Walkerville Thrives

is a non-profit community development group serving six townships from Oceana and Newago Counties.
They are Colfax, Crystal, Elbridge, Leavitt, Troy, and Beaver.

This area is ideal for sportsmen and women, outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and people who enjoy rural living. Outdoor activities for all ages are abundant and available during all four seasons, including marked snowmobile and cross-country trails, and walking routes. Enjoy the area's inland lakes and streams. Visit the county, state and national parks, the woodlands, wetlands, birdwatching location and farm stands.

Things To Do

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All Year Round

Our area has activities to do all year! Start with a hike by picking up a Walking the Ville brochure to find walking routes around Walkerville. Off road vehicles will find DNR roads to enjoy. Visit our quaint Sale Barn and do some picking for treasures. Stop by the flowing well at the Leavitt Township Hall for a drink of water. Enjoy the area foods, bars, and gas/convenience stores. Buy some local maple syrup in the spring, and honey, fruits, and vegetables in season. Have some family fun at Walkerville’s Village Park with its playground and pavilion. Visit our in-land lakes and streams and take a short ride to the shores of Lake Michigan. Discover bald eagles, whitetail deer, sandhill cranes, muskrats and beaver, coyote and fox, turkeys, and an occasional black bear in their natural habitats. Photographers will find the area’s tranquility and beauty providing year-round photo opportunities.

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Spring

wildflower hikes * perch, bluegills, trout fishing * walking * wildlife watching * mushroom hunting * maple sap gathering * hunting * playgrounds and parks

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Summer

hiking * bicycling * camping * boating * canoeing * kayaking * swimming * fishing * playground and park fun

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Autumn

seasonal farm stands * autumn leaves * crane watching * fishing * hunting and trapping * scenic driving tours

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Winter

winter school sports * snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing * snowmobiling the trails * ice fishing * snowman building and snow-angels * Christmas lights * peace and quiet

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Walkerville Thrives Events

Spring Soup Supper with Delicious Desserts * Spring Clean-up * Meet the Candidates * Farm Fun Days with Parade * Craft Show, Music, Kids activities and more.

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Area Events

Wild Game Dinner (February) * Memorial Day Parade and Service * Community Christmas Celebration (December)

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Area Fireworks

Hart Sparks (July 2 in Hart) * Fireworks on the Shores of Lake Michigan (July 3 in Pentwater) * Hesperia’s 4th of July Family Fun Fest (July 4 in Hesparia) * Thunder over the Dunes (July 4 in Silver Lake/Mears) * Pentwater Homecoming Fireworks (1st Saturday after 1st Thursday of August)

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Well Known Attractions

Lake Michigan * Silver Lake Sand Dunes * Mac Wood’s Dune Rides * Pentwater * Lewis Farm & Petting Zoo * Country Dairy * Michigan Adventure * Double JJ Ranch * Little Point Sable and Big Point Sable Light Houses * Lake Express Car Ferry (Muskegon) * SS Badger Car Ferry ( Ludington)