Our early beginnings and traditions...

Canada Creek Ranch was established in 1934. It has a proud heritage of hunting, fishing and family recreation.  Located in northern Montmorency County, halfway between Atlanta and Onaway, Michigan, the property encompasses approximately 21 square miles equaling 13,500 acres.  The eastern part of the club was platted into 3001 lots, and also contains the major portion of the common amenities including:
  • The club house, which is referred to as “The Ranch House,” containing the administrative offices, 20 overnight rooms, 120 seat dining room, fitness room, game room, board room and community meeting room. The maintenance and fire brigade facilities are situated nearby.
  • A 125 site campground with complete bathhouse facilities, outdoor storage area, pavilion and playground.  Of the 125 sites, 80 of those are sites that include electric, water and sewer connections and an additional amount have just electrical service.
  • Three rental cabins which sleep six people each.
  • Tennis courts, pickleball courts, a golf driving range, a nine hole disc-golf course, and a shuffleboard court.
  • Four non-motorized fishing and bathing lakes (one additional in the hunting area).
  • The General Manager’s residence.
  • A beach area with pavilion, restroom, playground and other various play areas.
  • Miscellaneous boat access and outdoor recreation areas.
  • None of the common amenities are open to the general public
This platted area also contains approximately 500 seasonal, part-time and full-time residences of varying values and size, all served by individual water wells and septic fields, and all along some 17 miles of private, predominately gravel roadways in a natural wooded setting. The remainder of the vacant lots serve as membership lots, some of which are owned and reserved by CCR.  The 3001 lots represent a population of approximately 1300 members, and their families. Total onsite population, during the varying holidays, can reach 5000 people with seasonal or weekday average of 500. The population is forever in transition from those who may only visit a week out of the year to full time retirees or residents with school age children.  The social/economic diversity of this population and their individual interests makes for a great “Club” atmosphere and governance.

The platted area is separated from the remainder of the property by Canada Creek, which is a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream and runs north and south through the middle of the property, flowing eventually into the Black River. The remainder of the property, referred to as the “hunting property” is a mixed, managed, northern Michigan forest, used for wildlife viewing, hunting, hiking, trail riding and fishing as it also contains one more lake which is planted with fish annually. The hunting area is home to an Archery Range, Rifle Range, Pistol Range, Trap Range, Five-Stand Range and Skeet Range along with a pavilion for member use.  Minus these two groupings and a couple of small picnic areas and approximately 50 natural gas wells in the southern end of the property, these lands are mainly unimproved. Many sand to gravel vehicular trails, as well as cross-county skiing and snowmobile trails dot this landscape and are maintained by the club. The forest herein is managed by a forest treatment and wildlife plan, a contracted consulting forester and a wildlife biologist. As in many clubs of this nature, the management of such a large, natural, commonly owned landscape can represent a significant interest for members. It is considered to be the crowning jewel of this club.

Owning such a large piece of land, including common elements and facilities, as well as our population density allows us to have that friendly small town atmosphere that you would expect in Northern Michigan.