Welcome to Peninsula Township
The Old Mission Peninsula is perhaps Michigan's most unique and scenic township. Unlike the typical six-mile by six-mile-square township, the Old Mission Peninsula is finger-like in shape, projecting approximately 16 miles into Grand Traverse Bay. The township varies from one to three miles in width and encompasses approximately 42 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. The 2020 U.S. Census lists a population of 6,068.
Peninsula Township Offices Closed Memorial Day
Township offices are closed Monday, May 30th - Memorial Day
Township Board - Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. to adopt the Township’s Zoning Ordinance re-write (website opens in new tab).
Center Road (M-37) Resurfacing Project
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will start a four-month resurfacing project of Center Road/M-37 in Peninsula in April.
The resurfacing work will begin just north of Peninsula Drive and continue to the tip of Old Mission Peninsula. The expected end date is August 19. According to MDOT, one lane of alternating traffic will be maintained with traffic regulators during weekday work hours throughout the construction period.
From Team Elmers | North Michigan Concrete Asphalt Excavation Crane & Rigging: MAY 9 START-CONSTRUCTION ALERT M-37 CENTER ROAD. Elmer's plans to start a project on Peninsula Drive that will go clear up to the Old Mission Lighthouse beginning May 9th. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled using traffic regulators. Expect delays. Seek alternate route. Project is expected to be completed in 6 weeks and we'll do our best to get it done in a timely manner. Thank YOU!
Bayshore Marathon – Saturday, May 28th
The annual Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K will take place along East Shore Drive, Center Road and Bluff Road on the morning of May 28, 7:15 a.m. to approximately 1:15 p.m. If you have special transportation needs during the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the race and course, visit their website (website opens in new tab).
The Lighthouse 100 - June 11th
The 2022 Lighthouse 100 (website opens in new tab) will begin at 6:00am EST at the Mission Point Lighthouse (20500 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686) on June 11th, 2022. Race course turn-by-turn directions (website opens in new tab).
Log Cabin Day – Sunday, June 26th
Hosted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, the annual Log Cabin Day is scheduled for Sunday, June 26. The event is free and celebrates the historic Hessler Log Cabin located at Lighthouse Park at the end of Center Road (M37), as well as the restored Dougherty House, now open to the public as a museum, located at 18459 Mission Road. Festivities take place at the Hessler Log Cabin and Mission Point Lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Dougherty House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meijer Festival of Races - Saturday, July 9th
The annual Meijer Festival of Races 5K, 10K, 15K, and Half Marathon will take place along Island View Road, private property and Peninsula Drive on the morning of July 9th, from approximately 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. For more information about the race and course, visit their website (website opens in new tab).
Traverse City Triathlon - Sunday, August 21st
The Olympic and sprint-distance races start in the calm, clean waters of Bowers Harbor on West Grand Traverse Bay for a looped swim. The bike courses point athletes past picturesque orchards and vineyards and over a few tough climbs. Heading out on the run, racers follow Neahtawanta Road along the water before turning up a dirt road into the Pyatt Nature Preserve. Athletes then return to the pavement for the final stretch to the finish line at Bowers Harbor Park, visit their website (website opens in new tab).
Participate Old Mission
Peninsula Township offers a public participation tool called Participate Old Mission. This tool provides a means to constructively share ideas, ask questions, and exchange thoughts. Please take some time to explore this site and contribute your thoughts about the future of Peninsula Township. Visit https://participateoldmission.com (website opens in new tab) and check it out.
Township Meetings Streaming on YouTube
Most township meetings held at the township hall are streamed live on the township's YouTube channel (website opens in a new tab) and are available for viewing for 30 days after they are held.
Grand Traverse County Household Hazardous Waste
(Sign up will be available online one month before each event.) Go to the Grand Traverse County Recycle Smart website (website opens in new tab) to make an appointment. Schedule:
The Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department (RecycleSmart) will be conducting Scrap Tire Collection Events in 2022.
Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Resource Recovery Department, 231-995-6075 to schedule your appointment.
Donation of Development Rights
The Township's DDR program may be a great option for you!
Contact the Planner at 231.223.7314 if you are interested in more information.