Get up early on Oct. 8 and join us for the Total Lunar Eclipse at Headlands!


Field Trip to the Moon: Lunar Eclipse

Wednesday, Oct. 8 event at Headlands Dark Sky Park marks the last in a series of four Total Lunar Eclipses

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Location: Guest House at the Headlands, 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City
Time: Please note the morning time of this event, 5:30 to 7:45 a.m.

There are few things as dramatic as Full Moon setting into a Great Lake, but Full Moon totally eclipsed setting into the lake, now there's a rare opportunity! And at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, it's just the right kind of celestial event to warrant gathering for the science and the story of it all, with refreshments, crafts and a superb view-scape.

"Our October 8th event marks part three in our 'Field Trip to the Moon' series, which focuses on the rare series of four Total Lunar Eclipses in a row," said Headlands Program Director Mary Stewart Adams. "And given that the October 8th Moon is the first full Moon of Autumn, it is rich with story and mystery. In addition, the planet Uranus, not visible to the naked eye, but visible to us through telescopes, will be only 0.5* from the lower left limb of the darkened Moon at Greatest Eclipse, offering a rare and wonderful view!"

The Headlands program begins at 5:30 a.m., one hour before eclipse totality begins. It is free and open to the public with no reservations required. Program will take place rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, an indoor program will take place.

"With eclipses, it's important to pay attention to the timing of things," said Adams. "On the morning of October 8th, things get under way with what appears to be a partial eclipse of the Moon, starting at 5:15 a.m. This marks the beginning of the Moon's passing directly into the shadow of the Earth. Total Eclipse Phase begins at 6:25 a.m. and extends through greatest eclipse at 6:55 a.m., ending about half an hour later at 7:24 a.m. Then the Sun will begin to rise, at 7:46 a.m., followed by Full Moon setting, while still in partial eclipse phase, at 7:53 a.m. That might seem like a lot of time to keep track of, but each of the different phases allows for different views, and knowing when they occur matters if you are trying to capture the Moon photographically, artistically, or through a telescope, or even if you are trying to research whether its effects can be felt by the individual human being."

Complete program details

If you have questions about the event, contact Adams at (231) 348-1713 or email her at




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!

NEW INFO: Blue Cross/Blue Shield has extended the Big Green Gym until OCTOBER 12. Please continue to log your miles/minutes for Team Emmet County!

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 UNTIL OCTOBER 12, 2013. Each year, the winner of the Big Green Gym Challenge receives grant funding from the challenge’s sponsors.



Register of Deeds office celebrates 100 years; Michele Cooke named state board president

Emmet County Register of Deeds Michele Cooke (right) is pictured with Chief Deputy ROD Karen Cosens, in the vault room of the County Building where land records are kept.

It’s a special year for the Emmet County Register of Deeds office, and also for RODs around the country. The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Registers of Deeds by the United States Government, which in 1914 mandated formation of RODs in the Constitution.

Registers of Deeds are responsible for keeping the official land records for all counties throughout the United States. In Emmet County, that means the handling of over 11,000 documents each year, and welcoming more than 3,000 visitors searching for land records in the local office.

Emmet County’s ROD is Michele Cooke (formerly Stine), who has served in this elected position for 8 years. “Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution,” said Cooke, quoting U.S. President Warren Harding. “I stand strong in guaranteeing this right and will do all I can to uphold it.”

In addition to celebrating this national ROD milestone, Cooke has achieved her own milestone this year. She is the incoming President of the Michigan Association of Registers of Deeds (MARD). She recently received the president’s gavel at the Sept. 8 annual meeting of the board in Traverse City. She has served on the MARD board in various officer positions for five years. She will officially take over the President role in January 2015.

“I’m very proud to be part of the Michigan Association of Registers of Deeds and I’m also proud that my colleagues around the state have the confidence in me to lead this group,” said Cooke.

To read more about the interesting past of the ROD office -- including more about Emmet County's first ROD, A.J. Blackbird, click here.


The next few weeks will present the best opportunities for touring Emmet County and Northwest Michigan to take in the changing landscape. Fall is one of the most beautiful times to be Up North! Email for a road map and other area information! This image was taken in the Mackinaw City area, in the northernmost section of Emmet County.

Fall Color Update for Northwest Michigan & Emmet County

With the cool cloudless nights and warm, sunny days, fall color in Northwest Michigan is shaping up to be pretty spectacular this year! We'll keep you up-to-date on how the autumnal beauty is progressing on this Web site and also on the County Facebook pages for Emmet County, McGulpin Point and Camp Petosega.

As of Sept. 26, pockets of vibrant color are starting to appear in the northern tier of the county. In the southern end of the county, change is arriving at a quick pace, though we're not at peak yet. Peak color usually arrives here around the first- or second week of October.

If you'd like a free County road map to help you plan your fall color tours, or any other information about Emmet County and Northwest Michigan, call (231) 348-1704 or email We'll get it in the mail to you right away!


Color-tour tip: The direct shoreline areas of Emmet County, such as M-119/Tunnel of Trees, are usually the last to change color completely each fall, due to the proximity of Lake Michigan. Inland areas of the county change earlier than those along the shore.

Enter your Emmet County WATERS photos for our 2014 contest!

Do you have a really cool water image, like this one showing a beautiful reflection in the Inland Waterway? We want to see it!

Fall submission deadline is approaching ...

If there is one attribute that defines Emmet County – both geographically and in the hearts and minds of its residents and visitors – it’s the abundance of water in Northwest Michigan. In the tip of Michigan’s mitten, the Great Lakes are a constant presence, and our inland lakes, rivers and wetlands are magnificent natural resources that are the source of recreation, pride and protection.

To celebrate our unique water resources, Emmet County is holding its second-annual photo contest, Emmet County Waters. This follows on the heels of the successful 2013 Emmet County Skies photo contest, which drew photographic entries for more than 50 area photographers.

The Emmet County Waters contest will operate the same as the Skies challenge: Through November 30, 2014, please send your Waters photos via email to We've got a couple great prizes lined up for the winner!



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.