Home - Welcome to Eagle Harbor Township
Notices to Eagle Harbor Township residents and taxpayers
Fall in the air!!
Can you even believe it.....The kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter. The cool weather finally hit, rain and wind have become the norm these days. A drive through the county will reveal the colors are changing along the spine of the Keweenaw and along the shore, little spots of color are becoming apparent. I would anticipate the usual first weekend of October as the peak color time. Things in the Township are quieting down, water turn offs are starting to come in as people begin the closing process for camps and cottages. Business at the Township is humming along. We had the listening session last week, described below, and was well attended. Short term rentals are still being discussed at the planning commission with draft language for an ordinance being scrutinized and poured over. The planning commission is hoping to finish that wording before their winter break. Here's hoping you are enjoying the fall, the colors, stacking firewood, crisp days and looking forward to family time at Thanksgiving! Stop in the office if you are around and say hello!
Eagle Harbor Listening Session
The evening of September 22nd, we had a collaborative event hosted by the Eagle Harbor Park Committee in conjunction with Visit Keweenaw (formally Keweenaw Convention and Visitor's Bureau), Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, and moderated by the Michigan State University Extension. It was a great turnout of residents, volunteers and community groups to discuss tourism in the Keweenaw and how it affects the region. Linked below is the slides from Visit Keweenaw regarding "Recreate Responsibly", an effort that was pulled from our first listening session earlier this year. Small steps are being taken to look at tourism and how we can help to make it a sustainable, practical, welcoming, and responsible economic impact for our area. We will post the summary of the event when it is available - mid-Octoberish.
Eagle Harbor State Marina
The upgrade to the Eagle Harbor State Marina has begun. There has been minimal work so far and the plan is to work until winter takes over and resume in the spring. They will focus on the current seawall and infrastructure and work on improvements to the eastern side of the boat launch in the spring/summer. Due to long lead times on some of the construction materials, the project will likely go through the entire boating season in 2023. The two most frequently asked questions are - "will they remove the tree in the middle of the road?" (NO!), and "will the boat launch remain open through construction?" (Yes, except for a very brief time when they place infrastructure underground to the eastern improvements). We will update as we know more. Below is part of the bid plans, the entire plan is printed at the Township Office and is available to review.
Eagle Harbor Township Recreation Area
Over the next few weeks the Township will be installing barriers to keep motorized traffic off of the historically non-motorized trails. While some people will be upset by this action, please know that it is not the few residents with ATVs that we are trying to punish. As everyone knows, ORV/ATV traffic is increasing every year. These adventurous visitors like to explore areas off the beaten path, and when an unmarked, or an open trail presents itself, they like to make the most of it. Groups out for a nature walk have encountered groups of up to 10 ATVs that were just "trying to find Great Sand Bay". Our trails are available for use with the consent of both private property owners, and Michigan Nature Association preserves, and their request is that it remain non-motorized. Thank you for your understanding and please pass the word on!
Stop in the office if you are around and say hello!
Eagle Harbor Township Zoning Board of Appeals Opening
The Eagle Harbor Township Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has room for new members! They meet as needed throughout the year, and have at least one annual meeting to conduct business and training. Their duties are laid out in Article 19 of the ZO and are an independent entity with a narrow quasi-judicial responsibilities. Please consider this valuable position and contact Rich in the office or through email.
Eagle Harbor Township Board Meetings
The pandemic "may" be over, but our meetings will continue to be hosted on Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please follow the link below if you would like to join in the meetings.
Updated Channel 28
We recently upgraded our equipment that outputs content to Channel 28 on the Eagle Harbor Cable System, provided by Cable America (thank you Jackson Family!) If you follow the link to the left for Channel 28 Notices, there is a link on the top that will play the scrolling channel line up and any current information that is on Channel 28. A big thanks to Dave Ellis for his time, skills and talent!
We have been fortunate to have someone volunteer his time and resources to install a weather station at the summit of Brockway Mountain. Click either of the links below to view current data. Thanks to John Lenters for the setup and we look forward to more weather related information from him in the near future!
Due to technological difficulties - the weather station hasn't been running.....stand by
Upcoming Twp. Meetings
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at Township Offices,
The Monthly meeting of the Township board is on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7pm.
Planning Commission regular meeting October 6th, 2pm.
Bill Pay - Online
Follow the link below to pay your Eagle Harbor Township Water and Tax Bills.
Credit or Debit Cards, and only to be used for current bills.
For delinquent water or tax bills, call the Township office at
906-289-4407 to speak to the Treasurer.
2022 Summer Taxes are due and payable before September 14th, 2022
If not paid, 2022 Summer taxes are delinquent.
You will have to contact the Treasurer for payment. 906-289-4407
If trying to pay a late bill (summer taxes or water), please call the Treasurer to get the most up to date payment total.
EHT Cross Country Ski/Hiking Trails
Click on the updated Ski Trail Map link - 2022 Map
Please know that we have removed a section of the trail that went through some private property. There were no issues, but rather the Park Committee is trying to more permanently secure the trail and felt that it was time to reroute some of it. We have been very fortunate to use these properties for so many years, thank you! The entire trail will now be accessed through the Dorothy and Fritz Carlton Loop. Last year we added another trail option, close to the Eliza trailhead - a 1.6K loop that goes around our Well House, called the Wellhead Loop. It is a lollypop loop that does cross the snowmobile trail, so be careful. Check out the map link above.
Current Status of trails: Updated 9/19/22
Grooming operations have been suspended for the year. Thank you for your support and hope you enjoyed the ski season!
D & F Carlton Loop (6K) - hiking and biking only
Sand Bay Spur (3K one way) - hiking and biking only
Shadow's Shortcut (.6K) - hiking and biking only
Wellhead Loop (1.6K) - hiking and biking only
AGAIN, Thank you to the Keweenaw Community Foundation. Through a Cross Country Ski Grant, Eagle Harbor Township recieved a new track setting block to update our current track setting block. The current specimen is roughly 25 years old and well past its useful life. Thank you, thank you KCF!!
Please think about supporting the Keweenaw Community Foundation - especially the Cross Country Ski Endowment if you enjoy skiing in the Keweenaw!
Video courtesy of Jeff Curto