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Outdoor winter activities in the Gaylord Area

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Boasting over 180 inches of annual snowfall and heavily wooded rolling terrain, the Gaylord area offers some of the most enjoyable and challenging Cross Country Skiing in Michigan.  Whether you’re a beginner or expert skiier, you’re sure to have a great time on the trail systems that suit your taste.  It is also not uncommon to see plentiful wildlife out on the trail. Our facilities range from rustic and scenic at the Pigeon River State Forest, to elegant and expertly groomed.

Downhill Skiing  - extremely popular for the snow lovers that come to Gaylord. Treetops Resort offers 23 downhill ski runs, tubing run, terrain park, as well as instructions.  Otsego Club & Resort offers private skiing offering short lift lines, 27 runs and a tubing park.

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Cross Country Ski Trail Resources:

Our facilities range from rustic and scenic at the Pigeon River State Forest, to elegant and expertly groomed.  Be sure to download your X-Country Skiers Guide; a complete guide to maps and information on eleven scenic cross-country ski trails in the beautiful north woods of the Gaylord area.  In addition if you'd like to view or download a Visitor Guide click here. You can also request to have one mailed to you.

Snowshoeing:

All of the trails in our Cross Country Skiing Guide above can be used for Snowshoeing.  

Treetops Resort has trails groomed just for snowshoeing.  Not on the map is The Ridge, they have a few trails to choose from, all groomed and totaling 3.5 miles.  Go to the front desk for a map.  

Groen Nature Preserve, Treetops, Otsego Club, The Ridge and Forbush Corner rent snowshoes. 

All trails and pathways that are groomed for cross country ask that you do not snowshoe on the groomed track. 

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Action Outdoor Rentals

2464 S. Otsego Ave
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 989-614-6151

Aspen Park

239 Commerce Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 989-732-4060

Big Bear Adventures

4271 S. Straits Highway
Indian River, MI 49749
Phone: (231) 238-8181

Forbush Corner

4971 County Road 612
Frederic, MI 49733
Phone: 989-348-5989

Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge

4815 Old 27 South
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 989-732-4454
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Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve

2043 Gingell Road
Johannesburg, MI 49751
Phone: (989) 732-6521

Michaywé - The Pines

1535 Opal Lake Rd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 989-939-8911
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Otsego Club & Resort

696 E Main Street
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 989-732-5181
Number of Rooms: 117
Open Year Round: Yes

Otsego Lake County Park

2657 County Park Road
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 989-731-6448

Sturgeon River Paddlesports

12961 S. STRAITS HWY
Wolverine, MI 49799
Phone: 231-525-6878

Sturgeon River Preserve

3749 Whitmarsh Rd
Vanderbilt, MI 49795
Phone: 989-731-0573
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Treetops Resort

3962 Wilkinson Road
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 877-386-9535
Number of Rooms: 235
Open Year Round: No
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Cross Country Skiers Pocket Guide

Boasting over 180 inches of annual snowfall and heavily wooded rolling
terrain, the Gaylord area offers some of the most enjoyable and challenging Cross
Country Skiing in Michigan. Whether you’re a beginner or expert skiier, you’re sure
to have a great time on the trail systems that suit your taste.

XC Map for Website 2016.pdf