Michigan: Kalkaska County

Kalkaska County (pop. 17,153) is east of Grand Traverse County. It’s the only Kalkaska County in the U.S.

Kalkaska County has about 80 lakes – many of them popular for fishing.

Little Twin Lake

The “National Trout Memorial” is in the village of Kalkaska (pop. 2.020), the county seat.

Centerpiece for a fountain since 1966

Much of downtown Kalkaska burned down in fires in 1908, 1910, and 1925.

The 1908 fire

Kalkaska is the home of the National Trout Festival every April. The festival started in 1936.

Kalkaska also has an annual off-road bicycle race in November called the Iceman Cometh Challenge.

29 miles to Traverse City

“Kalkaska sand” is the state soil of Michigan.

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