Attractions & Things To Do

Ogemaw County is an ideal place to spend a day, a long weekend or an entire vacation. Everything you can imagine is here for your enjoyment. We offer many great scenic adventures that will make your stay seem like a fairy tale. Enjoy the beauty of the Ogemaw Hills and the many trails that abound in the area. If your interest lies in this type of recreation be sure to call us at (800) 755-9091. The beauty of this region lies in the wide variety of hills, lakes and streams. Canoeing, trout fishing and swimming are just a few of the many recreational activities that you will find in this vast four season playground. Let your mind wander back to your childhood and remember the fun you had while enjoying the beauty of nature and the feeling of renewed life that comes with being outdoors.

West Branch Attractions
  • Outlets at West Branch

    Shopping Opportunities

    If shopping is part of your vacation agenda, you've come to the right place. In Ogemaw County you can enjoy the best of both worlds - Enjoy a quaint Victorian city complete with a wide variety of specialty stores that carry a generous selection of giftables or, if you are bent on a major shopping experience, there are factory outlet stores and more!

  • Rifle River Recreation Area

    Rifle River Recreation Area

    Hiking Cross Country Skiing Fishing Hunting Canoeing Swimming Camping Mountain Biking Snowmobiling Watchable WildlifeApproximate Size: 4449 Acres

    The Rifle River Recreation Area covers 4,329 acres in Ogemaw County, and is the most predominant recreation facility in the watershed. The park offers 159 campsites, has several hiking trails and several lakes in its boundaries. From biking to fishing to relaxing to birdwatching, the Rifle River Recreation Area is the perfect setting to enjoy your visit to Ogemaw County.

  • Irons Park

    Irons Park

    Park Playground Pavilion Picnic Tables Grills Walking Biking Baseball Fields Tennis Courts Basketball Courts Volleyball Court Sledding Geocaching RestroomsValley Street & Shrigley Street, West Branch

    A Municipal Park located on the West Branch of the Rifle River just S of Houghton Avenue on S Valley & Shrigley Streets. Amenities include: Ft. Austin - a modern playscape, reservable shelters for picnics or weddings, bathroom facilities, tennis & basketball courts. The Rivertrail also runs throughout the park and connects to downtown Victorian West Branch.

  • Special Events

    Special Events

    Fourth of July heritage Days, the Ogemaw County Fair and the Victorian Art Fair are just a few of the many outstanding events that take place here each year. For more information and a complete listing of events check out the calendar of events.

    Video: Victorian Art Fair - West Branch, MI

    This is a two-day Victorian-themed extravaganza and showcases the work of more than 275 juried vendors offering handmade crafts of every conceivable art. The whole family will enjoy all-day free entertainment on the outdoor stage and they can choose from a variety of summer's favorite foods and snacks.

  • Ogemaw Hills Pathway

    Ogemaw Hills Pathway

    Hiking Cross Country Skiing Mountain BikingThe Ogemaw Hills Pathway is located at the corner of Clear Lake Road and Fairview Road. Take Exit 212 (West Branch Exit) following Business Loop 75 to Fairview Road (5 miles to Ogemaw Hills Pathway).Trail Length: 13.6 Miles

    Located in the hills north of West Branch, the trails of the Ogemaw Hills Pathway wind through approximately 15 miles of the AuSable State Forest providing trails for hiking and biking and groomed cross country trails for all skill levels.

  • Ogemaw County Golf

    Golf in Ogemaw County

    Championship golf and West Branch/Ogemaw County have a lot in common and we think that once you have visited us you will agree that the ultimate golf destination is found right here. The West Branch Collection of Great Golf Courses - The Dream, Green Briar, Apply Valley, The Nightmare, and West Branch Country Club (all 18 hole golf courses) are just minutes from your hotel room.

  • Fall Color Tour

    Fall Color Tours

    Some of Michigan's most beautiful colors can be found in Ogemaw County. A visitor will not be disappointed during a fall tour of the region. Trees ablaze in gold, reds and orange give way to the splendor of the hills.

    Fall Colors - West Branch

    The Hills of Ogemaw County are known for their breathtaking beauty when it comes to fall colors. So even our trip from town to the recreation area was a fantastic autumn color tour. Trees ablaze in gold, reds and orange give way to the splendor of the hills. The landscape was a real surprise and I can understand why people would make this trip just to travel through the Ogemaw Hills.

  • Ogemaw County History

    History Driving Tours

    Take a drive into the past with historical driving tours. They will take you back into another time and place. The Ogemaw County Genealogical and Historical Society has guide books available for four different tours.

  • Ogemaw County Quilt Tour

    Ogemaw County Quilt Trail - Self Guided Tour

    The West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce (WBACC), Ogemaw Genealogical and Historical Society (OG&HS) and the West Branch Creative Arts Association (WBCAA) is partnering up to make this project happen! One of our goals is to involve community groups, organizations, businesses and families and have quilt blocks in all of Ogemaw County.

  • Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail

    Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail

    Known for its location and convenience, Michigan's Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail entices thousands of visitors each year to discover the thrill of Pure Michigan. Wine and hops aficionados will discover beautiful scenic views, wineries, breweries, one of a kind attractions, eateries, and quaint towns rich in history and flavor.


  • Quality Inn
    Useful Links
Outlets at West Branch
Rifle River Recreation Area
Ogemaw County Historical Museum
Irons Park
Ogemaw County Golf