Escape to Michigan’s Backyard to make family memories while sitting around the campfire on a summer evening. The natural wonder of wildlife, birds, fishing and family fun begins at Michigan’s Backyard Campgrounds. Make Lasting Memories.

Playgrounds located in the many city parks in Beaverton and Gladwin where kids will become exhausted from the play time they will enjoy. Communities in Michigan’s Backyard, north, south, east and west have many opportunities for children to play.

Splash Park
Beaverton’s Ross Lake Park has a new Rotary Splash Park available for kids to have some summer fun in the hot sun. They can swim in the lake, and play in the Rotary Splash Park.


Master Gardeners
Throughout Michigan’s Backyard you will see lovely pocket parks with landscaping by the Gladwin County Master Gardeners. This brings the nature of Michigan’s Backyard into the cities and beautifies areas throughout Gladwin County.

Community Gardens: The Gladwin Soil Conservation District creates a community vegetable garden for residents to use. The City of Gladwin has a Farmers Market that is open on Saturdays 9 AM – 12 PM. The City of Beaverton has a Farmers Market that is open on Wednesday evenings 6 PM – 8 PM. Fresh, locally grown vegetables and other items, including: crafts; hand crafted furniture; and home accessories are available.

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The 160 acre Gladwin County Recreation Area, located between Pratt Lake and Wiggins Lake on the Cedar River, has hiking trails, five miles of mountain biking trails, canoeing and kayaking, trail running, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and other outdoor activities. The county park is home to annual running and biking races.


Among the numerous activities that take place around the course of the Cedar River, at the north end of the county, the Gladwin Field Trials attract dog owners from all over the country to compete in hunting dog trials.


Host up to 200 guests at an exquisite log cabin in the park. The cabin is available for weddings, retreats, reunions and other special occasions.