Outdoor Activities

This area has beaches, biking, and plenty of nearby trails and activities for lovers of nature - Gaylord and the surrounding area has lots to offer!

Up North Blueberry Farm

Up North Blueberry Farm has eight varieties of high bush blueberries and offers you-pick as well as pre-picked blueberries. They also have a collection of jams, pie filling, honey, dehydrated blueberries and chocolate covered blueberries available. While this season hasn't started yet, they will open up for the year in July! Their tentative opening dates are starting at local markets around July 10 and then opening you-pick around July 20.

3964 Hallenius Road. Gaylord, Michigan 49735

Phone:(231) 546-3032

Gaylord Splash Pad at Memorial Park

Otsego Lake Township Park, also known as Memorial Park, is located south of Otsego Lake on Memorial Drive. This 9 acre park features pavilions, picnic tables, a playground, grills, a basketball court, baseball diamond and more! The little ones will love a small splash pad to play in on those hot days. A nature trail is also located across from the large pavilion.
Location:Memorial Drive. Gaylord, MI 49735

Otsego Lake State Park

Otsego Lake State Park is a charming and popular family park easily accessible to I-75 and Gaylord, "The Alpine Village."

This 62-acre park is heavily shaded with large oak, maple and pine trees and is home to large campsites near or within sight of the lake. The park is known for its beautiful sandy beach. The universally accessible swimming beach and day-use area include picnic tables, grills, a floating fishing pier and water volleyball. The popular boat launch provides excellent access for motorized and nonmotorized watercraft. Pet-friendly shoreline.
Location:7136 Old 27 South. Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone:(989) 732-5485

Thumb Lake

Thumb Lake is located just north of Otsego County. Known for having a number of small coves and points which are perfect for exploring, Thumb Lake also boasts many undeveloped areas which makes for great scenery. It is also one of the most popular fishing locations in Northern Michigan. There are two parts to this lake and the East side contains a large beach with plenty of parking and restroom facilities. The Boating Public Access Site is located at the west end.
Location:Thumb Lake Rd. Vanderbilt, MI 49795

Otsego Lake County Park

Gaylord's County Park offers fun for the whole family - a beach / swim area, a boat launch, a picnic area (also 2 Pavilions available for rent), playground, volleyball, horseshoe pits, and more. They also have options for kayak rentals.
Location:2657 County Park Road. Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone:(989) 731-6448

Up North Paddlesports

Up North Paddlesports, LLC in Gaylord, Michigan aims to offer a complete “up north” experience on the water with canoe, kayak, paddle board, paddle boat, and tandem kayak rentals in addition to life jackets, dry bags, and waterproof boxes. Float behind coolers are available. You can even rent beach towels! They have a bit of everything for rentals.
Phone:(989) 619-5976

Sturgeon River Paddlesports

Sturgeon River Paddlesports offers kayaking, canoe, raft, and tubing trips down one of Michigan's fastest flowing rivers. Their experienced staff offer helpful tips and techniques to make your river trip the best one possible.

12961 S. Straits Hwy Unit B. Wolverine, MI 49799


Pigeon River Country State Forest

The Pigeon River Country State Forest stretches over 106,700 acres of state land. This pristine wilderness offers countless recreational opportunities, including hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and more. With abundant, winding trails and turquoise lakes stocked with fish, you can lose yourself for hours in this untouched paradise.
Location:9966 Twin Lakes Road. Vanderbilt, MI 49795

Aspen Park

Paved and unpaved trails for walking, biking and in-line skating are well suited for family adventures close to downtown Gaylord. Don't forget to stop by the boundary shared with Elk Park to view the elk, sika and fallow deer herds. Trails are groomed in the winter for cross-country skiing or break your own trail on a pair of snow shoes. The entire park is lit until 11:00 p.m. year round.
Location:239 Commerce Blvd. Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone:(989) 732-4060

Gaylord's City Elk Park

The City of Gaylord maintains an elk herd and provides viewing areas for the public to stop and watch these impressive animals. Under the City’s care, roughly 40 elk can be viewed from near the Elk’s Lodge off Grandview Blvd.

The herd is contained on 108 acres. City staff feed the animals corn, hay and sugar beets, plus vitamins. The herd started with three elk 14 years ago, when a local nature center closed.

Location:E Grandview, Gaylord, MI 49735