Fairview, Michigan

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Fairview, Michigan
Fairview is located in Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°43′30″N 84°03′04″W / 44.72500°N 84.05111°W / 44.72500; -84.05111
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Land3.1 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation784 ft (239 m)
 • Total1,187
 • Density387.4/sq mi (149.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-27240[2]
GNIS feature ID1619884[1]

Fairview is an unincorporated community in Comins Township, Oscoda County in the northeastern Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is at the intersection of routes M-33 and M-72 at 44°43′30″N 84°03′04″W / 44.72500°N 84.05111°W / 44.72500; -84.05111Coordinates: 44°43′30″N 84°03′04″W / 44.72500°N 84.05111°W / 44.72500; -84.05111.[1] It is considered the wild turkey capital of Michigan[3]

The Fairview post office, with ZIP code 48621, serves most of Comins Township, as well as small portions of Clinton Township to the north and Mentor Township to the south.[4]


Geographic features[edit]

  • Fairview is situated near the Au Sable River Valley.
  • It is surrounded by the Huron National Forest and near the Rifle River State Recreation Area.
  • The area is part of the Au Sable State Forest, specifically the
    • Grayling FMU (Alcona, Crawford, Oscoda, and northern Iosco counties).
  • The Oscoda County Park is minutes away.[5]
  • Fairview is part of Northern Michigan.
  • Fairview sits on the "Grayling outwash plain", a unique habitat.[6] Glaciers shaped the area, creating a unique regional ecosystem. A large portion of the area is the so-called Grayling outwash plain, which consists of broad outwash plain including sandy ice-disintegration ridges; jack pine barrens, some white pine-red pine forest, and northern hardwood forest. Large lakes were created by glacial action.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Local attractions and activities[edit]


The community is centered in the Huron National Forest along the Au Sable River. Wildlife are nearby, including bear, deer, eagles, Kirtland's warblers, and turkeys. Local attractions and activities include:

  • Amish Community
  • Mennonite Relief Expo & Fair
  • Michigan Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail passes nearby. It runs from Empire to Oscoda, and points north and south. It is a 500-mile interconnected system of trails.[9]
  • Steiner's Museum of pioneer artifacts is in Fairview.[10]
  • The Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad is located in Fairview. It is a ¼ scale, 16 in (406 mm) gauge ridable miniature railway, which offers rides on a passenger train through 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of jack pine country. Riders travel through parts of the Huron National Forest, often with Kirtland's Warblers visible. The roadbed, built by Diane and Howard Schrader, includes two trestles and a tunnel, and took almost ten years to build. The train station is the home of Schrader's Railroad Catalog, also run by the Schraders.[11][A]
  • Cedar Valley Wild Frontier Park and Golf Course is a good attraction to visit in Fairview, Michigan. It is designed to make guests feel like they are in “pure” northern Michigan. Since its existence, it has been a family operated business. The Cedar Valley Golf Course attracts older people and younger people. The public course consists of 18 holes full of sand traps and ponds. A simulator is also available during the winter months. On the property there is also an amusement park and there soon will be a camp ground as well. The amusement park has 18 rides, plus a miniature golf course and batting cages. A picnic table area is also available for visitors. Visitors can also plan parties or group visitations.[12]


  • Birding - Kirtland Warbler Habitat and Festival. The Kirtland's warbler has its habitat in the area.[13] There is a Kirtland's Warbler Festival, which is sponsored in part by Kirtland Community College.[14]
  • Boating, paddling (canoe and kayak)
  • Fishing, particularly trout fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Cross-country skiing
  • ORV, motorcycle and groomed snowmobile trails, including the renowned Bull Gap.[15]
  • Every year, Fairview Area Schools puts on Eagle Festival. This festival is in the second week of October, and is a fundraiser for Fairview School's athletic department. The festival includes a parade, soccer games, a silent auction, car shows, kiddie games and more.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Train rides are free for those under the age of two; all others cost six dollars for a ticket.[11]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fairview, Michigan
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ The Capitals of Michigan
  4. ^ 48621 5-Digit ZCTA, 486 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau, 2000 census
  5. ^ Oscoda County Park Archived 2007-10-17 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Regional geography, geology and ecology of the area. Archived June 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Michigan regional geology. Archived June 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ History of Michigan highways.
  9. ^ Michigan Shore to Shore Riding and Hiking Trail.
  10. ^ Steiner Museum
  11. ^ a b Michigan Au Sable Valley Railroad.
  12. ^ [www.experiencecedarvalley.com/.]
  13. ^ Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Kirtland's Warbler Populations Continue to Grow. Archived 2007-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Kirtland Warbler Festival and links". Archived from the original on 2008-01-02.
  15. ^ Michigan Organizations, Oscoda County Chamber of Commerce.


Howard and Joann Schrader Dunn, Jon, and Garrett, Kimball. Warblers. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. Print. USDA, Forest Service Huron-Manistee National Forests. Biological Opinion Monitoring2006.

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