Kalkaska, Michigan

The town was platted in 1873 by A. A. Abbott and R. L. Thompson, who owned a sawmill, and who correctly anticipated the arrival of the railroad. On July 5, 1908, a fire began in the middle of the business block and burned most of the stores. Local photographer E. L. Beebe made a number of photographs of the fire, and the resulting postcards were widely sold, and can still be found today. Two years later, in 1910 another fire started in downtown Kalkaska. Again, in 1925 downtown Kalkaska was devastated by the largest fire since the Fire of 1908.  In 1916, the noted author Ernest Hemingway visited and fished in Kalkaska, and later immortalized the town in his story "The Battler". A historical marker has been placed at the Rugg Pond Dam, on the Rapid River, where Hemingway reportedly fished one night from the power house.

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Dining Out

Breakfast & Burger Express [Casual Dining], 203 S. Cedar Street, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-9778

Third Street Cafe [Cafe], 107 Third St, Kalkaska, MI 49640, Phone: (231) 258-4636

Twin Birch Golf Course & Restaurant [Golf Course, Casual Dining], 1030 County Road 612 NE, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-9691

Whitetails Steak & Ale [Steakhouse], PO Box 2056, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-6800

Lodging

All Seasons Resort [Resort], 706 South Cedar Street, PO Box 1081, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-0000

Bear Den Lodge [Hotels & Motels], 6874 Camp Tanuga Road, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (248) 258-9150

Carefree Cove Resort [Resort], 7417 Country Road, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-5282

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Econo Lodge - Kalkaska Inn [Hotel & Motel], 703 N Cedar St. US 131, US 131 & M 72, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-9119

Goregous Vacation Getaway [Cabin & Cottage Rental], 4946 E. Shore Drive, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (734) 427-6866

Granada Inn Motel [Hotels & Motels], 720 North Cedar Street, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-9131

Kalkaska Area Lakefront Cabins [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 4357 East Shore Drive NE Manistee Lake, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 587-9587

Kalkaska Cottage [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 11123 M-72, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (810) 650-4843

The Lucky Break Cottage [Cabins & Cottage Rentals], Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (586) 524-2896

Manistee Station Cabin & Camping [Cabin & Cottage Rentals, Campground], 7390 County Rd 612 NE, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (269) 209-9051

North Country Motel [Hotels & Motels], 502 South Cedar US-31, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-9106

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Outdoors & Sports

CCC Bridge State Forest Campground, 10 miles SE of Kalkaska via M-72, and Sunset Trail Road, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 922-5280

Hawkins Outfitters [Trout Fishing Guides], PO Box 362, Traverse City, MI 49685, Phone: (231) 228-7135

Guernsey Lake State Forest Campground, 8 miles West of Kalkaska via Island Lake Road and Campground Road, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 922-5280

Grandview Golf Club [Golf Course], 3003 Hagni Road Northeast, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-3244

The Kaliseum [Ice Skating & Hockey], 1900 Fairground Road, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-5913

Kalkaska R.V. Park & Campground [Campground & RV Park], 580 M-72 SE, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-9863

Log Lake County Park and Campground [Private Campground], Kalkaska County Park, Log Lake Road, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-2940

Manistee Station Cabin & Camping [Cabin & Cottage Rentals, Campground], 7390 County Rd 612 NE, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (269) 209-9051

North Country National Scenic Trail, 229 E Main Street, Lowell, MI 49331, Phone: (616) 897-5987.

Sand Lake Quiet Area Pathway [Biking & Hiking Trails, Wildlife Viewing], Pere Marquette State Forest, Island Lake Road & Campground Road, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 922-5280.

Timber Wolf Golf Club [Golf Course], 5646 M-72 SE, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-5685

Twin Birch Golf Course & Restaurant [Golf Course, Casual Dining], 1030 County Road 612 NE, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 258-9691

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