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Stanwood is located in Mecosta Township in Mecosta County. It is primarily an agricultural community but is also in close proximity to many recreational areas, such as Canadian Lakes which is the largest recreation/resort/residential property in Michigan iwth 6,000 acres of rolling woods, lakes, golf courses and streams. More than 2,000 acres are dedicated green space. It is also on the White Pine Trail State Park, part of Michigan’s Rails-to-Trails project. The city park is located just south of town on Main Street and is a good place to access the Trail. There is a large Amish community in the Stanwood Area which offers numerous custom shops such as furniture, seasonal produce, baked good and much more. Stanwood is also home to the Ice Mountain Bottling Plant that employs over 200 people.