old-days. All snowmobiles & riders are welcome. (Please note the later start time)
Friday – 3:00-8:00pm – Get-together at the new museum building and go on a short, 3 mile Night Ride beginning at 6:30pm. Bonfire on the trail.
Saturday - 10am-3pm. Display of all sleds in downtown Naubinway. Free registration will be at the Snowmobile Museum, on the north side of US 2. Machines will be on display in front of the stores on the south side of US 2. Bring whatever machine you have. This is a fun event. We do award a plaque for Favorite Featured Sled on Sat. night.
Banquet from 4:30-5:30 at the Engadine/Garfield Town Hall, following with a presentation on the featured sled, raffle drawings and an auction, with the proceeds going to the Top of the Lake Museum Building Fund. We would appreciate any donations for the auction. All donations are tax deductible.
Sunday (Ice permitting) - 12:00pm. Trailer sleds to St. Ignace and ride the Ice Bridge to Mackinac Island (ice conditions permitting). This is not a Museum sponsored event. Anyone is welcome to join in the ride.
For more info, call Charlie at 906-477-6192, the Museum at 906-477-6298, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raffle drawing will be held at 7:00pm at the Engadine/Garfield Township Hall during the Banquet. Get your tickets ahead of time or at the Show!
Feb 17, 2018 Ride Awards:
Camper parking space will be available - 477-6298 (bring a generator)
Country Girl Diner & Rooms - 477-6359
Adoba Hotel - formerly King's Motel. Newly remodeled and under new ownership, call 906-477-6347 or www.adobanaubinway.com. Breakfast and fitness room included.
Gould City (10 minutes, west)
Michihistrigan Rustic Cabins - 477-6983 www.exploringthenorth.com/michihistrigan
Green Gables Resort Cabin (sleeps 7) - 477-6207
Country Corner Motel - 477-6983
Engadine (15 minutes, west)
Farmhouse B&B – 477-6163
Newberry (30 minutes, north)
Chamber Office – 293-5562 or www.newberrychamber.net
St. Ignace (45 minutes, east)
Kewadin Casino & Resort – 800-Kewadin
email@example.com (St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce)
Rexton (15 min. east)
Gouza's Mobile Home (sleeps 4-5) - 450-2269, 430-3136
Brevort (25 minutes, east)
White Tail Resort – 292-5525
Epoufette (15 minutes, east)
Skyline Motel – 292-5556
Cut River Cabins - 989-763-8281
Curtis (25 minutes, west)
Chamber Office – 586-3700 or www.curtischamber.com
Sleepy-Eyed Goose Resort - 586-3368
Sand & Stars Motel & Rental Home - 420-2848
Moran (35 minutes, east)
Vonderwerth Cabin - 569-3821