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Welcome to Gaylord, Michigan!

An outdoor paradise for every season and every pursuit.

Breathe in fresh forest air and glide along pristine waterways in Gaylord, Michigan. Here, there’s enough room to roam and enough unspoiled wilderness to go around! Located in the heart of northern Michigan, Gaylord is the perfect place to gear up for adventure and unwind in nature. Bountiful forest trails, winding rivers, over 90 sparkling inland lakes, and four seasons make Gaylord the ultimate outdoor playground.

Winter brings a special magic to the Gaylord area, with an annual average of 152 inches of the white stuff to create memorable snow days! Trails transform into silent pathways for snowshoers and cross-country skiers, while resort-goers swap out their golf clubs with downhill gear. Whether a cold-weather aficionado or a newbie honing their snow skills, you’ll find your winter bliss in Gaylord.

6 Ways to Maximize Your Snow Days!

Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing

Treetops Resort and Otsego Resort are your winter hotspots this season – offering up slopes and terrain parks that will get your adrenaline pumping.

6 Ways to Maximize Your Snow Days!


Gaylord’s got dibs on the sweetest snowmobiling in the state! Centrally connected to over 500 miles of groomed trails, Gaylord is the hub for Michigan snowmobilers.

6 Ways to Maximize Your Snow Days!

Winter Rafting

Keep the fun flowing by rafting the Sturgeon River on a guided trip!  Experienced guides take care of the details while you float through some of the loveliest, untouched wilderness in our area.

6 Ways to Maximize Your Snow Days!

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

If the idea of exploring a tranquil forest is more your speed, head out on any of our trails to experience our favorite silent sports – snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

6 Ways to Maximize Your Snow Days!

Sleigh Rides

Tour our wintery forests and countryside like never before from a horse drawn-sleigh at Cook Family Farm or Treetops Resort.

6 Ways to Maximize Your Snow Days!

Special Events

Dog sled rides, winter triathlons, moonlit snowshoe hikes and wintery wine walks are all waiting for you in Gaylord, MI this winter! Follow our calendar of events to make the most of your snow days.

The Illustrious Ice Tree

If you’ve ever wintered in Gaylord, Michigan, surely you’ve marveled at our favorite frosty attraction – the Ice Tree. Is it really the world’s largest, as the sign adorning it boasts? And how did this downtown landmark come to be in the first place? We’ve done some digging and have the inside scoop for you!


Hit the Town

Gaylord may be known the world over for its outdoor recreation opportunities, but that’s only half the charm. Shop, sip, sample, and savor the best of Gaylord’s downtown scene.

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