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By: Robert Janis

Wolf Lake Motel and Resort

Wolf Lake Motel and Resort Is Shangri-La for ATV Recreationists

 



If you are an ATV’er who likes to hunt, fish, and explore some rugged, rural trails, then you may want to consider The Wolf Lake Motel and Resort in Baldwin, Michigan.

The lakeside resort is located in Lake County, Michigan in the Manistee National Forest and the Marquette State Forest right on the shores of Wolf Lake. The county is known for its 156 lakes, 46 trout streams, and four major rivers. Hunters know the area for its deer, turkeys, bears, coyotes, and more. Moreover, there are 220 miles of off-road vehicle trails. Trails in the area include:

  • Tin Cup Springs, which includes a trail and route of 21 miles each.
  • Little Manistee Trail, which includes a trail and route both about 46 miles in length.
  • Little O Trail, an ORV trail of 46 miles.
  • Lincoln Hills Trail, an ORV route and trail that are 21 miles each.
  • Big O Trail, which includes single track motorcycle and ORV trails as well as dual sport motorcycle trails which total 80 miles.

The resort was originally constructed in 1960. Tim Terrill bought the property in 1998.

According to Tim, the National Wildlife Federation has jurisdiction over many of the rivers in the region. It has set aside part of the Pere Marquette and the Manistee Rivers for fly fishing. “These are national scenic rivers that are well regulated,” said Tim. “There are great salmon runs in the fall and steelhead runs in the spring and winter.

“The trails are on state or federal property,” continued Tim. “And they are open all year ’round. We get a lot of people with 4-wheel ATVs who come up to ride the trails in the winter until the snow gets too deep.”

The resort is also a member of a number of local clubs that use the trails including the Lake County ORV Club, the Cycle Conservation Club, and the Iron Area Tourists Association’s ORV club. Moreover, Wolf Lake Motel and Resort is a corporate sponsor of many ATV enthusiasts groups and the owner and staff are ATV enthusiasts themselves.

 



The resort rents ATVs as well. Models available include Honda 250 Recon with electronic shift for $140 a day; Yamaha Wolverine for $165 a day; Can Am two up for $195; and Yamaha Rhino UTV for $265 a day. According to Tim, the per day rate drops depending on how many days you rent the machine. Tim, a retired driveability technician for Ford Motor Company, maintains and repairs the ATVs.

The resort can also accommodate ATVs brought by guests. Although Tim does not maintain guests’ ATVs, there is a large motorsport dealership nearby which can maintain and repair them. “If you need a part, they can order it and get it in fast,” said Tim.

ATV’ers can park their machines right outside their room and drive directly to the trails. “The county allows ORV access to the shoulders of most county roads,” said Tim. Moreover, the resort can organize rides through the different clubs of which it is a member.

The motel and resort offers guide services, too. However, Tim said that visitors can easily negotiate the trails without a guide. “The mapping of the area is quite good, and there is mapping on the trail. So, it is very tough to get lost,” he said. The Resort’s website provides information on each and every trail in the area.

Wolf Lake Motel and Resort also rents boats and fishing equipment and is a few miles away from restaurants, bars, entertainment including a casino and golf course, and more. The motel-resort can get you a tee time at the golf course and reservations at the casino and restaurants.

The Wolf Lake Motel and Resort offers a number of different accommodations that cater to most budgets. A small, single motel room can be yours for $39 a night; a double motel room is $53 a night; double, lake front units with fully furnished kitchenette, queen size and full-size beds, dining room table and chairs for $79 a night; two-bedroom lake front units with full-size beds in each room and a full size sofa sleeper in the living room, and there is a dining room and kitchen, all for $99 a night; and a bunk house with two bedrooms each with a queen-size buck bed, a queen-size sofa bed in the living room; and there is a dining room, kitchen, bar, and fireplace for $149 a night.

According to Tim, there are future plans to expand the resort. The local ORV club and the local motorsport dealer have received grants from Yamaha and Polaris to maintain and extend the ORV trails. Also, the local ORV club, of which Tim is a member, has submitted a proposal to the state of Michigan to expand the trails. “It takes a long time dealing with the state. We estimate that we may be able to start expanding the trails in about two or three years,” concluded Tim.

For more information on the resort visit its website at www.wolflakemotel.com. It also provides access to information about the various trails in the area.


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