Onekama Township, Michigan

Onekama Township is a civil township of Manistee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,514 at the 2000 census.

Township in Michigan, United States
Onekama Township, Michigan

Onekama Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan

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Onekama Township, Michigan
Onekama Township, Michigan (the United States)

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Country United States
State Michigan
County Manistee

  Total 23.4 sq mi (60.6 km2)
  Land 18.4 sq mi (47.8 km2)
  Water 5.0 sq mi (12.8 km2)

712 ft (217 m)

  Total 1,514
  Density 82.1/sq mi (31.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
49614 (Bear Lake),
49660 (Manistee),
49675 (Onekama)
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-60760[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626848[2]

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  • The Village of Onekama is located within the township on the northeast side of Portage Lake. The Onekama ZIP code 49675 serves southern and central portions of the township.[3]
  • The City of Manistee is to the southwest and the Manistee ZIP code 49660 serves a small area of the township on the south west side of Portage Lake.[4]
  • The Village of Bear Lake is to the west in Bear Lake Township and the Bear Lake ZIP code 49614 serves most of the northern part and a small area in the eastern part of Onekama Township.[5]
  • Pierport is an unincorporated community in the northwest part of the township at 44°25′36″N86°14′24″W.[6] In 1866, the Turnersport Pier Company built a pier here on Lake Michigan to ship wood. The place was at first known as Turnersport and was given a post office with that name in August 1868. Charles W. Perry from Vermont first came here in 1868. He bought the property in 1871 and developed the settlement. The settlement was renamed Pierport and the post office was renamed in June 1872. It was also known as Perry’s Pier. The post office operated seasonally during the summer from 1929 until closing in December 1933.[7][8][9]
  • Portage Point is an unincorporated summer resort in the southwest part of the township.
  • Red Park is an unincorporated community in the township on the south shore of Portage Lake.
  • Wick-A-Te-Wah is an unincorporated summer resort in the township on the south shore of Portage Lake.
  • Williamsport was a historical settlement in the southwest part of the township.
  • Crescent Beach is located on the southwestern shore of Portage Lake and stretches from Red Park to Williamsport.

In addition to the summer communities, there are also a number of well-known summer camps developed, associated with schools or church denominations. These include:

  • Camp Tosebo on the south side of Portage Lake
  • Little Eden on the north side of Portage Lake
  • Portage Lake Covenant Bible Camp on the southeastern side of Portage Lake. PLCBC was founded in 1946.

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