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Atlanta is the county seat of Montmorency County, located on the Thunder Bay River in the northeast region of the state's Lower Peninsula. The town's motto is "Elk Capital of Michigan," due to the large herds of Michigan Elk that roam the area (five to six hundred strong.) The Atlanta Elk Festival is held here each year during the last full weekend in September. The region surrounding Atlanta is very popular for hunting and fishing, with at least eleven excellent fishing lakes in the area. The town got its' name from one of the first settlers, a Civil War veteran who said the area reminded him of Atlanta, Georgia, which he saw when fighting in the war. As part of Montmorency County, Atlanta is in one of the most pristine and remote areas of Michigan. The Briley Township Recreation Area is located along the river in downtown Atlanta, and provides picnic areas, a pavilion, gazebo, and an ice skating rink and recreation hall. Several miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails are found north of Atlanta at the end of Pettenger Road (no motorized vehicles or hunting is allowed on the trails.) Other recreational sites near the town of Atlanta include Clear Lake, just north of town, the Thunder Bay River State Forest and Twin Lake. Atlanta is approximately a three and a half-hour drive from Detroit, Ann Arbor or Grand Rapids.

Surrounding areas: Lewiston, Michigan (12.4 mi), Comins, Michigan (20.0 mi), Gaylord, Michigan (26.1 mi), Black Lake, Michigan (29.9 mi), Hubbard Lake, Michigan (31.4 mi), Twin Lake, Michigan (32.8 mi), Leroy, Michigan (33.8 mi)

Atlanta Vacation Rentals

Atlanta Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Treetops Resort3962 Wilkinson RdGaylord, MI22.0 mi.(888) 873-3867
Econo Lodge2880 S OtsegoGaylord, MI26.1 mi.(989) 732-5133
Royal Crest Lodge803 S Otsego AveGaylord, MI26.1 mi.(989) 732-6451
Marsh Ridge Resort4815 Old 27 SGaylord, MI26.3 mi.(989) 732-6794
Best Western Alpine Lodge833 W Main StGaylord, MI26.4 mi.(989) 732-2431
Red Roof Inn & Suites510 S WisconsinGaylord, MI26.4 mi.(989) 731-6331
Quality Inn137 West StGaylord, MI26.5 mi.(989) 732-7541
Hampton Inn-gaylord230 Dickerson RdGaylord, MI26.6 mi.(888) 731-4500
Days Inn1201 W MainGaylord, MI26.9 mi.(989) 732-2200

Atlanta Weather & Climate

The Great Lakes dominate northern Michigan's four seasons of weather. What is known as "lake effect snow squalls" bring locally heavy snow to northern and western Michigan in winter, with the southwest receiving much less snow. Summers tend to be sunny as the cool water of the Lakes chills the air near the Earth's surface, producing a stable atmosphere. Autumn is too cool for swimming, but is a great time for other outdoor attractions. The luminous phenomenon known as the Northern Lights is usually visible from northern Michigan 30 nights per year, most commonly in March, April, September and October. Michigan is located on the northeast fringe of the Midwest tornado belt, but has a lower occurrence of them, in part, as a result of the colder water of Lake Michigan during the spring and early summer months.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 24°F 7°F 1.38 in. -
February 28°F 8°F 0.86 in. -
March 38°F 18°F 1.43 in. -
April 52°F 30°F 1.64 in. -
May 66°F 41°F 2.39 in. -
June 75°F 50°F 2.48 in. -
July 80°F 55°F 2.79 in. -
August 77°F 53°F 3.39 in. -
September 68°F 46°F 3.10 in. -
October 56°F 36°F 2.05 in. -
November 41°F 27°F 1.81 in. -
December 29°F 15°F 1.55 in. -

Atlanta Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Otsego County airport (GLR) located about 27 miles west of Atlanta in Gaylord, Michigan, the Alpena County Regional airport (APN) located approximately 28 miles east of Atlanta in Alpena, Michigan, the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located roughly 50 miles northwest of Atlanta in Pellston, Michigan, the Oscoda Wurtsmith airport (OSC) located around 53 miles southeast of Atlanta in Oscoda, Michigan, and finally the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 72 miles west of Atlanta in Traverse City, Michigan.

Atlanta Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI80.0 mi.
Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI110.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Elk Ridge Golf CourseAtlantaMI 
Stoney LinksOnawayMI24.1 mi.
Fairview Hills Golf ClubMioMI24.5 mi.
Gaylord Country ClubGaylordMI26.1 mi.
Green Trees GolfGaylordMI26.1 mi.
Hidden Valley ResortGaylordMI26.1 mi.
Michaywe Hills Golf ClubGaylordMI26.1 mi.
Natural at Beaver Creek ResortGaylordMI26.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI26.0 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI39.3 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI50.7 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI52.2 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI80.8 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI81.5 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI90.3 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI94.4 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI102.3 mi.
State Parks
Otsego Lake State ParkMI26.7 mi. 
Onaway State ParkMI29.7 mi. 
Hartwick Pines State ParkMI31.6 mi. 
P H Hoeft State ParkMI34.0 mi. 
Burt Lake State ParkMI35.6 mi. 
Aloha State ParkMI38.1 mi. 

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