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Kalkaska is located in the northwestern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, and is know throughout the state for their annual National Trout Festival, held the last weekend of April. It is the county seat of Kalkaska County, along US Highway 131 on the banks of the Boardman River and near Crawford and Round Lakes. Kalkaska is a small town, but the Pere Marquette State Forest covers much of the county of Kalkaska, and along with the many lakes and streams in the area, makes it a very desirable vacation spot. The village of Kalkaska is home to most of the county events, including the annual county fair, and there are a large number of hotels, motels and seasonal cabins available for tourists visiting the area. The natural terrain of the area is heavily wooded with small farms and villages, and numerous rivers and lakes provide swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, and almost any other kind of water related sport. And, the Skegemog Lake Pathway in Kalkaska County is one of the most picturesque trails in Michigan for hiking. For wintertime fun, Kalkaska has a snowmobile staging area with a warming station. This is connected to a state maintained trail system with hundreds of miles of snowmobiling trails. Although Kalkaska is relatively isolated, it is served by several state and federal highways, making it easily assessable.

Surrounding areas: Mancelona, Michigan (13.0 mi), Elk Lake, Michigan (13.1 mi), Fife Lake, Michigan (14.1 mi), Spider Lake, Michigan (15.7 mi), Elk Rapids, Michigan (15.9 mi), Bellaire, Michigan (16.8 mi), Traverse City, Michigan (21.3 mi)

Kalkaska Vacation Rentals

Kalkaska Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Econo Lodge703 N Cedar StKalkaska, MI (231) 258-9119
Torch Timbers Inn9260 Se Torch LK DrAlden, MI11.2 mi.(231) 331-4050
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI16.0 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI16.0 mi.(231) 938-7000
Elk Rapids Beach Resort8975 N Bayshore DrElk Rapids, MI16.3 mi.(231) 264-6400
Shanty CreekOne Shanty Creek RdBellaire, MI17.1 mi.(231) 533-8621
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI19.7 mi.(231) 947-5436
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI19.7 mi.(231) 947-5525
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI19.8 mi.(231) 941-0208
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI19.9 mi.(231) 946-8424
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI20.9 mi.(231) 935-4400
Pineview Motel7328 N Old 27Frederic, MI21.3 mi.(989) 348-8300
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 933-4454
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 938-1900
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 938-0100
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 NTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 938-0100
Super 8 Motel1870 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 938-1887
Traverse Bay Inn2300 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 938-2646
Traverse City Courtyard3615 W S Airport RdTraverse City, MI21.7 mi.(231) 929-1800
Park Place Hotel300 E State StTraverse City, MI21.9 mi.(231) 946-5000
Aquarama Motor Lodge2307 S I 75 Business LoopGrayling, MI23.4 mi.(989) 348-5405
Days Inn2556 I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI23.4 mi.(989) 344-0204
North Country Lodge IncN I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI23.4 mi.(989) 348-8471
Ramada Grayling Hotel & Conference Center2650 S I-75 - Bus LoopGrayling, MI23.4 mi.(989) 348-7611
Chief Shoppenagons103 Michigan AveGrayling, MI23.6 mi.(989) 348-6071
Marsh Ridge Resort4815 Old 27 SGaylord, MI29.8 mi.(989) 732-6794
Century Farms2421 N Jacobson RdSuttons Bay, MI29.8 mi.(231) 271-2421
Bed & Breakfast
Cairn House Bed & Breakfast8160 Cairn HwyElk Rapids, MI15.9 mi.(231) 264-8994

Kalkaska Weather & Climate

Four very distinct seasons with a lake effect that is quite strong during much of the year describes the climate of Michigan's northern region. The lake effect increases cloudiness during late fall and winter, and also modifies the temperatures - keeping things cooler in the summer. The "Chain of Lakes Region" in northwest Michigan sees a lot of moisture throughout the year in the form of showers and thunderstorms during the summer and snow and ice during the winter. In winter, the humidity from the lake condenses as snow when it reaches land, creating quite heavy snowfalls in some areas. During the winter, the temperature of the lakes continues to drop, and ice sometimes covers portions of the lakes. Summers are warm, but periods of extreme heat and humidity are infrequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 24°F 7°F 1.79 in. -
February 27°F 6°F 1.32 in. -
March 37°F 15°F 1.77 in. -
April 51°F 28°F 2.39 in. -
May 65°F 40°F 2.62 in. -
June 74°F 50°F 3.18 in. -
July 77°F 54°F 3.21 in. -
August 76°F 52°F 3.41 in. -
September 67°F 45°F 3.88 in. -
October 55°F 35°F 3.36 in. -
November 40°F 26°F 2.74 in. -
December 29°F 16°F 2.07 in. -

Kalkaska Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 19 miles west of Kalkaska in Traverse City, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located approximately 30 miles northeast of Kalkaska in Gaylord, Michigan, the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located roughly 60 miles northeast of Kalkaska in Pellston, Michigan, and finally the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located around 61 miles southwest of Kalkaska in Manistee, Michigan.

Kalkaska Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI85.5 mi.
Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI109.5 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI116.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Grandview Golf ClubKalkaskaMI 
Timber Wolf Golf ClubKalkaskaMI 
Twin Birch Golf ClubKalkaskaMI 
High Pointe Golf ClubWilliamsburgMI11.1 mi.
Lakes of the North Deer Run Golf CourseMancelonaMI12.9 mi.
Windmill Farm of MancelonaMancelonaMI12.9 mi.
Elk Rapids Golf CourseElk RapidsMI15.9 mi.
Bellaire Golf ClubBellaireMI16.8 mi.
Chief Golf CourseBellaireMI16.8 mi.
Farm Golf ClubBellaireMI16.8 mi.
Hawks Eye Golf ClubBellaireMI16.8 mi.
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI21.3 mi.
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI21.3 mi.
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI21.3 mi.
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI21.3 mi.
Fox Run Country ClubGraylingMI23.6 mi.
Grayling Country ClubGraylingMI23.6 mi.
Emerald Vale Golf ClubMantonMI24.7 mi.
Burning Oak Country ClubHiggins LakeMI26.2 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI27.0 mi.
Missaukee Golf CourseLake CityMI27.8 mi.
Mallard Golf ClubEast JordanMI28.9 mi.
Ye Nyne Olde HollesEast JordanMI28.9 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI29.2 mi.
Antrim Dells Golf ClubEllsworthMI29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Shanty CreekBellaireMI17.1 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI31.2 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI32.0 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI32.6 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI35.1 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI40.4 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI41.0 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI49.0 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI91.9 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI98.7 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI113.2 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI117.0 mi.
State Parks
Traverse City State ParkMI18.2 mi. 
Hartwick Pines State ParkMI25.0 mi. 
Otsego Lake State ParkMI28.0 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI29.6 mi. 
Higgins Lake State ParkMI33.6 mi. 
Young State ParkMI34.9 mi. 
William Mitchell State ParkMI37.3 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI21.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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