Little Bear West Arena Ice Skating Rink

Welcome to the RinkTime profile for Little Bear West Arena Ice Skating Rink. LBWA in Manistique, Michigan was built thanks to the wonderful donations from local community members, state funding and a generous gift from the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  Little Bear West Arena is an indoor rink and open seasonally from October 15th to March 20th. The Manistique Hockey Association calls Little Bear home for their house youth hockey teams... . 

During the off-ice season, LBWA is home to a variety of events from wedding receptions to fundraisers.  The City of Manistique Recreation Department hosts its annual Outdoor Expo on Mother's Day weekend (May 7-9).

Other highlights in 2010: 

  • The Ahmed Shrine Circus May 5,
  • Outdoor Expo May 7-9,
  • Safety Fair May 22
  • Manistique Sesquicentennial Celebration June 19
  • Folkfest rainout location July 9-10
  • Central Park Celebration July 17
  • UP Whitetails Banquet September 25

Hope to see you soon!!!


Public Skating

Public skating sessions are one of our main attractions at Little Bear West Arena. Skating provides great exercise and an opportunity to get out of the house - plus, it's not like exercising at the gym... skating is fun! Lace-em up and come join the others. Get on the ice and get ready for a great experience.  After School Skate is on Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm while Open Skate sessions are Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays noon-3pm and 6-9pm, and Sundays noon-3pm and 5-8pm.  Other Open Skate sessions are held over holiday breaks.  Times are subject to change due to youth hockey games.

Admission for members of Limestone Federal Credit Union and residents of some townships (Doyle, Hiawatha, Inwood, Manistique, and Thompson) are covered under prepaid admission programs (some restrictions apply).  Sault Tribal members enjoy free admission and skate rentals.

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Little Bear West Arena offers Ice Skating Lessons.

Are you an adult looking to learn to skate? Do you have children yearning to skate like the pros? If so, we love to teach and our instructors are top notch. For beginners we focus on providing the basics. For more advanced skaters we focus on proper form, technique and getting you ready to meet your goals. Call us at (906) 341-2290 for more details.


Ice Hockey

We offer both Adult and Youth Ice Hockey programs and leagues. Whether you are a beginning skater looking to play on a team in an instructional league or an experienced ice hockey player looking to get out and play with others of a similar caliber, Little Bear West Arena is the place to play. The Manistique Hockey Association oversees all youth teams or visit .  Give us a call at (906) 341-2290 to inquire about our leagues now. Our experienced group will help get you ready for your next game.


Pickup Hockey

Looking for a casual game? We also offer adult pickup hockey. Stop by the rink every Monday night at 9pm and light the lamp against your buddies.  Its just $5/person to play.


Birthday Party or Event Planning?

Why not have your party or event at Little Bear West Arena? We can make our rink and other facilities available to you for birthday parties, school functions, holiday parties or corporate events. Our prices are great. We'd love to have you out. Give us a call if you'd like to schedule your event now at (906) 341-2290. Please call at least one week in advance to properly schedule your event.

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Ice Activities
Ice Hockey
Mite, Squirt,Peewee,Bantam,Midget,Mini Mite 
Public Sessions
All Ages 
Pickup Hockey
Food & Drink
Skating Lessons
Parties and Events
All Ages