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Fall Activities in Northern Michigan

Inland Waterway
 

Inland Waterway

This unique chain of lakes and rivers is sure to please any boating or fishing enthusiast. Whether you are looking for a leisurely excursion filled with wildlife and scenic beauty, or more active journey with waterskiing, tubing and swimming the Inland Waterway is just right for you.

Crooked and Pickerel Lakes

Both Crooked and Pickerel Lakes are noted for good fishing, and relatively deep lakes given their more compact size in comparison to Burt and Mullett Lakes.

 

Crooked River

To continue your boating journey from Crooked Lake to Burt Lake boaters must travel through the Crooked River and go through the Crooked River Locks which lowers boats two feet to the level of Burt Lake. Navigation on the Crooked River generally limits boats to 25 feet.

Burt Lake

This is Michigan's fourth largest inland lake and is known for its wide span of water and its beautiful bays. There are two nature preserves on the shores of Burt Lake, Seven Springs Nature Preserve and Colonial Point Forest/Chaboiganing Nature Preserve. Additionally, there are DeVoe Beach, a township park, and Burt Lake State Park both with beautiful sandy beaches for swimming.

Indian River

Connecting Burt and Mullett Lakes is the 5 mile stretch of the Indian River. The area where the Indian River flows into Mullett Lake is a marshy area known as the Indian River Spreads. The Indian River Spreads is a wildlife habitat for a variety of wildlife including Bald Eagle, Osprey, Otters, Loons and other waterfowl.

Mullett Lake

This is Michigan's fifth largest inland lake. Enjoy swimming, tubing, water skiing or fishing on this deep lake.

Cheboygan River

This is the largest river in the Waterway system and it flows into Lake Huron. At is mouth, the Coast Guard Cutter "Mackinaw" makes its home. A drawbridge spans the river downtown and a gate lock raises and lowers boats 12 feet.

 

Elk Viewing

Elk Viewing

September and October are the two most popular months to view this large elk herd. The Pigeon River State Forest, just minutes from Indian River, is the primary location of the largest free roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi River. Dawn and dusk are the best times to catch a glimpse of elk feeding in the fields and forest clearings. Maps are available to help locate viewing areas. Download our full color Elk Viewing brochure here.

For more information contact:
Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone: (989) 732-3541
Website:
www.michigan.gov/dnr

 

North Central State Trail

The newly re-surfaced and dedicated trail offers 62 miles of non-motorized trail, from Gaylord to Mackinaw City. This picturesque trail takes the cyclist, jogger or walker through quiet woodlands, past streams and along the west shore of Mullett Lake. Opportunities to visit small towns along the way add to the interest.

View map (pdf) View brochure (pdf)

For more information Contact:
Top of Michigan Trails Council
Phone: (231) 348-8280
Website:
www.trailscouncil.org

Fall Color

 

Color Tour

Indian River is ideally located as a home base for a color tour. From our beautiful area you can travel all about Northern Michigan to view of some of the gorgeous, colorful Autumn landscapes for which Michigan is famous.

 

 

Cooperation Park

This 51.78 acre recreation park has something to offer for every age and interest group. Located just south of Indian River, the park offers baseball fields, skateboard park, nature trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, children’s playground, horseshoe pits and soccer fields.

For more information contact:
Tuscarora Township Parks Commission
Phone: (231) 238-7865

Fishing

In addition to the Inland Waterway, there are numerous other rivers, lakes and streams located nearby on which you may enjoy a variety of fishing opportunities. There is no time like the fall to enjoy fantastic fishing. See the current Michigan fishing guide for regulations.

For more information contact:
Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone: (989) 732-3541
Website:
www.michigan.gov/dnr

 

GolfingGolf

This beautiful 18-hole championship golf course is carved out of virgin pine. There are four different teeing areas for golfers of all calibers. This 3 ˝ star rated golf course is truly a gem, and we hope you, will stop in and enjoy the experience the Indian River Golf Club has to offer.

For more information contact:


Indian River Golf Club
Phone: (231) 238-7011
Website:
www.indianrivergolfclub.com

Come to Indian River to stay and play the 5 of the best courses in Northern Michigan!  
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Sturgeon River Trips

The Sturgeon River is the fastest river in Michigan's Lower Peninsula with an average descent of almost 14 feet per mile. The average depth is 3-4 feet. However, there are deeper pools that can reach 5-8 feet in depth, usually around the outside of the bends.

Families have enjoyed canoeing, rafting, kayaking and tubing the Sturgeon River for years. Currents vary enough to please everyone: smooth and slow sections for a relaxing ride and swift meandering sections for a bit more challenge.

For more information contact:Rafting
Arts and Adventure Paddlesports at Brass Wind Landing
Phone: (231)238-4843
Website: artsandadventure.com

or


Big Bear Adventures
Phone: (231) 238-8181

Website: www.bigbearadventures.com

 

 

Indian  River Trips

The Indian River is a smooth, calm , crystal clear, 3.5 mile river that flows between Burt and Mullett Lakes.  There is much beautiful scenery along the way. These are great quiet water trips for both novice and experienced paddlers alike.

For more information contact:
Arts and Adventure Paddlesports at Brass Wind Landing
Phone: (231)238-4843
Website: artsandadventure.com

 

Hunting

Hunting opportunities abound in the area. There are many thousands of acres of state land available for you to pursue the various types of hunting northern Michigan offers, including waterfowl, small game, whitetail deer, black bear, coyote, bobcat and wild turkey. In addition there is a limited license drawing elk hunt. Numerous land and water trapping opportunities also exist. See the current Michigan hunting and trapping guide for regulations and seasons.

For more information contact:
Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone: (989) 732-3541
Website:
www.michigan.gov/dnr

ORV

Indian River and the surrounding areas have an abundance of ORV trails for you to enjoy. The Tomahawk trail has its trailhead and parking lot just minutes away from downtown Indian River. Indian River is also near the Black Mt. Forest Recreation Area, which has many miles of trails to ride.

For more information contact:
Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone: (989) 732-3541
Website:
www.michigan.gov/dnr

Hiking

 

Hiking

There are many beautiful hiking trails in the Indian River area and there is no time like Autumn to be out enjoying the beauties of nature. The Wildwood Hills pathway, the Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial pathway and the Black Mountain Forest pathway are all within a few minutes of Indian River.

For more information contact:
Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone: (989) 732-3541
Website:
www.michigan.gov/dnr

 

 

Geocaching

Opportunities to participate in this fun worldwide game of hiding and seeking abound in the Indian River Area. There are traditional, multi and earth caches for every skill level. The Indian River zip code is 49749.

For more information contact:


Geocaching – the official Global GPS Cache Hunt
Website:
www.geocaching.com

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding opportunities exist in the nearby Pigeon River Country and Lee Grand Ranch area. For those horse owners who enjoy peaceful, quiet, wooded areas, these trails are for you.

For more information contact:
Dept of Natural Resources
Gaylord District Office
Phone :(989) 732-2541
Website:
www.michigan.gov/dnr

or

Maple Ridge Stables

989-980-7866

Website: www.mapleridgestables.com

Cross In The WoodsThe Cross in the Woods

Join us for worship
Year Round:
Saturday: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30am (indoor) and 10:30am
Monday thru Friday: 8:30am and Noon

In 1954, the Cross, made from a Redwood tree was erected. Renowned Michigan sculptor, Marshall M. Fredericks created a bronze image of the crucified Jesus which was raised into place in 1959 to complete the Crucifix.

Interesting Statistics about the Cross
1953 Redwood tree cut down in the mountains of Oregon.
1954 Cross is 55 feet high, 22 feet wide
1959 Corpus (or body) designed by Marshall Fredericks was cast in bronze at a foundry in Norway, weighing 7 tons, 28 feet head to toe, and outstretched arms span 21 feet.
1992 Corpus was cleaned and Cross repainted beige to emphasize the bronze corpus.
Corpus is cleaned and waxed every two years.

For More Information Contact:
The Cross in the Woods
Phone: (231) 238-8973
Website:
www.crossinthewoods.com

 

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