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Things to do during "cabin time" in Otsego Lake
Skip the hotels, experience a real vacation at Otsego Lake lodging near Gaylord, MI - from $86/nt. This small, northwestern Michigan lakefront community is quiet and secluded with wild forestland and excellent fishing - the perfect place to cozy into a log cabin in the woods and enjoy the sights, sounds and activities of nature.
Otsego Lake State Park is settled on the southeastern shore of Otsego Lake, and Otsego County Park is located on the northwestern shore. These two scenic parks provide public parking, fishing docs, nature trails and picnic spots for vacationers in the area.
Otsego Lake itself covers nearly 2,000 acres and is a shallow body of water with lots of nooks and crannies where the fish love to hide. Venture out from your rented cottage in a fishing boat and cast a line in the sunny shallows, or make a day of exploring in a kayak or canoe.
Among the bounty frequently pulled in by sportsmen on Otsego Lake are found a variety of common species, including muske, sturgeon, walleye, bass, northern pike, panfish and perch. All around the edge of the lake, private owners rent picturesque cabins, cottages and homes.
Otsego Lake fishing cottages, lodges and family cabins enjoy immediate access to the water - this means swimming and sunning on the clean, sandy beaches, picnics and beach volleyball, and of course water sports like boating, tubing and waterskiing.
Accommodations in Otsego Lake also enjoy a relaxing view and cool spots of shade under the native maple, oak and pine trees. The Iron Bell Trail runs through the area, offering hiking biking and snowmobiling paths that extend across the state.
While you’re here, make a point to check out some of the famous local architecture. The summer home of Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Arthur Compton still stands in Otsego Lake, where it was designed by noted American architect William Adair Bernoudy.
Make sure you talk to rental owners about the many Otsego Lake seasonal events and day trips. At RentMichiganCabins.com you compare MI short-term rentals and Gaylord area lodging, then book with the owners or local property managers. Get the guaranteed lowest rate and speak with local experts.