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Sand-Lake is a small town of less than 1,000 residents, located in southwestern Lower Michigan. Named for the sandy-bottomed lake on the west side of town, Sand Lake sits on the northeastern border of Kent County, with a small section of the town in Montcalm County. It is primarily a tourist community with an appealing, small-town atmosphere. The Kent County area has a rich cultural heritage, several colleges and museums and sports arenas. Kent County also has the distinction of being the home of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States. Sand Lake appeals to nature and outdoor recreation enthusiasts because of its' close proximity to the Huron-Manistee National Forest, Ludington State Park and Lake Michigan. Activities in the area include swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and snowmobiling and cross country skiing. The Manistee National Forest is the only national forest with an ATV trail system in western Lower Michigan, and it connects with an additional 180 miles of off-road vehicle trails east of Highway 37. The national forest also contains thousands of lakes and miles of sparkling rivers, including the well-known Au Sable and Pere Marquette River. Other attractions to see in the Sand Lake area include Historic White Pine Village and the Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

Surrounding areas: Walhalla, Michigan (16.9 mi), Baldwin, Michigan (18.9 mi), Onekama, Michigan (19.0 mi), Manistee, Michigan (19.8 mi), Bear Lake, Michigan (20.6 mi), Lake Mitchell, Michigan (23.5 mi), Thompsonville, Michigan (24.7 mi)

Sand Lake Vacation Rentals

Sand Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Blue Lake Resort6199 Larson RdFountain, MI11.7 mi.(231) 462-3466
Manistee Microtel226 E Parkdale AveManistee, MI19.1 mi.(231) 398-0008
Days Inn - Manistee1462 US 31 SManistee, MI19.8 mi.(231) 723-8385
Manistee Inn378 Riv StManistee, MI19.8 mi.(231) 723-4000
Econolodge2501 Sunnyside DrCadillac, MI24.7 mi.(231) 775-6700
Crystal Mountain12500 Crystal Mountain DrThompsonville, MI24.7 mi.(800) 968-7686
Mcguire's Resort7880 Mackinaw TrailCadillac, MI27.0 mi.(231) 775-9947
Best Western - Bill Oliver'sCadillac, MI27.4 mi.(231) 775-2458
Cadillac Inn Hampton InnUS 131 1650 S MitchellCadillac, MI27.4 mi.(231) 779-2900
Days Inn - Cadillac6001 E M-115Cadillac, MI27.4 mi.(231) 775-4414
Hampton Inn Cadillac1650 S MitchellCadillac, MI27.4 mi.(231) 779-2900
Four Seasons Lodging & BRKFST717 E Ludington AveLudington, MI28.6 mi.(231) 843-3448
Holiday Inn Express5323 W US 10Ludington, MI29.2 mi.(231) 845-7004
Holiday Inn Express5373 W Us-10Ludington, MI29.2 mi.(231) 845-7004

Sand Lake Weather & Climate

Michigan enjoys four distinct seasons and there is a saying that goes, "wait a day and the weather will change," which is a pretty good description of the weather in the Great Lakes region. This is because the climate is influenced both by warm, humid air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico, and cold, dry air from the Arctic. The west-central region of the Lower Peninsula has warm summers with precipitation in the form of showers and thunderstorms. Located near the shores of Lake Michigan, the climate is influenced by the lake effect, which helps keep temperatures mild during the summer and increases the moisture content in the air throughout the year. In the winter, this moisture condenses as snow as it reaches the land, creating heavy snowfalls in some areas, known as "snow belts" on the downwind shores of the lakes. Showers and thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer, and fall is often the sunniest time of the year in Michigan.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 17°F 2.26 in. -
February 33°F 18°F 1.51 in. -
March 42°F 24°F 2.11 in. -
April 55°F 34°F 2.64 in. -
May 67°F 43°F 2.93 in. -
June 76°F 52°F 3.23 in. -
July 80°F 58°F 3.10 in. -
August 78°F 57°F 3.78 in. -
September 71°F 51°F 3.86 in. -
October 59°F 41°F 3.45 in. -
November 46°F 32°F 2.96 in. -
December 34°F 22°F 2.38 in. -

Sand Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located about 16 miles northwest of Sand Lake in Manistee, Michigan, the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located approximately 43 miles northeast of Sand Lake in Traverse City, Michigan, the Fremont Municipal airport (3FM) located roughly 50 miles south of Sand Lake in Fremont, Michigan, and finally the Muskegon County airport (MKG) located around 70 miles south of Sand Lake in Muskegon, Michigan.

Sand Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI43.5 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI66.0 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI66.0 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI84.0 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI111.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Fawn Crest Golf CourseWellstonMI3.3 mi.
Redfoot Hills Golf CourseLutherMI15.5 mi.
West Shore Golf ClubDouglasMI17.6 mi.
Marquette Trails Country ClubBaldwinMI18.9 mi.
Heathlands Golf CourseOnekamaMI19.0 mi.
Fox Hills Golf CourseManisteeMI19.6 mi.
Manistee Golf & Country ClubManisteeMI19.6 mi.
Briar At Mesick Golf & Country ClubMesickMI19.9 mi.
Chestnut Hills Golf CourseBear LakeMI20.6 mi.
County Highlands Golf CourseBear LakeMI20.6 mi.
Cadillac Country ClubCadillacMI24.1 mi.
Tustin Trails Golf ClubTustinMI24.7 mi.
Bunker Hill Golf CourseCadillacMI27.4 mi.
Wedgewood Golf ClubCadillacMI27.4 mi.
Arcadia Bluffs Golf CourseArcadiaMI28.1 mi.
Lakeside Links Golf CourseLudingtonMI29.3 mi.
Lincoln Hills Golf ClubLudingtonMI29.3 mi.
Sylvan Glen Municipal Golf CourseTroyMI29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI24.7 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI27.4 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI47.9 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI50.8 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI51.5 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI66.9 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI74.5 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI80.2 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI85.8 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI86.3 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI99.2 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI100.7 mi.
State Parks
Orchard Beach State ParkMI20.0 mi. 
William Mitchell State ParkMI24.7 mi. 
Ludington State ParkMI28.6 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI32.8 mi. 
Charles Mears State ParkMI36.3 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI44.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI105.7 mi.

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