Brethren, Michigan is centrally located in Northwestern Lower Michigan.
There are many fun and interesting things to do in this part of Michigan
and all are within a short driving distance of Traks Bar & Grill!

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Manistee
Little River Casino Orchard Beach State Park S.S. City of Milwaukee
Located in the Victorian port city of Manistee, this Northern Lodge resort features 292 beautiful guest rooms, nearly 1,500 slot machines, table games, restaurants, and a 1,700 seat event center. Orchard Beach State Park is situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. A stairway leads from the campground to the beach and self-guided hiking trails are adjacent to the park. The City of Milwaukee is the last traditional Great Lakes railroad car ferry. The 77 year-old vessel is permanently moored and open to the public. Explore the legacy of "Rails Across the Water"
Bear Lake
Saddle Up Gas & Grocery Kampvilla R.V. Park Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
Saddle Up Gas & Grocery is an essential stop for any hunting or fishing trip, snowmobile or boating outing, or other northern Michigan outdoor adventure. Licenses, groceries, beer & liquor. At the corner of 13 Mile road and US 31 in Bear Lake. Clean and friendly family campground. Outdoor heated pool, playground, sand volleyball, basketball courts, horse shoes, and fishing pond. LP gas (motor homes) wood, ice, storage, showers, fish cleaning building, laundry, and dump station. On the shore of Lake Michigan, Arcadia Bluffs is a daily-fee golf club, open to the public seven days a week, weather permitting, from mid-April to mid-November. Golfweek magazine ranked Arcadia Bluffs at #24 in their listing of The 100 Best Courses in United States.
Crystal Mountain
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa is a four season destination resort and conference center located in Benzie County, Michigan. The resort offers numerous recreational activities, including downhill & cross country skiing during the winter months, and golf, water activities, and an alpine slide in the spring, summer and fall.
Ludington
S.S. Badger Historic White Pine Village Ludington State Park
The 410' S.S. Badger offers an affordable cruise experience and the lowest cross-lake fares. Passengers enjoy low-cost Wi-Fi Internet, free entertainment, movies, food, shopping, and more. Cars, RV's, motorcycles travel with you. Group and frequent sailor discounts available. Big ship, more fun, best value! Experience a new look at Historic White Pine Village. Attractive interpretive and educational signs now grace the Time Museum, Car Museum, and areas of the Farmstead complex. Take a self-guided tour to relive Mason County's past as you visit 29 museum buildings comprising the living history village. Within its 5,300 acres, you'll discover all nature has to offer, including scenic sand dunes, hardwood forests, and nearly seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Campers, hikers, fishermen, and families flock to the park every year to enjoy the multitude of activities. Here, you can swim, hike, bike, boat, fish, and relax.
Frankfort
Frankfort Area
One of the communities of Michigan's Bays, Beaches & Boutiques, Frankfort stands on the shores of Lake Michigan. The pristine dunes, beaches and spectacular sunsets awe visitors and locals alike. Victorian homes dominate the picturesque, maple-lined streets and shoppers find unique items crafted by local artisans in Frankfort's specialty shops and galleries.
Traverse City
Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City Area
This casino features 650 slot machines, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette and Craps gaming tables. Find your overnight oasis in one of their 137 elegant rooms and suites. Whichever accommodations you choose, one thing is for certain. A night at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel is a night you won't forget. The Great Wolf Lodge is a family destination with 281 themed rooms and a 38,000 square-foot indoor water park with 8 waterslides, 5 pools, 2 whirlpools and a 4-story Tree House Water Fort. The Lodge also offers an outdoor pool, a therapeutic spa, and don't forget to check out the large gift shop and large 2-room arcade. The Traverse City area features many natural attractions, including freshwater beaches, vineyards, a National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, plenty of opportunities for camping, and numerous forests. In 2009, TripAdvisor named Traverse City the number two small town destination in the United States.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes
The Sleeping Bear is an area unlike any other, over 50,000 acres along Lake Michigan replete with hills and forests of birch, pine, beech and maple. The Lakeshore encompasses numerous small lakes and rivers (perfect for fishing), sugar sand beaches and, of course, the massive coastal sand dunes and bluffs. Offshore in Lake Michigan lie the North and South Manitou Islands, the areas of first Leelanau County settlement and wholly a part of the Lakeshore.
Brethren
Tippy Dam
Tippy Dam or Tippy Hydro was built 1918 and is a hydroelectric dam operated by Consumers Energy. The original name of the dam was Junction Hydro, but it was renamed to honor a Consumers board of directors member, Charles W. Tippy. The dam spans the Manistee River about 170 miles from its headwaters which include Manistee Lake, on the river's way to Lake Michigan. Just below Tippy Dam is one of the finest trout, steelhead, and salmon fishing areas in Michigan. During the fall salmon run anglers line the banks shoulder to shoulder trying to catch king salmon that can weigh well over 20 pounds. For some great pictures and the Manistee River Below Tippy Dam daily fishing report, follow this link.
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Benzie Manistee Snowbirds
The Benzie~Manistee Snow Birds were founded in 1968. At the time they were a local group in support of their love to snowmobile. In the beginning there were no tractors built to groom the trails, so in the mid 70’s Ray Bradley used a “track truck”, so named for the innovation of smoothing out the trails. Their system consists of 147 miles of trails of which 122 are groomed trails and connect to the groomed Wellston Winter Trails for another 64 miles both winding through the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Add connecting Leelanua trail, Cadillac trail or Irons trail for a ride of many miles. Trail maps are on hand at most area businesses. Be sure to let them know you appreciate their support of the local trails.