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.

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Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga  (231) 347-6536

Community Center (231) 348-5479
Headlands (231) 436-4051

McGulpin Point (231) 436-5860

International Dark Sky Park, Headlands (231) 348-1704



2015 Forest Management Plan

(February 2015) -- Emmet County is interested in determining the potential for timber management on five parcels of land. Preliminary assessment by county staff is displayed in the table in the PDF below. In addition to the forest resources, high value wetlands, trout streams, opening and trails are present on various parcels. In order to evaluate the best options for managing these valuable publicly owned resources, the County will develop long range forest resource management plans for each parcel.

The parcels under review for this plan include Camp Petosega; a 116-acre parcel on Hathaway/North Conway Road; 316 acres of Maple River Forest; 38 acres in McKinley Twp near Townline Road; and Pellston Airport acreage (447).

To read the Forest Management Report, developed by the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments and Emmet County Parks and Recreation Department, click the PDF below.


Forest Management Plan 2015

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

Look for these signs at OnCell stops around the county.

During the summer season each year, 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; they're found along sidewalks, walkways and trails. You can either dial the main number and punch in the stop number to hear the audio or scan the QR code to be taken directly to the audio.

The County partners with Mackinaw City, Heritage Village and the city of Petoskey in this unique recreational offering. Click here to download the complete brochure with stops listed;

Emmet County Parks

Mailing Address: 200 Division St., Ste 178, Petoskey MI 49770

Emmet County maintains several county parks and is also the home of three Michigan State Parks: