Gladwin City Park

"The Friendly Park"

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As stated in Reader's Digest On The Road USA, "Set in the midst of Central Michigan country, which is known for it's abundant lakes and rivers, Gladwin is a pleasant little town in which to stop and relax and is made all the more pleasant by this lovely city park along the Cedar River. The recreational facilities here are unusually complete; camping and picnic grounds are supplemented by tennis courts, basketball courts and a playground for children; river swimmers enjoy a sandy beach and a riverside path makes for scenic strolling."

Gladwin City Park provides opportunities for interesting and varied outdoor activities. The campground area, laced with maple, ash and beech trees, boasts grass camping sites. Electricity serves all of the 60 sites, along with individual fire rings. Near the 'lower' campground area is a delightful picnic area and play field that offers swings, monkey bars, slides and the many offerings of the modern 'Big Toy'. To compliment the play field, a Tot Lot has been added to provide some security for the toddler within a protected area. Within the Tot Lot, parents will find benches for relaxation, while the toddlers enjoy the giant sandbox, swings and riding toys. The 'upper' campground area provides a unique setting high above the Cedar River amid a series of foot trails. This area provides the quiet and natural setting that many campers seek. Tennis courts, horseshoes, volleyball, basketball and hiking trails round out the needs for the more active park users. A convenient sanitation station is located within the park and can be used by registered campers and travelers. Canoeing and tubing on the Cedar River are popular activities. Arrangements for canoe trips ranging from 8 miles to 26 miles can be made through nearby canoe liveries. Gladwin City Park is within easy walking distance of downtown Gladwin. You will find a variety of shopping and services,  in this business center of Gladwin County. Although the park is convenient to fine restaurants, shopping and service, the camping areas are quiet with that friendly and secure 'up north' atmosphere. The 'North Park', opened in 1994 and provides an additional opportunity for walkers and bikers. A hard surfaced trail, following the Cedar River amid a lovely woodland and wetland setting, provides an ideal opportunity for "staying fit". The 'North Park' can be accessed from the City Hall parking lot about three blocks west of the City Park entrance. Both parks are adjoined by a trail system that passes under the M-61, M-18 bridge over the Cedar River.

Special Features

The striking 500 capacity outdoor amphitheater, along with the Community Arts Building, are located within the park. The annual musical, by the Gladwin Council for the Arts, is picnic tableperformed in the amphitheater. The council also has a winter dinner theatre in the Community Building. This fine facility is also used for various civic, fraternal and school activities. The Annual Arts Festival, held in Conjunction with the musical, is also held in the City Park. Questions about the Arts Festival, the Council for the Arts or events at either the amphitheater or Community Building should be directed to Gladwin City Hall, 1000 W. Cedar Ave, Gladwin, MI 42624 or call (989) 426-9231.



Campground reservations are taken by telephone or mail for the current year only. There is no fee for advanced reservations. So that we may continue this popular service, please remember to cancel your reservation if your camping plans are changed. Although not guaranteed, an effort will be made to have your favorite site reserved in your name if you specify. Write to Gladwin City Park, 1000 W. Cedar Ave, Gladwin, MI 48624, or call (989) 426-8126. Mail reservations are accepted after January 1st. Telephone reservations are taken at the park only after opening on May 1. Pavilion reservations are taken in the same manner. You may reserve a pavilion for dates in the current and next calendar year only.

*Camping, 60 sites *Modern toilets, hot showers *Sanitation station *Tot lot, for toddlers and parents *Canoeing, tubing *Hiking trails *Picnic area *Playground, Specially equipped *Beach, safe for youngsters *Golf, nearby *Pavilions *Reasonable rates *Free reservations *Special Fall rates *Amphitheater *Tennis, two courts *Volleyball *Horseshoe


Special Fall Rates

Special rates are offered to campers during the period of October 1-November 30. These rates make it affordable to leave your recreational unit unoccupied in the park, avoiding the considerable 'haul time' between weekends of hunting, color tours, etc.



The 2006 fees are as follows:

Camping-$18 per night

Pavilion Reservation-$50

North Park Pavilion - $50/$75 Deposit

Park Entry, Annual-$10

Park, Daily-$2

Senior Park Entry, Annual-$5 (Gladwin County Residents Only)


The Location

Gladwin City Park can be reached easily via state highways and the interstate system. The park entrance is off M-61 and M-18 near downtown Gladwin. The turn from the highway takes you between the County Courthouse and the Sheriff Department . The road promptly enters the Cedar River flats and the wooded beauty of the park. The park is located 60 miles from Saginaw, 43 miles from Midland, 90 miles from Flint, 105 miles from Lansing and 146 miles from Detroit. It is truly in the heart of Lower Michigan. And, as one camper exclaimed after his first visit, This has got to be the best kept secret in Michigan!"


The Area

In addition to convenient shopping, dining and services of the Gladwin Community, the outlying county area is truly a sportsman's and vacationer's paradise. There are six lakes within a few miles of Gladwin City Park that have public access. There is nearly fifty miles of backwater ponds and 450 miles of waterways in the county. Four rivers; the Tobacco, Molasses, Sugar and Cedar, all provide sport for the stream fisherman. With some 80,000 acres of state land in Gladwin County, the hiker, hunter, bird watcher, watcher, photographer and other outdoor enthusiasts can always find a place to enjoy their activity. Gladwin County has long been known for its fine deer and partridge hunting. Several wildlife flooding within the vast state forest area also provide excellent waterfowl and small game hunting. Gladwin is served by a modern airport, equipped with a 4,700 foot paved runway, instrument approach, a low frequency beacon and is capable of handling small jets. Two 18-hole golf courses are within minutes of the Gladwin City Park.


Gladwin City Park And Campground Rules

Violation of any rule may result in revocation of camping permit or eviction from the park or both. Violation may also result in a criminal complaint being initiated.


Gladwin City Parks Commission



Home Phone

Office Phone

Chasteen, Jim 2684 W. Knox Rd. 435-2275 426-8126
Hindman, Tom 575 Clendening 426-8222  
Jungman, Darlene 424 N. Silverleaf 426-7127  
Kehoe, Don PO Box 68 426-6156 426-0664
Kruchkow, Mike 803 Cayuga St. 426-2354  
Novak, Vee 1190 Chatterton 426-4907  
Platt, Debbie 210 Columbus St. 426-0252  
Roggow, Dave 625 W. Warren 426-6767  
Smith, Craig 435 S. Antler St. 426-8393  
Weaver, Barb 500 N. Bowery 426-9537

Write to Gladwin City Park

1000 W. Cedar Ave, Gladwin, MI 48624

or Call (989) 426-8126

Off Season, Call Gladwin City Hall at (989) 426-9231

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