Besides being a great place to locate a business, Onaway is ideally located in an area rich in outdoor recreational opportunities and is located within a 2 hour drive of most northern Michigan tourist attractions such as Mackinaw City and its ferries and forts (40 minutes), Taquamenon Falls, the Soo Locks, Lake Superior, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan, The Mystery Spot, and Lake Huron. Also check out these opportunities for local family fun and site-seeing. All of these activites are located in the immediate Onaway Area.
Just 40 minutes from the Mackinac Bridge and its attractions, plus all this locally: Black Mountain Recreation AreaNorthern Michigan's best kept secret with over 80 miles of snomobile and ATV trails as well as 30 miles of x-country ski and hiking trails. Trails are groomed in winter. In addition there is a 65 acre ATV/Motorcycle rally area and a state forest rustic campground. Onaway State Park The State's second oldest state park and the site of an Ojibwa camp in days gone by. Situated on the shores of Black Lake,offering modern campsites, a nature trail and excellent walleye and bass fishing. Located 5 miles north of Onaway on Highway M-211. Onaway Historic Courthouse & History Museum Located on State Street visit our restored 1909 courthouse. Black Lake This 6 by 3 mile lake is 5 miles north of Onaway and is home to the ancient lake sturgeon as well as walleye, panfish, and bass. The dark color of the lake is due to the tanic acid from the cedar swamps which feed the lake. Black Lake is the 7th largest inland lake in Michigan. Located 5 miles north of Onaway on M-211. Ocqueoc Falls The largest falls in lower Michigan, Ocqueoc falls is just a very short walk from the Ocqueoc Falls parking lot. Picnic tables and grills are available. Also the trail head for the Bicentennial Pathway. Take M-68 west 10 miles to Ocqueoc Falls road. Left to the falls Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway Hiking and groomed x-country ski trails that give nice views of the Ocqueoc River. A rustic campground is located across the road from the parking lot. Moran Iron Sculptures The idea of local business man Tom Moran, his iron sculptures are the highlight of the Onaway 4th of July parade. The best kept secret in town, only Tom and his crew know what the project will be until the town gets it's first glimpse of the giant sculpture as it makes its way down Washington & State streets. Sink Holes A product of our 'Karst' topography, this giant pit is gradually sinking deeper and deeper as the underlying limestone bedrock dissolves beneath the surface. Located south of town off M-33 then 4 miles on Tomahawk Lakes Road. The Underground River Another product of our 'Karst' topography, this branch of the Little Ocqueoc River flows out from the side of a hill! Follow M-68 east of town about 10 miles and turn left on Silver Creek Trail. About a mile down the trail will be an unmarked turn-out. Easy to miss! Sturgeon Hatchery Black Lake is home to the most ancient of all fish, the Lake Sturgeon. Visit the hatchery from June-August. M-211 to Twin School Road. Turn left to the Kleber Pond Dam. Visit Sturgeon for Tomorrow for more info on the ancient Lake Sturgeon and how you can help to preserve it. Tomahawk Lakes Area Home to our sinkholes and several nice rustic State Forest Campgrounds on Tomahawk & Shoepac Lakes and the Tomahawk Flooding. The lakes offer quiet fishing for panfish, northern pike and bass. Shoepac Lake is a 'sink-lake' created when an underground limestone cavern collapsed and filled with water. Located south of town about 10 miles on M-33, then left on Tomahawk Lakes Road. Kirtland's Warbler Study Area One of the nation's rarest birds, it only nests in the Jack Pine forests of northern Michigan. Through careful management, the Kirtland Warbler is making a comeback. South on M-33 to the well marked area.