~ Gaylord, Michigan ~

Snow Much Fun!

Make us your winter getaway!


Gaylord is known for being the snowbelt mecca of northern lower Michigan and we are in the thick of it! Heart Lake Resort is located directly across the street from Trail 7, giving riders endless opportunities to explore. No snowmobile, no problem, as there are rental outfitters in the area.

large northern pike during ice fishing

Ice fishing

Guests are on the water from the moment they arrive at Heart Lake Resort. Only steps outside of the cottage, guests can ice fish for a variety of species including perch, rainbow trout, bluegill, and pike. If you’re not familiar with the lake, we suggest using the mobile app, Navionics, to better understand Heart Lake’s depths. As always, exercise caution as this is a spring-fed lake!

Cross Country Skiing

Cross country skiing & snowshoeing

Beautiful groomed trails can be found within minutes of Heart Lake Resort. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, or new to the sport,there are miles of trail to explore. Cross country ski rentals are also available in the area.

  • Alpine Park - free, short, easy trails that are lit for an evening ski
  • Pine Barron Pathway - free, longer loop trail options
  • Treetops Resort - Trail passes & cross country ski rentals

Prefer to break your own trail? Take a snowy hike through the Pigeon River Forest. Anywhere there is snow, there is an opportunity to form your own trail!

Ice skating

Depending on ice conditions, guests are welcome to ice skate around Heart Lake. If ice conditions aren’t suitable, visit the Otsego County Sportsplex where they offer an indoor skating rink for guests of all ages to enjoy. Be sure to check their website for open skate hours.

coffee and blanket

Rest & relax

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and unwind in your cottage! Watch the snowfall on the lake, snuggle up under a blanket with a good book, or warm up with a hot beverage and enjoy good conversation. We are a perfect getaway for a little R & R.