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.
The Dream & The Nightmare
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, The Nightmare, and West Branch Country Club (all 18 hole golf courses) are just minutes from your hotel room.
Downtown West Branch Shopping
RIFLE RIVER RECREATION AREA
OMEGAW HILLS PATHWAY
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.
SUNRISE SIDE WINE AND HOPS TRAIL
The 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
Valley 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.
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.
OGEMAW NATURE PARK
Ogemaw Nature Park gives children and adults the opportunity to have an up close experience with Michigan’s Whitetail Deer. Their goal is to inform the public on how precious a resource the deer are and the role hunters play in the species survival. Come visit the newest addition, PEACOCKS! They have become quite comfortable in their new home and can be found roaming the grounds throughout the day. Bring the children to feed and pet our friends from the wild. No Admittance Charge although donations are greatly appreciated. Picnic area with grill, a gazebo and hall you can rent for weddings, birthdays or any occasion.
Maes Road | Latitude: 44.303738837, Longitude: -84.28966820
The arrival in Ogemaw Springs of the Jackson, Lansing and Saginaw Railroad in 1872 opened up the region’s rich timber resources. By 1873 two hundred people lived in the growing community that included several saw mills, a post office and a grocery. In 1875 Ogemaw Springs nearly became the county seat, losing to West Branch by only one vote. In the 1890s the depletion of timber in the area led to the town’s decline.
WEST BRANCH DISC GOLF COURSE
Ogemaw Hills Recreation Complex | 2124 Dam Rd, West Branch
New course in West Branch. Plays through rolling park. Hole #4 has option of alternate tee.
ULTIMATE ARCHERY & OUTDOORS
2275 M-33, West Branch
Your local retailer for all your archery needs! Full service repairs, indoor video archery range. Official Darton factory outlet! Fishing & hunting too!