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Atlanta, Michigan

 

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Atlanta is an unincorporated community governed by Briley Township in Montmorency County. Population: 1,831. Township Hall: 11331 West St., Atlanta, MI 49709, (989) 785-4186. This village on the Thunder Bay River, in Briley Township, was founded by lumberman Alfred J. West, of Capac, in 1881, and he became its first postmaster of October 2, 1882. A Civil War veteran, he named it after the Georgia city. The Elk Capital of Michigan, Atlanta is a popular vacation and hunting center. Area forest campgrounds and Clear Lake State Park add to the area's ATTRACTIONS:  Amusement Parks, Casinos, Farms & Mills, Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Museums, Planetariums, Tours, Waterfalls, Wineries, and Zoos, as do golf and the over 11 great fishing lakes in the area. Deer and elk are a very popular attraction and the fall colors in the area are spectacular each year. Another popular activity is morel mushroom hunting in spring.

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ATTRACTIONS:  Amusement Parks, Casinos, Farms & Mills, Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Museums, Planetariums, Tours, Waterfalls, Wineries, and Zoos

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Tomahawk Creek Flooding [Wildlife Viewing Area] - Closest Town: Atlanta.  Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Atlanta Management Unit, (989) 785-4251, From Atlanta, drive north on M-33 about 15 miles until you see signs for the campground at Tomahawk Lake Road. Turn right (east) and follow the signs.  Nutrient-poor, sandy soils and a jack pine-oak forest with scattered stands of red pine and aspen, characterize this portion of the Mackinaw State Forest. Water from Tomahawk Creek has been impounded to form a broad, shallow lake that proves wonderful habitat for wetland-related wildlife. Habitat management for elk and deer on state forestlands in the vicinity of the lake has created many different age classes of forest stands, plus many large grassy openings. This forest habitat diversity attracts a wide variety of breeding songbird species. Trail roads crisscross the sandy ridges and rolling hills that surround the lake offering good access to nearby state forest lands.  This peaceful setting provides the perfect backdrop for viewing nesting loons and osprey in May and June. Watch them from the two campgrounds on the shoreline with binoculars or a spotting scope, or for a better look, try a boat or canoe ride from one of the flooding’s two boat ramps. Do not approach or disturb nesting loons or ospreys! Bald eagles also nest near this large flooding. Water levels in the flooding fluctuate seasonally, more so than in nearby lakes. This often exposes wide sandy shorelines during the drier summer months, which are used by wading birds and migrating shorebirds. The dead snags on the flooding are good sites to see a variety of woodpeckers and tree swallows. Habitat management for elk and deer and other forest wildlife on state forest lands in the general vicinity of the lake has created many different forest age classes, plus created many grassy openings. This diverse habitat attracts a wider variety of breeding songbird species. The flooding lies within the Clear Lake Kirtland’s Warbler Management Area. Jack pine-oak stands in this special management unit, particularly south and east of the flooding, are intensively managed for the endangered Kirtland’s warbler and the dozens of other wildlife species that benefit from this special jack pine ecosystem management. A wide diversity of songbirds are found in the different aged jack pine and oak areas resulting from this management, and in turn, offer excellent wildlife viewing from mid-May through mid-July.

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Coach's Corner, 12434 State Street, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-5533

El-Bo Inn [Restaurant & Pub], 24330 M-33 North, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4713

J.D.'s Pizza Place Inc. [Pizzeria], 11391 West Street, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4590

Kristie's Kitchen, 11541 M 33, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-2900

Mary D'S, 12658 Jerome Street, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4642

Saylor's Restaurant, North M 33, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-2267

Wedge Inn, 12425 State Street, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-3084

PLACES TO STAY:  Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages, Condominiums, Historic Inns, Hotels & Motels, Resorts and Vacation Homes

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A Win-Sands Motel & Snowmobile Rental [Hotels & Motels, Snowmobile Rentals], 11610 M-33 North, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-2337

Atlanta Motel [Hotels & Motels, Resorts  & Lodges, Cabin & Cottage Rentals], M-32/33, P.O. Box 206, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4509

Birch Cove on Rush Lake [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 14385 Chucks Road, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: N/A

Briley Inn Bed & Breakfast [Bed & Breakfasts], 11021 McArthur Road, Atlanta, Michigan 49709, (989) 785-4784

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River Cabins [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 11131 McCarther Road, Box 588, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4123

Timber Lodge Motel [Hotels & Motels], 13015 M32/33 East, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-3339

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:  Business, Civic, Clubs, Colleges, Fraternal, Independent Schools, Political, Public Schools, Religious, Social,  Universities, Veteran, etc.

Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce [Chambers of Commerce], 12443 State St., P.O. Box 410, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-3400

VFW Post 9489 [Veterans Organizations], 11761 Pettenger Rd, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4576

INDOOR & OUTDOOR RECREATION:  Beaches, Biking, Boating, Bowling, Camping, Dog-sledding, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Kayaking, ORVing, Nature & Parks, Scuba Diving & Snorkling, Skating & Hockey, Skiing, Sports Rentals, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing.

A Win-Sands Motel & Snowmobile Rental, 11610 M-33 North, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-2337

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Avery Lake State Forest Campground: 9 miles SW of Atlanta via Co Rd 487 & Avery Lake Rd, 16 campsite, fishing.  Campground offers barrier-free facilities. Phone: (989) 785-4251

Backwoods Canoe Livery [Canoe & Kayak Rentals], 12520 Airport Rd, Atlanta, Michigan 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4081

Big Oaks State Forest Campground: 10 miles SW of Atlanta via Co Rd 487 & Avery Lake Rd, 27 campsites, fishing. Campground offers barrier-free facilities. Phone: (989) 785-4251

Clear Lake State Park, 20500 M- 33 North, Atlanta, MI 49709. Approximate Size: 290 (Acres). Phone Number: (989) 785-4388. Located in elk country, Clear Lake State Park is a quiet, secluded retreat offering a sandy beach and a shallow swimming area that is ideal for children. The park encompasses 2/3 of the Clear Lake's shoreline. The fall season with the changing colors is an especially beautiful time to view the area. 200 campsites.

Clear Lake/Jackson Lake Pathway, 10 miles N of Atlanta on M-33, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4251

Ehlers Snowmobile Rental, 12823 M 33, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4694

Elk Ridge Golf Course [Golf Courses], 9400 Rouse Rd, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-2275

Jackson Lake State Forest Campground: 6 miles N of Atlanta via M-33, 18 campsites, fishing, carry-in boat launch.  Trailhead for High Country State Forest Pathway and Clear Lake/Jackson Lake State Forest Pathway.  Trailhead for Atlanta ORV Trail. Phone: (989) 785-4251

Limberlost Farms [Hunting & Fishing Preserves], 18565 Deforge Dr, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4034

Maple Valley Riding Stable [Riding Stables], 12706 Thorton Road, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4835

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Limberlost Farms [Hunting Preserve], , 18565 Deforge Dr, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4034

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SERVICES:  Building, Dental, Personal, Professional, Medical, Real Estate, Rental, Repair, etc.

Gaylord Community Based Outpatient Clinic [VA Medical Facilities], 806 South Otsego, Gaylord, MI 49732, Phone: (989) 732-7525

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HITS - 94.9 FM [Radio Station], 523 Meadows, Tawas City, MI 49730, Phone: (989) 362-3417

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RJ's Lawn Service [Lawn Care], 9597 County Rd 487, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-5808

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SHOPPING:  Antique Shops & Flea Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Florists, Gift Shops, Outlet Malls, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, and Specialty Shops

North Woods Fine Art Gallery [Art & Craft Galleries], 12315 State St., Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4650

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