White Lake Challenge Professional Review and Guide
"Riders will sample Michigan's best on the White Lake Challenge, as the route meanders through orchards, woodlands, and small towns and along Lake Michigan shoreline. Starting in the quaint town of Whitehall the route heads north, weaving through several miles of the Hart-Montague Rail Trail. On the way to Shelby, a long climb will offer panoramic views of unhurried Oceana County, one of the top fruit-growing counties in Michigan, before a winding descent into town. Those who prefer to avoid the climb may choose to ride the paved rail-trail for the first portion of the route.
Upon leaving Shelby the route will travel southwest toward the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. The twin cities of Whitehall and Montague, on opposite sides of White Lake, are the departure point for the White Lake Challenge. The communities played an important role during the Michigan lumber era of the late nineteenth century, as logs floated down the White River to sawmills in the twin cities. Stately Victorian homes in both towns offer a reminder of the prosperous lumbering days. Today the area features excellent outdoor activities, quaint galleries, and antiques shops, without the tourist trappings of fudge and trinket stores typically found further north. Terrain: Mostly flat to gently rolling, with some steep climbs and fast downhill runs."