Winter Fanatics

Snow cover walkway next to river

Explore Winter in NewayGo County

Looking for great ways to spend a few days exploring winter in NewayGo County?  We’ve got you covered!  Below learn all about the top ten snowy weather activities to help you plan you plan a memorable winter getaway.

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Fat Tire Biking on the Dragon Trail

While this world class trail is still under construction, several segments of the Dragon Trail have been completed. This winter, an 11 mile segment will be regularly groomed for Fat Tire Biking. Trail heads are located at Big Bend Township Park and Hardy Dam County Marina. For more information on where to park for winter use, check out The Dragon Trail Website.

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Enjoy a Romantic Getaway

The quaint towns and unique hotels of Newaygo County make it a perfect getaway destination for a special getaway. Check here for some great Deals and Packages to get started planning the perfect winter escape.

Family Sledging Through Snowy Woodland


Bring those new Christmas sleds to Newaygo County for a family friendly winter weekend getaway. The hills at Branstrom Park in Fremont and The Welcome Center in Newaygo are among the best sledding hills in the region!

Big ice bass

Ice Fishing

The ice fishing enthusiasts will be right at home with Newaygo County’s abundant lakes. From Fremont Lake to Croton Pond, there are numerous lakes to choose from. For more information on Ice Fishing in Newaygo County, check here, contact Parsley’s or Hesperia Sport Shop for an Ice Report or check out the DNR’s Fishing report here.

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Explore the Arts

The NCAA Art’s Place in Fremont is open and ready for you to explore! Make sure to check out the Winter Photo Contest, which will be on display January 14 thru February 6 2021!

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Going on a Shopping Spree

The individuality of Newaygo County is reflected in its unique, independently owned shops and restaurants. You won’t find cookie cutter merchandise in this area! Click Here for more information about the retailers and restaurants in Newaygo County.

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Maple Syrup in March

The Shack Country Inn in Jugville offers guests a glimpse of how Maple Syrup is made in the month of March. During this four to six week season, the Deur Family Sugar Shack is fired up and the fresh made Maple Syrup is celebrated with an annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast (subject to COVID restrictions, call to make reservations).

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Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

Newaygo County boasts miles of trails that are perfect for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Bring your own gear or even rent snowshoes from 37-North in Newaygo. For more winter trail information, click here.

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The LP3 Trail runs from the  staging area located just north of Newaygo across from the Newaygo County Welcome Center to the very Northern end of Newaygo County, continuing on through Lake, Oceana, Mecosta counties and more. Turn your ride into a weekend excursion & stay at any of the independently owned lodging facilities in Newaygo County, able to offer the perfect retreat for small to midsize Snowmobile groups.

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Enjoy a Mid-Week Spa Retreat

Whether a ‘Girls Getaway’ or a ‘Couples Retreat’, The Skincare Center & Spa at Tamarac offers an array of services including Skin Rejuvenations, Facials, Massages and more!


Snowmobiling routes are abundant throughout the county and connected trails offering more than 100 miles of continuous riding on trails with amenities geared toward a great day on your sled.

Ice Fishing

No need to venture all the way up to the U.P. for an ice fishing weekend, come to Newaygo County and enjoy our pristine waters and big fish!

Fat Tire Biking

Don’t let the winter months dampen your cycling enthusiasm. Newaygo County takes winter warriors to the next level with trails perfect for fat tire biking.

XC Skiing & Snowshoeing

Take a scenic glide through the wintery wonderland of Newaygo County. Grab your snowshoes or cross-country skies and take to more than 75 miles of trails and almost 5,000 acres of natural areas ready for winter exploration.

Stories from the Trails

Traipsing Through the Winter Woods

Traipsing Through the Winter Woods

I am in love with Newaygo County.  We’ve lived here three years now and keep discovering hidden treasures. If you love to be out in nature as my husband and I do, then each season brings new adventures and experiences.I did not think snowshoeing sounded like much...

Winter Wanderings: Newaygo County’s Trails

Winter Wanderings: Newaygo County’s Trails

I first learned to love cross-country skiing during my senior year of high school after befriending a Norwegian exchange student named Ingvar.  My first trip out was perfection.  A snow day from school and the type of snow globe snow falling through the trees onto us...

Christmas Season Festivities

Christmas Season Festivities

I grew up in Newaygo country. My memories of the area are rich odes to the senses.  There’s the feeling of the cold river running over my feet in the summer, sunlight on my face as it blinked through the rustling tree branches along the bank. There was the taste of...

Church’s Tree Farm

Church’s Tree Farm

Finding the right tree!Snow fell, and we said goodbye to fall as if it were a thing that never existed. There were never leaves of red, yellow, or orange decorating the skyline. There were no greying trees of exposed branches and bark. There is only this place, this...

Michigan-Made Syrup

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

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....