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 $480 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.
Michaywe Street Maps
File Download: Michaywe Street 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 Association is a non-profit organization which was formed to manage and administer the affairs of an association of property owners in a Planned Unit Development (PUD) known as Michaywe; to promote the welfare of its members by maintaining and beautifying the several developments and subdivisions in which its members own or possess real property interests; to enforce building and use restrictions; to represent members before governmental boards or bodies; to promote social and recreational activities; and to engage in such other activities as are incidental thereto and not forbidden by the laws of the State of Michigan.
Deed Restrictions - Restricted Properties
The Master Deed Restrictions for the Michaywe Planned Unit Development (PUD) is the governing document upon all the property within Michaywe. This document defines what the restricted properties are (i.e. lots, parks and other lands) and how they can be used (building requirements, restrictions, fines, etc.). This document is recorded at the Otsego County Register of Deeds and is a lien and encumbrance upon the land.
Master Deed Restrictions
Deed Restrictions - Recreational Facilities
This document governs how the recreational facilities are to be operated and managed.
Deed Restrictions - Recreational Facilities
MOA Bylaws 8-19-14
MOA Rules & Regulations
MOA Vehicle & Equipment Rules & Regulations
In the past, the Deed Restrictions regarding vehicles and equipment have been enforced to varying degrees. The MOA Vehicle & Equipment Rules & Regulations were implemented to provide a fair and uniform enforcement of our Deed Restrictions. Homeowners who own the vehicles and equipment described in our Deed Restrictions will be able to use and enjoy them provided they comply with the commonly referred to 10-day rule of our Deed Restrictions. The county prohibits parking of these vehicles and equipment in the front yard and for this reason alone Michaywé cannot permit or authorize someone to break the law and park such units in the front yard.
The vehicle and equipment Deed Restrictions have been debated, argued and numerous attempts have been made to expand, limit or even do away with them over the years. All efforts have failed so we must all accept the Rules as written and work together to respect each other's views. Hopefully, owners will find the Rules to be acceptable and workable, as well as, our enforcement fair and understanding. The opposing view should be encouraged by our attempts to remove these from front yards . That being said, the Association has an obligation to enforce the Deed Restrictions and Rules, which we will continue to do when we become aware of any violations through our own efforts or through homeowner complaints.
The new MOA Vehicle & Equipment Rules & Regulations are designed to comply with the County Ordinance. The following facts are intended to clarify the relationship between the Ordinance, Deed Restrictions, and Rules:
- The County Ordinance does not allow parking in the front yard.
- The County Ordinance allows parking in the side yard, but only with a written variance from the Otsego County Zoning Administrator.
- The County Ordinance only allows parking in the rear yard.
- The MOA Deed Restrictions limits parking to no more than a ten-day period.
- The Rules & Regulations limit parking to the rear yard in compliance with the Ordinance.
Therefore, in Michaywé, vehicles and equipment may only be parked in the rear yard for no more than a ten-day period.
Manual of Requirements for Building & Tree Removal Projects 2-21-15
Member, Guest & Public Use Rules & Regulations for the Michaywé Amenities 9-21-13
Collections Rules & Regulations 12-21-13
Accounting Prctices Policy 8-24-13
Books & Records Policy 7-1-12
Code of Conduct for MOA Directors Policy 12-28-10
Committees Policy 9-21-13
Dues Payment Methods Policy 4-18-09
Financial Information Policy 8-24-13
General Policy Disclaimer 9-21-13
Golf Cart Policy 2-22-14
Maintenance & Reserve Policy 12-19-09
Member Open Forum Policy 4-14-07
Michaywe Forward Program Policy 8-21-10
Opal Lake Park Policy 9-20-14
Policy on Policies 9-21-13
Otsego County Governance
Otsego County Zoning Ordinances
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.
2016 Board of Directors Nominations
Many Michaywé property owners are receiving their 2016 Membership Cards. Included in that mailing was the form to nominate Director candidates for the MOA Board. When that form was created, two director positions were due to be elected in June. Now, there are three. There will be two directors elected to 3-year terms and one director elected to the remaining 2-years of a vacated 3-year term.
If you received the form requesting two nominees, please feel free to write in a third nominee. Or, if you would prefer, please click on the link below to download an updated form.
2016 Board of Directors Nomination Form
Board Meeting Agenda
File Download: Board Meeting Agenda 5-14-16
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.
2015 - 2016 Board of Directors
President - Mr. Dick Fitton - Term Ends June 2018
Vice President - Mr. Dale Jurcisin - Term Ends June 2017
Treasurer - Mr. John Stellman - Term Ends June 2016
Secretary - Ms. Sally Hall - Term Ends June 2017
Director - Mr. Mike Martin - Term Ends June 2016
Director - Mr. Dick Gardner - Term Ends June 2016
Director - Mr. Fred Layman - Term Ends June 2018
2016 Schedule of Board Meetings
Please Note: The open sessions have been changed from 9:30 am to 10:00 am
- Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ 9:30 am
Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am CANCELLED
- Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am
- Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Combined Board & Town Hall @ 10:00 am
- Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am
- Saturday, June 25, 2016 - Board @ 10:00 am & Annual @ 11:00 am
- Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am
- Saturday, August 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am
- Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Combined Board & Town Hall @ 10:00 am
- Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am
- Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am
- Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Combined Board & Town Hall @ 4:00 pm
Arts & Crafts Fair Committee
The purpose of this committee is to promote, manage, coordinate, and supervise the Annual Arts & Crafts Fair in cooperation with the General Manager.
The purpose of this committee is to ensure accurate presentation of all MOA financial data and make recommendations to the Board and management.
The purpose of this committee is to observe the ongoing condition of all buildings, their mechanical systems, and contents owned by the Association and make recommendations to the Board and the General Manager regarding all related matters.
The purpose of this committee is to review the MOA Bylaws and make recommendations for amendments, additions, deletions, and/or clarifications.
The purpose of this committee is to conduct the annual election of the Board of Directors of the Association and all other Association elections that occur. This includes the initial request for candidates, selection of those candidates, all mailing of materials, administering the election process, and reporting the results.
This Committee is established by the MOA Board of Directors to assist it in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities of the financial management of the Association. This may include collecting data and information, strategic financial planning activities, communication and promotion of financial information to the MOA Membership, and other duties assigned by the MOA Board.
The Committee shall consist of not less than three members. The MOA Board shall appoint the members of the Committee and the Committee Chairperson, who will serve at the discretion of the Board. Members of the Committee shall have the background necessary to perform its duties.
The purpose of this committee is to observe the ongoing condition of all real property owned by the Association and make recommendations to the Board and the General Manager regarding all related matters.
Long-Range Planning Committee
The purpose of this committee is to consider the future (more than one year in advance) direction and needs of the Michaywé Community, and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Opal Lake Park Committee
The Opal Lake Park Committee is responsible for the general maintenance and improvements made to the buildings, equipment, and grounds at Opal Lake Park. A major effort is the Annual Spring clean-up held prior to 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 violations and establish a program for enforcement.
The purpose of this committee is to identify problems with Michaywe roads and develop solutions by proactively working with the Otsego County Road Commission, the local township governments, the Michaywé Board, and Michaywé Members.
Site Development Committee
The purpose of this committee is to review site plans, building plans and specifications for new construction or additions to existing structures using the Master Deed Restrictions and the MOA Building Manual to evaluate plans submitted for approval.
The purpose of this committee is to work within the community to coordinate the various social activities, which (a) function in the name of the Association, (b) use the facilities owned by the Association, and/or (c) require financial support, either directly or indirectly, from the Association.
MOA Lot Consolidation
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR A 2016 LOT CONSOLIDATION HAS PASSED. Applications submitted at this time will be considered for the billing year 2017. The deadline to apply for a 2017 lot consolidation is Friday September 9, 2016. Applications received after this date will not be eligible for the dues reduction in 2017.
File Download: Application & Requirements for Lot Consolidation
Most of Michaywe has the infrastructure neccessary for homeowners to connect and receive natural gas. If you do not currently have natural gas and would like to know if it is available and how much it will cost, please contact the Residential Service & Alterations Team at DTE. Their phone number is 800-533-6220.