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Shelby is the name of a village located within Shelby Township in Oceana County, Michigan, which is located along the state's western coastline, about halfway up the state. The population of the township at the 2000 census was 3,951 residents. Established as Churchill's Corners in 1866 after the first postmaster, the name of the village was changed to Shelby in 1885 - after General Isaac Shelby who was a famous general of the War of 1812. Shelby is a peaceful, small town that is easily accessed from U.S. Route 31, which runs a mile west of the town. The local economy is supported mainly from tourism, with many local stores and businesses located in a newly formed industrial park located north of town. The town of Shelby is also situated in the heart of a rich agricultural belt, known especially for its apples. As part of Oceana County, Shelby is located along the popular Hart-to-Montague Bicycle Trail and is near the Manistee National Forest. Pentwater is a major summer resort located in the area, along with Little Sauble Point and Silver Lake. The White River is also very popular for canoeing and fishing. So if you're looking for a quiet place to stay away from the crowds and noise in the middle of western Michigan's recreational oasis, Shelby is a perfect choice.

Surrounding areas: Rothbury, Michigan (7.2 mi), Silver Lake, Michigan (7.9 mi), Pentwater, Michigan (12.3 mi), Montague/White Lake, Michigan (14.4 mi), Hesperia, Michigan (16.6 mi), Ludington, Michigan (24.2 mi), North Muskegon, Michigan (25.0 mi)

Shelby Vacation Rentals

Shelby Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn2248 N ComfortHart, MI6.0 mi.(231) 873-3456
Best Western Pentwater Trace Inn & Suites7576 5th PM HwyPentwater, MI12.3 mi.(231) 869-8000
Best Western Inn And Suites Of Whitehall2822 North Durham RdWhitehall, MI13.9 mi.(866) 737-8237
Ramada Inn Whitehall2865 Colby RdWhitehall, MI14.1 mi.(231) 893-3030
Four Seasons Lodging & BRKFST717 E Ludington AveLudington, MI24.1 mi.(231) 843-3448
Holiday Inn Express5323 W US 10Ludington, MI24.2 mi.(231) 845-7004
Holiday Inn Express5373 W Us-10Ludington, MI24.2 mi.(231) 845-7004
Holiday Inn - Muskegon Harbor939 Third StMuskegon, MI26.7 mi.(231) 722-0100
Shoreline Inn & Suites750 Ter Point BlvdMuskegon, MI26.7 mi.(231) 720-4200
Comfort Inn - Muskegon1675 E ShermanMuskegon, MI29.2 mi.(231) 739-9092
Cornerhouse Motor Inn3350 Glade StMuskegon, MI29.5 mi.(231) 733-1056
Days Inn3450 Hoyt StMuskegon Heights, MI29.8 mi.(616) 733-2601
Super 83380 Hoyt StMuskegon, MI29.8 mi.(231) 733-0088

Shelby Weather & Climate

West-Southwest Michigan on the Lower Peninsula has four seasons where summers are warm with cool nights and winters are cold with snow. Lake Michigan helps modify temperatures, keeping them cooler in late spring and early summer and warmer during late fall and winter than in other parts of the Midwest. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer, and precipitation is generally evenly distributed during the crop season of April through September. The lake also acts as a giant humidifier, increasing moisture content in the air throughout the year. However, extremely hot and humid summer days are not that common and don't last long in this part of the state. Snowfall varies greatly from winter to winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 14°F 2.56 in. -
February 30°F 14°F 1.73 in. -
March 40°F 23°F 2.34 in. -
April 52°F 33°F 2.87 in. -
May 65°F 44°F 3.03 in. -
June 74°F 53°F 3.29 in. -
July 79°F 58°F 2.84 in. -
August 76°F 57°F 4.09 in. -
September 69°F 49°F 3.85 in. -
October 57°F 39°F 3.53 in. -
November 43°F 29°F 3.33 in. -
December 32°F 20°F 2.65 in. -

Shelby Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fremont Municipal airport (3FM) located about 22 miles southeast of Shelby in Fremont, Michigan, the Muskegon County airport (MKG) located approximately 31 miles south of Shelby in Muskegon, Michigan, the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located roughly 46 miles north of Shelby in Manistee, Michigan, and finally the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located around 65 miles southeast of Shelby in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Shelby Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI1.4 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI26.7 mi.
White CitySheboyganWI68.1 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI26.7 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI56.9 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI107.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Benona Shores Golf CourseShelbyMI 
Oceana Country ClubShelbyMI 
Grand View Golf CourseNew EraMI4.4 mi.
Golden Sands Golf CourseMearsMI5.3 mi.
Bent Pine Golf ClubWhitehallMI13.9 mi.
Hickory Knoll Golf CourseWhitehallMI13.9 mi.
Old Channel Trail Golf CourseMontagueMI13.9 mi.
Sylvan Glen Municipal Golf CourseTroyMI19.9 mi.
Briar Hill Golf CourseFremontMI23.7 mi.
Northwood Golf CourseFremontMI23.7 mi.
Summer Breeze Par 3FremontMI23.7 mi.
Lakeside Links Golf CourseLudingtonMI23.8 mi.
Lincoln Hills Golf ClubLudingtonMI23.8 mi.
Chase Hammond Golf CourseMuskegonMI27.2 mi.
Eagle Island Golf ClubMuskegonMI27.2 mi.
Lincoln Golf ClubMuskegonMI27.2 mi.
Oak Ridge Golf ClubMuskegonMI27.2 mi.
University Park Golf ClubMuskegonMI27.2 mi.
Westwind Golf CourseMuskegonMI27.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI37.4 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI52.8 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI59.2 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI65.3 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI66.2 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI89.8 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI90.0 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI90.9 mi.
SunburstKewaskumWI93.5 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI110.5 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI112.4 mi.
State Parks
Silver Lake State ParkMI8.3 mi. 
Charles Mears State ParkMI12.3 mi. 
Muskegon State ParkMI25.7 mi. 
White Cloud State ParkMI29.7 mi. 
Ludington State ParkMI30.3 mi. 
P J Hoffmaster State ParkMI34.3 mi. 
Grand Haven State ParkMI39.3 mi. 
Newaygo State ParkMI39.6 mi. 
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI56.9 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI87.0 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI94.0 mi.
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI103.4 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI107.4 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI109.6 mi.

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