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Sled Dog Races & Adventures

The Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes 
Mushers and Fans of the sport to our area!


The Newberry area is home to The Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race every January.   Come and experience the excitement of Sled Dog Racing from Professional classes to Amateur enthusiasts,  and long distance to sprint events!  We have it all!

Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Adventures!
Winter Adventure-experience the thrill of running a team of sled dogs in the quiet of the northern woods! Nature's Kennel has a variety of adventures from 2 hours to overnight.  You can even race a team in The Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race!  Tours run throughout the winter months.
Contact Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Adventures for more information at 906-748-0513.

Fall Color Tours by Dog Team-
Enjoy the beautiful seasonal changes of Michigan's Upper Peninsula by taking a ride with the sled dogs in our dog-powered trail vehicle.   The 2 hour trip begins at 8am and includes an introduction to sled dog training, a Kennel Tour,  the opportunity to hold adorable puppies, photo opportunities and hot cocoa and a homemade treat at the end.  Cost is $75 per person.  For more information or to make a reservation (reservations required) call 906-748-0513 or email   Tours run September - October. 

The Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Muskallonge Lake State Park,  north of Newberry.  The race is a combination of Pro and Sport Classes, with 12 Dog and 8 Dog teams running 60 and 40 miles respectively, and with Sports Classes of 2 to 6-dog teams running from 4 to 30 miles. Prize money for the 2013 race is estimated at $8,000 (For Pro Classes).  The race is always one of the first of the mushing season and draws mushers from throughout the Midwest and Canada, and occassionally from Alaska.  Spectators are free and can watch the race start and finish at Muskallonge Lake State Park. For more information on the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Races click here

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On Saturday, February 16, 2013 the UP200 Sled Dog Championship comes to Grand Marais, MI. Welcome the mushers and there four-footed teams  to Grand Marais, the halfway point in the UP200; the teams arrive late morning and afternoon at the Community Center on Brazel Street. For more information call 906-494-2447 or click here for more information


Helpful Hints for Spectators:

*Do not bring pets to watch the race.  A pet is a distraction to the sled dogs and could cause a driver to loose a race or result in harm to your pet.  Sled dogs are athletes and need to concentrate on racing.
*Do not stand on the trail.  The leaders need to have an open path to see where they are going.
*DO NOT feed the dogs.
*Don't ask questions when the drivers are getting ready to race;  they will be focused on the dogs.  
*Be careful where you walk:  a driver has lines, harnesses,etc. out for the race and it is easy to trip on them.
*Always ask permission to pet a dog:  some dogs can be very hyper.

Musher Lingo:

Musher - the driver of the team.
Gee - right turn
Haw - left turn
Easy - slow down
Mushers don't say "mush".  They say "hike", "ready?" or "let's go".

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Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 308 Newberry, MI 49868
Located on the South corner of M -28 & M -123.

906 293-5562 or 800 831-7292

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