NAUBINWAY, Mich. (Michigan Back Roads) – One of the genuine treasures in the Upper Peninsula is in the tiny town of Naubinway. That’s where you will find the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum.
This isn’t small dingy operation with a few machines sitting around. The place is big, well lit, and comfortable enough for a leisurely visit. The exhibits include every kind of snowmobile you can imagine. Visitors can get up close with old motor toboggins, antique, vintage and classic snowmobiles, and even racing machines with huge V-8 engines.
Among the dozens and dozens of snow machines is the one-of-a-kind 1969 Timberwolf. It served as the “Pace Sled” for the 1970 Soo I-500 International Snowmobile Race. The Timberwolf was preferred by commercial and industrial use. It was used by utility companies, ski areas and the DNR among others. Only 6 or 7 were built, each with a different cover. The Timberwolf was also sold as a high performance “family machine.” At the time, there were so many accidents on the St. Mary’s River that the Timberwolf was built with the ability to float. Production ended in 1974.
Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum has several entertaining videos running and a shop full of information including the most up to date trail maps. They are located on the north side of US 2 in downtown Naubinway.