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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.



Hayes Township, Charlevoix County will be accepting bids for the following snow removal projects.

  1. Township Hall & Fire Barn 09195 Old US 31 N

The bid should include snow removal and salting/sanding of parking areas and fire barn entrance, shoveling and salting/sanding of walk-in areas. The bid should be broken down to separate snow removal and salting/sanding costs.

The parking area of the Township Hall must be cleared by 8:00 a.m. following a snow fall and the Township Fire Barn snow accumulation must not exceed four (4) inches. Spring clean-up of plowed gravel and grass clumps and reseeding of bare plowed areas must be completed by April 15, 2018.

Please use the following format for your bids;

  • Plow Hall parking area per time.  $
  • Plow Fire Barn drive per time  $
  • Shovel walks & doorways.  $
  • Salt parking lot.  $
  • Salt fire barn.  $
  • Ice Melt doorways. $

Proof of liability and workers comp insurance must be provided before a contract can be signed. Mail bids to Hayes Township Clerk, 09195 Old US 31 N., Charlevoix, MI 49720 or email them to Bids must be received by October 31, 2018. Questions may be directed to the Township Clerk at 231-547-6961 or

Hayes Township reserves the right to reject any or all bids.


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!


Hayes Township is seeking individuals interested in serving on an Undine Cemetery Committee. This is an advisory committee that meets as needed.

The purpose of the committee is to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees about future improvements to the cemetery.

Please call the Clerk Marlene Golovich at 231-547-6961 or email her at if you are interested