Utah State University Extension
This fact sheet reviews recent research examining how winter-based outdoor recreation along the North Shore of Lake Superior will be affected by climate change. The research revealed the majority of outdoor recreationists who visit the region now won’t change their travel plans as temperatures increase and the snow and ice thins out. However, a substantial number of outdoor recreationists indicated they will visit the region more often in the future. This is largely due to longer shoulder seasons, which support these individuals’ preferred outdoor recreational activities. Knowing how outdoor recreationists’ behavioral responses to climate change vary will help community planners and natural resource managers make decisions that will benefit both their communities and their guests.
Gilbert, Lael; Smith, Jordan W.; and Davenport, Mae, "How Will Climate Change Affect Winter Recreation? Recent Research from Northern Minnesota" (2016). All Current Publications. Paper 1748.