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Bush-Lake is located in Northeast Lower Michigan, approximately twenty minutes southeast of the town of West Branch. This 58-acre lake offers unlimited opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing and other water sports. In addition, the Rifle River Recreation Area is just a short drive north of Bush Lake within the Ogemaw State Forest. The Rifle River offers excellent canoeing opportunities, and the Recreation Area has trails for hiking and cross country skiing, a swimming beach, a boat launch, and playground and picnic areas. There is also an observation tower in the Recreation Area that gives a gorgeous view of the whole area. There are several rustic campgrounds near Bush Lake, and the wilderness setting is ideal for those who enjoy birdwatching and wildlife viewing. For your shopping and dining needs, the nearby town of West Branch has a beautiful Victorian Downtown area with a variety of specialty shops, eateries and a movie theater. There are also five golf courses located just minutes from the village of West Branch. Other nearby attractions include the Au Sable River Scenic Byway which contains the Lumbermen's Monument Visitor Center and Iargo Springs.

Surrounding areas: Hale, Michigan (17.2 mi), Twin Lake, Michigan (24.1 mi), Tawas City, Michigan (25.9 mi), Gladwin, Michigan (26.8 mi), Tawas, Michigan (27.6 mi), East Tawas, Michigan (27.8 mi), Houghton Lake, Michigan (36.1 mi)

Bush Lake Vacation Rentals

Bush Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Quality Inn Conference Center2980 Cook RdWest Branch, MI10.4 mi.(989) 345-3503
Super 82586 AustinswayWest Branch, MI11.7 mi.(989) 345-8488
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites510 W Huron StAu Gres, MI19.4 mi.(989) 876-4060
Gibson MotelPinconning, MI23.6 mi.(989) 879-5422
Harbor View MotelTawas City, MI26.3 mi.(989) 362-3971
Super 8-tawas1020 W LK StTawas City, MI26.3 mi.(989) 362-0088
Holiday Inn - Tawas Bay Resort300 E Bay StEast Tawas, MI27.8 mi.(989) 362-8601

Bush Lake Weather & Climate

The Northeast Region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula has a climate that is directly affected by the prevailing westerly winds which are modified according to the temperature and moisture content in the air as they pass over Lake Michigan. During the winter, cloud cover produced by this "lake effect" prevents the loss of heat; therefore the temperatures for this part of Michigan is somewhat warmer than would otherwise occur at this latitude. Likewise, winds moving over the waters of the Lakes in summer keeps it cooler. Average temperatures are generally warmer along the shoreline of Lake Huron for two reasons; the vast inland forests provide insulation during the summer and the Lake serves as a heat source in the winter along the shore. Rain is heaviest in northeastern Michigan during the growing season of April through September. Snowfall has wide variations from winter to winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 8°F 1.66 in. -
February 31°F 9°F 1.22 in. -
March 41°F 18°F 1.98 in. -
April 54°F 30°F 2.42 in. -
May 68°F 41°F 3.03 in. -
June 77°F 50°F 3.04 in. -
July 81°F 55°F 2.96 in. -
August 78°F 53°F 3.85 in. -
September 70°F 45°F 3.51 in. -
October 58°F 34°F 2.49 in. -
November 44°F 26°F 2.39 in. -
December 32°F 15°F 1.86 in. -

Bush Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Oscoda Wurtsmith airport (OSC) located about 36 miles east of Bush Lake in Oscoda, Michigan, the Mbs International airport (MBS) located approximately 45 miles south of Bush Lake in Saginaw, Michigan, the Alpena County Regional airport (APN) located roughly 65 miles northeast of Bush Lake in Alpena, Michigan, and finally the Otsego County airport (GLR) located around 65 miles northwest of Bush Lake in Gaylord, Michigan.

Bush Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI23.6 mi.
Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI53.5 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI107.7 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI117.8 mi.
Four Bears Water ParkUticaMI119.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Edgewood Greens Golf ClubPrescottMI5.2 mi.
Apple Valley Golf CourseWest BranchMI11.1 mi.
Dream Golf CourseWest BranchMI11.1 mi.
West Branch Country ClubWest BranchMI11.1 mi.
Pine River Golf CourseStandishMI15.2 mi.
Green Briar Golf CourseLuptonMI16.5 mi.
Wicker Hills Golf CourseHaleMI17.0 mi.
Huron Breeze Golf & Country ClubAu GresMI20.1 mi.
Birch Point Golf ClubSaint HelenMI21.9 mi.
Green Hills Golf CoursePinconningMI23.9 mi.
Singing Bridge Golf CourseTawas CityMI26.4 mi.
Tawas Creek Golf ClubTawas CityMI26.4 mi.
Gladwin Heights Golf CourseGladwinMI26.8 mi.
Lakeside Golf CourseGladwinMI26.8 mi.
Sugar Springs Golf CourseGladwinMI26.8 mi.
Red Hawk Golf ClubEast TawasMI27.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Apple MountainFreelandMI46.2 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI65.8 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI67.8 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI79.5 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI80.2 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI95.6 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI97.0 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI97.7 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI97.9 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI106.3 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI106.4 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI106.4 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI107.7 mi.
State Parks
Gladwin State ParkMI27.7 mi. 
Tawas Point State ParkMI29.7 mi. 
Higgins Lake State ParkMI34.7 mi. 
Bay City State ParkMI37.3 mi. 
Wild Fowl Bay State ParkMI39.5 mi. 
Wilson State ParkMI39.8 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI104.1 mi.

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