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Enjoy area hiking,mountain biking, great beaches, canoeing & kayaking,
ORV trails, hunting & fishing,fall colors tours, mushrooming, casino, golfing,scenic drives,summer art festivals/fairs,studios & galleries, wineries, shopping & antiques.

One hour drive to beautiful scenic Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Kalkaska County is 50% state owned land
83 + Lakes in Kalkaska County for swimming, boating & fishing ,275 miles of rivers & streams for canoeing, tubing & Kayaking,nature centers, pathways,overlooks & bluffs and a

Canoe, kayaking, rafting and tubing liveries in the Kalkaska & surrounding areas that we send our guests to include:

Shel-Haven, Manistee River, between Grayling & Kalkaska, closest to campground
(888)348-2158 or 989-348-2158

Penrods, Au Sable River, Grayling, 888-467-4837
Smithville Landing, Manistee River, between Lake City & Kalkaska, (231)839-4579
Swiss Hideaway, Jordan River, Mancelona, (231) 536-2341
Chippewa Landing, Big Manistee River, Lake City, (616) 839-5511 or (616)824-3627
Riverside Canoe Trips on the Platte River out to Lake Michigan in Honor, MI- west of Traverse City 231-325-5622

All have great scenic runs and many guests returned from their canoe trips very happy.

Bear Lake - perch and bass
Big Twin Lake - trout and bass
Big Blue Lake - trout and bluegill
Cub Lake - bluegill, walleye, and bass
East Lake - bluegill, walleye, and bass
Guernsey Lake - trout bluegill, perch, and bass
Indian Lake - bluegill and bass
Manistee Lake - bluegill, crappie, perch, walleye, bass, and sunfish
Pickerel Lake - bluegill, perch, walleye, and bass
Skegemog Lake - northern pike, musky, perch, and bass
Starvation Lake - trout, bluegill, and bass
Streams: Boardman River - trout
Manistee River - trout
Rapid River - trout, steelhead, and northern pike

Kalkaska is home to several scenic golf courses, each with its own unique set of challenges.

Golf Courses: 
       Grandview Golf Club
   (231) 258-3244   3003 Hagni Road NE, PO Box 1229, Kalkaska, MI   18 holes; 6,400 yards, located 5 miles east of Kalkaska on Hagni Road off County Road 612. Restaurant offers panoramic view of course.        
       Timber Wolf Golf Club   (231) 258-5685    5646 M72 SE, Kalkaska, MI     
18 holes; 6,500 yards; Opened in 1997, Scenic, hilly course carved through acres of pine trees. Located 6 miles east of Kalkaska on M72.                       
      Twin Birch Golf Course
, (231) 258-9691  1030 County Rd 612 NE, Kalkaska, MI  
18 holes; 6,133 yards. Complex includes driving range, pro shop, putting green, and restaurant. Located 1 mile east of Kalkaska on County Road 612

There are also outstanding golf courses in the Grand Traverse Bay area:
check out at: www.mytraversecity.com


                  Kalkaska Area ORV Trailheads- many miles of scenic great rides!
NO DIRECT TRAIL ACCESS from our campground only with licensed vehicles or ORV's. Unlicensed ORV's must be trailered to nearby ORV Trailheads

LEETSVILLE ORV TRAILHEAD - located a few miles east from Kalkaska on County Road 612. Approximately 25 miles of trail. Leetsville ORV trail can be accessed just east of the Village of Kalkaska on County Road 612. The trail winds through state land north, parallel to US131.
KALKASKA ORV TRAILHEADS -  can be accessed at Sunset Trail and M72. The 90 miles of trail makes a big loop north to Starvation Lake, east to the Frederic Trail, and south to Riverview Road and can accommodate mixed motorcycle and 4-wheel ATV traffic.  This trailhead is approximately 9 miles east from our campgrond on M-72.  Restaurants and gas just west of the trailhead on M-72.

Frederic ORV Loop can be accessed off County Road 612 and Old Grade Road. From this staging area you can travel north to West Cameron Bridge Road or south to Howes Lake Road.

North Missaukee ORV Trail winds back and forth over the Kalkaska-Missaukee county line from Coster Road to Moorestown Road.

GRAND TRAVERSE MOTORCYCLE TRAILHEAD - approximately 15 miles SW of Kalkaska off Supply Road. Gas and restaurants available in South Boardman or Traverse City.

Frisbie Course:  located at Log Lake Park about a mile and a half northeast of Kalkaska via County Road 612 and Log Lake Road.

Hike or take a stroll with your dogs along the many miles of rivers & streams in Kalkaska. Ask our staff for area hiking information and suggestions for your family.

Kalkaska County offers hundreds of miles of OUTSTANDING mountain bikes routes through the Pere Marquette Forest. Trails are available for all levels of riding in the forest. We can help you to view some of the most scenic parts by bicycle. Need trail information? We have it and a personal tour may be arranged. To the west routes can be linked all the way to the popular Sand Lakes Quiet Area and Vasa trail systems in Grand Traverse county.

Fabulous views at Skegemog Swamp Pathway home to a wide variety of plants, animals, birds and insects.

Rainbow Jim Bridge on the Manistee River, 5 miles west of Smithville
CCC Bridge on the Manistee River, 4 miles northeast of Sharon
Guernsey Lake, 5 miles north of South Boardman
Three Mile Bend on the Manistee River, 3 miles east of Sharon
Sand Banks on the Manistee River, 2 miles northeast of Smithville
Cranberry Lake, 2 miles west of Grayling
Big Blue Lake, 8 miles east of Darragh
Freedom Park in Rapid City on the Rapid River
Torch River, Torch Lake, and Skegemog access, 2 miles west of Rapid City
Smithville on the Manistee River at Smithville
Pickerel Lake, 4 miles northeast of Darragh
Starvation Lake, 7 miles northeast of Darragh
Bear Lake, 11 miles northwest of Grayling
Cub Lake, 12 miles west of Grayling
Indian Lake 7 miles northeast of Darragh
Big Twin Lake, 5 miles northeast of Darragh
East Lake, 6 miles east of South Boardman

The Camp Office maintains a list of special and area events through out the year such as: Kalkaska National Trout Festival, Kalkaska Chamber Country Jam, Traverse Jazz Festival, , Kalkaska Blue Grass Festival, Kalkaska Area Arts Festival, Kalkaska County Fair, Traverse City Cherry Festival, Summer Heritage Days, Fourth of July Fireworks, near by art fairs in Cadillac, Petoskey, Traverse City, Iceman Cometh Bike Race, Sled Dog Races and Kalkaska Winterfest & area Winterfests.
Check with hosts: Jeff or Gail for details

Click here for "Traverse City Area " Events Calendar

Click here for Kalkaska Events.

Kalkaska County has great rivers for canoeing, kayaking and tubing.

"Iceman Cometh" mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City.

"Seven Bridges Natural Area" with rustic wooden bridges crossing the Rapid River, a blue river trout stream in Kalkaska.

Visit Wineries in Grand Traverse & Leelanau areas.

Bel Lago Vineyard and Winery
Black Star Farms
Chateau Fontaine
Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery
Cherry Republic Winery
Ciccone Vineyard and Winery
Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery
Good Harbor Vineyards
L. Mawby
Leelanau Wine Cellars
Shady Lane Cellars
Willow Vineyard

Beautiful lakes for fishing & boating. Kalkaska has over 83 + lakes!!