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West-Branch , population 2100, is the county seat for Ogemaw County, which is located north of Bay City in the northeastern portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The village began as a lumber town and was so named because of its' location on the west branch of the Rifle River. Today, it is largely supported by tourism, along with small businesses, such as auto-related products and lumber processing. Downtown "Victorian West Branch" is a focal point for the county and offers a unique shopping experience in its' many century old buildings that contain a variety of specialty shops, art and crafts stores, antique stores and eateries. The streets of town are lined with many beautiful old trees, and benches are placed here and there, for visitors to stop and rest or enjoy an ice cream cone. Irons Park is also located in downtown West Branch. Several lakes are nearby that offer swimming, fishing, boating, sailing, water skiing and other water sports. In addition, the Rifle River Recreation Area is located about 15 miles northwest of town and offers a swimming beach, boat launch, playground and RV pump-out station. There are also three rustic campgrounds within the Recreation Area. The village of West Branch is easily reached via Michigan Highways 55, 30 or 76, just two hours north of Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Surrounding areas: Ann Arbor, Michigan (14.3 mi), Newport, Michigan (14.8 mi), Monroe, Michigan (17.3 mi), Detroit, Michigan (27.0 mi), Beverly Hills, Michigan (29.0 mi), Pinckney, Michigan (30.5 mi), Milford, Michigan (30.9 mi)

West Branch Vacation Rentals

West Branch Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Belleville Super 8 Motel45707 S I-94 Service RdBelleville, MI4.0 mi.(734) 699-1888
Comfort Inn-Belleville45945 S I-94 Service DrBelleville, MI4.0 mi.(734) 697-8556
Holiday Inn Express-bellevilleN I-94 Service DrBelleville, MI4.0 mi.(734) 857-6200
Red Roof Inn Detroit Airport45501 N Exprwy Service DrBelleville, MI4.0 mi.(734) 697-2244
Red Roof Inn Detroit Airport/Belleville45501 N I-94 Service DrBelleville, MI4.0 mi.(800) 733-7663
Marriott At Eagle Crest-ypsilanti1275 S Huron StYpsilanti, MI7.4 mi.(734) 487-2000
Holiday Inn Metro31200 Industrial ExprwyRomulus, MI7.8 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp
Sleep Inn & Suites1230 Dexter StMilan, MI9.2 mi.(734) 439-1400
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3950 S Lotz RdCanton, MI9.6 mi.(734) 721-5500
Canton Super 8 Motel3933 Lotz RdCanton, MI9.7 mi.(313) 722-8880
Days Inn - Canton40500 Michigan AveCanton, MI9.7 mi.(734) 721-5200
Comfort Inn Detroit Airport31800 Wick RdRomulus, MI10.2 mi.(734) 326-2100
Best Western Gateway International - Metro Airport9191 Wickham RdRomulus, MI10.4 mi.(734) 728-2800
Doubletree Hotel-Detroit Airport31500 Wick RdRomulus, MI10.4 mi.(734) 467-8000
Baymont Inn & Suites-detroit Airport9000 Wickham RdRomulus, MI10.5 mi.(734) 722-6000
Four Points By Sheraton8800 Wickham RdRomulus, MI10.5 mi.(734) 729-9000
Hilton Garden Inn Detrit Metro Airport31800 Smith RdRomulus, MI10.6 mi.(734) 727-6000
Hilton Suites Detroit Metro8600 Wickham RdRomulus, MI10.6 mi.(313) 728-9200
Rodeway Inn8500 Wickham RdRomulus, MI10.6 mi.(734) 595-1990
Clarion Barcelo Hotel8600 Merriman RdRomulus, MI10.7 mi.(734) 728-7900
Extended Stay America30325 Flynn DrRomulus, MI10.7 mi.(734) 722-7780
Crowne Plaza Detroit Metro Airport8000 Merriman RdRomulus, MI10.8 mi.(734) 729-2600
Ramada Inn31119 Flynn DrRomulus, MI10.8 mi.(734) 728-2322
Hampton Inn30847 Flynn DrRomulus, MI10.9 mi.(734) 721-1100
Howard Johnson Metro Airport7600 Merriman RdRomulus, MI10.9 mi.(734) 728-2430
La Quinta Inn7680 MerrimanRomulus, MI10.9 mi.(734) 641-9006
Days Inn2380 Carpenter RdAnn Harbor, MI11.0 mi.(734) 971-0700
Baymont Inn & Suites-detroit W41211 FRD RdCanton, MI11.0 mi.(734) 981-1808
Courtyard By Marriott Detroit Airport30653 Flynn DrRomulus, MI11.0 mi.(313) 721-3200
Detroit Marriott Romulus30559 Flynn DrRomulus, MI11.1 mi.(313) 729-7555
Romulus Super 8 Motel9863 Middlebelt RdRomulus, MI11.1 mi.(734) 946-8808
Days Inn Metro Airport9501 Middlebelt RdRomulus, MI11.2 mi.(734) 946-4300
Quility Inn & Suites9555 Middlebelt RdRomulus, MI11.2 mi.(734) 946-1400
Extended Stay America2000 Haggerty RdCanton, MI12.2 mi.(734) 844-6725
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Det West Canton5700 Haggerty RdCanton, MI12.4 mi.(734) 981-2440
Motel 6 - Canton Township41216 FRD RdCanton Township, MI12.6 mi.(734) 981-5000
Fairfield Inn3785 BoardwalkAnn Arbor, MI12.8 mi.(800) 228-2800
Motel 6 - Ann Arbor3764 S State StAnn Arbor, MI12.8 mi.(734) 665-9900
Sheraton Inn Ann Arbor3200 BoardwalkAnn Arbor, MI12.8 mi.(734) 996-0600
Comfort Inn3501 S State StAnn Arbor, MI12.9 mi.(734) 761-8838
Bed & Breakfast
Gladstone House Bed & Breakfast2865 GladstoneAnn Arbor, MI12.3 mi.(734) 769-0404

West Branch Weather & Climate

The southeast lower section of Michigan has four seasons and due to its location near Lake Huron and Lake Ontario, it does experience lake effect, such as increased cloudiness during late fall and early winter. Summer precipitation comes in the form of showers and thunderstorms. The Great Lakes also act 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 southeastern 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 30°F 15°F 1.80 in. -
February 34°F 16°F 1.15 in. -
March 46°F 25°F 1.53 in. -
April 59°F 35°F 2.16 in. -
May 71°F 45°F 3.21 in. -
June 80°F 54°F 3.59 in. -
July 83°F 58°F 3.14 in. -
August 80°F 56°F 3.84 in. -
September 74°F 49°F 3.36 in. -
October 62°F 38°F 2.57 in. -
November 48°F 30°F 2.62 in. -
December 35°F 20°F 1.45 in. -

West Branch Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Willow Run airport (YIP) located about 6 miles north of West Branch in Detroit, Michigan, the Detroit Metro Wayne County airport (DTW) located approximately 9 miles east of West Branch in Detroit, Michigan, the Oakland County International airport (PTK) located roughly 35 miles north of West Branch in Pontiac, Michigan, and finally the Toledo Express airport (TOL) located around 41 miles southwest of West Branch in Toledo, Ohio.

West Branch Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersLivoniaMI17.1 mi.
JeepersRosevilleMI38.0 mi.
JeepersAuburn HillsMI39.7 mi.
Cedar PointSanduskyOH63.9 mi.
Putt N' Pond Speed ParkFostoriaOH68.9 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN84.3 mi.
Water Parks
Red Oaks WaterparkMadison HeightsMI31.2 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI38.5 mi.
Four Bears Water ParkUticaMI41.0 mi.
Soak City Water ParkSanduskyOH63.9 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI86.0 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI90.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Apple Valley Golf CourseWest BranchMI 
Dream Golf CourseWest BranchMI 
West Branch Country ClubWest BranchMI 
Harbour Club Golf CourseBellevilleMI3.8 mi.
Willow Metropark Golf CourseNew BostonMI5.9 mi.
Green Oaks Golf CourseYpsilantiMI7.8 mi.
Hickory Woods Golf CourseYpsilantiMI7.8 mi.
Lake in the Woods Golf CourseYpsilantiMI7.8 mi.
Gateway Golf ClubRomulusMI7.9 mi.
Shady Hollow Golf ClubRomulusMI7.9 mi.
Woodside Meadows Golf CourseRomulusMI7.9 mi.
Carleton Glen Golf ClubCarletonMI8.9 mi.
Thorne Hills Golf CourseCarletonMI9.5 mi.
Rolling Hills Golf CourseMilanMI9.8 mi.
Fellows Creek Golf CourseCantonMI10.1 mi.
Pheasant Run Golf ClubCantonMI10.4 mi.
Woodlands of Van BurenWayneMI11.2 mi.
New Hawthorne Valley Golf CourseWestlandMI13.0 mi.
Westland Municipal Golf CourseWestlandMI13.0 mi.
Brookside Golf CourseSalineMI13.6 mi.
Rustic Glen Golf CourseSalineMI13.6 mi.
Inkster Valley Golf ClubInksterMI14.2 mi.
Georgetown Country ClubAnn ArborMI14.3 mi.
Hickory Stick Golf ClubAnn ArborMI14.3 mi.
Huron Hills Golf CourseAnn ArborMI14.3 mi.
Lake Forest Golf ClubAnn ArborMI14.3 mi.
Leslie Park Golf CourseAnn ArborMI14.3 mi.
Stonebridge Golf ClubAnn ArborMI14.3 mi.
Lakes of Taylor Golf ClubTaylorMI14.4 mi.
Taylor Meadows Golf ClubTaylorMI14.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI37.4 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI99.8 mi.
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH109.3 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI117.4 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI118.5 mi.
State Parks
Sterling State ParkMI19.2 mi. 
Hayes State ParkMI32.2 mi. 
Maumee Bay State ParkOH33.4 mi. 
Sindecuse Museum of DentistryAnn ArborMI13.6 mi.(History)
Plymouth Historical MuseumPlymouthMI15.4 mi.(History)
Monroe County Historical MuseumMonroeMI17.3 mi.(History)
Wyandotte MuseumWyandotteMI19.2 mi.(History)
Detroit Science CenterDetroitMI27.0 mi.(Science)
Detroit Institute of ArtsDetroitMI27.0 mi.(Art)
Detroit Historical MuseumDetroitMI27.0 mi.(History)
Dossin Great Lakes MuseumDetroitMI27.0 mi.(History)
Cranbrook Art MuseumBloomfield HillsMI32.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Toledo's AtticToledoOH33.8 mi.(History)
Toledo Museum of ArtToledoOH33.8 mi.(Art)
Meadow Brook HallRochesterMI41.4 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Detroit Zoological ParkDetroitMI27.0 mi.
Belle Isle AquariumRoyal OakMI30.0 mi.
Belle Isle ZooRoyal OakMI30.0 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH33.8 mi.
African Safari Wildlife ParkPort ClintonOH53.2 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI66.6 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI86.0 mi.
Cleveland Metroparks ZooClevelandOH103.9 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN109.2 mi.

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