Summer in Pure Lewiston
The long days of summer provide ample time to get out and enjoy all that northern Michigan has to offer. Spend a lazy day on an area lake, and top off your day at a local restaurant. Here are some of the many summer activities Lewiston has to offer.
Lewiston is a great place to take out your bicycle to enjoy the great outdoors. The combination of paved roads, wide shoulders and light traffic make riding around our lakes and the surrounding area a delight. If you prefer a more rugged trip you should check out the Buttles Road trails which offer a more challenging route for mountain bikes. Either way you can't bet a bicycle as a way to enjoy the natural beauty of Lewiston.
Our northern Michigan lakes, rivers and streams are a boating wonderland.
There's nothing so relaxing as taking friends or family on a pontoon boat ride on East Twin, West Twin or other area lakes. The evening sunsets on the water is spectacular. Tee Lake has a tradition of an Independence Day boat parade that is fun for all ages.
The Inland Waterway from Indian River to Cheboygan is a great boating trip. Young adults looking for the singles scene might check out "Bud Bash" weekend on Houghton Lake, where scores of powerboats tie to each other in one big floating party!
If you are a big boat person, the Great Lakes are ideal for salmon fishing, cruising and sailing. A boating trip to Mackinac Island or other area islands makes for a special weekend of memories. If you are there for the sailboat races, either the Lake Huron or the Lake Michigan event, it is a great thrill.
If you are a small boat person, trailer your boat into some of the smaller lakes. There are many with untouched natural shoreline and good shallow water fishing. Sage Lake east of Lewiston is an example.
And even if you don't have a boat, but would like to get out on the water, there is an AuSable Riverboat ride at Oscoda. And a glass-bottom boat at Alpena will show you some fascinating shipwrecks!
Camping is wonderful around Lewiston. There are fabulous forest and lakes to enjoy.
All the amenities you might want are close by and you just won't find a more beautiful spot to commune with nature.
There are several very nice DNR campgrounds in and around Lewiston.
Little Wolf Lake, a rustic campground on the south shore of picturesque Little Wolf Lake (24 individual campsites).
There is also a rustic campground at Avery Lake with 16 campsites.
There are two campgrounds on Big Bear Lake, approximately 8 miles from Lewiston.
Big Bear Point has 14 rustic campsites.
Big Bear Lake Campground on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake has 30 rustic campsites.
In addition, Shady Acres is a commercial campground just a few short miles south of Lewiston.
Shady Acres features full hook-ups and is open year around.
Enjoy nature and have fun at Lewiston's 18-hole Disc Golf course. The course is located at Buttles Park, just north of town on Buttles Road. It features 18 challenging and fun holes in a wooded area. Concrete t-pads and Mach-V baskets make this a PDGA approved course. Founded in the 1970's the sport of disc golf is played like golf, but with a flying disc or Frisbee. Players attempts to complete each hole in as few throws as possible. The final "putt" land the disc in a metal basket. Trees and other terrain features create challenges as players work their way through the course. The sport is easy to learn, and can be played by people of all ages and abilities. It's a great way to get outdoors and have some fun while staying fit. Lewiston's disc golf course is free to play. Just bring your own disc.
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The Lewiston Farmers Market is located in downtown Lewiston during the summer months, and we have a convenient indoor location on Kneeland Street for winter and those rainy summer days. Our market is open every Saturday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm – all year, expect for a few weeks in February when we take a break. All of our produce is Michigan grown, Bay City or north.
The majority is grown locally in the Lewiston/Johannesburg area and is organic – no pesticides or chemicals of any kind, from the seeds to the soil and the fertilizers. We also have local eggs, which are mostly from free range chickens. We have totally organic eggs available. Locally made candles and soaps are available, along with Alpaca fiber and goat milk products. Spicy jams, seasonings and candies are available every week. Berkshire Pork and Beef products are available. Ham, bacon, steaks, chops and more. A large variety of baked goods are always available. Come and see what everyone is talking about and enjoying!
From the first glimmer of sunrise to the last golden ray of sunset, there is nothing as relaxing as fishing one of our area lakes where a lucky angler may catch yellow perch, blue gills, pumpkinseed sunfish, large or small mouth bass, walleye, northern pike or tiger muskies. We have many lakes in and near Lewiston. East and West Twin Lakes are right in town, but just a short drive will take you to the public access or Tee Lake, Little Wolf Lake or Big Bear Lake to name a few.
From Memorial Weekend to Labor Day, you can find an active Rummage/Garage Sale somewhere around Lewiston. You never know what little treasures you will uncover when someone cleans out their attic or basement. From kids to adults everyone loves to discover that perfect little gem for just a few dollars. With a little paint or a touch up here and there you can make that old chair look new again, turn a picture frame into a mirror to add dimension to your hallway or entrance. Lewiston also has a few resale shops in town, it's a fun little hobby, and an inexpensive way to stock your camper or cabin with everything you need. Look for signs at the 4-way stop and check the local papers to get started on your hunt for your next treasure.
If Northern Michigan Golf is on your mind, than Lewiston is where you should come to play.
Lewiston is home to Garland Resort, and some of the best golf courses in Northern Michigan.
If you like meticulous manicured fairways, white sandy traps, smooth rolling greens, than Garland is the place for you. Garland offers 4 very distinctive and challenging layouts for every golfing enthusiast.
The sport of kayaking has expanded with the variety of styles of craft available. The short plastic kayaks are fun for all ages, and on just about any body of water. The AuSable River south of Lewiston is a great kayaking stream, and a prime trout stream. The Thunder Bay River can be taken from west of Atlanta all the way to Alpena, or any shorter stretch along the way. North of Lewiston, the Black River, Pigeon River and Sturgeon River are beautiful winding waterways.
Lakes & Streams
Lewiston enjoys an abundance of natural inland lakes that offer many opportunities to fish, swim, boat, water ski, kayak, canoe, jet ski or just plain relax. The most popular lakes are listed below. Public access is available on Avery Lake, Tee Lake, and East Twin.
You can visit several lakes for a get away vacation or family outing.
Located in Montmorency County, Michigan. This lake is 180 acres in size. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. Avery Lake is a designated "Family Friendly" lake by the Michigan DNR. Public access is available.
Big Bear Lake
Located in Otsego County, Michigan. This lake is 350 acres in size. It is 36.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge (Muskie), Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, Walleye and Yellow Perch.
East Twin Lake
East Twin Lake is located in Montmorency County, Michigan. This lake is 830 acres in size. It is 25.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. Public access is available.
Little Bear Lake
Little Bear Lake is located in Otsego County, Michigan. This lake is 129 acres in size. It is 30.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, Walleye and Yellow Perch.
Little Wolf Lake
Little Wolf Lake is located in Oscoda County, Michigan. This lake is 92 acres in size. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Sunfish and Yellow Perch. The lake also has a State Forest Campground.
McCormick Lake is north and east of Lewiston, in the headwaters of the Thunder Bay River. It is a large lake with only a few homes on it. It's great for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and bird watching has a boat launch site and ample parking lot with an outhouse.
Snyder Lake is located in Oscoda County, Michigan. This lake is 153 acres in size. It is 22.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch.
Tee Lake is located in Oscoda County, Michigan. This lake is 216 acres in size. It is 70.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge (Muskie), Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. Public access is available.
West Twin Lake
West Twin Lake is located in Montmorency County, Michigan. This lake is 1,313 acres in size. It is 28.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Panfish, Walleye and Yellow Perch.
The AuSable River lies just to the south of Lewiston, extending from its headwaters near Grayling to Lake Huron in the town of Oscoda. This is a perfect river for both canoeing and fishing. Canoe liveries can be found in Grayling, Parmalee and Mio. A dam in Mio creates a few miles of wider, deeper water, with picturesque shoreline views. Five separate sections of the AuSable tributary system have been designated as Blue Ribbon Trout Streams by the Michigan DNR, totaling 79 miles of river habitat.
The AuSable is noted as one of the best brown trout habitats in the state.
The Thunder Bay River headwaters lie just to the north of Lewiston, near McCormick Lake. It flows though the small towns of Atlanta and Hillman before emptying into Lake Huron in downtown Alpena. Many of its upper tributaries, such as Hunt Creek and Gilchrist Creek provide good trout fishing. Canoeing is possible starting from Atlanta or Hillman, however this is a faster, shallower river than the Au Sable.
Parks & Playgrounds
Lewiston has abundant natural and recreation space and amenities. That includes its many parks and playgrounds:
Buttles Road Park, Lewiston Village Park, Bingham Park, Lions Park, and the East Twin Lake Public Beach.
Buttles Road Park
Buttles Road Park is located northwest of the Lewiston community, just south of the corner of Buttles Road and Airport Road. At 40 acres, it is the largest park operated by Albert Township. The park includes two softball fields, two tennis courts, and two horseshoe pits. It also has playground equipment and facilities for picnics such as a pavilion, outdoor picnic tables, restrooms, and barbecue grills. Some parts of the park retain their original natural character, but are open for snowmobiling, hiking, and other outdoor recreation.
Lewiston Village Park
Lewiston Village Park is a 2 acre park located immediately adjacent to the Township Hall in downtown Lewiston. It features two tennis courts, but it is most popular as a community gathering place thanks to its gazebo and picnic facilities.
Bingham Park, in the heart of Lewiston, hosts the youth baseball league for Albert Township. Its facilities include a 2.5 acre regulation field,
a concession stand, restrooms, picnic area, and playground equipment.
Lions Park is located just south of Lewiston community, across the street from the East Twin Public Beach. The one acre park is popular as a picnic spot, with a pavilion, barbecue grills, and outdoor picnic tables.
East Twin Lake Public Beach
East Twin Lake Public Beach is the public access to East Twin Lake, located at the north end of the lake. In addition to the swimming beach, the park contains playground equipment, restrooms, and picnic facilities. It also has bike racks. Immediately next to the Township's park is a public access to the lake for non-motorized craft such as canoes and kayaks. The boat launch is operated by the DNRE and is no longer available for motorized craft because of concerns over the safety of swimmers.
The Johannesburg – Lewiston Area School District operates one school within Albert Township – Lewiston K-5 School.
Located at the north end of village of Lewiston, the 20-acre school grounds provide approximately the same level of service as
a Neighborhood Park. The grounds of the school feature a basketball court, a soccer field, and playground equipment.
Inside the school, the gymnasium and auditorium stage have been used for community recreation as well.
While in Lewiston you can also Enjoy...
Bird Watching, Elk Viewing, Geocaching, & Star Gazing!