Dance under the stars at Headlands with the Moxie Strings on Friday, Sept. 5!


The Moxie Strings will play under the big tent to celebrate the Harvest Moon!

The Details
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Location: Dark Sky Viewing Area at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The rhythmic rising and setting of sun and moon and stars throughout the season draws forth an abundant harvest from the Earth, and a desire to dance in the rest of us! Emmet County and the Headlands park are pleased to host the dynamic sounds of the Moxie Strings for our first-ever Harvest Moon Dance under the big tent, a big Moon, and starry skies.

“Dancing to celebrate the harvest has been a tradition observed by many cultures for centuries, and this year, we're joining in with a dance to celebrate our bounty as well , which is the enthusiasm of our many visitors throughout the summer, the beautiful night sky, super moons, shooting stars, all of it!” said Mary Stewart Adams, Dark Sky Park Program Director. “The Moxie Strings are a high-energy duo with a great drummer and we are excited to host them under the moonlit skies of Michigan’s Dark Sky Park.”

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The event is free and open to the public and no reservations are required. It takes place rain or shine! To read the complete program description, click here!

Status of the moving of the sloop 'the Welcome' back to Emmet County

Emmet County staff have been receiving numerous inquiries about the status of the sloop the Welcome and when it will be making its trip to Mackinaw City from Traverse City. At this time, no firm date has been set for this to occur. The move is dependent upon weather conditions and the schedule of the company that is doing the moving of this large vessel.

There are numerous details involved in moving a ship this large. We will keep the public informed of moving plans when a firm date has been set for the Welcome. To read more about the plans for the Welcome, click here.

'158 Years of Perseverance:' Tribe's reaffirmation subject of Sept. 24 Essence of Emmet program

President Bill Clinton signs Public Law 103-324, reaffirming LTBB’s federal status

‘158 years of perseverance: The story of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’

First annual History Awards will also be given during this program!

The year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the reaffirmation of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians as a federally recognized Indian tribe. On September 21, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-324, reaffirming LTBB’s federal status. This journey originally started in 1836, as the tribe signed a major treaty with the United States to secure lands, rights and provisions in their ancestral land of Northern Michigan.For the next 158 years, the LTBB Odawa would fight to have those treaty rights upheld and recognized. LTBB Odawa was the first tribe to have gone through the federal reaffirmation process.

Join Emmet County and the Essence of Emmet collaborative for this historical lecture series program exploring this anniversary. A panel of individuals who were part of the reaffirmation for LTBB, historians and Odawa elders will tell why it was so important for the tribe to pursue its status, the history leading up to 1994 and what Northern Michigan means for the Odawa.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Building in Petoskey, 1129 Charlevoix Ave./U.S. 31. It is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

In addition to the program, the Essence of Emmet collaborative will award its first annual history awards on this evening. After receiving numerous nominees over the last several months, the group will announce recipients who have demonstrated a commitment to preserving, protecting and sharing the history of Emmet County.

To read more about the Sept. 24 program, click here.

Sheriff Pete Wallin offers Back-to-School safety tips for kids, parents and motorists

Kids are getting ready to head back to school around Petoskey and Emmet County! School resumes Wednesday, Sept. 3 locally.

Drivers need to be extra cautious as kids get back to school

Summer days are waning away and the start of school is just around the corner. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office encourages drivers to cut down distractions and concentrate on the road as kids of all ages get back to school.

Children are often eager to get on and off the bus because they are excited to get to school and they are also excited to get home and tell their parents about their day, says Sheriff Pete Wallin, who offers some safety measures for both students – and motorists – to help ensure safety for everyone.

For students, those tips include arriving at the bus stop early, waiting for the bus driver to signal you onto the bus when it's completely stopped, and never walking behind the bus. For motorists, his tips include remembering that children are unpredictable in their actions which requires extreme care in school zone. Additionally he reminded motorists to be aware of children playing near school bus stops and to use caution in areas where there are no sidewalks for children to gather when waiting for the bus.

To read the Sheriff's complete Back-to-School motorist and child safety tips' list and to share them with your family, click here.

Is there a more beautiful Big Green Gym than in Emmet County? We think not.

Help Emmet County win the 2014 Big Green Gym Challenge!

Join Team Emmet County to bring grant dollars to NW Michigan for trail upkeep

Emmet County has the best Big Green Gym in Michigan, and Emmet County is hoping to prove it to the state of Michigan!  You can help us by taking part in the 2014 statewide Big Green Gym Blues Challenge, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

This free, eight-week competition encourages participants of all ages to commit to improving their health by exercising in Michigan’s outdoor parks and recreation spaces and joining their local communities to compete in a physical activity competition. All you need to do to participate is register online and log your hours of physical activity from Aug. 2 through Sept. 27!

Each year, the winner of the Big Green Gym Challenge receives grant funding from the challenge’s sponsors. Emmet County has put together a team with the hopes of winning this year’s challenge and using the grant funding for maintenance of the Little Traverse Wheelway and the North Western State Trail.

“By taking part in the Big Green Challenge with Emmet County, you’re not only helping yourself become more active and physically fit, but you’re also benefitting your community,” said Laurie Gaetano, Emmet County Parks and Recreation Director. “We have the most beautiful surroundings in Northwest Michigan for getting outside and taking part in physical activities, and this is a great time of year to enjoy our own Big Green Gym here in Emmet County!”




Imagine magazine 2014


We are thrilled to distribute the 2014-15 issue of Emmet County's annual promotional magazine, Imagine

Emmet County's annual magazine, Imagine, features the people, places, organizations and communities that make Emmet County a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play. Up here, quality of life is everything.

This year's magazine, published by Harbor House Publishers in Boyne City, also includes a number of enhancements, including numerous videos that further showcase the unparalleled natural beauty and the residents who are invested in making Northwest Michigan a place like no other. An expanded section on the features of Emmet County is also a new addition to this sixth annual edition.

This year's cover image was captured by Harbor House Publishers photographer Philip Hutchinson, along the famed Inland Waterway, a 30+ mile of chain of inland lakes and rivers that begins in Emmet County and flows northeasterly out to Lake Huron. It's one of Emmet County's most beautiful natural assets and is the perfect reflection of life Up North!

To have a complimentary copy of Imagine magazine mailed to you, contact its writer/editor Beth Anne Eckerle with your mailing address:, or (231) 348-1704.


Download the Emmet County App!

Take Emmet County with you on your smart device, cell phone or tablet by downloading our NEW app! 

  • Details about the county's parks and recreation opportunities, including McGulpin Point Lighthouse and the Headlands (with trail map);
  • Program schedule for the monthly events at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park;
  • Locator map of all the public parks within Emmet County (including city, village, township and other parks);
  • Locator map of all the historic sites in Emmet County and details;
  • Trail maps for the Little Traverse Wheelway, Headlands and Petoskey and Harbor Springs snowmobile routes;
  • Pellston Regional Airport information;
  • Links to the County's social media sites.

Download the free app and check it out! It's available now in the Google Play and iOS app stores.