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Clare is located just northeast of center in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It's the largest city in Clare County, whose slogan is "Where the North Begins." With it's abundant forestland and many lakes and streams, Clare is prime land for hunting and fishing. It's a favorite stopping point for those visiting the Tobacco River and the other resort areas of Lake George and Lake Station. The lakes are dotted with summer cottages, and are great for swimming, boating and other water sports. The area surrounding Clare has some of Michigan's top golf courses and thousands of acres of state land and parks offers abundant hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, camping, all terrain vehicle trails and snowmobile trails in winter. If sightseeing, rather than sports, is your thing, spend the day in peaceful Amish Country and scouting out the area's many antique shops and gift stores. Not just in summer, but every season is beautiful in Clare. In autumn, the forests explode with color, and winter turns the hills and trails into a winter wonderland. Clare has a strong Irish background, and celebrates with a special St. Patrick's Day event every March. There are many other special events throughout the year in the area, including the Clare Annual City Wide Garage Sale and Summerfest Celebration usually held the first week of July.

Surrounding areas: Lake George, Michigan (13.3 mi), Harrison, Michigan (13.9 mi), Gladwin, Michigan (17.7 mi), Mecosta, Michigan (27.1 mi), Canadian Lakes, Michigan (31.7 mi), Houghton Lake, Michigan (33.2 mi), Six Lakes, Michigan (33.5 mi)

Clare Vacation Rentals

Clare Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days Inn Clare10100 South Clare AveClare, MI (989) 802-0144
Holiday Inn Express10318 S Clare AveClare, MI (989) 386-1111
Baymont Inn-mt Pleasant5858 E Pickard StMT Pleasant, MI14.5 mi.(989) 775-5555
Best Western Inn5770 E Pickard StMT Pleasant, MI14.5 mi.(989) 772-1101
Microtel Inn5500 E PickardMt Pleasant, MI14.5 mi.(989) 772-7777
Hampton Inn5205 E Pickard RdMT Pleasant, MI14.6 mi.(989) 772-5500
Soaring Eagle Inn & Conference Center5665 E Pickard RdMount Pleasant, MI14.6 mi.(989) 772-2905
Comfort Inn - MT Pleasant2424 S MSNMT Pleasant, MI14.9 mi.(989) 772-4000
Super 8 Motel2323 S Mission StMount Pleasant, MI16.8 mi.(989) 773-8888
Fairfield Inn By Marriot2525 S University Park DrMT Pleasant, MI17.1 mi.(989) 775-5000
Super 8 Evart940 West 7th StEvart, MI25.5 mi.(800) 800-8000
Hamptoin Inn-midland6701 Eastman AveMidland, MI26.3 mi.(989) 837-4000
Fairview Inn2200 W Wackerly StMidland, MI28.1 mi.(989) 631-0070
Sleep Inn2100 W Wackerly StMidland, MI28.2 mi.(989) 837-1010
Holiday Inn - Midland1500 W Wackerly StMidland, MI28.5 mi.(989) 631-4220
Comfort Inn - Alma3110 W MonroeAlma, MI29.0 mi.(989) 463-4400
Marriott Ashman Court Hotel111 W Main StMidland, MI29.7 mi.(989) 839-0500

Clare Weather & Climate

Four distinct seasons with a lake effect that is quite strong during much of the year describes the climate of the northern region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The lake effect increases cloudiness during late fall and winter, and also modifies the temperatures - keeping them cooler in the summer. Michigan sees a lot of moisture throughout the year. In winter, the humidity from the lake condenses as snow when it reaches land, creating quite heavy snowfalls in some areas. Also, during the winter, the temperature continues to drop, and ice sometimes covers portions of the lakes. Summers are warm, but periods of extreme heat and humidity are infrequent. Showers and thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer and early fall is often the driest, sunniest time of the year in Michigan.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 13°F 1.88 in. -
February 30°F 14°F 1.36 in. -
March 41°F 22°F 2.11 in. -
April 54°F 33°F 2.67 in. -
May 68°F 44°F 3.12 in. -
June 77°F 54°F 2.91 in. -
July 82°F 58°F 2.55 in. -
August 79°F 57°F 3.47 in. -
September 71°F 48°F 3.49 in. -
October 58°F 38°F 2.70 in. -
November 44°F 29°F 2.38 in. -
December 33°F 19°F 2.29 in. -

Clare Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mbs International airport (MBS) located about 39 miles southeast of Clare in Saginaw, Michigan, the Capital City airport (LAN) located approximately 72 miles south of Clare in Lansing, Michigan, the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located roughly 75 miles southwest of Clare in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and finally the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located around 75 miles northwest of Clare in Traverse City, Michigan.

Clare Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI40.0 mi.
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI80.1 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI84.7 mi.
Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI49.3 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI74.7 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI84.7 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI103.4 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI105.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Firefly Golf LinksClareMI 
Eagle GlenFarwellMI4.8 mi.
Pines at Lake IsabellaWeidmanMI13.8 mi.
Devils Knob Golf CourseHarrisonMI13.9 mi.
Tamaracks Golf CourseHarrisonMI13.9 mi.
Gladwin Heights Golf CourseGladwinMI17.7 mi.
Lakeside Golf CourseGladwinMI17.7 mi.
Sugar Springs Golf CourseGladwinMI17.7 mi.
Birch Valley Golf CourseSearsMI21.2 mi.
Winding Brook Golf ClubShepherdMI21.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Apple MountainFreelandMI38.1 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI43.4 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI51.3 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI62.8 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI63.8 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI75.8 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI83.0 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI83.4 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI87.3 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI93.3 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI95.7 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI99.1 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI111.8 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI115.6 mi.
State Parks
Wilson State ParkMI13.8 mi. 
Gladwin State ParkMI16.7 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI76.0 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI105.8 mi.

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