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Public Input Needed – Take the Survey Today!


The Emmet County Office of Planning, Zoning, and Construction Resources will be working with Emmet County local jurisdictions and other county participants to update the 2022 Emmet County-wide Recreation Plan. If you live or recreate in Emmet County, your input is invaluable to this process. Please take five minutes to complete the Recreation Plan survey online, or if you prefer, print out the survey and submit it to the Emmet County Department of Planning, Zoning and Construction Resources. If you have any questions regarding the Emmet County Recreation Plan Update, please contact Tammy Doernenburg, Planning & Zoning Director, at (231) 439-8998 or by email at [email protected].


We hope you’ll join us at one of these 2021 events!

• DECEMBER 11 ~ Holiday Open House at McGulpin Point Lighthouse

McGulpin Point Lighthouse will host a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 1-4 p.m. Free self-guided tours though the historic building, including to the top of the lighthouse tower. Cookies and beverages will be offered while supplies last. This is a great chance to find a unique item for your holiday shopping in the lighthouse gift shop. For questions, please call the park programming coordinator at (231) 330-2761 or email [email protected].

• DECEMBER 18 ~ Visit with Santa!

Emmet County Parks & Recreation staff invites the public to stop by and visit with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 1-5 p.m. inside the Equestrian Center at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey. Cookies and beverages will be provided and visitors can create their own holiday-themed arts and crafts too. No cost to attend. For questions, please call the park programming coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].



Emmet County Parks Dept. Launches Online Reservation System

Posted on February 5th, 2021
Posted originally on Feb. 1, 2021
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