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Spider-Lake is a 450-acre "all-sports" lake located in Lower Michigan about twenty minutes southeast of Traverse City. The lake has fishing for bass, bluegill, perch, pike and crappie, and motorboats are allowed with a speed limit enforced from 7:30 P.M. to 11:00 A.M. Other area activities include hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, water and jet skiing, golf, parasailing, windsurfing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Just a short drive takes you to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which is a stunning expanse of beach, water and sand dunes. The North Manitou and South Manitou Islands are located a few miles offshore, and are accessible by ferry from the city of Leland. Both islands are popular backpacking spots. To the north of Spider Lake is the Old Mission Peninsula, with its' beautiful cherry orchard studded hills and internationally known wine-growing region. Other points of interest near Spider Lake are the Spirit of the Woods Museum, the Dennos Museum Center and the village of Interlochen. The latter is home to the famous Interlochen Center for the Arts, which includes a summer arts camp, two large outdoor concert halls, an art gallery and a theater. Clinch Park, situated along Traverse Bay's beachfront, includes a zoo and an aquarium. All of this, and more, combines to make the Spider Lake/Traverse City region one of Michigan's most popular vacation resort areas.

Surrounding areas: Traverse City, Michigan (8.3 mi), Fife Lake, Michigan (10.4 mi), Long Lake, Michigan (13.0 mi), Elk Lake, Michigan (13.6 mi), Interlochen, Michigan (13.9 mi), Elk Rapids, Michigan (15.7 mi), Kalkaska, Michigan (15.7 mi)

Spider Lake Vacation Rentals

Spider Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI6.6 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI6.6 mi.(231) 938-7000
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI7.2 mi.(231) 947-5436
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI7.2 mi.(231) 947-5525
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI7.3 mi.(231) 941-0208
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI7.5 mi.(231) 946-8424
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI8.2 mi.(231) 935-4400
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 933-4454
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 938-1900
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 938-0100
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 NTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 938-0100
Super 8 Motel1870 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 938-1887
Traverse Bay Inn2300 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 938-2646
Traverse City Courtyard3615 W S Airport RdTraverse City, MI8.8 mi.(231) 929-1800
Park Place Hotel300 E State StTraverse City, MI8.9 mi.(231) 946-5000
Econo Lodge703 N Cedar StKalkaska, MI16.0 mi.(231) 258-9119
Elk Rapids Beach Resort8975 N Bayshore DrElk Rapids, MI16.2 mi.(231) 264-6400
Torch Timbers Inn9260 Se Torch LK DrAlden, MI17.6 mi.(231) 331-4050
Leelanau Country Inn149 E HBR HwyMaple City, MI21.8 mi.(616) 228-5060
Century Farms2421 N Jacobson RdSuttons Bay, MI24.6 mi.(231) 271-2421
Shanty CreekOne Shanty Creek RdBellaire, MI25.0 mi.(231) 533-8621
Crystal Mountain12500 Crystal Mountain DrThompsonville, MI27.0 mi.(800) 968-7686
The HomesteadWood RDG RdGlen Arbor, MI28.7 mi.(616) 334-5000
Best Western - Scenic Hill Resort1400 US 31 HwyBeulah, MI29.7 mi.(231) 882-7754
Crystal Beach Resort222 CTR StBeulah, MI29.7 mi.(231) 882-7229
Best Western - Bill Oliver'sCadillac, MI29.7 mi.(231) 775-2458
Cadillac Inn Hampton InnUS 131 1650 S MitchellCadillac, MI29.7 mi.(231) 779-2900
Days Inn - Cadillac6001 E M-115Cadillac, MI29.7 mi.(231) 775-4414
Bed & Breakfast
Cairn House Bed & Breakfast8160 Cairn HwyElk Rapids, MI17.2 mi.(231) 264-8994

Spider Lake Weather & Climate

Four very distinct seasons with a lake effect that is quite strong during much of the year describes the climate of Michigan's northern region. The lake effect increases cloudiness during late fall and winter, and also modifies the temperatures - keeping things cooler in the summer. The "Chain of Lakes Region" in northwest Michigan sees a lot of moisture throughout the year in the form of showers and thunderstorms during the summer and snow and ice during the winter. In winter, the humidity from the lake condenses as snow when it reaches land, creating quite heavy snowfalls in some areas. During the winter, the temperature of the lakes continues to drop, and ice sometimes covers portions of the lakes. Summers are warm, but periods of extreme heat and humidity are infrequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 14°F 2.98 in. -
February 30°F 13°F 1.79 in. -
March 39°F 21°F 1.98 in. -
April 53°F 32°F 2.72 in. -
May 67°F 41°F 2.30 in. -
June 76°F 52°F 3.32 in. -
July 81°F 57°F 3.14 in. -
August 78°F 57°F 3.39 in. -
September 70°F 49°F 3.58 in. -
October 58°F 39°F 2.94 in. -
November 43°F 30°F 2.67 in. -
December 32°F 20°F 2.66 in. -

Spider Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 6 miles northwest of Spider Lake in Traverse City, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located approximately 44 miles northeast of Spider Lake in Gaylord, Michigan, the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located roughly 46 miles southwest of Spider Lake in Manistee, Michigan, and finally the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located around 70 miles northeast of Spider Lake in Pellston, Michigan.

Spider Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI85.4 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI106.6 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI115.7 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI118.8 mi.
Golf Courses
High Pointe Golf ClubWilliamsburgMI7.8 mi.
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI8.3 mi.
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI8.3 mi.
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI8.3 mi.
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI8.3 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI13.0 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI13.6 mi.
Elk Rapids Golf CourseElk RapidsMI15.7 mi.
Grandview Golf ClubKalkaskaMI15.7 mi.
Timber Wolf Golf ClubKalkaskaMI15.7 mi.
Twin Birch Golf ClubKalkaskaMI15.7 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseLake AnnMI17.5 mi.
Emerald Vale Golf ClubMantonMI19.1 mi.
Briar At Mesick Golf & Country ClubMesickMI22.0 mi.
Veronica Valley Golf CourseLake LeelanauMI23.6 mi.
Bellaire Golf ClubBellaireMI25.0 mi.
Chief Golf CourseBellaireMI25.0 mi.
Farm Golf ClubBellaireMI25.0 mi.
Hawks Eye Golf ClubBellaireMI25.0 mi.
Lakes of the North Deer Run Golf CourseMancelonaMI26.1 mi.
Windmill Farm of MancelonaMancelonaMI26.1 mi.
Missaukee Golf CourseLake CityMI27.4 mi.
Pinecroft Golf PlantationBenzoniaMI29.1 mi.
Dunes Golf ClubEmpireMI29.4 mi.
Champion HillBenzoniaMI29.8 mi.
Bunker Hill Golf CourseCadillacMI29.9 mi.
Wedgewood Golf ClubCadillacMI29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI19.1 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI24.9 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI25.0 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI28.7 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI29.7 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI44.0 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI46.7 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI57.5 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI85.3 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI104.6 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI107.7 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI112.2 mi.
State Parks
Traverse City State ParkMI5.3 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI13.9 mi. 
D H Day State ParkMI29.9 mi. 
William Mitchell State ParkMI31.0 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI8.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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