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Summer Activities in Northern Michigan

Inland Waterway

riverThis unique chain of lakes and rivers is sure to please any boating or fishing enthusiast. Whether you are looking for a leisurely excursion filled with wildlife and scenic beauty, or more active journey with waterskiing, tubing and swimming the Inland Waterway is just right for you.

Crooked and Pickerel Lakes
Both Crooked and Pickerel Lakes are noted for good fishing, and relatively deep lakes given their more compact size in comparison to Burt and Mullett Lakes.

Crooked River
To continue your boating journey from Crooked Lake to Burt Lake boaters must travel through the Crooked River and go through the Crooked River Locks which lowers boats two feet to the level of Burt Lake. Navigation on the Crooked River generally limits boats to 25 feet.

Burt Lake
This is Michigan’s fourth largest inland lake and is known for its wide span of water and its beautiful bays. There are two nature preserves on the shores of Burt Lake, Seven Springs Nature Preserve and Colonial Point Forest/Chaboiganing Nature Preserve. Additionally, there are DeVoe Beach, a township park, and Burt Lake State Park both with beautiful sandy beaches for swimming.

Indian River
Connecting Burt and Mullett Lakes is the 5 mile stretch of the Indian River. The area where the Indian River flows into Mullett Lake is a marshy area known as the Indian River Spreads. The Indian River Spreads is a wildlife habitat for a variety of wildlife including Bald Eagle, Osprey, Otters, Loons and other waterfowl.

Mullett Lake
This is Michigan’s fifth largest inland lake. Enjoy swimming, tubing, water skiing or fishing on this deep lake.

Cheboygan River
This is the largest river in the Waterway system and it flows into Lake Huron. At is mouth, the Coast Guard Cutter “Mackinaw” makes its home. A drawbridge spans the river downtown and a gate lock raises and lowers boats 12 feet.

North Central State Trail

The newly re-surfaced and dedicated trail offers 62 miles of non-motorized trail, from Gaylord to Mackinaw City. This picturesque trail takes the cyclist, jogger or walker through quiet woodlands, past streams and along the west shore of Mullett Lake. Opportunities to visit small towns along the way add to the interest.

View map (pdf)

For more information Contact:
Top of Michigan Trails Council
Phone: (231) 348-8280
Website: www.trailscouncil.org

Elk Viewing

elkviewingVisitors to Indian River are only minutes away from the Pigeon River Country State Forest, a prime location for catching a glimpse of the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi.

The best times of day for viewing the elk are dawn and dusk. At these times the elk will feed in forest openings and fields. Stop by the Chamber office to pick up an elk viewing map. Download our full color Elk Viewing brochure here.

For more information contact:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone: (989) 732-3541
Website: www.michigan.gov/dnr

Sturgeon River Trips

The Sturgeon River is the fastest river in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula with an average descent of almost 14 feet per mile. The average depth is 3-4 feet. However, there are deeper pools that can reach 5-8 feet in depth, usually around the outside of the bends. The temperature is a refreshing 42 to 52 degrees.

Families have enjoyed canoeing, rafting, kayaking and tubing the Sturgeon River for years. Currents vary enough to please everyone: smooth and slow sections for a relaxing ride and swift meandering sections for a bit more challenge.

image002raftingFor more information contact:

Arts and Adventure Paddlesports at Brass Wind Landing

Phone: (231)238-4843

Website: artsandadventure.com


Big Bear Adventures
Phone: (231) 238-8181

Website: www.bigbearadventures.com

Indian River Trips

The Indian River is a smooth, calm , crystal clear, 3.5 mile river that flows between Burt and Mullett Lakes.  There is much beautiful scenery along the way. These are great quiet water trips for both novice and experienced paddlers alike.

image004For more information contact:
Arts and Adventure Paddlesports at Brass Wind Landing
Phone: (231)238-4843

Website: artsandadventure.com

Cooperation Park

One of the best community resources for people of all ages in Indian River is Cooperation Park. This park cover 51.78 acres and includes baseball fields, a skateboard park, a nature trail, tennis courts, basketball courts, a large children’s playground, horse shoe pits and soccer fields.

No matter what a person’s outdoor hobby or age, they are bound to find fun during all seasons at this wonderful community park.

For more information contact:
Tuscarora Township Parks Commission
Phone: (231) 238-7865

The Cross in the Woods

crossMass Schedule:
Year Round:
Saturday: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30am (indoor) and 10:30am
Monday thru Friday: 8:30am and Noon

In 1954, the Cross, made from a Redwood tree was erected. Renowned Michigan sculptor, Marshall M. Fredericks created a bronze image of the crucified Jesus which was raised into place in 1959 to complete the Crucifix.

Interesting Statistics about the Cross
1953 Redwood tree cut down in the mountains of Oregon.
1954 Cross is 55 feet high, 22 feet wide
1959 Corpus (or body) designed by Marshall Fredericks was cast in bronze at a foundry in Norway, weighing 7 tons, 28 feet head to toe, and outstretched arms span 21 feet.
1992 Corpus was cleaned and Cross repainted beige to emphasize the bronze corpus.
Corpus is cleaned and waxed every two years.

For More Information Contact:
The Cross in the Woods
Phone: (231) 238-8973
Website: www.crossinthewoods.com

Indian River Striders

We welcome any and all residents and visitors to join together to encourage healthy fitness while enjoying the support of others as we walk, jog and run together. Meeting times: Mondays & Fridays at 8:00am walkers meet at the parking lot next to the Indian River Chamber of Commerce. Mondays at 6:00pm meet at Inland Lakes School to receive course of the week on roads, trails or in parks. Tuesdays at 6:00pm meet at Inland Lakes School then run or walk on the track for 1 hour.

For more information contact:
Indian River Striders
Phone: (231) 238-8930
Website: www.indianriverstriders.com

Adventure Golf

bigbear18-Hole Adventure Golf course. Play over and around thundering waterfalls, bubbling streams and natural rock all in a beautiful forest setting.

For more information contact:
Big Bear Adventures
Phone:(231) 238-8181

Website: www.bigbearadventures.com

Pigeon  River Trips

The Pigeon River is located in the north-central part of the southern peninsula of Michigan. Its headwaters are located a few miles northeast of Gaylord. The river then flows in a northerly direction to its mouth at Mullet Lake, a distance of 42 miles. The Pigeon River system drains a surface area of approximately 88,000 acres and include 80 linear miles of stream.

For more information contact:
Great Lakes Eco-Adventure Center
Phone: (213)420-2277
Website: www.glecenter.com

Black Mountain Recreation Area

With more than 30 miles of trails, hikers and skiers have their choice of routes for every skill level. Special pathways have been constructed for the traditional diagonal skier and the skate-skier. Pathways range from “Easy” to “Most Difficult”.

Horseback Riding
Riding the two-track roads through the flats and over the hills of the Black Mountain Recreation area on horseback has been a popular sport for a long time. Riding is specifically designated for the skiing/hiking pathway April through November. The snowmobile trails are also open to horses April through November.

There are many miles of old two-track roads and fire lines which may be used by equestrians. Horses are not permitted off established roads, pathways and trails.

A group campground, south of East Twin Lake, is available to horseback riders. Reservations are recommended, please call (231)627-2811.

Off Road Vehicles (ORVs)
Three parking lots serve as access points to about 60 miles of ORV trails and 15 miles of ORV routes. In addition to the winding trails and generally straight routes, there is a 65-acre scramble area for motorcycles and ATVs. (This are is closed to 4X4 trucks). Legal access to trails, routes and the scramble area is at the upper level of Black Lake Campground.

Please follow the orange triangles marking ORV routes and trails. Riding in unauthorized locations is a violation of state law.