Discover Something for Everyone in Northern Michigan
Archery Equipment & Range
One On One Archery
Feel like packing up and lounging at the beach for the day? The following are public access areas within 20 minutes or less.
Barnes Park on Lake Michigan:
Located in Eastport at the end of Torch Lake Drive is a nice sandy beach, probably the largest in the area. Watershoes are recommended as the waterline is very rocky.
Fisherman's Paradise on Lake Bellaire:
Located a few blocks from the Bellaire Beach Club, this water area stretches out about 200 yards before it gets deep.
Dockside Public access on Torch Lake:
Located right next to the Dockside Restaurant, though a very small beach area, it offers a beautiful view and shallow waters.
Thurston Park on Intermediate Lake:
This small beach area offers a park setting with a playground waterside and picnic area. Located conveniently in town, close to a store & marina.
Boat Rental and Marinas
You're surrounded by the Chain of Lakes and mere minutes from the glorious turquoise waters of Torch Lake. Go ahead and find yourself a rental for the day for fun in the sun!
Butch's Tackle & Marine
Elk River Marina
Luhr's Landing on Torch River
Torch River Marine
BOATING - CHARTERS
Don't care to sit streamside, you want to fish deep. Well, we,ll give you some choices for Grand Traverse Bay or you can take a ride a little further north to beautiful Charlevoix.
Big Kahuna Charters:
Great reviews from clients who utilized fishing services.
345 E. Welch Court, Traverse City 231-946-7457
Reel Fun Fishing Charters:
Another Traverse City favorite to utilize for your charter fishing needs. Located on the Boardman River.
313 Front Street, Traverse 231-929-9272
Ward Bros. Charter Boats, Inc:
Charters out of Charlevoix with three 31' Bertams.
106 E. Antrim, Charlevoix 231-547-2371
Breweries, Distilleries & Taprooms
Spend the day exploring this peaceful, scenic island. There are restaurants and hotels available. You can travel by air or sea. Enjoy a 2-hour ferryboat ride from Charlevoix. Departs daily from the Charlevoix City Marina. (231) 547-3272. Daily air flights are available by reservation. Call Island Airways at (231) 448-2071; Charlevoix (231) 547-2141; Beaver Island (800) 524-6595; Charlevoix Airport (231) 448-2071, (231) 448-2458
Crooked River Boat Cruise:
Be in charge of your own ship. You can rent a pontoon boat and enjoy the 39-mile Island Waterway stretching from Crooked Lake to Lake Huron. Marinas to rent boats: Ryde Marina - (231) 347-8273, Windjammer Marina - (231) 347-6103 & Crooked River Marina - (231) 548-2215
Spend the day following in the tracks of the famed author. He was married in Horton Bay and enjoyed many summers there. He also lived in Petoskey and frequented the Park Garden Cafe and the Perry Hotel. The Little Traverse Historical Society Museum in Petoskey has a special Hemingway exhibit.
Step back in time on this beautiful island. No motor vehicles allowed. Enjoy beautiful scenery, Victorian hotels and inns, fine dining, quaint shops, great fudge and chocolate covered strawberries. Rent a bicycle built-for-two and bike around the island. You can get to the island by air or water from St. Ignace or Mackinaw City. Arnold Ferry Lines (231) 436-5542, Shepler's Ferry (231) 436-5023 & Star Lines (231) 436-5954
Sleeping Bear Dunes:
This National Lakeshore Park is a must do in Northern Michigan for the family. Spiking up to 400 feet high these sandy dunes offer nature at its finest. Go on, climb some dunes! For more info: (888)-334-8499
Fall Color Tours
You haven't experience the true beauty of fall colors until you have experienced them in the rolling hills of Northern Michigan. Here are a few routes we would suggest:
Charlevoix & Boyne City Loop:
From Shanty Creek Resort, proceed north on M-88 toward Bellaire. In downtown Bellaire at the blinking light, continue straight onto Bellaire Highway toward Torch Lake. Turn right onto East Torch Lake Dr. and continue on this road until it ends in Eastport. Turn left onto M-88 and then turn right on US-31 toward Charlevoix. Continue through Charlevoix, stopping if you wish for shopping, a great lunch or simply walking around. Just outside of Charlevoix turn right on Charlevoix-Boyne City Road and continue for about 14 miles until you get to Boyne City, another cute town. From Boyne City, take Lakeshore Drive toward Ironton. To take the car ferry continue on this road along Lake Charlevoix or turn left in Advance to skip the ferry ride. Continue on either road until you hit M-66 and turn left (south) on it. Take M-66 and turn right on Eddy School Rd./ 620 toward Bellaire. This road will end near the Antrim County Airport, where you will be turning left on Derenzy Road. Take this road into Bellaire and turn left on M-88 toward Shanty Creek Road.
Antrim County Farm Market:
Farm fresh fruits & vegetables. Open every Friday 8am-12:30pm, May 10-October 25. Located behind Bellaire Senior Center in Bellaire.
Buchan's Blueberry Hill
Gallagher's Farm Market
Hoxsie's Farm Market
Rocky Top Farms
Shetler Family Dairy
Festivals and Events
Northern Michigan offers endless possibilities when it comes to good ol' fishin' holes 'round these parts. From creeks, that turn into streams, streams that turn into rivers, rivers that turn into lakes, and even Great Lakes!
Butch's Tackle & Marine:
Offering boat rental, marine supplies, bait, tackle and licenses. 6235 Crystal Springs Road, Bellaire. (231) 377-6787. Located on Clam River where the river flows into Torch Lake.
The Fly Factory's Troutbums:
Guiding fisherman for over 100 years on the AuSable River, located in Grayling with Ray's canoeing. 205 Ingham Street, Grayling - (888) 768-8286
Gate's AuSable Lodge and Pro Shop:
World famous fly fishing shop located on the "Holy Water" of the main branch of the Ausable River. Offers guided float trips on the Ausable and its tributaries. 471 S. Stephan Bridge Road, Grayling. (989) 348-8462
Offering boat rental, bait, tackle and licenses. Located in downtown Bellaire. 115 W. Cayuga, Bellaire (231) 533-8559
Complete fly fishing store. Offers guided outings on various northern Michigan streams. 4386 US 31 North, Traverse City. (231) 938-3474
The Chief Golf Course
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Cedar River Golf Course
The Legend Golf Course
Summit Golf Course
Schuss Mountain Golf Course
3820 Stover Rd, Bellaire MI 49615 - (231) 533-9055
A riding facility in northern Michigan that offers beginner trail riding to advanced, lessons, horse training and pony rides. Stop in any time.
Bijou by the Bay
(231) 941-9575 or (231) 933-6388
Charlevoix Cinema III
Restaurants, Breweries & Eateries
The largest commerical sailing catamaran on the Great Lakes
Third Coast Yacht Charters:
Full day, half day, and two hour captained power boat charters
Traverse Tall Ship Company:
Sail aboard the 114' tall Manitou or the classic sailing yacht Scout
Shopping Downtown, Shopping Centers & Malls
Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark
Kalkaska Kaliseum Recreational Comples
Offers lap swim, open swim, family swin, senior fitness, aqua fitness, deep water aerobics, and senior swim.
Blue Sky Boat Rentals
- Hourly, daily, and weekly rentals
Crystal River Outfitters
- Kayak & canoe trips for all ages and abilities through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Jordan Valley Outfitters
- Canoe & Kayak trips, full moon paddle, & float tubes
- Guided kayak tours, all ski levels welcome
-Specilizing in family kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and tubes
Riverside Canoe Trips
- Canoes, tubes, rafts, kayaks, and boats
- Ski boats, deck boats, jet skis, pontoon boats, knee boards, ski boats & jet ski rental
- Canoeing & kayaking
Vineyards, Wineries, & Wine Trails