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Nara Nature Park

The Nara Nature Park is a 100 acre nature park donated to the City of Houghton by Bob and Ruth Nara. The park is located two miles east of the Michigan Tech University campus at the east end of the Houghton Waterfront Trail. The Nara Nature Park is linked to the Michigan Tech University trails with a combination of over 50 miles of trails for hiking, running, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Boat launches and river access is also available.

Nara Park Boardwalks Spring Update 2019

A historic thunderstorm dropped over 7 inches of rain on the area in just a few hours in the early morning of June 17, 2018. The flooding that followed wiped out the wetland boardwalk system throughout Nara Park.  The City of Houghton is working with FEMA on cleanup of the debris and repairs the boardwalk, but it will be some time before they are restored.

Until repairs can begin, the damaged sections have been left in place where the waters left them throughout the wetland. Cleanup and repair must be done such that the work does as little harm to the ecosystem as possible. Over the next year the City will begin the cleanup and rebuilding.

Only the upland portions of the boardwalk on the west side of the river are still in place. Until they are rebuilt, please tread lightly on the remaining boardwalk on the west side and be advised that they end abruptly. There is no access to the mouth of the river on either side.

The Peepsock Trail, just to the west, is open and provides a path to the shores of the Portage through a wetland area.

Nara Nature Trail

The Nara Nature Trail is a 6 foot wide, 4,500 foot long elevated boardwalk running on both sides of the Pilgrim River. This boardwalk has fishing sites, benches, and access for launching kayaks and canoes. 

Peepsock Trail

The Peepsock Trail, a 3/4 mile long trail that follows Peepsock Creek to the Portage Lake Shoreline. 

Sledding Hill & Chalet

The Nara Nature Park also has a sledding hill and a chalet. The chalet houses an interpretive display featuring the different plant species and wildlife within the park. The building also has a fireplace, restrooms with showers, and a concession area. The chalet is open year-round to the public from 8 am to 8 pm every day. We do not allow the chalet to be reserved for private gatherings. We ask that all users clean up before they leave.

Maps & Information

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Click here for a printable PDF version of the Nara / Michigan Tech Trail System

For more maps including Mountain Biking maps, visit the MTU Mountain Biking Trails web page.


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Nara Park Chalet (inside) 


Nara Park Chalet (winter) 


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