Garfield Township, Fife Lake


466 W. Sharon Road, Fife Lake MI 49633

The Annual Spring Clean-Up will be Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 7:00am-12:00pm.  This will be taking place at our Annex Building on Hatley Road. Please stay tuned for updated information. Thank You!!

**Garfield Township Annual Clean-Up**

The Annual Spring Cleanup will continue on Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend (5-29-2021) from 7:00am-12:00pm.  In an effort to avoid some of the confusion surrounding what is expected and allowed during this very successful program we are outlining the Top Ten Rules.

     10.  NO household garbage, liquids, paint, oil, antifreeze, gas, chemicals, hazardous waste, explosive materials, broken glass, yard waste,       concrete, burn barrels or any item too heavy for two people to pick up.

     09.  NO appliances with Freon.

     08.  Loose materials MUST be in a container.

     07.  Fencing material MUST be tightly bound.

     06.  Auto parts/engines accepted; cars MUST have a title.

     05.  Car tires limited to 12 per household.

     04.  Large tires without rims limited to 5.

     03.  Vehicle batteries accepted.

     02.  Household rubbish, building materials, furniture; carpet and flooring must be cut to 5' lengths, rolled and tied.

     01.  You MUST have a current drivers license or your last property tax notice!

Welcome to the website for Garfield Township that is located in Kalkaska County.

Garfield Township, Kalkaska County, consists of 3 ranges and it is the largest township in lower Michigan.  Of the approximate 67,600 acres of land in the township, 50,890 acres belong to the state of Michigan.

    The large portion of state land makes Garfield Township a popular hunting ground for white tail.  During hunting season, the cabins that stand empty all year suddenly come alive.  Every where you look you can catch glimpses of hunter orange.

    The plentiful snowfall and groomed trails makes Garfield Township buzz with snowmobile activity in the winter.  There are about 10 miles of the groomed Cranberry Trail for snowmobiles in the township. 

    There are approximately 30 miles of ORV trails running through the township.

    Mushrooming is quite popular here.......if you are lucky enough to know where to find them.  You have to discover them on your own though.  The people in-the-know keep their favorite spots a deep, dark secret!

    The majestic Manistee River is 232 miles long and of those, 19.96 miles are in this township.  It emerges from the hills just southeast of Alba in Antrim County and flows westward into Lake Michigan at Manistee.  It lays claim to being one of the best trout streams east of the Rockies.  It is ranked Michigan's third best smallmouth bass river.

    The river's name comes from the Ojibwa word Manistiqweita, meaning "Crooked River".  Historically, the upper river was reknowned for its outstanding Grayling (trout) fishing, among the finest in the world, as catches in excess of 1,000 fish per weekend outing were commonly reported up until the late 1800's, when extensive logging in the area ruined the habitat.  Logging in the area commenced in ernest between 1880 and 1910, with peak production occurring in the 1890's.  The river's relatively large size, stable flows, and dearth of cataracts or other difficult passages made it ideal for the transportion of lumber.  During this period, huge numbers of white pine logs, some as large as six feet in diameter, were floated down the river to the port at Manistee and eventually on to the lumber companies at Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, and Chicago where the wood was used to build cities and towns of the Midwestern United States.  Some of these logs became trapped at various points of the river, and can be seen today along the river bottom, vestiges of a bygone era.  (Wikipedia)

    Today the river is used extensively for recreation: boating, canoeing, tubing and fishing.

    Each visit to Garfield Township, Kalkaska County whether in the spring with new shoots of green making promises of things to come; in the summer for a laid back vacation of fishing or canoeing on our many miles of streams; in the fall when the colors are so vibrant you can almost taste them; or in the winter when everything is covered with a new canvas of pristine white, is sure to be a pleasing adventure.