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Explore Newaygo

Newaygo County offers unique, abundant, and affordable opportunities to get away from the city without having to endure a long drive for an authentic Up North adventure.

Four seasons of adventure await you, just around the corner!

Riflers & Reelers

Cast a line or plan your hunt in the waters and forests of Newaygo County. Sportsmen of every sort will find fishing and hunting in our region a true northern Michigan outdoor experience. Plan your next outing in Newaygo County, we have just the right spot.

Trail Addicts

With over 150 miles of trails, Trail Trekkers from beginner to advanced will find a trail that is just the right size for an adventure in Newaygo County. Let us show you the way with trail maps and more.

Winter Fanatics

Winter presents a whole new range of recreational fun for visitors to Newaygo County. We embrace the “Water-Winter-Wonderland” nickname with reckless abandon in pursuit of a snow covered adventure. Bundle up and grab your gear. Winter adventure awaits!

Boaters and Floaters

A Water Wonderland awaits you in Newaygo County with over 356 river miles and 256 inland lakes making it and ideal destination for your paddling or floating adventure. Water sports are a central part of our local culture, and we are excited to share our waterways with you!

Creatives & Crafters

Newaygo County offers diverse opportunities for exploring artistic expression through performing arts, museums, galleries, and a world-class observatory. Indulge your creative side in Newaygo County.

Trail Heads

Miles of Trails

Parks

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First Person Adventure.

A Branstrom Park Afternoon

With the sun shining brightly and spring in the air, one Sunday afternoon was the perfect day to hit the trails. I headed for Branstrom Park, in Fremont, to take a tour around the hiking trails there. The trails double as the Fremont Cross Country course, and the fun...

Birds of Newaygo County

In Newaygo County we’re lucky to have a plethora of birds to see and hear while exploring the trails and natural outdoor spaces throughout the region. It is true that many birds don’t stay in Michigan during the winter-yet even then we have many bird species. One...

Michigan-Made Syrup

Tapping and Boiling: A (Mostly!) Spring Guide to Michigan-Made Syrup The Tap I’ll never be one to complain about the coming of spring. Every year I look forward to the snow being replaced by morning frost, warming throughout the day. I look forward to the budding of...

Success at Dam to Dam 2018

by Carmen Faulkner At sunrise, the serious contenders went out. They walked or snowshoed or rode snowmobiles. Some carried ice shanties, others stuck true to what I would consider to be the ‘old school, torturous’ tradition of sitting on buckets in the wind and cold....

Acquiring and Operating Snowmobiles

By Samantha Breza There are no places to rent a snowmobile at in Newaygo County at this time. Snowmobilers have to own a snowmobile already or purchase one at David Allen Racing Motorsports on Maple Island Road. Winter clothes and goggles can be purchased at Dunham...

Dam to Dam Ice Fishing Tournament

by Carmen Faulkner All right everyone, the winter thaw is over! The few days of warm weather and the reminders from green grass poking up from under the usual January snow was wonderful, but wintery conditions have made their way back into the forecast for the...

A Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing Apparel

By Samantha Breza What supplies are needed on a snowshoeing trip depends on where the snowshoer is going and how long they’re going to be there. Snowshoers hiking on mountain trails during the winter need hydration systems, avalanche transceivers, signaling mirrors,...

Ensley Township Nature Preserve

By Wendy Sinicki Tucked in the southeastern corner of Newaygo County is a wonderful place to spend time hiking, especially with the family. The Ensley Township Nature Preserve, 6985 136th Street, Sand Lake, just west of Cypress Avenue, is designed with children in...

Are You Two Dam Tuff?

Are you Two Dam Tuff?   It's a question that gets asked the first Saturday in October each and every year in Newaygo County.  For those "in the know", The Croton and Hardy Dams are separated by about 6 miles as the crow flies, and are spectacular tourist draws in...

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