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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.

Association Overview

Association Overview

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.



General Information

General Information

The Michaywe Pool Hours are 9:00 am - 8:00 pm daily.

Opal Lake Park is Open during the summer months. Park Hours are 11:00 am - 7:00 pm daily.

Michaywe Office Hours are Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Send Correspondance to:
Michaywe Owners Association
1535 Opal Lake Road
Gaylord, MI 49735

Phone: (989) 939-8919
Fax: (989) 939-8511

Board of Directors 


Michaywe' Real Estate Information

Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors (CBSR):

CBSR Michaywe Page:

CBSR MLS Michaywe Property Search:


Local Links & Information

Otsego County Government:

Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce : 

Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau:

Pine Cone Accommodations:

Gaylord Herald Times :

Gaylord Golf Mecca Website:

Gaylord Weather:

Michaywe Maps

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!

Michaywe Governance

Michaywé Governance

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

MOA Bylaws 8-19-14


MOA Rules & Regulations

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


MOA Policies

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


RV Parking Information

RV Parking Frequently Asked Questions



And Where Is Your RV, Boat, Camper, Snowmobile,…Parked?

Are you in violation of Otsego County Zoning Ordinance  In platted subdivisions, like Michaywé, “No recreational equipment or trailers shall be parked or stored on any lot in a residential district except in a rear yard...”  A violation of this ordinance may result in a ticket and fine from the County.


Additionally, the Michaywé Restricted Property Deed Restrictions places additional restrictions on recreational/leisure vehicles in Article VI, Section 1(f):

-           “House trailers, commercial vehicles, trailers, motor homes, camping vehicles, snowmobiles,….shall not be stored or parked on any Property Unit within the Restricted Property unless within a private completely enclosed garage.”

-          “..parking of noncommercial vehicles and recreational/leisure vehicles and equipment during periods of use, loading and unloading shall be allowed for not more than ten (10) days.

o   The critical element in this last point is period of use.  Moving of the vehicle within the 10 days is to allow the owner to properly care for the vehicle (loading/unloading) before moving the vehicle off the property or into an enclosed garaged.

Violation of these restrictions may result in fines as noted in Article VII, Section 3.

Board of Directors

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 Agenda 3-21-15

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.

2014 - 2015 Board of Directors

President - Mr. Glen Roberts - Term Ends June 2015

Vice President - Mr. Dick Gardner - Term Ends June 2016

Treasurer - Mr. John Stellman - Term Ends June 2016

Secretary - Ms. Sally Hall - Term Ends June 2017

Director - Mr. John Bissell - Term Ends June 2015

Director - Mr. Dale Jurcisin - Term Ends June 2017

Director - Mr. Dick Fitton - Term Ends June 2015


Board Meetings

2014 Schedule of Board Meetings

  • Saturday January 24, 2014 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday February 22, 2014 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday March 22, 2014 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday April 26, 2014 - Board @ 9:30 am & Town Hall @ 11:00 am
  • Saturday May 17, 2014 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday June 21, 2014 - Board @ 9:30 am & Annual @ 11:00 am
  • Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday August 23, 2014 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday September 20, 2014 - Board @ 9:30 am & Town Hall @ 11:00 am
  • Saturday October 25, 2014 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 9:30 am
  • Tuesday December 30, 2014 - Combined Board & Town Hall @ 4:00 pm


2015 Schedule of Board Meetings

  • Saturday January 24, 2015 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday February 21, 2015 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday March 21, 2015 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday April 18, 2015 - Board @ 9:30 am & Town Hall @ 11:00 am
  • Saturday May 2, 2015 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday June 27, 2015 - Board @ 9:30 am & Annual @ 11:00 am
  • Saturday July 25, 2015 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday August 22, 2015 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday September 26, 2015 - Board @ 9:30 am & Town Hall @ 11:00 am
  • Saturday October 24, 2015 @ 9:30 am
  • Saturday November 21, 2015 @ 9:30 am
  • Tuesday December 22, 2015  - Combined Board & Town Hall @ 4:00 pm

Michaywe Committees


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.

Audit Committee

The purpose of this committee is to ensure accurate presentation of all MOA financial data and make recommendations to the Board and management.

Buildings Committee

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.

Bylaws Committee

The purpose of this committee is to review the MOA Bylaws and make recommendations for amendments, additions, deletions, and/or clarifications.

Elections Committee

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.

Finance Committee


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.


Grounds Committee

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. 

Roads Committee

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.

Social Committee

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 Publications

2015 Event Calendar

File Download


2015 Social Committee Calendar

File Download


Monthly Calendar of Events

The MOA calendar of events can be picked up at the clubhouse or pro shop.  Most major events are posted on this website under "Events".

To have something posted on the monthly calandar, please email the information to Nan Robinson at

File Download: April 2015 Calendar

File Download: March 2015 Calendar


Whispering Pines Newsletter

The Whispering Pines Newsletter is a publication of the Michaywe Owners Association and focuses on business aspects of the Association and its amenities along with social, recreational, and member activities.

File Download: April 2015 Edition

File Download: November 2014 Edition

File Download: May 2014 Edition

File Download: November 2013 Edition

File Download: July 2013 Edition 

File Download: March 2013 Edition

File Download: October 2012 Edition

File Download: June 2012 Edition

File Download: March 2012 Edition

File Download: October 2011 Edition

File Download: May 2011 Edition

File Download: February 2011 Edition

Lot Consolidation

MOA Lot Consolidation

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR A 2015 LOT CONSOLIDATION HAS PASSED. Applications submitted at this time will be considered for the billing year 2016. The deadline to apply for a 2016 lot consolidation is Friday September 11, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be eligible for the dues reduction in 2016.

File Download: Application & Requirements for Lot Consolidation


Natural Gas

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.  


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