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In 1840, shortly after Michigan Became a state, the Kalkaska area was part of Wabassee County. In 1853 it became a part of Grand Traverse County, and later, Antrim County, The first settlers arrived in 1855 and in 1871 the area was finally organized under the name of Kalkaska. The name Kalkaska is a native American word sometimes said to mean a flat of table land. Others maintain that the word means burned over territory.

When the native Americans inhabited the area the land was covered with tall white pine trees. After the lumbermen came the land was cleared of its forests, the tops and branches burnt where they lay. As the lumberman moved north in search of more forest, they left behind small communities which evolved into farming-based towns.

Tourism in the Kalkaska area began around the turn of the century as people in the midwestern cities discovered the county as a place to vacation in the great outdoors. The forests had sprouted young trees and bushes which provided food and cover for deer and other animals. The county soon became known for its hunting and fishing.

In the 1930’s when the great depression hit the country, much of the privately-owned land in the area reverted to the state. Today, almost half of the land is owned by the State of Michigan. DNR developed snowmobile, horse and hiking trails criss-cross the area, connecting many camping and natural areas.

Oil and gas was discovered over 30 years ago. Major drilling began in the 1970’s, resulting in more than 100 producing wells. Kalkaska has had the greatest percentage of population growth of any county in Michigan, increasing 100%. Per capita income has also increased dramatically.

Combining its strong base of community values, its heritage of hard working people, and the natural beauty of the surrounding area, Kalkaska will continue to provide a bit of paradise for residents and visitors alike.

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Kalkaska Christmas Parade 2013

Gallery added for the Kalkaska Christmas Parade. View Now!

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Events Coming to Kalkaska, MI

January 1, 2008 – New Year’s Day – Chamber closed January 19-20 – Winterfest at Kalkaska County Fairgrounds on M 72 West January 24 – Business After Hours from 5 to 7 pm January 26 – Snow Fun Day at Springfield Township Recreation Area on Lund Road March 22 – Kiwanis Community Easter Egg Hunt at Kaliseum, start registering at […]

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2013 National Trout Festival

Welcome to the 2013 National Trout Festival April 24, 2013 – April 28, 2013     Events: Trout Fishing & Trout Kids Pond Kalkaska Idol Carnival Shady Bell Super Kicker Rodeo Flea Market Classic Auto Show Mutt March  Saturday April 27  Donations go to Kalkaska Animal Shelter Parades Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom Craft Show Demolition […]

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Kalkaska Weather

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Average Climate in Kalkaska, Michigan

Average Climate in Kalkaska, Michigan

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