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Get Outdoors in Gaylord, MI

The great outdoors. It’s more than what defines us here in Gaylord. It’s a call-to-action — an invitation to get out and play. 

Our geographically-gifted position smack dab in the center of Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula offers the state’s best base camp for any outdoor pursuit. With easy access to trail networks, river systems, inland lakes, parks, and vast expanses of wilderness, Gaylord is alive with adventure.

Come as you are. Stay as long as you like. You will have no trouble finding your adventure in our “all outdoors” paradise!

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Elk Viewing

Eager to catch a glimpse of Michigan’s majestic elk? Gaylord is the perfect destination to experience some of the Lower Peninsula’s most famous wildlife. Visit the Pigeon River Country State Forest for a first-hand viewing, or watch live footage of roaming herds at City Elk Park.

Lakes and Rivers

It’s no secret that the lakes and rivers of Otsego County are beautiful and bountiful. With over 90 inland lakes and five coursing rivers, water play in and around Gaylord is a must. Throw on your suit, catch a wave, relax beachside, paddle pristine waterways, and more.


Whether you’re hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or skiing, there’s a trail for every type of play here. Pass through alpine stands, across sprawling meadows, and rocky ridges — endless miles of trails await you in Gaylord.

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