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Your All Outdoors Autumn

Aug 01, 2023 / maddendev

By Paul Beachnau While the days are getting shorter and everyone is basking in the cooler temperatures, there is still plenty of time to get “all outdoors” and enjoy the beauty that surrounds Gaylord and the Otsego County area. Fall travel has grown tremendously over the past few years and it is the perfect season for those who are looking to leisurely explore new experiences. MORE

Top 5 Scenic Fall Vistas in the Gaylord Area

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As autumn approaches each year, you can’t help but feel excited seeing the first leaves meld from their usual green state to varying shades of red, orange and gold.  It’s those peek-a-boo moments through the lush greenery and the sudden crisp air filling your lungs that truly signal the beginning of fall.  When October finally rolls around, the landscape transforms into an intricate mosaic of colors. Northern Michigan is in its glory during this season…there’s no way around it. Gaylord is simply stunning this time of the year, and it doesn’t matter which direction you take. Paddle a kayak along one of our glassy shorelines, hike or bike any trail of your choice or just turn down a dirt road and explore…you will not be disappointed. MORE

Gaylord, MI Fall Driving Tours

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You can’t take a wrong turn in Gaylord, Michigan in the fall even if you try.  Every mile of highway, scenic country road and dirt two track has its own hidden gem for leafers to discover.  We’ve come up with two diverse treks for you to explore the fantastic foliage during your stay. You can find maps of both routes on our Fall page, along with our Top 5 Scenic Fall Vistas.  Of course, we wanted to give you a sneak peek as we enter the peak of our color season!  Our northern tour leads you down a Natural Beauty Road to a designated overlook on Pickerel Lake Road, part of the Pigeon River Country State Forest.  Feel free to continue down the road and visit The Pigeon’s sinkhole lakes, hiking trails and elk viewing areas. MORE

Hot on the Trail of Michigan’s Wild Elk

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By Roy When I rolled out of bed this morning, I thought the best thing that could happen was to hear my first in-the-wild elk bugle. I never dreamed I’d get close enough to see elk, let alone smell any.  The day started as the eastern horizon began to light up behind the trees. MORE

Explore the Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve

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There’s a little slice of paradise tucked away on the eastern side of our county – the Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve.  Filled with all the nature you can absorb, sprawling trails, remnants of a former lumbermill and lovely lakes, this Gaylord gem is a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. MORE

Gaylord’s Peaceful Places

Jun 01, 2023 / maddendev

Wide open spaces – that’s what so many of us crave.  Room to roam and captivating scenery that takes our attention away from our phones, laptops and TVs.  Gaylord, Michigan is a haven of peaceful places, whether you’re looking to be on the water or dry land.  Here are a few of our favorites, along with some hidden gems you may not have heard of: Big Chub LakeA short drive past Otsego Lake and a few turns will lead you to Big Chub Lake.  With only a scattering of homes along the shore and nature greeting you from every angle, Big Chub Lake is a true up north experience.  A small boat ramp welcomes fishermen or kayakers to easily launch their vessels and even stand up paddleboards dot the surface of these calm waters.  Deer and bald eagles frequent this forest lake and a charming canal affords you the opportunity to paddle your way to adjoining lakes.  Read our full Chain Lakes blog for more information on that adventure! Sturgeon River PreserveWith the recent addition of a boardwalk at the trailhead, Sturgeon River Preserve offers one of the loveliest sections of universally accessible pathway in our area.  Meander along the Sturgeon River for the first stretch of this short but sweet trail, linger at the lookout, then continue along the rustic footpath through forests and small fields.  This secluded hike is less than one mile, so don’t be surprised if you circle back for seconds. MORE

Fireworks in Gaylord, Michigan

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Keep your eyes to the sky in July to catch one of our outstanding fireworks displays!  The Gaylord area has several sparktacular events to help you celebrate Independence Day and enjoy some Alpine Village fun!  All fireworks displays start at dusk (be ready by 9:30 p.m.).  Otsego Lake Fireworks Saturday, July 1, 2023 Whether sitting on a blanket in the sand, boating on the lake or chilling in a camp chair, perfect views of the Otsego Lake Fireworks are not difficult to find.  Stretching for approximately 5 miles along Old 27 South, our county’s largest lake is also the staging grounds for a stunning display to commemorate Independence Day! Johannesburg Fireworks Tuesday, July 4, 2023 The quaint community of Johannesburg, located just a short drive east of Gaylord, boasts one of the most dazzling fireworks displays around! MORE

5 Ways to Enjoy the Water in Gaylord, Michigan

May 30, 2023 / maddendev

Water wonderland is an understatement.  How do you refer to an All Outdoors paradise bursting with over 90 inland lakes and the headwaters of 5 rivers?  Simply stated, it’s Gaylord, Michigan. How you choose to spend your sun-drenched days in the land of lakes and rivers is up to you.  The Gaylord area offers a sampling of everything water lovers are hungry for – boating, kayaking, fishing, lazing on the beach and even floating down the river.  With convenient outfitters offering up everything you’ll need to get your toes or line wet, enjoying our H2O couldn’t get any easier. MORE

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