Manistee National Forest is one of three national forests in the state of Michigan. Bordered on the west by Lake Michigan, this forest has its fill of rivers and lakes flowing through it. There are many reasons to visit Manistee National Forest while staying at an Alma bed and breakfast.
North County National Scenic Trail
229 Main St.
Lowell, MI 49331
The North County National Scenic Trail covers 7 states, stretching from New York to North Dakota. About 100 miles of this trail is located within the Manistee National Forest. You can spend the day on the trail or even stay at one of the area's camp sites overnight. The trail weaves through the forest and private farms before continuing on to the next state. There are 10 marked trailheads throughout the forest designating the North County Trail. There are picnic areas, lakes, and even towns along the trail.
Croton Dam Float Trips, Inc.
5355 Croton Road
Newaygo, MI 49337
Relaxing in the Manistee State Forest is one of the most popular activities and floating down the river is a great way to relax. Croton Dam Float Trips, Inc. will take care of all your needs on your float trip. You can rent a canoe or kayak for your river trip, or float down the Muskegon river in a tube. The river is clear so you will see lots of fish and water creatures. Relax as you watch the trees and wildlife on the shore. Eagles are often seen in this area. Their rates vary depending on the amount of time you want to spend on the river, and the type of device you choose. You can rent a tube for $14.00. There are special rates for groups. You can make reservations online or by calling them.
Loda Lake National Wildlife Sanctuary
1755 S. Mitchell St.
Cadillac, MI 49601
The Loda Lake National Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetlands area that is home to many species of animals. The area includes a spring fed lake, creek, forest, a plantation, and even an old farm site. This is the only federal sanctuary like it in the United States. The wildflowers grow throughout the sanctuary, but especially in the lake area. There are many hiking trails in the sanctuary. In the winter, you can even use snowshoes or ski on the trails. You can go boating on the lake for a $5.00 fee. There is a boat launch on the south side of the lake. Enjoy fishing, swimming, or just relaxing in the waters of the lake.
Hardy Dam Area
White Cloud, MI 49349
Hardy dam is the third largest earthen dam in the world. Building this dam on the Muskegon River created Hardy Dam Pond, which has become quite an attraction to visitors in the area. There is a marina on the northwest corner of the pond that will take care of your boating needs. Newaygo State Park is located on the south side of the pond and offers many recreational choices. You can hike the nature trail at the dam and still see the historic powerplant buildings built in the early 1900s. There is much to see before heading back to your Alma inn for the night.