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Retirement Living in Northern Michigan Straits Area - Michigan

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Area Description

Indian River is a unique rural community with a peaceful small-town atmosphere that sits between two beautiful fresh water lakes, part of the famous Inland Waterway. Just 30 minutes from several major cities, we are the perfect balance of city and country living. With numerous hiking and biking trails, access to beautiful beaches, and dozens of lovely shops and restaurants, Indian River offers everything one could want in a community. Our friendly citizens enjoy year-round fun attending festivals and events, spending time on the water, and basking in the natural beauty of the woods.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The Straits Area of Northern Michigan is a rich and diverse community with a huge variety of local amenities for every enthusiast. From restaurants and night life, to relaxing nature preserve hiking trails, there is no shortage of things to do in Indian River. It is easy to stay active with many area events and activities, but our rural wooded setting offers a relaxing getaway for those who seek peace and quiet.

This unique chain of lakes and rivers is sure to please any boating or fishing enthusiast. Whether you are looking for a leisurely excursion filled with wildlife and scenic beauty, or more active journey with waterskiing, tubing and swimming the Inland Waterway is just right for you.

Cultural Activities

The beautiful Cheboygan Opera house hosts frequent concerts and performances. Each week in the summer, the Indian River Library hosts live concerts on their side lawn. North Central Michigan College also offers a variety of intriguing lectures at both their Petoskey and Cheboygan Campuses.

Public transportation

Straits Area Regional Ride provides transportation at affordable prices to those in need.

Medical Facilities

With two local walk-in clinics right downtown, and three major hospitals within 30 minutes, there is no shortage of healthcare options in our area.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  7.0  16.5  26.0  1.8 "  29.8 "
 Feb  7.0  18.0  29.0  1.4 "  20.9 "
 Mar  15.0  26.5  38.0  1.9 "  11.3 "
 Apr  28.0  40.0  52.0  2.3 "  3.4 "
 May  38.0  51.5  65.0  2.7 "  0.1 "
 Jun  47.0  61.0  75.0  2.5 "  0.0 "
 Jul  52.0  65.5  79.0  2.5 "  0.0 "
 Aug  51.0  64.0  77.0  3.2 "  0.0 "
 Sep  44.0  56.5  69.0  3.6 "  0.0 "
 Oct  34.0  45.0  56.0  3.6 "  0.5 "
 Nov  26.0  34.5  43.0  2.8 "  9.1 "
 Dec  16.0  23.5  31.0  2.0 "  28.1 "

Sunny and warm summers are balanced by chilly, snow-filled winter in this four-seasoned community. The cool freshness of spring is bested only by the stunning colors of fall, our most beautiful season.

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Cost of Living for Northern Michigan Straits Area, MI

Northern Michigan Straits Area, Michigan cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

This small-town community offers a variety of housing options for every need.

Senior Assistance in Northern Michigan Straits Area, MI

Northern Michigan Straits Area, Michigan offers the following assistance for seniors:

Local healthcare providers have excellent services for elders. Contact McLaren Northern Michigan for more information on the variety of options.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Indian River has many local businesses, clubs, and organizations. Volunteer, seasonal, part time, and full time employment are available for qualified applicants in a variety of fields.

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