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Go Explore Newaygo County Paddling Fishing Camping

City of White Cloud

After crossing the Muskegon River in Newaygo you will leave the orchards and farm fields behind and enter the sandy forest covered hills of the Huron-Manistee National Forest.  White Cloud is located at the intersection of Michigan highways 37 and 20 and at the southern end of the National Forrest.   After reaching White Cloud the recreation seekers will have access to the spring fed White River and it cold clear tributaries and thousands of pine, oak and maple covered acres.  Once here the challenge for travelers will be choosing from a variety of available outdoor activities.  

Hikers will have immediate access to the National Country Scenic Trail.  This beautiful trail is part of the National Parks Trails System and when completed the 4,600 mile trail will be the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States. The trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas across seven states allowing visitors to experience a variety of northern landscapes.  White Cloud is located about midpoint on the trail and the restored 100 year old Birch Grove School House at the corner of Five Mile and Felch roads was the former headquarters for the National Scenic Trail.  The School House is available for individual and small groups of hikers and campers or those looking for a North Country Retreat.  The Campground Connector trail is a 4.3 mile loop that can take local hikers from the Campground through Forrest Service lands where it connects with the National Trail and returns to the Campground.

The paddle sports types or campers can began their kayak trip upstream at the launch in Raceway Park.  This small pocket park is located about two blocks East of M 37 and below White Cloud Pond dam.  The White River is a small river that has a big personality and includes some quick turns and feisty rapids.  The rocky runs and low hanging limbs that are best taken in maneuverable kayaks. Kayaks are also a great way to access some of the River’s excellent brown trout habitat.  Experienced fly fishermen have coaxed 20 plus inch wild brown trout from their woody condos on this stretch of the White.  Upstream from the White Cloud Pond is designated Blue River water and home to the Brookies and more wild browns. Paddle times for the three mile paddle depends on water flow and how much time you spend watching for eagles, turkeys, deer, brilliant red cardinal flowers or the beautiful fall maples.  The solitude of a winter paddle with snow on the cedars and hemlocks that live along stream and the high ridges is an exceptional experience.  The take out is just past the barking dog and snowmobile bridge. 

For the rugged winter sports enthusiast the Diamond Three Snowmobile trail run through the Huron-Manistee National Forest and crosses the White River at Flowing Wells Park.  The snowmobiles are welcome in White Cloud have designated routes from their trail to the local gas station, restaurants and pubs.  White Cloud has a trail for every season…enjoy!