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



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

The home screen of the Emmet County Toursphere

Listen 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. Click here to download the complete brochure with stops listed.

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

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: