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Gladwin is a charming small town located in central Michigan along the Cedar River. It started as a lumber mill town during the lumber boom of 1875 and has grown slowly over the years. Today mainly tourism and small manufacturing companies support it. There are several lakes and streams near Gladwin, as well as a large pond just northwest of town. It is also just a 15-minute drive to the city of Harrison, which bills itself as "Twenty Lakes in Twenty Minutes." Some of the activities in the area include swimming, fishing, boating and even snorkeling in one of the many beautiful lakes in the area, or tubing and kayaking along the Muskegon or Tobacco Rivers. The surrounding woodlands are full of wildflowers and wild life, making it popular with photographers. And, nearby Wilson State Park offers hiking and camping opportunities. You can explore the area's small towns, antique shops, and shop for Amish quilts, furniture and other handmade items. Fall is a good time to drive the country roads, when the surrounding countryside is ablaze with color, and wintertime brings cross country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing. There are several fairs and festivals held in the towns surrounding Gladwin, including the Morel Mushroom Festival that is held every May in Harrison and the Frostbite Open Golf Outing in February on Budd Lake.

Surrounding areas: Harrison, Michigan (15.7 mi), Clare, Michigan (17.7 mi), Lake George, Michigan (22.8 mi), Houghton Lake, Michigan (25.5 mi), Bush Lake, Michigan (26.8 mi), Higgins Lake, Michigan (37.5 mi)

Gladwin Vacation Rentals

Gladwin Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days Inn Clare10100 South Clare AveClare, MI17.3 mi.(989) 802-0144
Holiday Inn Express10318 S Clare AveClare, MI17.3 mi.(989) 386-1111
Hamptoin Inn-midland6701 Eastman AveMidland, MI19.7 mi.(989) 837-4000
Quality Inn Conference Center2980 Cook RdWest Branch, MI22.9 mi.(989) 345-3503
Super 82586 AustinswayWest Branch, MI23.8 mi.(989) 345-8488
Best Western Beachfront4990 W Houghton Lake DrHoughton Lake, MI25.0 mi.(989) 366-9126
Fairview Inn2200 W Wackerly StMidland, MI25.6 mi.(989) 631-0070
Sleep Inn2100 W Wackerly StMidland, MI25.6 mi.(989) 837-1010
Holiday Inn - Midland1500 W Wackerly StMidland, MI25.8 mi.(989) 631-4220
Quality Inn9285 W LK City RdHoughton Lake, MI26.7 mi.(989) 422-5175
Gibson MotelPinconning, MI27.6 mi.(989) 879-5422
Rest All Inn Auburn Midland4955 S Garfield RdAuburn, MI28.1 mi.(989) 662-7888
Marriott Ashman Court Hotel111 W Main StMidland, MI28.3 mi.(989) 839-0500
Soaring Eagle Inn & Conference Center5665 E Pickard RdMount Pleasant, MI28.4 mi.(989) 772-2905
Hampton Inn5205 E Pickard RdMT Pleasant, MI28.6 mi.(989) 772-5500
Holiday Inn Express Houghton Lake200 Cloverleaf LnHoughton Lake, MI28.8 mi.(989) 422-7829
Baymont Inn-mt Pleasant5858 E Pickard StMT Pleasant, MI28.9 mi.(989) 775-5555
Best Western Inn5770 E Pickard StMT Pleasant, MI28.9 mi.(989) 772-1101
Microtel Inn5500 E PickardMt Pleasant, MI28.9 mi.(989) 772-7777
Ramada Inn - Midland1815 S Saginaw RdMidland, MI29.0 mi.(989) 631-0570
Comfort Suites Lakeside100 Clearview DrHoughton Lake, MI29.1 mi.(989) 422-4000
Comfort Inn - MT Pleasant2424 S MSNMT Pleasant, MI29.9 mi.(989) 772-4000

Gladwin 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 9°F 1.92 in. -
February 30°F 10°F 1.31 in. -
March 40°F 19°F 2.24 in. -
April 54°F 31°F 2.54 in. -
May 68°F 42°F 2.89 in. -
June 77°F 51°F 3.25 in. -
July 82°F 55°F 2.83 in. -
August 79°F 54°F 3.69 in. -
September 71°F 45°F 3.48 in. -
October 58°F 34°F 2.59 in. -
November 44°F 26°F 2.52 in. -
December 32°F 16°F 2.08 in. -

Gladwin Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mbs International airport (MBS) located about 37 miles southeast of Gladwin in Saginaw, Michigan, the Oscoda Wurtsmith airport (OSC) located approximately 63 miles northeast of Gladwin in Oscoda, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located roughly 71 miles north of Gladwin in Gaylord, Michigan, and finally the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located around 75 miles northwest of Gladwin in Traverse City, Michigan.

Gladwin Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI27.6 mi.
Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI47.4 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI92.0 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI102.1 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI104.0 mi.
Four Bears Water ParkUticaMI119.0 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI120.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Gladwin Heights Golf CourseGladwinMI 
Lakeside Golf CourseGladwinMI 
Sugar Springs Golf CourseGladwinMI 
Devils Knob Golf CourseHarrisonMI15.7 mi.
Tamaracks Golf CourseHarrisonMI15.7 mi.
Firefly Golf LinksClareMI17.7 mi.
Eagle GlenFarwellMI21.3 mi.
White Deer Country ClubPrudenvilleMI22.6 mi.
Apple Valley Golf CourseWest BranchMI23.6 mi.
Dream Golf CourseWest BranchMI23.6 mi.
West Branch Country ClubWest BranchMI23.6 mi.
Pine View Highlands Golf ClubHoughton LakeMI25.5 mi.
Birch Point Golf ClubSaint HelenMI26.3 mi.
Pine River Golf CourseStandishMI26.8 mi.
Green Hills Golf CoursePinconningMI27.9 mi.
Currie Municipal Golf CourseMidlandMI28.6 mi.
Sandy Ridge Golf CourseMidlandMI28.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Apple MountainFreelandMI36.6 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI48.9 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI68.8 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI72.7 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI77.5 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI80.2 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI80.8 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI81.0 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI84.5 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI87.9 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI97.1 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI100.9 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI103.1 mi.
State Parks
Gladwin State ParkMI2.3 mi. 
Wilson State ParkMI15.6 mi. 
Higgins Lake State ParkMI31.4 mi. 
Bay City State ParkMI36.9 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI86.5 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI120.0 mi.

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