Drive just 18 miles north of historic Alpena to home-like Fireside Inn. Your last miles before arriving at the resort will take you through winding roads surrounded by dense forests of pine, birch and balsam, giving hints of the joy to come. The clear sky, 30+ mile shoreline and 19 islands of Grand Lake provide an endless variety of scenery for you to enjoy.
When you arrive at the spacious Fireside Inn grounds, you will see the large, rambling Inn, and before you will be the shimmering 5,660-acre Grand Lake. Here and there over the grounds you will see cabins of various sizes. As you step into the Inn, the rustic but comfortable surroundings will make you feel at ease.
A pot of coffee is almost always brewing, typical of our informal atmosphere. It is safe and wholesome for children and relaxing for parents and other guests. Automobile traffic is not a hazard, as Fireside Inn has it's own semi-private roadway, Fireside Highway.
After getting settled into your quarters, you may choose to walk along Fireside's 700-foot shoreline. Our beach is safe for children, since the lake bottom slopes gradually, without drop-offs or current. A diving raft is anchored off-shore for deep water swimmers. A mile and a half westward is the opposite shore, and to the right it stretches for several miles beyond Brown Island.
For those ashore, Fireside has tennis, volleyball, ping-pong, horseshoes, shuffleboard and more. There are swings for the little folks, and there is forest with walking trails, or one can strike off through the brush. Many kinds of trees, shrubs and flowers delight even the experienced woodsman. Located not far from the main building is the Teen Hut, where you may play ping-pong, and adults may visit if they wish. Easy motoring takes one to the golf courses of nearby Alpena and Rogers City, or the historic lighthouses, limestone quarries, or the sand beaches of Lake Huron. You can also enjoy our own 9-hole disc golf course that winds through the grounds of the Inn.
For those who enjoy fishing or boating, there is a great variety of opportunity and scenery. The waters of Grand Lake and wooded shoreline give hints of the Perch, Rock Bass, Small-Mouth Bass, Walleyes and Northern Pike that are throughout the lake. Panfish are usually easy to catch and plentiful (when they're biting, as they usually are) while the bigger fish will challenge even the most experienced fishermen. Catching nice Walleyes is usually not too difficult, while bass and pike reward the perservering.
The best time for Small-Mouth Bass is late June into early July, or late September into early October. Walleye fishing is good from June through September. Perch, Rock Bass and Sunfish bite almost anytime throughout the summer and fall. Fishing is fishing not matter where you try your luck (but Terry or Alan might have a few tips for you), and Grand Lake is as good as any lake in Michigan, often better. Please bring your own boat and use our convenient boat launching facilities.
The northern climate and clear air at Fireside Inn usually provides quick relief to those suffering from asthma or hay fever. Although the days are generally warm and sunny, the nights are usually cool and a sweater or jacket is suggested.
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18730 Fireside Hwy.
Presque Isle, MI 48777