With over 80 lakes and 2500 miles of rivers and streams, the Kalkaska area draws sportsman and outdoor enthusiasts from throughout the midwest. The headwaters of the Boardman River begin in and around the village of Kalkaska and the headwaters of the Manistee and Rapid Rivers are nearby. These blue ribbon trout streams are one reason for the celebration of the National Trout Festival. Also for the outdoor enthusiasts are the many parks and recreational areas nearby to enjoy picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing and hunting. Always available during the spring, summer and fall are the many beautiful and challenging golf courses in the area along with several biking and hiking trails.