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Haynes Township, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Alcona
 • Total 35.1 sq mi (90.8 km2)
 • Land 34.9 sq mi (90.5 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 787 ft (240 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 722
 • Density 21/sq mi (8.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-37380
GNIS feature ID 1626456

Haynes Township is a civil township of Alcona County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 722 at the 2010 census. The township is to the north of the city of Harrisville and to the northeast of the village of Lincoln, which are the nearest population centers.


Alcona is a tiny, unincorporated community in the township on the shore of Lake Huron about one mile (1.6 km) south of the boundary with Alcona Township at 44°45′36″N 83°17′52″W / 44.76°N 83.29778°W / 44.76; -83.29778 (Alcona, Michigan). The FIPS place code is 26-01050, and the elevation is 590 feet (180 m) above sea level. It was first settled by Canadian-born commercial fisherman William Hill about 1855. First known as The Cove, it was later renamed after Alcona County. The settlement remained a fishing town until about 1865 and then a lumbering town until about 1880. A post office was established on January 9, 1867, with Bryant S. Lagrange as the first postmaster. The post office operated until August 15, 1903. The town is located on Sanctuary Bay, approximately three miles north of Sturgeon Point Light Station with its own dock served by passenger ships. The town virtually disappeared in the early 20th century, and its historic buildings fell into disrepair and were eventually torn down. It was considered a "ghost town." Thereafter, there has been development, and homes are in the area, although the central business district seems forever lost.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.1 square miles (90.8 km2), of which 34.9 square miles (90.5 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.42%, is water.

Haynes Township is part of the eastern edge of Huron National Forest, which offers outdoor recreational opportunities such as hunting, swimming, cross-country skiing and trout fishing. The forest contains 330 miles (530 km) of hiking trails.

The Lake Huron beaches in and around Haynes Township (including two state parks) have been recognized as being among the top ten in Michigan.

Sturgeon Point Light Station, both an operational lighthouse and a museum, is within Haynes Township and is open to the public. A one-room schoolhouse, the Old Bailey School, is also at that location.

Major highways

  • US 23 runs along (or parallels) the Lake Huron shore, and connects with M-72 a few miles south in Harrisville. US 23 is the most proximate connector to Interstate 75, to which it connects in Standish, about 80 miles (130 km) to the south. The section north of Standish has been designated the Sunrise Side Coastal Highway, and runs along (or parallels) the Lake Huron shore. About 130 miles (210 km) to the north is Mackinaw City, the Mackinac Bridge, and the north end of the lower peninsula's I-75.
  • M-72 ends in Harrisville. It runs 133 miles (214 km) across the Lower Peninsula from Harrisville to Empire, and is one of three true cross-peninsular highways.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 368
1970 416 13.0%
1980 569 36.8%
1990 549 −3.5%
2000 724 31.9%
2010 722 −0.3%
Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

As of the census of 2000, there were 724 people, 308 households, and 230 families residing in the township. The population density was 20.7 per square mile (8.0/km²). There were 598 housing units at an average density of 17.1 per square mile (6.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.34% White, 0.28% Native American, 0.14% Pacific Islander, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 308 households out of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the township the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 19.3% from 25 to 44, 34.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 107.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $34,896, and the median income for a family was $39,750. Males had a median income of $32,125 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,279. About 5.0% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

Haynes Township elected officials

  • James Effrick, Supervisor (989) 736-6657
  • Sharon Schefferly, Clerk (989) 736-8801

Township meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at Haynes Township Hall, 3930 McNeil Road. (information as of May 2012)

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