Michaywé is a special place....
Established in 1970, Michaywé has grown at a steady, easy pace. This peaceful four-season recreational and residential community is nestled in the winding hills and lush woodlands south of Gaylord. Over 2,000 acres of forest, lakes and streams creates the backdrop for over 950 homes.
The community is a blend of many different lifestyles. The natural beauty of the area coupled with the amenities makes this a wonderful place to retire, raise a family or enjoy that vacation home of your dreams.
Amenities / Recreational Facilities
Michaywé property owners have exclusive use of the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa, sauna and tennis courts located at the main clubhouse as well as the Opal Lake Beach House.
Several of the special features of Michaywé are open to the public. Groomed cross country ski trails, nature areas, and our championship golf course, The Michaywé Pines Golf Course, all add to the enjoyment of all seasons. Our outstanding restaurant, Inn The Woods is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
In addition to the amenities, the Michaywé Owners Association sponsors a variety of activities in which members are able to participate:
- Opal Lake Park Picnics
- Mixed League Bowling (October through April)
- Michaywe Childrens Play Group
- Men's and Women's Golf Leagues
- A needlework club, book club, plus weekly bridge, pinochle and euchre clubs.
Michaywé holds many special celebrations which include a Christmas Luncheon, a Christmas Dinner Dance, a Spring Luncheon, Ice Cream Social, Winterfest, themed golf outings and the end of summer chili cook-off.
All Michaywé property owners automatically become members of the Michaywe Owners Association upon the purchase of the property and are responsible for annual Membership dues, which at the present time are $400 per year. All property within Michaywe is governed by its Master Deed Restrictions for the purpose of having a uniform set of restrictive covenants in order to protect the economic value of the land, to provide for maintenance and upkeep, to provide for public sewer and/or water systems, and to ensure the continued attractiveness and value of the Restricted Property.
Michaywe is managed by a Board of Directors which holds monthly business meetings. Michaywe Members are always welcome to attend open Board meetings and are encouraged to participate during the Open Forum. There are also three quarterly Town Hall Meetings and an Annual Meeting in June of each year. The election of Directors and an update of the status of the Association is given at the Annual Meeting.
Board of Directors
Michaywe Street Maps
File Download: Michaywe Street Map
File Download: Michaywe 2012 Tar & Chip Map
Michaywe Cross Country Ski Trail Map
File Download: Ski Trail Map
Land Use Map
Click on the PDF file below and you can pull up the Michaywe Land Use Map.
You have the ability to enlarge the map and scroll around. Use the "hand" symbol to scroll and the "+ / -" symbols to increase or decrease the size.
Use the "binocular" symbol to search for property units or streets, too!
The map can also be printed out in full or just a particular section.
File Download: Michaywe Land Use Map
Otsego County Links
Here is a link to Otsego County's Website ---
Scroll down and click on Property Search
You can access information by name or tax id! They, too have a map you can access!
State of Michigan - Plat Maps
Click on Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats
Enter Subdivision: Michaywe
Enter County: Otsego
Note: 1st time uses click on that option to load the map!
Board of Directors
The MOA Board of Directors is a voluntary group of men/women who are elected by the Michaywe Members. The Board meets at least one time per month, usually the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of the month, at the Michaywe Clubhouse.
Board Meeting Agenda
File Download: Board Meeting 5-18-13
Board Meeting Agenda Topics
The MOA Board of Directors would like your input. If you have a topic you would like to address with the board, please contact either a board member or the MOA Offices. The deadline for submission of agenda topics is the Tuesday twelve days in advance of a Saturday meeting.
2012 - 2013 Board of Directors
President - Mr. Michael Buckley
Term Ends June 2015
Vice President - Mr. Dick Gardner
Term Ends June 2013
Treasurer - Mr. John Stellman
Term Ends June 2013
Secretary - Mr. Glen Roberts
Term Ends June 2015
Director - Mr. John Bissell
Term Ends June 2015
Director - Ms. Carolyn Smith
Term Ends June 2014
Director - Mr. Jay Welter
Term Ends June 2014
All regular board meetings are scheduled for 8:30am and will begin with executive session until approximately 9:30am. Open Forums are held as close to 11:00 am as possible. Quarterly town hall meetings are usually held at 2:00pm on a Saturday, with the exception of the December Town Hall meeting.
2013 Schedule of Board Meetings
- Board - January 26, 2013
- Board -
February 23, 2013 RESCHEDULED for Saturday March 2, 2013
- Board - March 23, 2013
- Board & Town Hall - April 27, 2013
- Board - May 18, 2013
- Board - June 22, 2013
- Members' Annual Meeting - June 22, 2013
- Board - July 27, 2013
- Board - August 24, 2013
- Board & Town Hall - September 21, 2013
- Board - October 26, 2013
- Board - November 23, 2013
- Board & Town Hall - December 21, 2013
Site Development Committee
The purpose of this committee is to review site and building plans and specifications for new or additions to existing structures using applicable sections specified in the Master Deed Restrictions and presented in the MOA Building Manual in evaluating plans submitted for approval.
Arts & Crafts Fair Committee
The purpose of this committee is to promote, manage, coordinate and supervise the Annual Arts and Crafts Fain in cooperation with the General Manager.
The purpose of this committee is to represent the Membership to assure the accurate and timely production and presentation of all financial data of MOA.
Buildings & Grounds Committee
The purpose of this committee is to observe the ongoing condition of all real property owned by the Association; to make recommendations to the Board and the General Manager regarding all matters.
The purpose of this committee is to supervise the conduct of the annual election of the Board of Directors of the Association, including the initial request for candidates, selection of those candidates, all mailing associated therewith, and the conduct of the election itself, reporting the results, together with all supporting documentation.
Long Range Planning
The puropose of this committee is to consider the future (more than one year in advance) direction and needs of the Michaywe Community, and to make recommendations, in that regard, to the Board of Directors. When appropriate, said recommendations shall include information related to estimated costs and expenses of such recommendations.
Opal Lake Park Committees
The Opal Lake Park Committee is responsible for the general maintenance and improvements to the Park, buildings, equipment and grounds. A major effort is the Annual Spring clean-up before opening which includes: removing limbs, trash and raking the grounds; cleaning the deck and beach area; check grills and beach equipment, make needed repairs; and place floats designating the swim area.
Restrictions Compliance Committee
The purpose of this committee is to identify MOA Deed Restrictions and County Ordinance violations and establish a program for enforcement. To review and recommend changes or additions to MOA restrictions and publish a manual for all MOA members. Develop and monitor a reporting method whereby MOA members may identify violations and direct same to the MOA office for Committee Action.
The purpose of this committee is to work within the community, and to coordinate the various social activities which (a) function in the name of the Association, (b) use the facilities owned by the Association, or (c) require financial support, either directly or indirectly, from the Association.
2013 Social Event Calendar
Michaywe Roads Committee
Request for Lot Consolidation
Applications for lot consolidation for the billing year 2014 will be accepted until Friday September 13, 2013. Applications received after this date will not be eligible for the dues reduction in 2014.
File Download: Application & Requirements for Lot Consolidation
Phase I of the Natural Gas Installation was approved by MichCon and completed in 2000 andPhase II was completed in 2001.
If you have immediate questions regarding the Natural Gas Installation please call Carole Van Damme 231-347-0107.
Cost to tap into natural gas
To have your service line installed which covers your meter, manifold and up to 400 feet of service line (an additional per-foot charge is applicable for service lines exceeding this length.)
Prepayment of a $200 application fee, plus $1,988 one-time lump sum payment (or you may choose to pay a fixed monthly surcharge of $28.56 per month for a period of 10 years on your monthly gas bill (this monthly charge includes 12.04% interest.)
It is the owners responsibility to have the appliance converted to natural gas, which involves a separate cost. MichCon recommends that you obtain at least two estimates from a licensed contractor to do your conversion work.
Below are the streets that are tentatively scheduled to receive natural gas service when the project resumes:
Gray Hawk Ct
High Trees Ct
Wood Thrush Circle