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2019-2024 Park & Rec Plan
2019-2024 Park & Rec Plan

The Hayes Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on January 3rd, 2019  at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Hall located at 09195 Old US 31 Highway North, near Burgess Road, Charlevoix Michigan 49720.  Verbal comments will be accepted at the hearing. The purpose of this plan is to guide the efforts of Hayes Township in making investments in, and providing recreation facilities into the future with particular emphasis on the five year time period between 2019 and 2024.

During this 30 day-review, December 3rd through January 1st, the township will collect public comments on the Draft 3.4 Hayes Township 2019-2024 Parks and Recreation Plan. You may submit your comments online. Online and paper comments submitted will be added to the January 3rd public hearing.

Go to the page 2019-2024 Parks and Recreation Plan

A hard copy of the the 2019-2024 Parks and Recreation Plan is available for viewing at the Township Hall, Monday through Thursday from  9:a.m. to 12:p.m.

Comments may be submitted in writing by to the Hayes Township Planning Commission, 09195 Old US 31 Highway North, Charlevoix Michigan 49720, by email to zoning@hayestownshipmi.gov or fax to 231-237-0046 prior to  the hearing or be presented at the public hearing. Verbal comments will be accepted at the hearing.


Honoring All Who Served

Happy Veterans Day

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.

The following information applies to Hayes Township, Charlevoix MI

Citation: U.S. Census Bureau (2016). American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Retrieved from Census Reporter Profile page for Hayes township, Charlevoix County, MI
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Hayes Township welcome newly elected board members

Elected Board

Township board

Following the November 6 midterm elections, Hayes Township welcomes newly elected Warren Nugent as township clerk, newly elected Julie Collard as township treasurer and newly elected Robert Jess as Trustee to join Ron Vanzee as township supervisor and Matt Cunningham as Trustee.

The Township Board is elected by the people of Hayes Township. The Township Board is comprised of five members; Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, and two Trustees.

Board members elected, serve four-year terms in the Presidential Election year. The current board member’s office commenced at 12 pm on November 7, 2018 and will expire on November 20, 2020.

The Board is responsible for enacting ordinances, allocation and approval of budget, levying millage, and other items authorized by State Statute.


Phase 2 Non-motorized trail in Hayes Township is now opened to all. Future Phase 4 and 5 will also be in our township as well. Enjoy!

The Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail will be a paved 10-foot wide, approximately 14-mile long trail, mostly detached from Boyne City Road. The trail will be constructed in five (5) phases.

Phase 2 was constructed in 2017, and is now complete!
A ribbon-cutting / dedication ceremony on September 21st occurred at the AmericInn by Wyndham, 11800 US-31, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

Map trail
Non-motorized trail Phase 2, 4 and 5 through Hayes Township
Inside the AmericInn in Hayes Township.
Phase 2
Ribbon cutting for Phase 2 of the Trail in Hayes Township.
County Commissioner Joel Evans at ribbon cutting in Hayes Township.
Trail from US-31 in Hayes Township.

This trail is intended for non-motorized recreational activities and non-motorized transportation between Boyne City and Charlevoix.  Trail users may walk, bike, skate or ski (pick your favorite sport for any season) on the trail.  However, snowmobiles and horses are NOT permitted anywhere on the trail. 

Trail on Boyne City Road along Susan Lake in Hayes Township.
Wheelway trail
Little Traverse Wheelway in Hayes Township at Big Rock Point, MDOT roadside park.

Phase 2 begins at the Little Traverse Wheelway in Hayes Township, east of Waller Road, crosses US-31 and follows a series of easements across private property to Boyne City Road east of the Argonne Supper Club, and then runs parallel to, but separate from Boyne City Road within the road right-of-way on the north (Susan Lake) side of the road to Quarterline Road, southeast of Susan Lake, for a distance of 2.97 miles.

Trail on Boyne City Road along Susan Lake in Hayes Township.

At the point where the trail meets Boyne City Road east of the Argonne Supper Club, a trail spur runs west within the right-of-way on the north side of the road to Eastern Avenue to create an access point for Pine Point Subdivision. Trail users can follow Eastern Avenue to Lake Charlevoix where there is a public access with a picnic area and swimming beach.

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Phase 3
Phase 3 of the trail, the County is proposing to develop a trailhead at Park of the Pines, a church-owned campground on Lake Charlevoix, located just north of N. Springwater Beach Road.  In 2013, Park of the Pines approached the County about the possibility of developing a trailhead.  Since then, we’ve been discussing the concept of the trailhead, the preferred location on the property, design/layout options, and proposed amenities.  Plans for the trailhead will be finalized this year.

Phase 3 of the trail, including the trailhead.  Construction is anticipated in 2019.

Phase 4
Phase 4 will begin at the completed Phase 2 of the trail at Quarterline Road in Hayes Township and continue detached within the right-of-way along Boyne City Road to Hayes Township Park (Camp Sea-Gull) on the east/north side of the road (the side opposite Lake Charlevoix).  The trail will cross Boyne City Road in the vicinity of Hayes Township Park, where there are plans to establish a trailhead in the future.  This phase will cover a distance of 2.8 miles.

Phase 5
Phase 5 will begin at the completed Phase 4 of the trail at Hayes Township Park (Camp Sea-Gull) and continue as a detached trail within the right-of-way along Boyne City Road on the south (Lake Charlevoix) side of the road to Pincherry Road in Bay Township, where it will connect to the end of Phase 3.  This phase will cover a distance of 2.7 miles.

What’s Going On Now:

Continue reading PHASE 1 and 2 OF THE TRAIL IS OPEN FOR USE!

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