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Plainwell is located in the south-southwest region of the state, just north of Kalamazoo, on the banks of the Kalamazoo River near Baseline and Pine Lakes. Together with neighboring Otsego, the two towns are known as "The Twin Cities" and have much to offer both visitors and residents. There are many lakes and rivers and golf courses in the region, and two ski resorts are within a 15-mile radius of Plainwell and Otsego. The town of Plainwell alone has six public parks. Cook Park features a 100-yard-long sledding hill, a playground, tennis courts and ball fields. Hicks Park is a state historical site and features two gazebos, picnic tables and playground equipment. Fannie Pell Park overlooks the point where the Millrace and Kalamazoo Rivers meet. All of the other parks have their own unique features and the town of Otsego also offers three parks of its' own for recreational activities. In addition, a riverwalk has been constructed in both Otsego and Plainwell so that visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The Plainwell Music Society hosts a free summer concert series May through early August each year, and other special events include the Plainwell Island City Festival, usually held the last weekend in July, plus a special 4th of July Celebration that includes music and fireworks. The town of Otsego hosts an annual Creative Arts Festival on the fourth Saturday of September that includes a car show, live music, arts and crafts, a parade and more.

Surrounding areas: Kalamazoo, Michigan (10.7 mi), Allegan, Michigan (12.2 mi), Delton, Michigan (12.9 mi), Gun Lake, Michigan (12.9 mi), Bloomingdale, Michigan (16.2 mi), Paw Paw, Michigan (19.7 mi), Fennville, Michigan (25.4 mi)

Plainwell Vacation Rentals

Plainwell Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn622 Allegan StPlainwell, MI (269) 685-9891
40 Winks Motel2605 DouglasKalamazoo, MI8.8 mi.(269) 382-5737
Comfort Inn At Wmu / Downtown739 W Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI10.6 mi.(269) 384-2800
Motel 6 -N Kalamazoo3704 Van Rick RdKalamazoo, MI10.7 mi.(269) 344-9255
Stuart Avenue Inn229 237 Stuard AveKalamazoo, MI10.7 mi.(269) 342-0230
Super 8 Motel618 Maple HL DrKalamazoo, MI10.7 mi.(269) 345-0146
Radisson Plaza Hotal100 W Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI10.8 mi.(269) 343-3333
Knights Inn-Kalamazoo Mi1211 S Westnedge AveKalamazoo, MI11.5 mi.(269) 381-5000
Red Roof Inn Kalamazoo West5425 West Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI11.7 mi.(800) 733-7663
Staybridge Suites-Kalamazoo2001 Seneca LnKalamazoo, MI11.7 mi.(269) 372-8000
Baymont Inn & Suites-kalamazoo2203 S 11TH StKalamazoo, MI11.8 mi.(269) 372-7999
Hawthorn Suites2575 S 11th StKalamazoo, MI12.0 mi.(269) 353-2547
Hampton Inn & Suites Kalamazoo5059 S 9th StKalamazoo, MI13.6 mi.(269) 372-1010
Quality Inn - Kalamazoo5300 S WestnedgeKalamazoo, MI13.6 mi.(269) 382-1000
Best Western Kelly Inn3640 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI13.7 mi.(269) 381-1900
Fairfield Inn By Marriott3800 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI13.7 mi.(269) 344-8300
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3630 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI13.7 mi.(269) 373-0770
Red Roof Inn East3701 East Cork StKalamazoo, MI13.7 mi.(800) 733-7663
Clarion Hotel-kalamazoo3600 E Cork StKalamazoo, MI13.8 mi.(269) 385-3922
Horizon Inn & Suites3522 Sprinkle RdKalamazoo, MI14.0 mi.(269) 381-7070
Quality Inn & Suites3750 Easy StKalamazoo, MI14.1 mi.(269) 388-3551
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson1912 E Kilgore RdKalamazo, MI14.2 mi.(269) 382-2303
Comfort Inn3820 Sprinkle RdKalamazoo, MI14.2 mi.(269) 381-7000
Fairfield Inn-kalamazoo W6420 Cracker Barrel DrKalamazoo, MI14.2 mi.(269) 353-6400
Kalamazoo Hampton Inn1550 E Kilgore RdKalamazoo, MI14.2 mi.(269) 344-7774
Residence Inn1500 E KilgoreKalamazoo, MI14.2 mi.(269) 349-0855
Lees Inn Kalamazoo2615 Fairfield RdKalamazoo, MI14.4 mi.(269) 382-6100
Brook Lodge Hotel And Conference Center6535 N 42ND StAugusta, MI16.0 mi.(800) 407-8486
Super 8 Motel - Paw Paw111 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI20.3 mi.(269) 657-1111
Comfort Inn & Suites153 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI20.4 mi.(269) 655-0303
Econo Lodge139 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI20.4 mi.(269) 657-2578
Simpson's Lake View Resort117 55TH StGrand Junction, MI22.0 mi.(269) 434-6843
Holiday Inn Express1741 Phoenix RdSaint Haven, MI24.7 mi.(269) 637-8800
Ramada Inn & Conference Center1555 Phoenix RdSouth Haven, MI24.7 mi.(269) 639-9900
Econo Lodge165 Capital Ave SWBattle Creek, MI25.0 mi.(269) 965-3976
The Old Lamplighter276 Ne Capital AveBattle Creek, MI25.0 mi.(269) 963-2603
Mccamly Plaza Hotel50 Capital Ave SWBattle Creek, MI25.1 mi.(269) 963-7050
Amerihost Inn182 W Van BurenBattle Creek, MI25.2 mi.(269) 565-0500
Comfort Inn2590 Captiol Ave SWBattle Creek, MI25.3 mi.(269) 965-3201
Guesthouse International Inn90 N Division StBattle Creek, MI25.3 mi.(296) 966-4000
Bed & Breakfast
Hall House Bed & Breadfast106 Thompson StKalamazoo, MI10.5 mi.(269) 343-2500
J Paules Fenn Inn Bed & Breakfast2254 S 58TH StFennville, MI26.0 mi.(269) 561-2836

Plainwell Weather & Climate

Southwest Michigan has a distinct four-season climate that is typical of most of the Midwest, except that it experiences some lake effect conditions due to the close proximity of Lake Michigan. Summer precipitation comes in the form of showers and thunderstorms. Lake Michigan acts as a giant "heat sink," which helps moderate the temperatures of the surrounding land, cooling summers and warming winters. It is also a natural humidifier, and this causes an increase in the moisture content in the air, creating heavier snowfalls in the winter. However, seldom are there prolonged periods of extreme heat combined with humidity in southwestern Michigan. Average annual snowfall is 36 inches, but varies greatly from year to year. Michigan is on the fringe of the Midwest tornado belt, but sees less of this activity than other parts of the country.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 17°F 2.22 in. -
February 36°F 19°F 1.76 in. -
March 47°F 27°F 2.44 in. -
April 60°F 37°F 3.50 in. -
May 72°F 48°F 3.54 in. -
June 80°F 57°F 3.68 in. -
July 84°F 62°F 3.80 in. -
August 81°F 60°F 3.85 in. -
September 74°F 53°F 4.10 in. -
October 62°F 42°F 2.93 in. -
November 48°F 32°F 2.95 in. -
December 36°F 22°F 2.64 in. -

Plainwell Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International airport (AZO) located about 15 miles south of Plainwell in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located approximately 22 miles southeast of Plainwell in Battle Creek, Michigan, the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located roughly 31 miles north of Plainwell in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and finally the Tulip City airport (BIV) located around 31 miles northwest of Plainwell in Holland, Michigan.

Plainwell Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI38.0 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI62.7 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN64.9 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN77.0 mi.
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI87.6 mi.
Water Parks
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI25.3 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI36.2 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI62.7 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI109.4 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI115.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Lake Doster Golf ClubPlainwellMI 
Shagbark Golf ClubPlainwellMI 
Lynx of AlleganOtsegoMI2.5 mi.
Prairiewood Golf CourseOtsegoMI2.5 mi.
Hidden Valley Country ClubShelbyvilleMI10.4 mi.
Orchard Hills Golf ClubShelbyvilleMI10.4 mi.
Eastern Hills Municipal Golf ClubKalamazooMI10.9 mi.
Grand Prairie Golf CourseKalamazooMI10.9 mi.
Milham Park Municipal Golf CourseKalamazooMI10.9 mi.
Prairies Golf ClubKalamazooMI10.9 mi.
Red Arrow Golf ClubKalamazooMI10.9 mi.
Ridge View Golf CourseKalamazooMI10.9 mi.
Thornapple Creek Golf ClubKalamazooMI10.9 mi.
Cheshire Hills Golf CourseAlleganMI11.6 mi.
Eagle Creek Golf ClubAlleganMI11.6 mi.
Shamrock Hills Golf CourseGoblesMI12.6 mi.
Mullenhurst Golf CourseDeltonMI13.2 mi.
Jeptha Lake Golf CourseBloomingdaleMI15.9 mi.
Yankee Springs Golf CourseWaylandMI15.9 mi.
Hickory Ridge Golf CourseGalesburgMI16.5 mi.
Gull Lake View Golf ClubAugustaMI17.0 mi.
Gull Lake Views Stonehedge & North CourseAugustaMI17.0 mi.
Maple Hills Golf ClubAugustaMI17.0 mi.
Oakland Hills Golf ClubBattle CreekMI17.3 mi.
Oakland Hills Golf ClubPortageMI17.3 mi.
Lake Monterey Golf CourseDorrMI19.7 mi.
Heritage Glen Golf ClubPaw PawMI20.1 mi.
Lake Cora HillsPaw PawMI20.1 mi.
Indian Run Golf CourseScottsMI21.1 mi.
Lawton Golf ClubLawtonMI21.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI13.0 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI37.9 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI43.4 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI47.2 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI69.7 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI107.6 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI108.0 mi.
State Parks
Fort Custer State ParkMI19.5 mi. 
Saugatuck Dunes State ParkMI32.9 mi. 
Van Buren State ParkMI33.9 mi. 
Holland State ParkMI36.1 mi. 
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI10.7 mi.(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI10.7 mi.(Art)
Kingman MuseumBattle CreekMI25.3 mi.(Science)
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI36.2 mi.(Art)
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI49.1 mi.(History)
Michigan Historical MuseumLansingMI59.2 mi.(History)
Impress 5 Science CenterLansingMI59.2 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI25.3 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI59.2 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN60.7 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN94.4 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL110.3 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI110.3 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL110.3 mi.

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