We’re located in northern Kalamazoo County, northeast of Kalamazoo, and northwest of Battle Creek, less than an hour south of Grand Rapids, and just over two hours from Chicago. Our communities are home to full-time residents and second home owners alike. Major employers like Pfizer, Stryker, Kellogg’s, and others, are great supporters of the area. Our population values education, and we’re home to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, as well as other colleges, and the Kalamazoo Promise. Some of our local school districts, like the Gull Lake Community Schools, are among the highest regarded in Michigan.
The list of recreational activities and amenities in our area seems endless. Boating and fishing are always a major draw to the region, to some of the nicest lakes in the Upper Midwest, including Gull Lake, the site of sailboat races on weekends, as well as Gun Lake, Pine Lake, Austin Lake, Crooked Lake, Eagle Lake, Corey Lake, Wall Lake, and many others. Notable species of fish waiting to be reeled in by skilled anglers include largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and lake trout, salmon, northern pike, bluegill and yellow perch. No one in the area is more than a few minutes away from water — all sports lakes, no wake lakes, rivers and ponds, oh, and we’re about an hour from the ‘Big Lake’, Lake Michigan.
Less than 150 miles from Chicago, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Toledo, and many towns in northern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, the Richland and Gull Lake areas offer a balance of recreation, agriculture, commerce, and natural beauty, including spectacular lake living, destination golf courses, top-rated recreational areas, as well as world class tennis and equine events, and award-winning hospitals, schools, theaters and museums.
Hiking trails, mountain biking, birding and other outdoor recreational activities are also abundant. We’re home to the Fort Custer and Yankee Springs Recreational Areas, the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, on Gull Lake, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, and the Kal-Haven Trail, a 34-mile trail for hikers, bikers, runners, and others, that connects the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail to South Haven and Lake Michigan, as well as many other recreational areas, where there are activities for people of all ages.
Ours is also a golf enthusiast’s dream country, regularly drawing golfers from all over Michigan, as well as neighboring states. At the Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort alone, golfers can play 18 holes a day for five days, and not play the same hole twice. And of course there's even more beyond what we've listed here. Contact us today for further information about our wonderful area. We’d love to introduce you, and for you consider it your home.