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Saranac is a small town of approximately 1,300 located in Ionia County, Lower Michigan, between the cities of Lansing and Grand Rapids. This community has an appealing small-town atmosphere, with many locally owned shops and restaurants. One of the main attractions in town (especially for railroad buffs,) is the Grand Trunk Depot Museum on the north side of town, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and featuring a 100-year-old Dutch-style, woodside caboose. Saranac is near the Ionia State Recreation Area, which offers visitors endless recreational opportunities. This state park includes 4,500 acres of flat lands and rolling hills, open meadows, forested ridges, brooks and streams and a lake. Wetlands and wildflowers dot the park, and birding is a popular activity (the Audubon Society has identified 199 species in the area.) Other activities include fishing and hunting, swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking, and camping, horseback riding and cross country skiing. There are even metal detecting areas of the park, open to the public. The 3.5 miles of hiking trails within the park meander through woods and meadows, and past streams, lake shore and river bottom. Sessions Lake and The Grand River provide both shore and boat fishing, with stream fishing available on Sessions Creek and Tibbits Creek. Sessions Lake is a 140-acre, man made lake that is stocked with Bluegill, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish and Crappie. There is a "no-wake" speed restriction on the lake, and a beach house and clothes changing area is available in the swimming areas.

Surrounding areas: Lake Odessa, Michigan (10.8 mi), Greenville, Michigan (17.3 mi), Rockford, Michigan (21.9 mi), Grand Rapids, Michigan (22.6 mi), Carson City, Michigan (25.3 mi), Gun Lake, Michigan (27.6 mi), Delton, Michigan (31.3 mi)

Saranac Vacation Rentals

Saranac Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerihost Inn Ionia423 Brown BlvdIonia, MI8.0 mi.(616) 527-2200
Ionia Super 87245 S State RdIonia, MI8.2 mi.(616) 527-2828
Crowne Plaza5700 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI15.9 mi.(616) 957-1770
Baymont Inn-grand Rapids/airport2873 Kraft Ave SeGrand Rapids, MI16.0 mi.(616) 956-3300
Days Inn5500 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI16.1 mi.(616) 949-8400
Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites2985 Kraft AveGrand Rapids, MI16.1 mi.(616) 940-1777
Best Western American Heritage Inn1681 Grand Riv AvePortland, MI16.2 mi.(517) 647-2200
Springhill Suites Grand Rapids Airport Se5250 28th St SEGrand Rapids, MI16.5 mi.(616) 464-1130
Econo Lodge5175 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI16.6 mi.(616) 956-6601
Knights Inn Grand Rapids Airport5175 28th StGrand Rapids, MI16.6 mi.(800) 843-5644
Red Roof Inn5131 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI16.6 mi.(616) 942-0800
Days Inn4981 28TH St SEGrand Rapids, MI16.8 mi.(616) 956-9304
Hiilton Grand Rapids4747 28th St SEGrand Rapids, MI17.1 mi.(616) 957-0100
Courtyard By Marriott Grand Rapids Airport4741 28th StKentwood, MI17.1 mi.(800) 321-2211
Courtyard By Marriott--Grand Rapids4741 28th St SeKentwood, MI17.1 mi.(616) 954-0500
Quality Inn Terrace Club4495 28TH St SeGrand Rapids, MI17.4 mi.(616) 956-8080
Americinn Lodge & Suites2525 W Washington StGreenville, MI17.4 mi.(616) 754-4500
Comfort Inn - Grand Rapids4155 28TH StGrand Rapids, MI17.8 mi.(616) 957-2080
Fairfield Inn Grand Rapids3930 Stahl Dr SEGrand Rapids, MI18.1 mi.(616) 940-2700
Homewood Suites By Hilton3920 Stahl Dr SeGrand Rapids, MI18.1 mi.(616) 285-7100
Extended Stay America3747 29TH St SEKentwood, MI18.4 mi.(616) 977-6750
Motel 6 - Grand Rapids3524 28TH SeGrand Rapids, MI18.6 mi.(616) 957-3511
Ramada Plaza Hotel3333 28th Street SEGrand Rapids, MI18.8 mi.(616) 949-9222
Residence Inn By Marriott - Grand Rapids2701 E Beltline SeGrand Rapids, MI18.8 mi.(616) 957-8111
Travelodge Grand Rapids65 28th St SWGrand Rapids, MI23.0 mi.(616) 452-1461
Country Inn & Suites3251 Deposit Drive NEGrand Rapids, MI23.1 mi.(616) 942-7000
Country Inn & Suites5399 28th St Court SEGrand Rapids, MI23.1 mi.(616) 977-0909
Grand Rapids Hampton Inn North500 Ctr Dr NWGrand Rapids, MI23.1 mi.(616) 647-1000
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Rapids Airport5401 28th St Ct SEGrand Rapids, MI23.1 mi.(616) 940-8100
Holiday Inn Select3063 Lk Eastbrook BlvdGrand Rapids, MI23.1 mi.(616) 285-7600
Springhill Suites By Marriott450 Centee DrGrand Rapids, MI23.1 mi.(888) 287-9400
Staybridge Suites3000 Lk E Brk BlvdGrand Rapids, MI23.1 mi.(616) 464-3200
Country Inn & Suites2725 Buchanan AveGrand Rapids, MI23.2 mi.(616) 246-6612
Grand Rapids Howard Johnson Plaza255 - 28TH St SWGrand Rapids, MI23.3 mi.(616) 241-6444
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel187 Monroe Ave NWGrand Rapids, MI23.4 mi.(800) 253-3590
Courtyard By Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown11 Monroe Ave NWGrand Rapids, MI23.4 mi.(616) 242-6000
Days Inn - Grand Rapids310 Pearl St NWGrand Rapids, MI23.6 mi.(616) 235-7611
Comfort Suites350 Dodge StComstock Park, MI23.9 mi.(616) 785-7899
Super 8 Motel Grand Rapids727 44TH St SWWyoming, MI24.0 mi.(616) 530-8588
Hampton Inn755 54th St SWWyoming, MI24.1 mi.(616) 261-5500

Saranac Weather & Climate

Lake Michigan dominates southwest Michigan's weather. What is known as "lake effect snow squalls" brings locally heavy snow to northern and western Michigan, with the southwest receiving much less snow than areas further north. Summers tend to be sunny as the cool water of the Lake chills the air near the Earth's surface, producing a stable atmosphere. The Lake also helps modify summer high temperatures, making the northern parts of the state a popular vacation spot. Autumn is too cool for swimming, but is a great time for other outdoor attractions. Although the Upper Peninsula is cooler, the temperature ranges in the far northern and far southern cities do not differ excessively 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 28°F 13°F 1.92 in. -
February 31°F 15°F 1.37 in. -
March 42°F 24°F 2.13 in. -
April 55°F 34°F 2.54 in. -
May 68°F 46°F 2.97 in. -
June 78°F 55°F 3.14 in. -
July 82°F 59°F 2.95 in. -
August 79°F 58°F 3.57 in. -
September 71°F 50°F 3.93 in. -
October 59°F 39°F 2.70 in. -
November 44°F 29°F 2.94 in. -
December 32°F 20°F 2.45 in. -

Saranac Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located about 16 miles west of Saranac in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Capital City airport (LAN) located approximately 33 miles southeast of Saranac in Lansing, Michigan, the Gratiot Community airport (AMN) located roughly 37 miles northeast of Saranac in Alma, Michigan, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located around 43 miles south of Saranac in Battle Creek, Michigan, and finally the Tulip City airport (BIV) located about 46 miles west of Saranac in Holland, Michigan.

Saranac Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI56.3 mi.
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI73.3 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI75.8 mi.
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI89.5 mi.
Water Parks
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI23.1 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI42.1 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI56.3 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI72.1 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI93.1 mi.
Red Oaks WaterparkMadison HeightsMI111.3 mi.
Four Bears Water ParkUticaMI112.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Morrison Lake Country ClubSaranacMI 
Deer Run Golf CourseHortonMI6.1 mi.
Deer Run Golf CourseLowellMI6.1 mi.
Arrowhead Golf CourseLowellMI6.4 mi.
Rolling Hills Golf EstatesIoniaMI8.0 mi.
Shadow Ridge Public Golf CourseIoniaMI8.0 mi.
Arrowhead Golf ClubCaroMI9.5 mi.
Saskatoon Golf ClubAltoMI10.1 mi.
Tyler Creek Golf ClubAltoMI10.1 mi.
Iron Horse Golf Course at Double R Ranch ResortBeldingMI11.1 mi.
Ridgeview Golf ClubBeldingMI11.1 mi.
Centennial AcresSunfieldMI16.3 mi.
Portland Country ClubPortlandMI16.6 mi.
Willow Wood Country ClubPortlandMI16.6 mi.
GlenKerry Golf CourseGreenvilleMI16.7 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubCaledoniaMI18.3 mi.
Broadmoor Country ClubCaledoniaMI18.3 mi.
Huckleberry Creek Golf CoursePewamoMI19.5 mi.
Gun Ridge Golf CourseHastingsMI20.4 mi.
Hastings Country ClubHastingsMI20.4 mi.
River Bend Golf CourseHastingsMI20.4 mi.
Holland Lake Golf CourseSheridanMI20.7 mi.
Indian Trails Golf CourseGrand RapidsMI20.7 mi.
Boulder Creek Golf ClubBelmontMI21.8 mi.
Grand Island Golf RanchBelmontMI21.8 mi.
Brae Side Golf Course at Cortland HillsRockfordMI21.9 mi.
North Kent Golf CourseRockfordMI21.9 mi.
Meadowlane Golf CourseKentwoodMI22.1 mi.
Brookside Golf CourseGowenMI22.6 mi.
English Hills Golf CourseGrand RapidsMI22.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI15.6 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI21.9 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI42.1 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI51.9 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI68.6 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI77.0 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI85.7 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI91.9 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI115.8 mi.
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI23.1 mi.(Art)
Michigan Historical MuseumLansingMI36.0 mi.(History)
Impress 5 Science CenterLansingMI36.0 mi.(Science)
Kingman MuseumBattle CreekMI42.1 mi.(Science)
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI48.0 mi.(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI48.0 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI36.0 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI42.1 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN101.1 mi.
Belle Isle AquariumRoyal OakMI109.3 mi.
Belle Isle ZooRoyal OakMI109.3 mi.
Detroit Zoological ParkDetroitMI117.7 mi.

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