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Mancelona is a small village located in the northern region of the state near the city of Gaylord in beautiful Antrim County. Marked by natural attractions left by the glaciers of thousands of years ago, this area has deep rivers and valleys, breathtaking views, two extensive watersheds and numerous "kettle holes," which are small lakes carved out of the land after the huge blocks of ice melted. The Mancelona area is a rockhound's dream, as well as for those who enjoy photography and wildlife viewing. The town of Mancelona is also known for two annual events - the Bass Festival in spring and the White Pine Stampede in January, which draws cross-country skiers from around the world. Fishing and hiking are available at nearby Green and Hawk Lakes, and other area activities include boating, canoeing, swimming, golf, camping, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, nature walks and bird watching. The Grass River Natural Area, just northwest of Mancelona, has 14 lakes and rivers within its' 1100 acres, as well as hiking trails that include a 1 mile handicap accessible boardwalk trail system. Other area attractions include the National Fish Hatchery on the Jordan River, Deadman's Hill Scenic Overlook, the Jordan River Valley Scenic Drive and Cedar Bend, which is a 120-acre farmsite that is an educational retreat center for teaching early American values and a simple lifestyle.

Surrounding areas: Bellaire, Michigan (8.8 mi), Kalkaska, Michigan (13.0 mi), Elk Lake, Michigan (16.0 mi), Elk Rapids, Michigan (17.1 mi), Torch Lake, Michigan (18.8 mi), Boyne Falls, Michigan (19.6 mi), Gaylord, Michigan (20.6 mi)

Mancelona Vacation Rentals

Mancelona Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Shanty CreekOne Shanty Creek RdBellaire, MI9.1 mi.(231) 533-8621
Torch Timbers Inn9260 Se Torch LK DrAlden, MI10.6 mi.(231) 331-4050
Econo Lodge703 N Cedar StKalkaska, MI12.6 mi.(231) 258-9119
Pineview Motel7328 N Old 27Frederic, MI16.8 mi.(989) 348-8300
Elk Rapids Beach Resort8975 N Bayshore DrElk Rapids, MI17.0 mi.(231) 264-6400
Marsh Ridge Resort4815 Old 27 SGaylord, MI19.3 mi.(989) 732-6794
Hampton Inn-gaylord230 Dickerson RdGaylord, MI19.6 mi.(888) 731-4500
Boyne Mountain Resort02800 Boyne Mountain RdBoyne Falls, MI19.7 mi.(800) 462-6963
Econo Lodge2880 S OtsegoGaylord, MI19.8 mi.(989) 732-5133
Days Inn1201 W MainGaylord, MI20.0 mi.(989) 732-2200
Best Western Alpine Lodge833 W Main StGaylord, MI20.4 mi.(989) 732-2431
Red Roof Inn & Suites510 S WisconsinGaylord, MI20.4 mi.(989) 731-6331
Royal Crest Lodge803 S Otsego AveGaylord, MI20.4 mi.(989) 732-6451
Quality Inn137 West StGaylord, MI20.5 mi.(989) 732-7541
Water Street Inn200 Front StBoyne City, MI21.6 mi.(231) 582-3000
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI23.4 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI23.4 mi.(231) 938-7000
Aquarama Motor Lodge2307 S I 75 Business LoopGrayling, MI23.8 mi.(989) 348-5405
Chief Shoppenagons103 Michigan AveGrayling, MI23.8 mi.(989) 348-6071
Days Inn2556 I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI23.8 mi.(989) 344-0204
North Country Lodge IncN I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI23.8 mi.(989) 348-8471
Ramada Grayling Hotel & Conference Center2650 S I-75 - Bus LoopGrayling, MI23.8 mi.(989) 348-7611
Treetops Resort3962 Wilkinson RdGaylord, MI24.5 mi.(888) 873-3867
Dicksons Lodge2000 SpringveleWalloon Lake, MI25.9 mi.(231) 535-2415
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI27.3 mi.(231) 941-0208
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI27.3 mi.(231) 947-5436
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI27.3 mi.(231) 947-5525
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI27.4 mi.(231) 946-8424
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI28.3 mi.(231) 935-4400
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 933-4454
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 938-1900
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 938-0100
Bed & Breakfast
Cairn House Bed & Breakfast8160 Cairn HwyElk Rapids, MI15.7 mi.(231) 264-8994
Deer Lake Bed & Breakfast631 E Deer LK RdBoyne City, MI21.9 mi.(231) 582-9039

Mancelona Weather & Climate

Four distinct seasons with a lake effect that is quite strong during much of the year describes the climate of the northern region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The lake effect increases cloudiness and snowfall during late fall and winter, and also modifies the temperatures - keeping them cooler in the summer. The weather in the Great Lakes region is known for being very changeable. An old saying goes, "If you don't like the weather, wait a day and it will change." 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. -

Mancelona Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Otsego County airport (GLR) located about 19 miles east of Mancelona in Gaylord, Michigan, the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located approximately 27 miles west of Mancelona in Traverse City, Michigan, the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located roughly 47 miles northeast of Mancelona in Pellston, Michigan, and finally the Alpena County Regional airport (APN) located around 74 miles east of Mancelona in Alpena, Michigan.

Mancelona Attractions

Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI116.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Lakes of the North Deer Run Golf CourseMancelonaMI 
Windmill Farm of MancelonaMancelonaMI 
Bellaire Golf ClubBellaireMI8.8 mi.
Chief Golf CourseBellaireMI8.8 mi.
Farm Golf ClubBellaireMI8.8 mi.
Hawks Eye Golf ClubBellaireMI8.8 mi.
Grandview Golf ClubKalkaskaMI13.0 mi.
Timber Wolf Golf ClubKalkaskaMI13.0 mi.
Twin Birch Golf ClubKalkaskaMI13.0 mi.
Elk Rapids Golf CourseElk RapidsMI17.1 mi.
Mallard Golf ClubEast JordanMI17.4 mi.
Ye Nyne Olde HollesEast JordanMI17.4 mi.
High Pointe Golf ClubWilliamsburgMI19.0 mi.
Antrim Dells Golf ClubEllsworthMI19.9 mi.
Gaylord Country ClubGaylordMI20.6 mi.
Green Trees GolfGaylordMI20.6 mi.
Hidden Valley ResortGaylordMI20.6 mi.
Michaywe Hills Golf ClubGaylordMI20.6 mi.
Natural at Beaver Creek ResortGaylordMI20.6 mi.
Fox Run Country ClubGraylingMI24.0 mi.
Grayling Country ClubGraylingMI24.0 mi.
Springbrook Golf ClubWalloon LakeMI25.5 mi.
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI28.8 mi.
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI28.8 mi.
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI28.8 mi.
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI28.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Shanty CreekBellaireMI9.1 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI19.7 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI20.8 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI36.2 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI36.7 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI45.3 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI48.0 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI50.8 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI104.7 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI105.9 mi.
State Parks
Otsego Lake State ParkMI18.7 mi. 
Hartwick Pines State ParkMI22.2 mi. 
Young State ParkMI22.7 mi. 
Traverse City State ParkMI26.5 mi. 
Higgins Lake State ParkMI38.7 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI39.5 mi. 
Burt Lake State ParkMI39.7 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI29.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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