Emmet County Parks & Recreation

Emmet County is located in the northwestern most part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The county consists of a total of 295,040 acres, which includes: 197,677 acres of forested land; 10,400 acres of inland water; and 68 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, making Emmet County one of the more scenic counties in the state of Michigan. Because of our natural amenities, Emmet County has remained committed to providing world-class parks and recreational opportunities to our residents and visitors. On these pages, you’ll learn about Emmet County’s parks’ network.


Parks and Recreation Director
200 Division St. Suite 178
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 330-1055

Sandy Hansen, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director
(231) 330-4588


Emmet County is currently updating the 5-year Parks and Recreation plan and is asking for in-depth input from the public. “The parks and associated programs belong to the people of Emmet County. We want to be sure that the 2018 Parks and Recreation plan aligns with the public’s desired vision,” stated Mary Mitchell, Interim Emmet County Administrator. “The mission of the Emmet County Parks and Recreation Department is to provide fun, safe, innovative, programs, facilities and parks to enhance our already vibrant community. We know that parks and recreational programming improve the overall well-being of residents and we are looking for public comments about how they would utilize our programs and parks,” said Parks and Recreation Director. Please email Nancy Salar at nsalar@emmetcounty.org or call (231) 439-8996.

Take a self-guided cell phone tour of Emmet County’s parks & recreational sites

toursphereListen and explore Emmet County with Toursphere!

Emmet County and several partner organizations offer a self-guided cell phone tour at county parks and other significant properties and attractions throughout Northwest Michigan. Each site is marked with a sign with instructions on how to access the audio, visual and video components at the location; signs are found along sidewalks, walkways and trails and outside buildings.

Here’s how to access the tour: Using your smart phone, tablet or computer, visit emmetcounty.toursphere.com  You will see a menu of site locations where you can enter and explore the various audio stops and listen in to hear more of our story. If you are on site at one of the parks, you can dial in directly to hear the audio; you will need to punch in the stop number that you’d like to hear if you use this option. The stop number will be listed on the sign at each location. The phone number to call in is (231) 486-0003.

Emmet County partners with Mackinaw City, Heritage Village, Bay View Association and the city of Petoskey in this unique recreational offering.

Emmet County Parks

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
231-348-1702 | Contact Us