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Bitely is an unincorporated community located in Newaygo County within the Manistee National Forest in the northern portion of Michigans Lower Peninsula. Altogether, over half of Newaygo County is situated within the Manistee National Forest. Bitely is in Lilley Township, about one mile west of M-37 and, at one time, it was a station on the Chicago & Western Michigan Railroad. The community was given a post office in 1889 and was named for Steven Bitely, who owned a sawmill in the village. The small town of Bitely is near several lakes, including Isaac Lake, Lamoreaux Lake and Bitely Lake. The nearby Muskegon River is another main attraction for visitors and is especially noted for its steelhead fishing in the spring and salmon fishing in the fall. Autumn is one of the most popular times to visit Bitely to view the spectacular brilliant colors of the changing leaves. The Manistee National Forest, which encompasses almost one million acres of public land and receives approximately four million visitors each year, offers hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, a scenic byway and campgrounds. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are available in the wintertime. Other attractions near Bitely include the Lumbermans Monument, which sits on a bluff overlooking the Au Sable River in the Manistee National Forest.

Surrounding areas: Baldwin, Michigan (10.4 mi), White Cloud, Michigan (14.3 mi), Hesperia, Michigan (15.2 mi), Walhalla, Michigan (19.1 mi), Newaygo, Michigan (22.8 mi), Stanwood, Michigan (23.6 mi), Shelby, Michigan (26.9 mi)

Bitely Vacation Rentals

Bitely Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center1005 Perry StBig Rapids, MI18.5 mi.(231) 796-4400
Super 8 Motel845 Water Tower RdBig Rapids, MI18.7 mi.(800) 800-8000
Country Inn & Suites15344 Waldron WayBig Rapids, MI19.2 mi.(231) 527-9000
Cronk's Oakridge Motel9135 Mason DrNewaygo, MI24.9 mi.(231) 652-1288
Comfort Inn2248 N ComfortHart, MI25.3 mi.(231) 873-3456
Blue Lake Resort6199 Larson RdFountain, MI25.8 mi.(231) 462-3466
Best Western Pentwater Trace Inn & Suites7576 5th PM HwyPentwater, MI28.6 mi.(231) 869-8000

Bitely Weather & Climate

Michigan enjoys four distinct seasons and there is a saying that goes, "wait a day and the weather will change," which is a pretty good description of the weather in the Great Lakes region. This is because the climate is influenced both by warm, humid air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico, and cold, dry air from the Arctic. The west-central region of the Lower Peninsula has warm summers with precipitation in the form of showers and thunderstorms. Located near the shores of Lake Michigan, the climate is influenced by the lake effect, which helps keep temperatures mild during the summer and increases the moisture content in the air throughout the year. In the winter, this moisture condenses as snow as it reaches the land, creating heavy snowfalls in some areas, known as "snow belts" on the downwind shores of the lakes. Showers and thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer, and fall is often the sunniest time of the year in Michigan.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 10°F 2.33 in. -
February 32°F 10°F 1.63 in. -
March 42°F 19°F 2.25 in. -
April 56°F 30°F 2.92 in. -
May 69°F 40°F 2.97 in. -
June 78°F 48°F 3.43 in. -
July 82°F 53°F 2.76 in. -
August 79°F 52°F 4.01 in. -
September 71°F 44°F 3.90 in. -
October 59°F 35°F 3.17 in. -
November 44°F 27°F 3.08 in. -
December 33°F 17°F 2.29 in. -

Bitely Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fremont Municipal airport (3FM) located about 22 miles southwest of Bitely in Fremont, Michigan, the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located approximately 41 miles northwest of Bitely in Manistee, Michigan, the Muskegon County airport (MKG) located roughly 44 miles southwest of Bitely in Muskegon, Michigan, the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located around 62 miles south of Bitely in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and finally the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 70 miles north of Bitely in Traverse City, Michigan.

Bitely Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI25.9 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI40.4 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI40.4 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI55.0 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI98.3 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI104.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Sylvan Glen Municipal Golf CourseTroyMI7.4 mi.
Marquette Trails Country ClubBaldwinMI10.4 mi.
Falcon Head Golf CourseBig RapidsMI19.5 mi.
Katke Golf ClubFerris State UniversityBig RapidsMI19.5 mi.
Meceola Country ClubBig RapidsMI19.5 mi.
Briar Hill Golf CourseFremontMI20.2 mi.
Northwood Golf CourseFremontMI20.2 mi.
Summer Breeze Par 3FremontMI20.2 mi.
Spring Valley Golf CourseHerseyMI22.0 mi.
Redfoot Hills Golf CourseLutherMI22.2 mi.
Village Green Golf CourseNewaygoMI23.5 mi.
Riverview Highlands Golf CourseRiverviewMI23.7 mi.
Oceana Country ClubShelbyMI26.2 mi.
Grand View Golf CourseNew EraMI27.5 mi.
Golden Sands Golf CourseMearsMI27.8 mi.
Brigadoon Golf CourseGrantMI28.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI23.1 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI41.7 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI45.9 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI51.8 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI53.6 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI76.1 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI79.7 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI88.3 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI91.1 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI95.8 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI106.1 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI108.7 mi.
SunburstKewaskumWI119.4 mi.
State Parks
White Cloud State ParkMI14.9 mi. 
Newaygo State ParkMI21.8 mi. 
Charles Mears State ParkMI28.9 mi. 
Silver Lake State ParkMI32.8 mi. 
Ludington State ParkMI37.3 mi. 
William Mitchell State ParkMI39.1 mi. 
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI55.0 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI96.1 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI104.4 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI113.7 mi.
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI119.6 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI119.7 mi.

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