Winter Activities

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Plan a winter adventure: jump on your snowmobile, do some ice fishing or enjoy cross country skiing at The Wilderness at Fortune Bay!

When summer turns to winter and the lake freezes over, there’s still plenty to do! From snowmobiling to ice fishing to cross-country skiing, adventure awaits right outside the door!

Snowmobiling – Thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Vermilion Penguin Snowmobile Club and other area snowmobile clubs, we have endless miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails right out our front doors! Whether you are bringing your family or your entire group, we have some great room packages!

Snowshoeing – Hike along a trail or blaze your own path across frozen Lake Vermilion.

Cross Country Skiing – Our complimentary ski trails offer incredible views of The Wilderness at Fortune Bay! We have multiple groomed trails with different levels of difficulty (view map).

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Battle at the Bay

If you have a need for speed, then you’ll want to mark Saturday, March 16th down on your calendar as the Battle at The Bay returns to Fortune Bay Resort Casino.

“Straight Line Speed Association is excited to once again have the Battle at the Bay at Fortune Bay Resort Casino,” said Eric Sundquist, one of the co-organizers of the snowmobile speed run event. “All of the racers that come to our events are equally excited that the Battle at the Bay is back!”

The races are open to everyone and those interested in testing the limits of themselves and their sleds can pre-register in The Woodlands Ballroom at Fortune Bay Friday night from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Racers can also register at the Fortune Bay Marina the morning of the race all the way until 3 p.m. The cost is $50 and racers will get four runs. Additional runs can be purchased for $10 each.

“Fans can expect to see 100 plus race sleds in action,” said Kurt Mohawk, another one of the event co-organizers. “Some of these sleds go in access of 160 miles an hour so fans can expect to see a lot of extremely fast sleds.”

But don’t blink as the track is only 1,000 feet long with a 2,500-foot area to slow down. Due to safety reasons, fans are only able to watch the beginning of the race.

With the weather warming up, Mohawk and Sundquist both feel, the 2019 version of the Battle at the Bay will be a successful one.

All told, Sundquist said, there will be 47 classes to accommodate the stock snowmobiles all the way up to the modified classes.

“We even have a class for kids running 120cc mini snowmobiles,” said Sundquist. “After all, they are our future racers. We award trophies for the three highest speeds in each class. There is also a $1,000 cash payout and a trophy for the fastest speed of the day.”

There will be plenty of food and beverages available for purchase, so please leave your coolers behind.

“The Fortune Bay staff will have both hot and cold beverages available, plus burgers, hot dogs and other menu items for sale,” said Mohawk. “It really is a great event for everyone and we encourage the public to come out to watch some of the fastest sleds around.”

There is no charge to attend the event, which is sponsored in part by Fortune Bay Resort Casino and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be a wrap-up party in The Woodlands Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m.

“The Battle at the Bay 2019 is the grand finale snowmobile speed run of the year and I am sure it will prove to be the best run of the year,” said Sundquist. “All of the racers will be trying to better all of their past speed run speeds and we can’t wait for race day to arrive.”