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Grayling is the county seat for Crawford County, which is located in northern Michigan east of Grand Traverse Bay and near Lake Margrethe. The picturesque Au Sable River winds its way through the town of Grayling, making it a popular place for outdoor recreational enthusiasts. Hunting, fishing, canoeing and boating are all popular sports, and miles and miles of trails for hiking, snowmobiling, biking and horseback riding surround the town of Grayling. The village of Grayling is also the starting point for the annual Au Sable River Run, a popular non-stop canoe race that ends in the waters of Lake Huron. Grayling is also the site of a legendary trout hatchery, which is open for tours seven days a week during the season. Other attractions in the area include the Hartwick Pines State Park, which contains some of the oldest trees in Michigan, and Camp Grayling, which is the largest National Guard base in north central U.S. There are many private and state campgrounds located around Grayling, and other lodging includes historic bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels and country lodges and cabins.

Surrounding areas: Higgins Lake, Michigan (12.7 mi), Kalkaska, Michigan (23.4 mi), Mancelona, Michigan (23.8 mi), Lewiston, Michigan (24.4 mi), Houghton Lake, Michigan (24.9 mi), Gaylord, Michigan (25.2 mi), Twin Lake, Michigan (29.5 mi)

Grayling Vacation Rentals

Grayling Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Aquarama Motor Lodge2307 S I 75 Business LoopGrayling, MI (989) 348-5405
Chief Shoppenagons103 Michigan AveGrayling, MI (989) 348-6071
Days Inn2556 I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI (989) 344-0204
North Country Lodge IncN I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI (989) 348-8471
Ramada Grayling Hotel & Conference Center2650 S I-75 - Bus LoopGrayling, MI (989) 348-7611
Pineview Motel7328 N Old 27Frederic, MI9.3 mi.(989) 348-8300
Marsh Ridge Resort4815 Old 27 SGaylord, MI22.2 mi.(989) 732-6794
Comfort Suites Lakeside100 Clearview DrHoughton Lake, MI22.3 mi.(989) 422-4000
Holiday Inn Express Houghton Lake200 Cloverleaf LnHoughton Lake, MI23.0 mi.(989) 422-7829
Econo Lodge2880 S OtsegoGaylord, MI23.1 mi.(989) 732-5133
Econo Lodge703 N Cedar StKalkaska, MI23.2 mi.(231) 258-9119
Hampton Inn-gaylord230 Dickerson RdGaylord, MI23.7 mi.(888) 731-4500
Quality Inn9285 W LK City RdHoughton Lake, MI24.1 mi.(989) 422-5175
Royal Crest Lodge803 S Otsego AveGaylord, MI24.8 mi.(989) 732-6451
Best Western Beachfront4990 W Houghton Lake DrHoughton Lake, MI25.1 mi.(989) 366-9126
Red Roof Inn & Suites510 S WisconsinGaylord, MI25.2 mi.(989) 731-6331
Best Western Alpine Lodge833 W Main StGaylord, MI25.3 mi.(989) 732-2431
Days Inn1201 W MainGaylord, MI25.3 mi.(989) 732-2200
Quality Inn137 West StGaylord, MI25.8 mi.(989) 732-7541
Treetops Resort3962 Wilkinson RdGaylord, MI26.0 mi.(888) 873-3867

Grayling Weather & Climate

The Great Lakes dominate northern Michigan's weather. What is known as "lake effect snow squalls" bring locally heavy snow to northern and western Michigan, 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. The Lakes also modify summer high temperatures, making the northern parts of the state a popular vacation spot. Summer temperatures are typically in the upper 70s to lower 80s, with cool nights. 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.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 25°F 6°F 1.75 in. -
February 28°F 6°F 1.27 in. -
March 38°F 15°F 1.96 in. -
April 52°F 28°F 2.64 in. -
May 66°F 38°F 3.10 in. -
June 75°F 48°F 3.46 in. -
July 79°F 53°F 3.76 in. -
August 77°F 51°F 3.79 in. -
September 68°F 43°F 4.01 in. -
October 56°F 33°F 3.42 in. -
November 41°F 25°F 2.44 in. -
December 30°F 14°F 1.82 in. -

Grayling Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Otsego County airport (GLR) located about 24 miles north of Grayling in Gaylord, Michigan, the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located approximately 42 miles west of Grayling in Traverse City, Michigan, the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located roughly 62 miles north of Grayling in Pellston, Michigan, the Alpena County Regional airport (APN) located around 63 miles east of Grayling in Alpena, Michigan, and finally the Oscoda Wurtsmith airport (OSC) located about 66 miles east of Grayling in Oscoda, Michigan.

Grayling Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI67.0 mi.
Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI93.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Fox Run Country ClubGraylingMI 
Grayling Country ClubGraylingMI 
Burning Oak Country ClubHiggins LakeMI12.7 mi.
Forest Dunes Golf ClubRoscommonMI13.3 mi.
Ye Olde Country ClubRoscommonMI13.3 mi.
EldoradoCadillacMI16.2 mi.
Grandview Golf ClubKalkaskaMI23.4 mi.
Timber Wolf Golf ClubKalkaskaMI23.4 mi.
Twin Birch Golf ClubKalkaskaMI23.4 mi.
Lakes of the North Deer Run Golf CourseMancelonaMI23.6 mi.
Windmill Farm of MancelonaMancelonaMI23.6 mi.
Pine View Highlands Golf ClubHoughton LakeMI24.9 mi.
Gaylord Country ClubGaylordMI25.2 mi.
Green Trees GolfGaylordMI25.2 mi.
Hidden Valley ResortGaylordMI25.2 mi.
Michaywe Hills Golf ClubGaylordMI25.2 mi.
Natural at Beaver Creek ResortGaylordMI25.2 mi.
Birch Point Golf ClubSaint HelenMI25.7 mi.
White Deer Country ClubPrudenvilleMI25.9 mi.
Fairview Hills Golf ClubMioMI29.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI25.4 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI32.8 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI36.4 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI44.1 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI54.6 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI54.9 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI61.3 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI64.4 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI83.8 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI95.9 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI114.5 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI117.3 mi.
State Parks
Hartwick Pines State ParkMI5.9 mi. 
Higgins Lake State ParkMI16.9 mi. 
Otsego Lake State ParkMI18.6 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI45.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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