Welcome to Newaygo County

Newaygo County offers abundant and affordable opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast in you to get away from the city without having to endure long drives and traffic for an Up North adventure.

Four seasons of adventure await, just around the corner!

2022 travel guide cover featuring outdoor recreational images - kayaking, disc golf, snowmobiling and outdoor icons

Download the NewayGo County Explore Guide to learn about the great things to do and see during your visit to our region.

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Fall River Exploration

As the summer season begins to wind down, our minds begin to wander to all of the great fall activities before us. Late summer, into early fall, brings the perfect weather for outdoor experiences of every sort. Paddle the waterways, bike The Dragon, fish the river,...

It’s Dragon Season

Head to Newaygo County, Where Michigan’s Dragon Awaits  Wrapped around Hardy Dam Pond, Michigan’s Dragon lies in wait of your arrival for big outdoor adventure. Imagine yourself soaring through the trees on fast and flowing trails that provide both a technically...

Spring Fishing in the Rivers of NewayGo County

River Fishing & Spring Camping Cool, crisp morning air, your first morning cup of coffee brewed by campfire, sunshine sparkling across the river, and a full day laid out in front of you reserved for fishing. Longing for the simplicity of a campsite and a few days...

Find your passion in Newaygo County

Where do you fit into the Newaygo County outdoor recreation fabric? Try your hand at anyone of these great passions.



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Find your Passion in Newaygo County

Picture yourself fishing from a drift boat or jet sled down a broad, magnificent river, surrounded by tall pine and hardwood forests. Long wide riffles, deep pools and long eddies the size of several football fields hold brown and rainbow trout surface-feeding on prolific hatches of mayflies, caddis and midges all day long – some fish approaching trophy proportions… Welcome to fishing in Newaygo County!

Start your Newaygo County fishing adventure!

Looking to venture out into the wilderness? Newaygo County is home to miles of hiking trails as well as numerous nature areas that allow you to create an adventure that is just your size. Newaygo County is home to a 55 mile segment of the famous North Country Trail. If you are one for native plant species, the Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary is a MUST see on your trip! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Get back to nature GO EXPLORE the natural side of Newaygo County.

The forests and rivers of Newaygo County are a magical outdoor wonderland where nature is is on display year round. Winter does not send people inside around here. The weather just opens up a whole new set of recreation pursuits for those of us that are lucky enough to live here and the many who visit our area during the winter months.


    Croton Dam Aerial view

Water sports in Newaygo County are not just an activity, they are part of every local’s culture, and we are excited to share our waterways with you! With 356 river miles and 256 inland lakes we have activities on the water that are sure to suit everyone.

Don’t have a watercraft or fishing gear? We have you covered, Newaygo is home to many great small businesses that provide trips, rentals and excursions.

Get onto the water and GO EXPLORE what Newaygo has to offer.

From holiday celebrations to tractor pulls, there seems to be something going on in Newaygo County every weekend! With so many events, we have sorted out the main events in each community and listed them below.  For more information on all of our events, visit our EVENT CALENDAR and you can visit the individual event page sponsors for more information.

Clear your schedule and GO EXPLORE the events of Newaygo County.

 Newaygo County Tourism Council Investors

Newaygo County Logo
Hesperia Area Chamber logo
Harrington Inn Logo
Dragon Adventures Base Camp Logo
Heritage Museum of Newaygo County Logo
City of White Cloud logo
Artsplace logo
Big Prairie Township Parks Logo
The Original Print Shop Logo
River Country Chamber of Commerce Logo
The Right Place Logo
Dogwood Center for the Arts logo
Croton Township Sign
Newaygo Nationals Logo
Fremont Chamber of Commerce logo
Newaygo County Parks logo
City of Fremont Logo
37 North Logo

Newaygo County Tourism Council

Board of Directors

Position Name Professional Title Organization
President Julie Burrell Business Development – Newaygo County The Right Place
Vice President Kelly Wawsczyk The Right Place
Secretary Elizabeth Reid Executive Director Newaygo County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Treasurer Nick Smith Parks and Recreation Director Newaygo County Parks and Recreation
Trustee Mark Kraus Tourism Director Hesperia Area Chamber of Commerce
Trustee Reuben Tucker Big Prairie Township Parks
Trustee Marianne Boerigter Executive Director NCCA-Artsplace

Dogwood Center

Trustee Kelly Rider Executive Director River Country Chamber of Commerce
Trustee Karen Baird Executive Director Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce
Trustee Carmon Kolenbrander Tucker Benner Realty
Trustee Colleen  Lynema