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Vanderbilt, Michigan
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Vanderbilt is located a few miles north of Gaylord in Otsego County.  It was settled about 1875 on land owned by the Vanderbilt family of New York and when the Michigan Central Railroad came through in 1880, this village in Corwith Township was given their name. Physician Henry C. Peckham became its first postmaster on June 24, 1880. Incorporated as a village in 1901. Surrounded by farmland and gentle rolling hills. New resort developments offering year round entertainment and outdoor recreation activities such as skiing, golf and hunting.  Village Hall: 606 Garfield, P. O. Box 38, Vanderbilt, MI 49795, (989) 983-4244. Population:  650.

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

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Pigeon River Country Elk Range [Wildlife Viewing Area] - Closest Town: Gaylord, Vanderbilt  and Wolverine.  Michigan Department of Natural Resources (517) 732-3541.  From Vanderbilt, drive east on Sturgeon Valley Road about ten miles to one of the designated elk viewing sites. For more information, continue east about three miles to Hardwood Lake Road. Turn left (north) and continue about one mile to the Forestry Field Office. This office has maps and information about elk viewing, but hours are variable depending on the season.  The Pigeon River Country State Forest and surrounding land is home to the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi River. The nearly 100,000-acre state forest contains native hardwoods and pines that are interspersed with fields and forest openings. The Department of Natural Resources maintains this excellent elk habitat through careful forest and wildlife management.  Elk inhabit this site year-round, but certain times are better for viewing than others. Probably the best month is September, when the males (bulls) are trying to establish dominance for mating rights with the females (cows). They are very active during this time, making loud vocalizations (bugling), and breaking brush with their antlers to impress cows and intimidate their rivals. If you plan to visit during September, try to arrive during the week. Elk viewing has become very popular and weekends are crowded. Another good time to view elk is from late April through early May. Elk are active throughout the daylight hours eating the new green growth and there are few people out to see them. Several elk viewing sites have been established on this site. These are not the only places you can see elk, but they are located in known elk gathering spots, and are good places to start.  The best viewing is done from your car, since elk are accustomed to seeing cars. Use binoculars or spotting scopes for best results. Do not approach elk. Despite their large size, they are timid animals and will not tolerate much disturbance.

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Elkhorn Grill [Barbecue Restaurants], 8270 Mill Street, Vanderbilt, MI 49795, Phone: (989) 983-3550

White Wolf Inn, 6461 Old 27 South, Vanderbilt, MI 49795, Phone: (989) 983-4568

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

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Elkland Motel, 7591 Old 27, Vanderbilt, MI 49795, Phone: (989) 983-3201

Hoods in the Woods Bed & Breakfast, 09601 Huffman Lake Road, Vanderbilt, MI 49795, Phone: (231) 549-2560

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

Michigan Tree Farm System, 501 Norway Street, Grayling, MI 49738, (989) 348-9319

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.

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Elk Hill Equestrian State Forest Campground & Trail Camp [Equestrian Trail Camp], Osmund Road & Twin Lakes Road, Vanderbilt, MI 49795, Phone: (989) 983-4101. This campground is  located adjacent to Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trail and is designed  to accommodate equestrian campers. Non-equestrian campers are also  welcome. There are two distinct camping areas within this campground.

Elkland Extended Stay [Gunsmith], 7591 Mill Street, Vanderbilt, MI 49795, Phone: (989) 983-3201

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Maple Ridge Stables [Riding Stables], 8097 Sunshine Trail, Vanderbilt, MI  49795, Phone: (989) 980-7866

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Pigeon River Elk Range, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, Gaylord, MI, Phone: (989) 732-3541

Pigeon River State Forest Campground, 9966 Twin Lakes Rd, Vanderbilt, MI 49795, Phone: (989) 983-4101

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

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

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

Gateway Gallery {Art & Craft Gallaries], 620 E. Main, Vanderbilt, MI 49795, Phone: (989) 983-2199

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