|Explore Clare County - Where the North Begins!||
The communities of Leota and Temple share some of Michigan’s 6.84 million acres of State and National forest, with the Muskegon River running through. Enjoy ATV/ORV trails, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, canoeing and tubing. Hike through the forest and enjoy nature at its finest. While here take in the Annual Car Show that is held in Leota each summer. Be certain to try to catch a glimpse of the rare and endangered Kirtland’s Warbler as they arrive to nest in the jack pine stands in Winterfield Township. This is one of the very few places in the world that these beautiful little birds nest.
Lake George and Lake, in the southwest corner of Clare County, had their beginnings as logging towns and have retained much of that essence. They were home to one of the first successful logging railroads in Michigan, the Lake George & Muskegon Railroad. As their names suggest, lakes are central to these communities. Lake George’s Lincoln Township is home to the Hamlin Field Recreation Area which celebrates long-time resident Luke Hamlin “Hot Potato” who was a famous Detroit Tigers pitcher from 1928-1934.
The Green Pine Lake Pathway, accessible from M-115 in the Au Sable State Forest, is also in this area of the county. This non-motorized trail is designed for hiking and cross-country skiing. Hunt for morel mushrooms in the spring and visit this trail during fall to take advantage of the crisp, clean air, and spectacular fall colors.