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The great outdoors are calling, being located in the beautiful northern michigan there is nature everywhere.

Hiking, Biking, Running, ATV's, Dirt Bikes, Side by Sides and much more there is a trail for you. 

Looking for a family outing to bring everyone to there is something for everyone here as well. We are located just north of Cadillac and Southeast of Traverse City, daily outings and shopping are not far with and easy 25-30 minute drive either way. Looking for a day on a lake and maybe some water fun for the group, well we can help you there too. With a hand full of lakes in the area you are never too far away from a good day at the lake. 

There is also river trips all along the Manistee and surrounding rivers, with launch sites and companies offering pick up services for larger groups as well. 

Fairs, Festivals, Holiday Celebrations. During the warmer months there seems to be an event happening every weekend in some of the surrounding towns. Fife Lake is just north of us with their Best 4th in the North Celebration, The National Cherry Festival, Kalkaska Trout Festival, Manton Memorial Weekend Celebration, Buckley Old Engine Show, Mesick Mushroom Festival, Traverse City Restaurant Week, Kingsley Heritage Days, Free ORV Weekend (June 12-13).

With endless activities in the area we have made a list of some sites you may visit for more information.


Hiking / Biking Trails:

- Spring Lake Hiking and Camping Trails

- North Country Trail and Fife Lake Loop

- Brown Bridge Nature Loop

- North Country Trail Manistee River Spur

- Brown Bridge Ridge Trail

- North Country Scenic Trail: US 131 State Forest Campground to County Line Road 

- Manistee River: Smithville to Manistee River

- North Country National Scenic Trail: Baxter Bridge to High Rollaways

- North Country Scenic Trail: Baxter Bridge to Mesick

To just list a few trails in the area...


The two Free ORV Weekends will take place June 10-11 and Aug. 19-20, 2023.

The first Free ORV Weekend (June 10-11, 2023) also lines up with Summer Free Fishing Weekend.

The MCCCT Cross State Connector along with a webbing of local roads and trails are just down along Union Street. Our local trails web for miles running out towards Baxter Bridge,  High Roll Aways and of course all along the Manistee River. Crossing the main roads near by you will find the North Missuakee Trail, Kalkaska Route, Grand Traverse Route. 

Some sites you can use to look further at the maps:


Looking for a day riding trails on horseback, here are a few places to check out:

Ranch Rudolf

6841 Brown Bridge Rd., Traverse City MI 49696

CJ's Stable

7216 W Walker Rd, Manton, MI 49663

Cedar Creek Crossings

Kingsley, MI 49649

Outrider Horseback Riding,

7922 Ole White Dr, Lake Ann, MI 49650


Valley Creek Farm

17676 Honor Hwy, Interlochen, Michigan 49643

Blair Acres

5980 North 7 Mile Road Lake City, MI 49651


River trips are relaxing and always a good day trip for a group or just a small family outing.

Canoes, tubes, kayaks, rafts. 

Chippewa Landing

10390 Chippewa Landing Trail, Manton MI 49663

(231) 313-0832

Smithville Landing

13177 Old M-66 SW, Fife Lake, MI 49633

(231) 839-4579

Wilderness Canoe Trips

6052 Riverview Rd, Mesick, MI 49668

Self Launch Sites:

Old US 131 State Forest Campground

Baxter Bridge State Forest Campground

Manistee River Roadside Park

Rainbow Jim's Bridge - Coster Road Landing

M66 Manistee River Boat Launch

Dutch John Boat Launch


Spring Lake, Fife Lake (4.5 miles North)

Spring Lake, East Bay Township (19.4 miles )

Fife Lake, Fife Lake (5.9 miles North)

Headquarters Lake, Fife Lake (5.6 miles NE )

Pickerel Lake, Fife Lake Township (6.2 miles NE )

Long Lake, Wexford County ( 15.8 miles S )

Lake Dayhuff, Meauwataka ( 18 miles SW )

Lake Mitchell, Cadillac (25 miles S )

Lake Cadillac, Cadillac (24.8 miles S )

Lake Missaukee, Lake Township (25 miles S )

Long Lake, Long Lake Township (32.2 miles NW )

Lake Sapphire, Lake Township (23 miles SE )


Crooked Lake, Lake Township (20 miles SE )

Round Lake, Lake Township (22 miles SE )

Woodward Lake, Selma Township ( 25 miles SW )

Arbutus Lake, East Bay Township ( 19 miles NW) 

Rennie Lake, Forest Lakes ( 19.4 miles N )

Spider Lake, East Bay Township ( 20 miles NW )

Keith J. Charters Park,  Traverse City ( 25.5 miles NW )

Clinch Park, Traverse City ( 29.4 miles NW )

Boardman Lake, Traverse City ( 25.2 miles NW )

............. This is just to list a FEW LAKES nearby to visit during your stay.

Events, Fairs and Festivals



Mesick Mushroom Festival, Mesick

May  10th - 12th





National Cherry Festival Air Show

June 28th - 29th





Best 4th in the North, Fife Lake

July 4th

National Cherry Festival, Traverse City

June 29th - July 6th



Cadillac Arts Festival, Cadillac

July 19th - 20th 



Manton Truck Show, Manton

July 26th - 27th





Kalkaska County Fair, Kalkaska



Summer DOG Party, Copemish

August 2nd - 4th



Northwestern Michigan Fair, Grawn

August 4th - 11th


Northern District Fair, Cadillac



Buckley Old Engine Show, Buckley

August 15th - 18th


Kingsley Heritage Days, Kingsley





Manton Harvest Festival, Manton

August 30th -September 2nd

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