Brave Hearts Estate – Operation Injured Soldiers

Brave Hearts Estate is a 238 acre ranch that was donated to Operation Injured Soldiers by a patriot and generous supporter of our injured veterans. Opened in the spring of 2015, the Brave Hearts Estate serves as a retreat destination with a main house, Campfires, signing & s’mores, Hunting, Cable Tv & Board games and a wide variety of nearby adaptive sporting amenities.

Located in the northwestern corner of Michigan, Brave Hearts Estate is nestled just outside the city of Pellston. Veterans & their families can enjoy many nearby attractions:

  • Shop in Petoskey, Harbor Springs & Charlevoix
  • Ski Resorts/Snowmobiling
  • Boat / Swim in Michigan Lakes
  • Visit Mackinaw City & Island
  • 30 Station 3D archery Range on site
  • Sporting clays / hunt Club
  • Scenic Drives
  • Hiking & Biking trails
  • Fishing & Boating

Brave Hearts Estate offers completely free lodging for our veterans and their families. The main house has 8 bedrooms, a dining room, family room, living room, and large fully equipped kitchen and laundry room. The estate is wheelchair accessible on the main floor.

A full time caretaker /manager will be on site 24/7 to support vets and their families.

4171 Ely Rd.
Pellston, MI 49769 

Cheboygan County Republican Party

We are a group of people that want to help improve Cheboygan County and America!  We believe in individual freedoms, lowering taxes, and less government control. We work to elect the best possible people in local, state, and national offices who believe in our goals.

After you browse through our website you will have a better idea of what we are like as a group, and you will have learned about some of our members.  You will also know how to get involved, find out about coming events, and become a member.

Working together we can do our part to make Cheboygan County and our Nation a better place to live and work!  Think about coming to our monthly meetings, usually the fourth Monday of the month.

To learn even more about some of the people in our Party and the issues that are important to them take a look at our Facebook page.

P.O. Box 5188
Cheboygan, MI 49721 

Cheboygan Opera House

History of the Opera House

The Opera House, originally constructed in 1877, played an important role in the history of the colorful lumbering era in Northern Michigan. Twice ravaged by fires and rebuilt in 1888 and 1903, the facility now harmoniously houses its original combination of City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department and the 582 seat Opera House. In 1984, after having been closed for some twenty years, the elegantly restored Opera House re-opened its doors to the public once more. Managed by the Cheboygan Area Arts Council, with the support of The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, this acoustically superb, Victorian theatre has become the focal point for entertainment and the performing arts in the Straits of Mackinaw area and beyond.

Cheboygan Area Arts Council Mission Statement

The Mission of the Cheboygan Area Arts Council is to promote and encourage cultural and educational activities within the Straits Area of Northern Michigan, and to provide services that stimulate and encourage participation and appreciation of the arts within all segments of the community.

403 N. Main St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721 

Fort Michilimackinac Pageant, Inc.

The longest running free Memorial Day historical program in U.S. takes places for the 50th year in Mackinaw City: the Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant. More than 400 cast members taking part in the three-day pageant that brings to life the 1763 Fort Michilimackinac battle between the French, British, and Native Americans.

The cast members are clad in period costumes and demonstrate the way of life for residents of Northern Michigan in the 1760s. A highlight of the weekend is the Memorial Day period through the streets of Mackinaw City that includes more than 100 band, acts, and floats.

P.O. Box 312
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Originally consisting of an informal gathering of retired lighthouse keepers, their families and friends, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) was officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1983, making it one of the nation’s longest-lived lighthouse preservation groups.

With a mission statement calling for “the preservation of lighthouses, the stories of those who kept them, and developing a new generation of preservationists”, the Association’s second President Dick Moehl realized the group needed to find a lighthouse to restore in order to fully bring its mission to reality.

Finding the abandoned 1873 St. Helena Island light station to be in deplorable condition, the group set its sights on adopting and restoring the abandoned relic. The United States Coast Guard had removed the lantern and most of the dwelling roof was missing. Vandals had broken into the structure and had torn out the windows, doors, stairs, interior trim and anything else which could be removed.

Over the ensuing years, the entire lighthouse complex has been lovingly restored, including the installation of a new wood shingle roof, rebuilding of the boat house and assistant keepers dwelling, installation of new lantern and chimney, and the replacement of thousands of bricks in the tower. Perhaps most amazingly, as a result of shallow waters which surround the island, all of the volunteers and materials have to be transferred to the island in small inflatable boat. Over the years, 21 Boy Scouts have successfully undertaken Eagle Scout Service Projects and Girl Scouts have earned 3 Gold and 5 Silver awards for their work on the island.

707 N. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.

The United States Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW WAGB-83 was built as part of the war effort during World War II to meet the heavy demands placed on industry for an increase in production of war materials. Tremendous increases in the movement of iron ore, limestone and coal for the nation’s steel mills were particularly necessary. In order to keep tonnage on the move into the winter months an icebreaker was needed. Congress authorized construction of MACKINAW on December 17, 1941, ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Funds were provided from a Special Presidential Fund used to expedite desirable projects.

MACKINAW was built in Toledo, Ohio at a cost of ten million dollars. The keel was laid on March 20th, 1943 at the Toledo Shipbuilding Company, which had won the contract. Various delays in completion involved such heavy penalties that the firm was forced into bankruptcy and the contract was taken over by the American Shipbuilding and Dry-dock Company. The hull was launched March 4th, 1944 and MACKINAW was commissioned on December 30th, 1944. Cheboygan remained her home port her entire life.

131 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Lion’s Club of Mackinaw City

The Lions Club of Mackinaw City was chartered September 16, 1947.  We currently have 41 members and are always looking for men and women interested in serving their community and beyond.  The Lions Motto “WE SERVE” is indeed alive and well in Mackinaw City.  When you visit our beloved community take a minute and listen to the “Roar” of  The Lions Club of Mackinaw City.

The Lions Club of Mackinaw City meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6:00 pm at The Lion Dan Russell Building located at 205 Cedar Street.  We are a very friendly club and eagerly look forward to any visiting Lions wishing to attend our meetings.

P.O. Box 760
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch

Mission Statement:

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch conducts scientific studies of hawks and owls migrating through this region of northern Michigan and educates the public about the birds and their migration. We count northward-bound hawks in the spring and survey owls both spring and fall, recording and reporting the data for free professional and public access.


  • to promote and conduct scientific research on the numbers and timing of migration of birds of prey and associated migrants in the Straits of Mackinac region of Michigan;
  • to educate the public about birds of prey and about the importance of the Straits of Mackinac as a migratory pathway;
  • to aid in conserving and protecting the resting and feeding stop-over habitat for birds of prey in the Straits of Mackinac region.

6750 Island View Rd
Harbor Springs, MI 49740 

Mackinaw Area Historical Society/Heritage Village

In partnership with the Village of Mackinaw City, the Mackinaw Area Historical Society is well underway in their development of Heritage Village.  On approximately 143 acres of land just west of Mackinaw City, visitors can enjoy discovery trails, historic buildings, a covered pavilion, a restored log home, a sawmill and much more. Heritage Village’s period is from 1880 through 1917, a time of unparalleled changes in lighting, transportation, communication, housing, health care and nearly every other aspect of Straits-area living. It also reflects an era from which a precious few buildings are still standing, and stories told by parents, grandparents and great grandparents abound.

The Mackinaw Area Historical Society offers lively local monthly programs featuring informative presentations on historically significant topics. ​

1425 W. Central Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Mackinaw City Area Arts Council

Mackinaw City Area Arts Council promotes and encourages participation in and appreciation of the Fine Arts in the Greater Mackinaw City Area. We plan and present art exhibits, educational workshops, programs, activities and performances throughout the entire year.

P.O. Box 113
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Mackinaw Woman’s Club

The Mackinaw Woman’s Club is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization registered with the State of Michigan. We donate to local organizations which promote education, literary, music, art, cultural, and similar endeavors as part of our philanthropic program. Some of these groups include: the Music in Mackinaw Program, the Cheboygan Arts Council, the High School’s “Closeup” Project, the Ex Libris books to the Mackinaw Area Public Library, and the Cheboygan Opera House, which presents professional stage productions for elementary students from pre-K through the 5th and 6th grades.

310 E. Jamet St.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

McGulpin Point Lighthouse

We welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our site each year, and we enjoy talking with you all
and telling you about the rich history of McGulpin Point!
Admission is $3/person. Children under 5 years of age are free.

500 Headlands Dr.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Michilimackinac Historical Society

In 2003 a committee was formed by the Mackinac County Economic Development Commission to study the impact of history and historic sites on the local economy.  The members of that committee were Jim North, Mark Mercer, Cheryl Schlehuber, and Jennifer McGraw.

Word spread of the committee’s work and there was a great deal of interest.  Soon the committee members included those above and Wes Mauer, Barbara Brown, Ollie Boynton, Don McKinnon, Keith Massaway, Cynthia Oliver, Paul Grondin, and Gary Caulkins.  Others asked to join.

It was determined that there was enough interest to reinstate the corporate status of the Michilimackinac Historical Society which had disbanded in the 1980s.  Keith Massaway undertook that project.

In the fall of 2004 the first membership meeting was held and over 80 people attended.  Soon after the group held it’s first election and Keith Massaway became the first president.  Initial goals included creating a repository for artifacts and documents and finding some way to save the Fort de Buade Museum.

Projects to date have been numerous besides the Fort de Buade which is our shining star.  Those projects include writing and publishing the St. Ignace Historical Walking Tour booklet, publishing 2 books – The Company and the Community by Patricia McCreary and the Reminiscences of David Corp, various educational programs including walking tours and cemetery tours, donating books to the St. Ignace library to fill out their Michigan history section, sponsoring genealogy workshops, education on Native American culture, and book signings,  researching and gathering oral histories and genealogy, collecting historic photos, and a general exchange of historical information and brainstorming on how to better educate the community and visitors to the community about this information.

Our future goals include Chief Dock restoration, converting space at the museum for a family history room, and preparing a history of the outlying areas of St. Ignace.

334 E. State St.
St. Ignace, MI 49781 

Paradise Lake Association

Paradise Lake Association was created as a non-profit organization in 1973 to preserve and protect the natural  environment of Paradise Lake and its surrounding watershed and to strengthen the community in which we live.

Community involvement and preservation of our natural surroundings are core principals  of the association.  And today, after more than 40 years of working tirelessly on behalf of the community,  the association still maintains a leadership role in spearheading conservation efforts in the community.

P.O. Box 2
Carp Lake, MI 49718 

Sault Historic Sites

Sault Historic Sites was founded in 1967 as a nonprofit corporation with the mission of preserving, restoring, and presenting the history of Sault Ste. Marie to visitors and local residents alike. Starting with the acquisition of the Museum Ship Valley Camp, Sault Historic Sites now owns and operates several locations in Sault Ste. Marie. Be sure to visit our historical sites on your next trip to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

501 E. Water St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 

Straits Area Community Foundation


Straits Area Community Foundation has been affiliated with the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) since 1998.  We connect people who care about the future of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City with the causes closest to their hearts.  By encouraging individuals to create permanent charitable endowments to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities, we can match donors’ charitable interests with worthwhile causes by giving grants and scholarships to area programs and students.

SACF believes that the people in our communities, and those who care most about them, can strengthen them most effectively.  We are helping donors make an investment in their community to improve the quality of life for present and future residents of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City – one that will last for generations to come.

Visit us online at:

Board of Directors

Beth Carusi, President
Patty Archambo
Ann Chastain
John Childs
Jennifer Lee
Randy Mikula
Linda Moline
Tom West

P.O. Box 495
Alpena, MI 49707 

Top of Michigan Trails Council

Beginning in early 1994 and into the spring of 1995 Horace “Huffy” Huffman and Tom Bailey (both of the Little Traverse Conservancy) discussed between themselves, and later with other like minded individuals, the concept and need for a vehicle to coordinate and bring together numerous trail user groups in Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties. Huffman and Bailey recognized a lack of overall coordination, direction and planning of recreational trail activity in Northern Lower Michigan to meet the demands of an expanding population and the rapid growth of tourism to the area.

The Mission

Huffman and Bailey already had pretty well established in their minds in rough form what the mission of the yet to be created organization should be. Various drafts were considered, reworked and finally set forth:

The Mission of the….(organization)…. is to facilitate the establishment of a multi-use, year ‘round, safe recreational trail system in Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties.

This mission statement has been amended to include the terms “advocate for”, maintenance, and to delineate our geographical area as Northern Michigan.

1687 M-119
Petoskey, MI 49770 

Wawatam Senior Center

The purpose of Wawatam Area Senior Center is to provide services which may include , but not be limited to, meals, social activities, health awareness.

205 Cedar St.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701