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 

CIEE Work & Travel USA

At CIEE, we create opportunities that help bring people together. We foster the development of understanding and mutual respect between communities and nations by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences. We help give students, teachers, and young professionals from across the world skills that make them active and responsible global citizens.


  • Offering the most comprehensive lineup of exchange programs and services available.
  • Assembling the greatest resources and the most experienced, passionate staff in the field.
  • Working to ensure that everyone has access to opportunities and experiences that inform their perspectives and expand their horizons.

300 Fore St.
Portland, ME 04101 

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 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 

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 

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.

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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 

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