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Mecosta is located in northern Michigan's "Big Rapids" region. You will find this area of the state has everything for those looking to get away from it all and experience nature. Due to its central location between many of the county's major lakes, marshes, streams and the Muskegon River, Mecosta has become a prime tourist spot in recent years. The winding Muskegon River is perfect for canoeing, tubing and kayaking, and the beautiful rolling hills, hardwood forests, creeks and wetlands make for an unforgettable hiking or biking experience. There are numerous lakes for swimming, fishing and boating, golf courses, horseback riding and an abundance of campgrounds near Mecosta, both primitive and modern. And, not just a summer recreational site, Mecosta also has Autumn color tours, and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sledding and ice skating in wintertime. Mecosta also holds a number of special events and festivals throughout the year, including a 4th of July Freedom Festival, Big Rapids River Days, in August, and an annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival.

Surrounding areas: Canadian Lakes, Michigan (4.6 mi), Stanwood, Michigan (11.2 mi), Six Lakes, Michigan (14.2 mi), Clare, Michigan (27.1 mi), White Cloud, Michigan (27.5 mi), Lake George, Michigan (27.6 mi), Rose Lake, Michigan (28.8 mi)

Mecosta Vacation Rentals

Mecosta Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Country Inn & Suites15344 Waldron WayBig Rapids, MI13.7 mi.(231) 527-9000
Super 8 Motel845 Water Tower RdBig Rapids, MI14.0 mi.(800) 800-8000
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center1005 Perry StBig Rapids, MI14.2 mi.(231) 796-4400
Super 8 Motel of Edmore1106 E Main StEdmore, MI17.7 mi.(866) 550-8838
Super 8 Evart940 West 7th StEvart, MI19.4 mi.(800) 800-8000
Comfort Inn - MT Pleasant2424 S MSNMT Pleasant, MI22.5 mi.(989) 772-4000
Fairfield Inn By Marriot2525 S University Park DrMT Pleasant, MI23.3 mi.(989) 775-5000
Super 8 Motel2323 S Mission StMount Pleasant, MI23.4 mi.(989) 773-8888
Baymont Inn-mt Pleasant5858 E Pickard StMT Pleasant, MI23.7 mi.(989) 775-5555
Best Western Inn5770 E Pickard StMT Pleasant, MI23.7 mi.(989) 772-1101
Microtel Inn5500 E PickardMt Pleasant, MI23.7 mi.(989) 772-7777
Hampton Inn5205 E Pickard RdMT Pleasant, MI24.5 mi.(989) 772-5500
Soaring Eagle Inn & Conference Center5665 E Pickard RdMount Pleasant, MI25.0 mi.(989) 772-2905
Days Inn Clare10100 South Clare AveClare, MI27.4 mi.(989) 802-0144
Holiday Inn Express10318 S Clare AveClare, MI27.4 mi.(989) 386-1111

Mecosta Weather & Climate

Michigan enjoys four distinct seasons and there is a saying that goes, "if you don't like the weather, wait a day and it will change." This is because the state is nearly surrounded by water, and the climate is influenced both by warm, humid air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico, and cold, dry air from the Arctic. The central region of the Lower Peninsula has warm summers with precipitation in the form of showers and thunderstorms. The climate is somewhat influenced by a "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 squalls" 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 11°F 2.15 in. -
February 32°F 12°F 1.56 in. -
March 42°F 21°F 2.38 in. -
April 55°F 32°F 2.95 in. -
May 69°F 43°F 3.20 in. -
June 77°F 52°F 3.19 in. -
July 82°F 56°F 2.68 in. -
August 79°F 55°F 4.29 in. -
September 70°F 46°F 3.88 in. -
October 58°F 36°F 2.97 in. -
November 44°F 27°F 2.99 in. -
December 33°F 17°F 2.35 in. -

Mecosta Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located about 53 miles southwest of Mecosta in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Mbs International airport (MBS) located approximately 58 miles east of Mecosta in Saginaw, Michigan, the Muskegon County airport (MKG) located roughly 59 miles southwest of Mecosta in Muskegon, Michigan, and finally the Capital City airport (LAN) located around 66 miles south of Mecosta in Lansing, Michigan.

Mecosta Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI55.4 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI57.6 mi.
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI65.3 mi.
Water Parks
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI50.5 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI57.6 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI65.7 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI89.9 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI111.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Falcon Head Golf CourseBig RapidsMI13.3 mi.
Katke Golf ClubFerris State UniversityBig RapidsMI13.3 mi.
Meceola Country ClubBig RapidsMI13.3 mi.
Pines at Lake IsabellaWeidmanMI14.2 mi.
Edmore Golf CourseEdmoreMI18.3 mi.
Spring Valley Golf CourseHerseyMI18.4 mi.
Birch Valley Golf CourseSearsMI18.8 mi.
Birchwood Golf CourseHoward CityMI19.6 mi.
Eagle GlenFarwellMI23.5 mi.
Riverview Highlands Golf CourseRiverviewMI24.4 mi.
Pilgrims Run Golf ClubPiersonMI25.1 mi.
Whitefish Lake Golf ClubPiersonMI25.1 mi.
Brookside Golf CourseGowenMI25.9 mi.
Links at Bowen LakeGowenMI25.9 mi.
Firefly Golf LinksClareMI27.1 mi.
Winding Brook Golf ClubShepherdMI28.0 mi.
Holland Lake Golf CourseSheridanMI29.6 mi.
Crystal Golf CourseCrystalMI29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI24.2 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI38.4 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI41.0 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI44.4 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI55.9 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI71.5 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI89.2 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI93.0 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI93.9 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI95.8 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI101.0 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI106.2 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI108.0 mi.
State Parks
Newaygo State ParkMI19.8 mi. 
White Cloud State ParkMI28.0 mi. 
Wilson State ParkMI35.0 mi. 
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI50.5 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI70.2 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI89.9 mi.

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