Welcome To Kalkaska

If hiking, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, biking, hiking, golfing, horseback riding, mushroom hunting, bird spying, or leaf peeping is your thing, we welcome you to visit us in Kalkaska.

Home of the National Trout Festival for over 80 years, and the North Country Scenic Trail for hikers has designated Kalkaska as a “Trail Town”. Not only are hiking trails available, but equestrian, mountain bike, ORV, and snowmobile trails as well. Complete with three golf courses, hotels, restaurants, and a short drive to Alpine and Nordic ski facilities, there are year-round opportunities for recreation. Come stay with us and don’t forget to get your picture taken at the Trout Fountain!

Iceman Commeth!

Held the first weekend of November, come rain, sleet, ice, snow or (if we’re lucky) sunshine, this annual mountain bike race is the longest point to point race in North America!

Fall Color Tour Train

Experience the autumn foliage of Northern Michigan in style with our passenger Color Tour train excursions! See schedule & event details at michigansteamtrain.com.

Featured Events

National Trout Festival

A National festival held to celebrate the opening of trout season in Michigan.

Kalkaska County Fair

An annual celebration of agriculture, livestock, crafts & community!

Christmas In Kalkaska

A winter celebration welcoming the holiday season to our community.

Stories From Kalkaska

Find a Farmer’s Market Along 131 North This Summer

Enjoy Fresh, Local Produce and Support Local Farmers! Farmer's markets are more than just a place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables; they are vibrant community hubs where you can meet local farmers, artisans, and fellow food enthusiasts. There's no better way to...

Kalkaska Awarded $112,000 For North Country Trail Improvements

via Traverse City Ticker Three nonprofit organizations have each received $112,000 in grants from Impact100 Traverse City. The three recipients, Friends of the Garden Theatre, Single MOMM, and North Country Trail Association, were chosen from five finalists that also...

Rotary Charities Awards Kalkaska DDA $50k in Assets for Thriving Communities Grant

via rotarycharities.org "Found at the crossroads of rail, highways, and trails, the historic Village of Kalkaska has been on a six-year community development journey. Rotary Charities has provided support at many critical junctures, most recently with a $50,000 Assets...

Seven Small Businesses Receive Kalkaska County Regional Resiliency Program Grants

via record-eagle.com Seven Kalkaska County small businesses received grants totaling $33,000 from the Regional Resiliency Program. The funds are to assist businesses with nine or fewer employees to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are administered by...

Fall Is Calling!

Fall color is rolling in and there is a chill in the air. With our varied elevations along the 131 North corridor we see are seeing a wide range of color right now, with color saturation ranging anywhere from 50% to 100% peak! For the past several months with most of...

Iceman Cometh Challenge

The Bell's Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge is back for its 29th year! The 29-mile mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City is conquered by professional and amateur athletes from around the world. To register for this event, please click here.   Read more...
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