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 East 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 2018 Show:
Best Red Machine– 1963 Arctic Cat Model 100 Prototype
Russ Sutton Ogilvie, MN
Best Black Machine – 1970 Arctic Cat Panther & Cutter
Ray Brindley West Branch, MI
Best Yellow Machine – 1964 Ski Doo RD8 (In memory of Ron Durepo)
Randy McEwen & Brent Corbin MI
Best Tractor Manufactured Machine – 1970 Wheel Horse Safari 309
Gary Lindstrom Pine City, MN
Best Vintage – 1973 John Deere & Cutter
Dan Alderman Saginaw, MI
Best Antique – 1965 Polaris Voyager
Tom Hammond Ortonville, MI
Most Unique – 1960 Edgar Hetteen Prototype
Ted Postula Goetzville, MI
Participant's Choice - 1964 Ski Doo RD8 (Ron Durepo sled)
Randy McEwen & Brent Corbin
Women's Choice - 1929 Model A
John Hayes Breezy Point, MN
Best Display - Moto Ski Display.Rescue Sled
Tim & Chris Nadler Stockbridge, WI
People’s Choice – 1929 Model A
John Hayes Breezy Point, MN
James Nadler Memorial - 1942 Eliason
John & Jan McGuirk Sidney, OH
Next St. Ignace Show - Sept 6 & 7, 2019. 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.
13th Annual Auction, 9/14/2019 - 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 15, 2018 Raffle Winners:
1st – 1980 John Deere – Keith Lawrence, Homer, MI
2nd – 8x10 Storage Shed or $500 Cash – Joyce Cather, Boyne Falls, MI
3rd – $100 Gas Card - Robert Logan, Fenwick, MI
4th – Snowmobile Rocker - Hayden Hutchinson, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
5th – Snowmobile Print – John Kurkarski, Sidney, MII
6th - $50 Cash - S. McKown, Valparaiso, IN
All proceeds go to the Museum Winter Fuel Fund.
Raffle Prizes for Feb 16, 2019
1st - 1968 Johnson Snowmobile (donated by Kurtzhals family)
2nd - Snowmobile Helmet (donated by Waconia Committee)
3rd - 2 Rounds Golf, Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
4th - 1 Snowmobile Jack Stand
5th - $100 Gas Card
6th - $50 Cash (donated by a Museum Member)
Drawing at 7:00pm at the Engadine Town Hall, Feb 16, 2019
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 14th, 2019--- 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 2018 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. 15th & 16th, 2019. The featured sled will be the Johnson snowmobiles and the drag sled, Pegasus, made by Johnson will be the show!
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 by Bos Sell & John McGuirk, 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 906-291-0628, 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
Wolf Den Inn Motel - 477-5000
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
Chamberlin's Bed & Breakfast - 586-6000
Sand & Stars Motel & Rental Home - 420-2848
Moran (35 minutes, east)
Vonderwerth Cabin - 569-3821