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Stanwood is located in Mecosta County in northern Michigan's "Big Rapids Area." The small town of Stanwood is primarily an agricultural community, but is near many of northern Michigan's prime recreational areas. There are more than 30 lakes in the region for swimming, sunbathing, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping and picnicking. And the winding Muskegon River is perfect for canoeing, tubing and kayaking. Stanwood is also on the "White Pine Trail State Park," and the city park is a good place to access the Trail. This scenic area has miles and miles of trails for hiking and biking, and northern Michigan is also home to some of the most beautiful golf courses in the state. Stanwood makes a good base from which to explore the antiques and quaint shops and Amish farms that dot the countryside. And the fun doesn't end in summer; there are fall color tours available and in wintertime, Mecosta County has cross country skiing, sledding and snowmobiling opportunities. All year long you can find family style special events near Stanwood, including the Mecosta County Fair in July, the Big Rapids River Days in August, and the Wheatland Music & Arts Fair, usually held Labor Day weekend.

Surrounding areas: Canadian Lakes, Michigan (7.1 mi), Mecosta, Michigan (11.2 mi), White Cloud, Michigan (16.3 mi), Six Lakes, Michigan (18.4 mi), Newaygo, Michigan (20.8 mi), Bitely, Michigan (23.6 mi), Greenville, Michigan (29.5 mi)

Stanwood Vacation Rentals

Stanwood Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center1005 Perry StBig Rapids, MI7.9 mi.(231) 796-4400
Super 8 Motel845 Water Tower RdBig Rapids, MI7.9 mi.(800) 800-8000
Country Inn & Suites15344 Waldron WayBig Rapids, MI8.3 mi.(231) 527-9000
Cronk's Oakridge Motel9135 Mason DrNewaygo, MI22.0 mi.(231) 652-1288
Super 8 Motel of Edmore1106 E Main StEdmore, MI23.9 mi.(866) 550-8838
Super 8 Evart940 West 7th StEvart, MI24.0 mi.(800) 800-8000
Americinn Lodge & Suites2525 W Washington StGreenville, MI29.2 mi.(616) 754-4500

Stanwood 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. -

Stanwood Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located about 48 miles south of Stanwood in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Muskegon County airport (MKG) located approximately 48 miles southwest of Stanwood in Muskegon, Michigan, the Mbs International airport (MBS) located roughly 68 miles east of Stanwood in Saginaw, Michigan, and finally the Capital City airport (LAN) located around 70 miles southeast of Stanwood in Lansing, Michigan.

Stanwood Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI44.6 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI46.7 mi.
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI76.5 mi.
Water Parks
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI44.0 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI46.7 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI75.9 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI88.0 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI119.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Falcon Head Golf CourseBig RapidsMI7.8 mi.
Katke Golf ClubFerris State UniversityBig RapidsMI7.8 mi.
Meceola Country ClubBig RapidsMI7.8 mi.
Birchwood Golf CourseHoward CityMI13.1 mi.
Riverview Highlands Golf CourseRiverviewMI13.9 mi.
Spring Valley Golf CourseHerseyMI18.0 mi.
Pilgrims Run Golf ClubPiersonMI18.8 mi.
Whitefish Lake Golf ClubPiersonMI18.8 mi.
Village Green Golf CourseNewaygoMI21.1 mi.
Brookside Golf CourseGowenMI24.0 mi.
Links at Bowen LakeGowenMI24.0 mi.
Edmore Golf CourseEdmoreMI24.4 mi.
Brigadoon Golf CourseGrantMI25.0 mi.
Birch Valley Golf CourseSearsMI25.3 mi.
Cedar Chase Golf ClubCedar SpringsMI25.4 mi.
Pines at Lake IsabellaWeidmanMI25.4 mi.
Briar Hill Golf CourseFremontMI25.9 mi.
Northwood Golf CourseFremontMI25.9 mi.
Summer Breeze Par 3FremontMI25.9 mi.
Marquette Trails Country ClubBaldwinMI29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI13.7 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI32.3 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI36.4 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI46.5 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI66.5 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI69.5 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI87.0 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI89.3 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI94.8 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI97.5 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI107.1 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI112.9 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI113.6 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI117.3 mi.
State Parks
Newaygo State ParkMI8.9 mi. 
White Cloud State ParkMI16.8 mi. 
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI44.0 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI73.9 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI88.0 mi.

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