Outdoor Recreation

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Northern Michigan University’s Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) offers the opportunity for students, community, and non-community members to
explore the natural beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The ORC leads many trips around the area ranging from local waterfall hikes, mountain biking parts of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and white water rafting class IV rapids in the Menominee River located in Northern Wisconsin. In addition to leading trips, the ORC also offers skill building workshops to help participants better understand the basics of rock climbing, backpacking, camping, snow, paddle sports, and more.

The Outdoor Recreation Center is located inside the Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF) near the climbing wall. The climbing wall is available for use by PEIF members, and anyone who purchases a day pass. Climbing wall hours are posted HERE each semester. Open climb, partner climb, and kids climb are made available for anyone who would like to attend. During open climb and kids climb hours, ORC staff will be present to belay for anyone who is not belay certified or does not have a partner.

For those who do not have the equipment available to explore and experience all that the UP has to offer, the ORC has a variety of rental equipment available. The ORC has a decent sized inventory that contains kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, sleeping bags, tents, skis, snowshoes, and much more. For a full rental list and prices see equipment rental information.


For more information, e-mail the Rec Sports Office (recsport@nmu.edu) or call the Outdoor Rec Center at 906-227-1369.

Thank you to DownWind Sports for all your assistance in our programs and equipment!

For a list of general climbing and bouldering wall rules, click here.