Category: Recreation News

Michigan Tech Trails Fall Update

Trail Passes

The Michigan Tech Trails are a great resource to our campus and the greater community. Please support them by purchasing an annual membership or day pass. Your support helps ensure that our trails are well-groomed, maintained, and updated.

Trail usage is one of the benefits of the Experience Tech Fee and currently enrolled Michigan Tech students may use the Tech Trails at no charge. A trails membership or day pass is required for all other users. Children age 12 and younger are eligible for a free youth trails membership available at the SDC Ticket Office.

Trails members get access to locker room 110 in the SDC. Locker rentals are reserved for SDC members.

OAP Rental Center

As the summer season winds down and fall approaches, the Outdoor Adventure Program will be preparing for winter gear rentals. The shoulder season provides OAP an opportunity to reset and repair equipment to provide users with the best possible experience. Half of the Nordic skis and snowshoes will be replaced this year and new kids’ equipment will be added. That’s right, no need to buy skis for your kids, just purchase an OAP membership and the kids can try skiing for less, making the equipment season pass an even better deal!  

Equipment passes for Nordic skis grant the member access to the OAP skis to use on the Michigan Tech Trails during open hours. Users will still need a trails pass, which can be purchased at the OAP as well. 

The OAP will take care of the maintenance and upkeep and you just get to ski!  Snowshoes are available for a season pass as well and can be used off-site of the Tech Trails as well. More details can be found at  


As a friendly reminder from the Michigan Tech Trails staff, dogs should be under the control of the owner AND on a leash while utilizing the dog-approved trails. 

Here is the official Michigan Tech Trails policy regarding dogs which is supplemental to the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees Policy:

Dogs must be leashed and under owners’ control at all times and are restricted to the Tolkien, Nara, Isle Royale, and Superior trails via the following access points – softball fields, Nara & Tolkien. No dogs at the main trailhead. 

Over the summer, the trail maintenance staff enhanced our signage and dog waste dispensers at dog-approved use trails. We ask that all Tech Trails users with dogs be considerate and respectful of the Michigan Tech policies and all users of our wonderful trail system. At the end of the day, we all want to enjoy our trails in a safe and secure environment. For reference here are some tips on proper dog etiquette. 

Here is a link from the Humane Society to help educate dog owners!

Etiquette for dog owners:

  • Scoop your poop. Bring several bags on your walks to be sure you have enough.
  • Prevent barking.
  • Only let your dog greet a stranger if they ask.
  • Always leash your dog on walks.
  • Don’t play while on leash.
  • Be aware of other people’s feelings  – Not everyone is a dog-lover.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please email with any questions, concerns or comments. We hope that everyone is able to enjoy our trails system responsibly!

SDC Shooting Range Open for 2021-22 School Year

The SDC Shooting Range is now open for the 2021-22 academic year. The public is welcome to use the Shooting Range during posted club hours.

  • Free to MTU students
  • Non-student daily range access fee $10
  • Not included in SDC membership.

First-time range users will be required to complete a release form, safety briefing, and weapons registry. Return users will also be required to pay the semester club access fee (payable to the club). Adult supervision is required for all range users under age 18. Only children age 10+ are permitted in the range.

SDC & Gates Tennis Center Adjust Facility Guidelines

In keeping with recently updated university guidelines, the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex (SDC) and Gates Tennis Center are adjusting facility guidelines. Michigan Tech announced a move to Health and Safety Level Two effective Saturday, Sept 18, 2021.

At Health and Safety Level Two:

  • Face coverings will be encouraged but not required in the Student Development Complex, MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Gates Tennis Center, Nordic Ski Wax Center, and other Athletic and Recreation facilities.
  • Face coverings will still be required in SDC classrooms and laboratories during classes and lab courses.
  • Face coverings may also be required during faculty office hours at the discretion of the individual faculty member.
  • Face covering requirements for fully vaccinated close contacts, as listed in Tech’s Quarantine Guidelines, will remain in place. 

Please reference and adhere to all posted signage in Athletic and Recreation facilities. The MTU Flex plan is structured to be responsive to fluctuations in case count and other factors related to COVID-19.

We encourage all fans to please continue frequent handwashing (especially before and after meals), hand sanitization, monitor symptoms and receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The SDC is open to Michigan Tech students, members, and action pass holders. General membership sales resumed on July 1, but day passes and action passes are not being sold at this time. Details regarding membership rates, open recreation schedules, facility rules, and requirements for entry can be found at Fall semester building hours begin August 30 and go through December 16, with reduced hours during Thanksgiving break.

A variety of recreation programs and events will be open to the community and offered throughout the Fall semester. Schedules and registration details are continually being updated at Options include, but are not limited to, Aquatics, HuskiesFit Group Fitness Classes, Sports Clinics and Lessons, the Outdoor Adventure Program, and the Shooting Range.

Fall 2021 Adult Huskies Swim Lessons

Adult Huskies Swim Lessons provides aquatic education for the beginner to the intermediate swimmer who is looking to become more comfortable in the water and learn the fundamental four strokes.

Session 1: September 14 – October 7 (registration closes September 10)
Session 2: October 12 – November 4 (registration closes October 8)
Session 3: November 9 – December 9 (registration closes November 5, no class November 23 & 25)

Class meets Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30-6:20pm, at the SDC Pool.

Cost per session $100 (Discount available for SDC members!)

Fall 2021 Huskies Swim Clinic

Come make a splash this fall with Huskies Swim Clinic at the SDC Pool!

Huskies Swim Clinic (ages 6-17 years) provides additional attention and competitive guidance to proficient swimmers who are looking to improve their swimming skills and fitness levels. Participants must be able to swim unassisted for at least 25 yards, tread water for at least 1 minute, and have swimming knowledge and ability equivalent to Level 6 of the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program or higher.

Class meets Saturdays, 11:30 am-12:20 pm at the SDC Pool.
Session cost: $75 (discount available for SDC members!)

Session 1: September 18 – October 23 (registration closes September 11, 11:59pm)
Session 2: October 30 – December 11 (registration closes October 23, 11:59pm, no class November 27)

A parent or legal guardian is required to sign waiver of liability and concussion awareness forms for all youth classes. Space will be provided for personal items on the pool deck. Class size is limited.

Fall 2021 Adult Huskies Swim Training

Adult Huskies Swim Training provides additional attention and competitive guidance to swimmers ages 18 and older who are looking to improve their swimming skills and fitness levels in a group setting. Each session is programmed with a warm-up and variations of a workout for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced swimmer. Participants will be provided coaching and guidance to meet their individual swimming goals!

Open to ages 18+.

Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30-6:20pm
SDC Pool

Three sessions for Fall 2021:

  • Session 1: September 14 – October 7 (registration closes September 10, 11:59pm)
  • Session 2: October 12 – November 4 (registration closes October 8, 11:59pm)
  • Session 3: November 9 – December 9 (registration closes November 5, 11:59pm, no class November 23, 25)

Cost $100/session (discount for SDC members)

Fall Little Huskies Basketball League Registration now open

Michigan Tech men’s and women’s basketball is excited to offer two fall Little Huskies basketball leagues, and registration is now open.

For boys grades 3-6, the camp will take place October 11-14 with registration closing on October 7. Players will leave with fundamental basketball skills like ball-handling, shooting, team play, and defensive play. The camp is Monday-Thursday from 4-6 p.m. in the SDC Multipurpose Gym. Cost is $50/person and $25/sibling. For more information or to register, visit Boys Basketball League.

For girls grades 2-5, camp is scheduled from September 11-October 2 on Saturdays 9-11 a.m. in the SDC Multipurpose Gym. Youngsters from all local school districts and skill levels are encouraged to participate and the cost is $50/person and $25/sibling. For more information or to register visit Girls Basketball League.

Both camps will provide an excellent opportunity to play basketball and learn from current Michigan Tech men’s and women’s basketball players, who will be coaches in the league.

Fall 2021 Adult Huskies Tennis Lessons

Adult Huskies Tennis Lessons are now being offered for ages 17 and up who are looking to improve their tennis games with a beginner class for those with little to no experience and an intermediate class for those more advanced! Each class will include technique and games to learn and develop skills that will improve players’ workouts and match play. Class size is limited. Drop-ins welcome subject to class capacity. Lesson participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, but Gates can provide equipment to those who don’t have their own.

Session 1: August 30 – September 30, 2021
Registration closes August 29, 11:59pm. No class September 6.

Session 2: October 4 – November 4
Registration closes October 3, 11:59pm.

Session 3: November 8 – December 16
Registration closes November 7, 11:59pm. No class November 22, 23, 25.

Class options:
Instructor approval only – Mondays, 6-7:30pm
Intermediate – Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Beginner/Learn to Play – Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm

Monday only, 4-week session: $90
Tuesday only, 5-week session: $75
Thursday only, 5-week session: $75
Drop-in rate Tuesday & Thursday: $20/class
Drop-in rate Monday: $30/class
Drop-in rates are only available if the class has not reached capacity. Give the instructor 24 hours’ notice before the class time if you want to drop in.

Private lessons are also available.