Tuscarora Township

General Information
& Township Highlights

General Contact Information

For a list of township officials and personnel please click here.

Physical Address:
3546 S. Straits Hwy.
Indian River, MI 49749

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 220
Indian River, MI 49749

Phone: 231.238.0970

Fax: 231.238.7955

Police Department

The Tuscarora Township Police Department is a 24 hour, 7 day a week operation with office hours from 8 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday except holidays. The Police Department is located at the rear of the Tuscarora Township Municipal Building. If you arrive at the station and the door is locked, please use the phone next to the door. This will connect you to 911 and to an officer.

Chief Temple would like to remind all residents that unlike other places, our 911 system is designed to receive and dispatch all calls for police irregardless whether an emergency or not.

Our office phones are only answered during administrative hours, which are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The administrative phone number for the police department is 231-238-9481.

Tuscarora Township DDA

The DDA meetings are on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and are held in the meeting room of the Tuscarora Township Municipal Building located at 3546 S. Straits Highway. All meetings are open to the public, who is encouraged to attend.

Freedom of Information Request

The following is a written public summary of the Township’s FOIA Policy as well as the Township’s complete FOIA Policy & Request for Information.

Room Rental Agreement & Use Policy

Tuscarora Township rents its meeting room to persons in the community, so long as they are not in use for Township, Library, or Police functions. They are rented on a first-come, first-served basis, with reservations taken up to 1 year in advance.

An Application for Use of Meeting Room and Use Policy (PDF file) must be completed and signed in order to use these facilities. Rental rates and contact phone numbers are included in these documents.


Tuscarora Township has two municipal cemeteries. Oakhill Cemetery is located off Chippewa Beach Road behind the Indian River Golf Course and Ohioville Cemetery is located off Rogers Road.

For further information contact Susan Fisher, Tuscarora Township Clerk. All terms and conditions are governed under the Tuscarora Township Cemetery Ordinance #22.


The Indian River Area Library invites all residents of Tuscarora Township to come and “check us out”. We diligently strive to answer the needs and interests of our community within the confines of our budget. Your library is a place to read, a place to study, a warm place to stay on a snowy day, a place to go when you want to know, and a place to gather with old friends and meet new ones.

We have close to 55,000 books for all ages and interests. In addition, we have a large collection of Michigan and local history materials, business development materials, an extensive new book section, a statewide recognized collection of music in all its genres, access to MelCat databases and interloan, fiber-optic high speed Internet and wireless access, books on audio, homebound delivery if you reside within Tuscarora Township, and award winning and foreign DVDs.

Our hours of operation are:

Library cards at the library are available free of charge for residents of Tuscarora Township. By contract, Mentor Township pays for one non-resident card per household. All other areas must purchase a non-resident card for the cost of $20.00 per year. And what a great deal that is!

To obtain a library card you must present one of the following showing current residence address:


Cooperation Park:

Cooperation Park, Tuscarora Township, Indian River, Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Straitsland Resorter.

This large park is located two miles south of downtown Indian River and covers 51.78 acres. It has six baseball fields, a skateboard park, thee tennis courts, a basketball court, horseshoe pits, ice/roller rink, and seven soccer fields! The park also features a lighted ice rink for the winter months, a lighted sledding hill and cross-country ski trails that double as walking trails in the warmer months.

Cooperation Park, Tuscarora Township, Indian River, Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Straitsland Resorter.

Changes are continuously being made to the park. In recent years the park added a 5,900 square foot, fenced, play structure encircled with a walking track. In 2005 Cooperation Park added a warming hut for the skating rink; and, the park has its own Zambonie machine to condition the ice.

The Pavilion donated by the Indian River Women’s Club may be reserved by calling 231-238-0970.

Burt Lake State Park:

Burt Lake State Park

A five acre state park that has 380 modern and rustic campsites, a large beach and swim area on beautiful Burt Lake, a boat launch and a picnic area with a ball field.

DeVoe Beach:

This township park is located on a large shallow cove, at the mouth of  Indian River and Burt Lake.  It is just a short walk from the middle of downtown Indian River.

DeVoe Beach Park, Tuscarora Township, Indian River, Michigan. Photo courtesy of FishWeb.com

The park has a large sandy beach and picnic area, and is the home of our annual 4th of July fireworks display, the Top O’ Michigan Boat Races and the Indian River Chamber of Commerce family night during Summerfest.

A universally accessible, barrier free fishing pier has been constructed at the DeVoe Beach Park. The pier was named VETERANS PIER to Honor the Service and Sacrifice of our Nations Veterans.

Veterans Pier is an ideal place to just sit and relax, cast a line or watch a beautiful sunset. It is a tremendous asset to our community as it enhances outdoor recreation and promotes the inland waterway as well as the entire Indian River area.

Marina Park:

DeVoe Beach Park, Tuscarora Township, Indian River, Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Straitsland Resorter.

Located at the confluence of the Indian River and Little Sturgeon River is Marina Park and the Tuscarora Township boat launch.  The park has benches for viewing the rivers, docks for fishing and tables for picnics.  Final vision for the park includes day parking for boats, overnight marina, band shell, children’s playground and an on-site restroom and shower facility.

Boat Launch:

Boat Launch

The boat launch is located across the Little Sturgeon River on Nabanois Road. It is a dual ramp, deep water launch site that launches directly into the Little Sturgeon River at the junction of the Indian River.  There is parking for 26 vehicle/trailer combinations on site with overflow parking located at Marina Park.

Boat Launch User/Parking Fees: The daily launch/parking fee is $6.00 per day. This fee applies to all vehicles parked at the boat and/or launching or loading of boats.  Passes must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle.

Overflow parking is provided at Marina Park west of the Little Sturgeon. Vehicles without trailers may park at Marina Park for free; vehicles with trailers are $6.00 per day.  Unattended trailers will be towed at owner’s expense.

Annual (January-December) passes are $40.00 and are available for purchase at the Tuscarora Township office and at the Indian River Chamber of Commerce.  A business pass is available for purchase at the township office; please contact Sue Fisher, Clerk, at 231-238-0970 for further information.


North Central State Trail

Gaylord to Mackinaw City Recreation Trail. Photo by Emily Myerson.

Along the west side of Marina Park is the North Central State Trail, a year-round recreational trail that follows the abandoned Cheboygan to Gaylord railroad bed.  The scenic 62 miles of abandoned railroad grade was resurfaced with crushed limestone and is open to walkers, bicyclists, snowmobilers and cross country skiers.  The Indian River Tourist Information Center, public restrooms, food, beverages, frozen treats, ice cream, fudge, clothing and gift shops are located nearby on Straits Highway.

Census Data

Population/Growth Summary   (Year/Pop.)
1980/1952     1990/2297     2000/3091     2010/3038


The following reports are per the latest data from the 2010 Census.

Maps & Aerial Views

The following maps are for reference only.

“310” Song & Video

Helen Boyd Higgins Memorial Library

The Historical section of the Helen Boyd Higgins Memorial Library has collected many historical documents including maps, books, newspapers and photographs of lumbering operations and boats plying the Inland Waterway; it is an extensive library of rare books and local historical documents. The library is located at 10989 West M-68, Burt Lake, MI 49717. The hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (closed holidays).