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Manistee County-Wide Park & Recreation Plan Update


Networks Northwest is pleased to announce that it will be working with Manistee County and each of the jurisdictions therein to update the 2016 Manistee County-Wide Park & Recreation Plan. This update will serve two key purposes. First, it will promote county-wide collaboration in recreation planning. This document will help guide the community in its prioritization of parks and recreation projects in the near and long-term. It is important to remember that trails, waterways and natural areas often do not end at municipal boundaries, highlighting the need for cross-jurisdictional planning efforts. In addition, recreation sites throughout Manistee County are visited by patrons from various locations: residents from Manistee County, people from different parts of the state, as well as out-of-state visitors. A cohesive planning effort ensures that Manistee County is a quality place for people to live, work and recreate.

Second, the State of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources requires municipalities to have a 5-year recreation plan on file with the state to be eligible for various funding opportunities. These include funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and Waterways grants. 

The Planning Process

Networks Northwest will work with Manistee County, the City of Manistee and each of the townships and villages to develop planning content specific to local context, keeping in mind the need to plan as a collaborative county. A representative from Networks Northwest will meet with each jurisdiction twice during 2021. These planning events will occur as part of a regularly scheduled commission, board or council meeting. The first meeting will focus on updating site-specific information required by the DNR (past funding for recreation from the DNR, site amenities, etc.). The second meeting will seek further public input to update the community's goals and objectives for the next five years. 

View the Draft Plan

DRAFT 2022-2026 Manistee County-Wide Park & Recreation Plan - This version is best for viewing online and displays page spreads. This is how the plan would look in its final published form.
DRAFT 2022-2026 Manistee County-Wide Park & Recreation Plan (Grayscale) - This version is best for review and edits. Images have been removed to allow for easier printing.
Appendix A - Community Descriptions, Inventories, Administrative Structures & DNR Grant Awards
Appendix B - County-Wide Natural Resources
Appendix C - Manistee County Recreation Sites
Appendix D - Trail Planning in Manistee County
Appendix E - Regional Priority Trail Route
Appendix F - Local Jurisdiction Goals & Objectives
Appendix G - Municipal Documents (available after plan adoption)
Appendix H - Survey Results

Appendices for Print - These PDF documents are better formatted for printing. The PDF's above are best for online viewing.

Appendix A - For print
Appendix B - For print
Appendix C - For print
Appendix D - For print
Appendix F - For print

Upcoming Meeting Information

The 30-day Public Review Period began on October 1st, as announced in the Manistee News Advocate. For those communities not included in the October 1st announcement, their public hearing dates will appear in a second public notice in mid-October. Please send public comments to

Municipality  /  Location  /  Date

Arcadia Township | 3422 Lake Street, Arcadia, MI 49613 | 12/9 @ 7pm
Bear Lake Township | 7771 Lake Street, Bear Lake, MI | 11/16 @ 6:30pm
Village of Bear Lake | 12376 Virginia Street, Bear Lake, MI 49614 | 11/17 @ 7pm
Brown Township | 8025 Coates Highway, Manistee, MI 49660 | 11/10 @ 7pm
Cleon Township | 16505 Imhoff Drive, Copemish, MI 49625 | 11/10 @ 6:30pm
Village of Copemish | 16798 First Street, Copemish, MI 49625-0207 | 12/14 @ 7pm
Dickson Township | 14270 Brethren Blvd., Brethren, MI 49619 | 12/8 @ 7pm
Village of Eastlake | 175 South Main Street, Eastlake, MI 49626 | 11/10 @ 7pm
Filer Township | 2505 Filer City Road, Manistee, MI 49660 | 11/4 @ 5:30pm
Village of Kaleva | 9219 Aura Street, Kaleva, MI 49645 | 11/15 @ 7pm
City of Manistee | 70 Maple Street, Manistee, MI 49660 | 11/16 @ 7pm
Manistee Township |410 Holden Street, Manistee, MI 49660 | 11/9 @ 6pm
Maple Grove Township | 9213 Aura Street, Kaleva, MI 49645 | 11/8 @ 6:45pm
Marilla Township | 9991 Marilla Road, Copemish, MI 49625 | 11/9 @ 6:30pm
Norman Township | 1273 South Seaman Road, Wellston, MI 49689 | 12/14 @ 7pm
Onekama Township | 5435 Main Street, Onekama, MI 49675 | 11/10 @ 4pm
Village of Onekama | 5283 Main Street, Onekama, MI 49675 | 11/17 @ 6:30pm
Pleasanton Township | 8958 Lumley Road, Bear Lake, MI 49614 | 11/9 @ 6pm
Springdale Township | 14992 Glovers Lake Road, Bear Lake, MI | 11/8 @ 7:30pm
Stonach Township | 2471 Main Street, Manistee, MI 49660 | 12/8 @ 6:30pm
Manistee County | 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660 | 12/21 @ 9am

Resolutions of Adoption

For use by municipal Clerks. To print an October draft of your respective Resolution of Adoption, to be used at your public hearing and plan adoption date, click here (PDF).

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of frequently asked questions with answers, click here (PDF)

Project Timeline

To view the timeline to complete this plan update, click here (PDF)

Questions, Comments or Concerns

Contact Rob Carson ( or Zach Vega (


The professionals at Networks Northwest help our City Council, Planning Commission, and staff make thoughtful decisions to ensure our community is sustainable and resilient for many years to come.

Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager