Get outside and experience nature’s revival
Otsego Lake Walleye, perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass, pike and crappie.
Pickerel Lake Rainbow trout, perch, big bass, bluegill.
Big Bear and Dixon Lakes Smallmouth bass and Big Bear is stocked every other year by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with tiger muskies
Grass Lake Bass and bluegill.
Big Lake Lightly fished with bluegill, perch and pike.
The resurfaced Gaylord to Mackinaw City Trail, officially known as the North Central State Trail, opened on June 7, 2008, National Trail’s Day. The Gaylord to Mackinaw City Trail is a former railroad line that was improved with a crushed limestone surface.
The designated trailhead is located just north of downtown Gaylord on Fairview Road right across from the soccer complex where parking is available. The view along the trail showcases some of the prettiest landscapes in the north. Farms, forest and open fields share the scene with scads of sparkling lakes, rivers and marshes buzzing with wildlife.
HARTWICK PINES With nearly 10,000 acres for exploring, you’ll want to pack comfy shoes. Hartwick Pines State Park is the largest state park in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Take the forest trail through a natural white pine cathedral—the largest virgin stand remaining in the Lower Peninsula. Then tour the Logging Museum, depicting life as a 19th-century lumberman. Allow 2-hours for the trail and museum, more if you plan to take in a Swamper’s vintage basketball game. michigan.gov/dnr
Last year, American farms grew 2.8 billion pounds of potatoes for Frito-Lay chips. Who made those tasty taters possible? None other than Sklarczyk Seed Farm in nearby Johannesburg. The 68-year-old family farm supplies more than 10 percent of the seed potatoes—those are the Mama and Papa potatoes—that produce the oodles of offspring potatoes grown at the eighty tater farms around the nation upon which Frito-Lay relies for its chief chip ingredient.
Fiction. The Sklarczyk Seed Farm actually supplies more than 75 percent of the seed potatoes for over eighty farms around the nation!
Saturn Booksellers Gaylord’s hometown book store. An eclectic atmosphere…think chalkboard walls with a log cabin built right into the store. 113 West Main Street, 989-732-8899.
Rusty Pelican This wine shop offers award winning Florida wines as well as favorite northern Michigan wines. Also gifts to compliment wine. 240 West Main Street, 989-448-8697.
Isabella’s Copper Pot This spicy lil’ specialty shop has everything for the gourmet kitchen and offbeat odds and ends to contemporary home decor. 118 North Otsego Avenue, 989-731-9700, isabellascopperpot.com.
Do South Looking to do eclectic? Do South! Antiques, vintage jewelry, furniture, pottery, glass…you name it, they’ve got it. 110 West Main Street, 989-731-0557.
Delphine’s Quilt Shop A Quilter’s Dream! Reproduction prints, batiks—even the fabrics of today. Kits, tools and a resourceful staff to assist you. 114 N. Otsego Ave. 989-732-1252 delphinesquiltshop.com