1112 Heart of Michigan Circle Tour
Go Great Lakes Bay West Branch Visitors Bureau
Episode: 1112 "HEART OF MICHIGAN CIRCLE TOUR" Travel Planner
With its abundant lakes, scenic hills and trails Ogemaw County is considered the Gateway to the North. Ogemaw County sits right in the heart of Michigan and is filled with history, beauty and great events.
We have collected information and web links related to the area and combined them here with photos we took and video clips from the show in what we hope will be a helpful guide as you plan your trip. For assistance or for more information, call the West Branch Visitors Bureau @ (800) 755-9091 Have fun!
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West Branch Ogemaw County Museum
City Food Wine     Watch Video Clip
G's Pizzeria
Location: 200 West Houghton Avenue - West Branch
Phone: (989) 345-3008
Hours: Sun 11am - midnight | Mon-Thurs 10am - midnight | Fri/Sat 10am - 1am

Fabulous Fridays
Location: Houghton Avenue - Downtown West Branch
When: 6 - 9pm | Fridays July - early August

The Silver Lining Boutique & Wine Tasting Room
Location: 224 West Houghton Avenue - West Branch
Phone: (989) 345-5226
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm
A unique turn-of-the-century Downtown Victorian West Branch is the the cultural focal point for Ogemaw County. The heritage of this area is evident in the architecture with the century old Victorian buildings, the towns pride is reflected in the pleasing atmosphere and the vitality that is displayed in the variety of unique shops, personal services and free convenient parking.

Great towns have great food and West Branch is no different . If you like pizza then stop at G’s pizza for an incredible meal that will not only fill you up but make you look forward to coming back for more. And for a little adult fun stop in at The Silver Lining, a boutique and wine tasting room on Houghton Avenue downtown West Branch.
History Auto Tour       Watch Video Clip
Location: Ogemaw County Genealogical & Historical Society - 123 S 5th St, West Branch, MI 48661
Phone: (989) 343-0177
When: Driving Tours are not recommended in the winter or early spring when conditions are at their poorest
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 four different tours. The books give you directions and the historical information of the location. They are $10 per book and can be purchased at the Historical Society, the West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce office and other retailers in West Branch.

Ogemaw Trails Driving Series
Tour I Ghost Towns & Legends
Tour II Barons, Bosses & Scoundrels
Tour III First People: An Ancient Journey
Tour IV Architectural Jewels of Ogemaw County

Irons Park Ogemaw County Fairgrounds
Park         Watch Video Clip
Location: off Valley Road & Shrigley Road - 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:  "Fort 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.

Victorian Art Fair: thousands from all over the state of Michigan and beyond, come to enjoy a weekend featuring hundreds of exhibits and entertainment. As one of Michigan's finest art fairs, the Victorian-themed extravaganza showcases the work of more than 275 juried vendors, offering handmade crafted items. The whole family will enjoy free entertainment on our outdoor stage and a variety of summer's favorite foods and snacks. The kids can stay cool and have fun in the creek with a duck race and sailboat race, and as well as panning for gold. Children can also take part in watermelon seed spitting, ice cream licking, and even frog jumping contests (supply your own frogs, please)!
Farming History Animals Bikes   Watch Video Clip
Location: 2300 Rifle RIver Trail, ½ Mile South of M-55, West Branch
Phone: (989) 345-5393

Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Club Show & Flea Market
Location: On M-55 by M's Kitchen & Bath Studio East of West Branch
Ogemaw County Fair Carnival and Exhibits, working hands-on Antique Village, free entertainment, home cooked meals all in a free and flower covered park like setting.

The goal of Ogemaw Hills Bike Week is to bring motorcyclist, motorcycle clubs, and organizations together for a week of motorcycle events around Ogemaw County. A full list of events are always being planned for you. Whatever type of motorcycle you ride, come and join us for some awesome riding, beautiful fairgrounds, and a community that welcomes you!

The Pioneer Power Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club Annual Show is always the third Thursday - Sunday in July. Open 8 am to 6 pm daily, it features a flea market, music, auction, demos, pedal pulls for the kids, Saturday is kids day, a parade and much more

Rifle River Recreation Area Rose Valley Winery
Recreation Area Hiking Canoeing Fishing Water Activities Watch Video Clip
Location: 2550 E Rose City Road - Lupton, MI 48635
Phone: (989) 473-2258

Bachelder Spool & Fly
1040 Gerald Miller Rd - West Branch, MI 48661
Phone: (989) 345-3234
The Rifle River Recreation Area covers over 4,000 acres in Ogemaw County. The park offers 159 campsites, has several hiking trails and several lakes in its boundaries. Also in the watershed are two state forest campgrounds. The Rifle River campground provides 40 campsites and is located on both sides of the Rifle River. Hardwood Lake State Forest Campground has 22 campsites available. Public canoe access to the Rifle River is fairly good. Access sites are located in the Rifle River Recreation Area, the state forest campground, near Skidway Lake, Moffatt Bridge, and at Omer. In addition, there is a partially developed access site near the confluence of Klacking Creek with the Rifle.
Wine         Watch Video Clip
Location: 3039 Beechwood Road ~ Rose City, MI 48654
Phone: (989) 685-9399
Hours: Mon-Tue:11 - 5, Wed: CLOSED, Thu-Sat:11 - 5, Sun: 12 - 5
Our wines are well balanced, fruity, priced to please, and personal as a fond embrace. We welcome visitors to our winery seven days a week to sample and to buy, to browse and to banter in our warm, welcoming and cheerful atmosphere. Rose Valley Winery is committed to making quality wines from locally-grown, cold-hardy grapes.

ORV Trails Camp Timbers
ATVs         Watch Video Clips
throughout Ogemaw County
Ogemaw County has an extensive trail system and you will find that an ordinance has been passed to make it easier for riders to get back and forth from the trails. This ordinance allows ORV riders to ride on streets and highways in Ogemaw County. We encourage you to become familiar with the ordinance as well as familiarize yourself with the trails maps in the area.
Zip Line         Watch Video Clip
Location: 3269 Horseshoe Lake Road - West Branch, MI 48661
Phone: (989) 345-2630
The Eagles Flight Zipline takes riders on an exhilarating ride- nearly 1,200 feet long, over the backwaters of Piper Lake. Experience the thrill of the 60 ft drop on one of the longest ziplines in the region. Only at YMCA Camp Timbers in West Branch, Michigan.

Ogemaw Hills Pathway Ogemaw County Golf
Hiking XCountry Ski       Watch Video Clip
Location: Clear Lake Road & Fairview Road
In terms of forest cover types the area varies from large expanses of jack pine on the sandy plains, to low conifer swamps. The tree species are primarily associations of jack pine, red pine, and black oak, in the sandy areas. Finally on the ridges along the higher elevations bigtooth aspen and red oak are found on the better quality soils. Much of the state forest land originated after the large forest fires during the early 1900's, and many areas were replanted by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Golf         Watch Video Clip
throughout 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) offer challenging, exciting and affordable golf for every level of golfer. From rolling hills, wooded fairways, bunkers and water, you will find the picturesque vistas provided at each of these golf courses making them a pleasure to play.

Lumberjack Food & Spirits Outlets at West Branch
Restaurant Beer       Watch Video Clip
Location: 2980 Cook Road - West Branch
Phone: (989) 343-0892
Hours: Sun-Thur 6am - 10pm | Fri-Sat 6am - 11pm
Try some of our famous barbecue ribs, made with a secret sauce that will have you coming back for more. Or try the most mouth watering and tender steak you have ever sunk your teeth into. Have a brew from our bar where we offer the latest microbrews and some of the best Michigan wines.
Shopping         Watch Video Clip
Location: 2990 Cook Road - West Branch MI 48661
Phone: (989) 345-2594 or (800) 406-8874
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm (January 02 - December 30)
Outlets at West Branch feature more than 2,200 outlet stores which are owned and operated by the most popular, brand name manufacturers. Buying direct from the manufacturer means you'll always save more. What could be more fun than spending the day with family and friends bargain hunting at The Outlets?

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