Lake City, MI Area
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In Missaukee County we are surrounded by lakes, streams, woods, parks, campgrounds and an abundance of wildlife. There are 4,800 acres of inland lakes and many miles of excellent fishing streams. The majority of us have a lake or stream suitable for fishing, swimming or boating within ten miles of out homes. Our streams have brook, brown and rainbow trout. The lakes have bass, walleye, northern pike, crappie, pan fish and perch. For those who enjoy hunting, Missaukee County has over 100,000 acres of wild public land in which grouse, woodcock, turkeys, ducks and white tail deer reside.
For cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, off-road vehicles and hikers, there are over a hundred miles of marked and groomed wilderness trails in our forest lands. Within an hour's drive are six major ski resorts – Caberfae, Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek, Sugarloaf, Schuss Mountain and Grayling. Here at home is Missaukee Mountain, just 3.5 miles north of Lake City on M-66. Missaukee Mountain is open on the weekends and has a bunny hill, cross-country trails, tow ropes and short but snappy runs.
Our four 18-hole golf courses and one 9-hole course offer a wide range of difficulty and are within a 30-minute drive of most places in the county. Here at home is the beautiful Missaukee Golf Course and Country Green Golf Center just five miles south of Lake City. Public tennis courts are available in both Lake City and McBain.
Missaukee County has a small town pace and atmosphere, but just an hour away is famed Interlochen National Music Camp which brings us some of the world's great musical artists in weekly summer concerts. For those with a cultural interest other than music, there are three playhouses within an hour's drive, with humor and drama provided by resident groups and frequently by Hollywood and Broadway actors.
In the spring, you'll find many people with there heads down in the woods, looking for morel mushrooms. They will also find beefsteak and other kinds of spring fungus.
If you are looking to find out what kind of condition our snowmobile trails are in, you can check with the Missaukee Trail Blazers. Their members work hard at keeping our trails cleaned and groomed. They recently added GPS signs all along the trail for your safety. They also have new maps available and the Chamber is selling them at $2 each or at any business who was kind enough to put an advertisement on the map.
Overview of the Trail System from the Manistee River to Lake City to Moorestown.
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Missaukee Ski Mountain
Missaukee Mountain is open on the weekends and all of Christmas break, depending on snow conditions. It offers a bunny mound, beginner runs, intermediate slopes, expert challenge and moguls galore with 3 tow ropes. The mountain also has more than five miles of cross-country trails. Snow boarding is also welcome at the Mountain. If you don't own ski equipment, no worries, the mountain has lots of downhill and cross country ski equipment for you to rent.
If you want to take out your own sleds or tubes, a sledding hill is available for your enjoyment at no cost. When you've had enough fun or need to warm up, stop in the lodge which offers a comfortable common area and public restrooms. Enjoy some hot chocolate, coffee, or soft drink or a bite to eat and head back out to the slopes. Costs are minimal to encourage the whole family to enjoy time together or with all your friends. You can contact Missaukee Mountain during open hours at (231) 839-7575, or call the Chamber office during the week at (231) 839-4969 for more information.