Blueberry Ridge open house set

This is a piston bully groomer, which is used to groom Blueberry Ridge. An open house at the area is set for Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Thursday to invite the public to learn more about trail grooming at the Blueberry Ridge Pathway.

The open house will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Blueberry Ridge south parking lot, located off M-553, a mile south of the intersection of M-553 and Marquette County Road 480.

“This open house will provide the public an opportunity to see the grooming equipment used on the Blueberry Ridge trails, and to meet with the DNR workers who maintain the trails,” said Doug Barry, a DNR parks and recreation unit supervisor.

The trails at the Blueberry Ridge Pathway are operated and maintained by the DNR’s Parks and Recreation Division. Each year, the trails receive over 20,000 visitors.

The cross country ski trails at Blueberry Ridge have been groomed since 1986. This grooming is supported via donations made by trail users; there are donation envelopes available at both trailheads.

The Blueberry Ridge Pathway is a trail system consisting of 12 miles of groomed cross-country skiing and hiking trails. There are 1.7 miles of trails lit for nighttime cross-county skiing.

Grooming updates are posted at www.michigan.gov/blueberryridge and on Twitter @BBRinMQT.