Village of Pellston

The Village of Pellston was founded in 1895 and quickly expanded with the arrival of the railroad. Pellston became the metropolitan center of a great logging empire that stretched from Cincinnati to the Upper Peninsula. Poor forest management eventually caused the logging to fail, and most of the town was destroyed when fires consumed the logging mills in the 1930s. More history is in this post.

Located in the center of Northernmost Cape, today Pellston is a beautifully quaint town nestled in the Maple River valley, hosts the regional school, airport, and fire station and offers numerous conveniences for travelers and locals, including a general store, dollar stores, a hardware store, post office, library, senior center, medical offices, bank, village hall, recreation areas, parks, and trails. Downtown Pellston is known for it’s vibrant antiques district and hosts the famous Antiques Art & Collectibles store. Pellston is a wonderful place to live, work, shop, dine and play!

Pellston is organized as village in Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 822 in 2010, and is known as one of the fastest growing communities in Northern Michigan. Voting and some services are handled by McKinley Township.


Current Village Website (2023)

Village Ordinances (2006)
Village Zoning Ordinances (2006)
Zoning Checklist
Zoning Application
Sign Permit Application
Village Charter (1895)
Recreation Plan
Financial Summary (2016)
Budget Summary (2016)

Village Hall Meetings:
Meetings start at 7:00 P.M. The Village Hall is located at Main and Milton Street.
To be placed on the agenda contact the village clerk at 539-7600.

Village Council: 2nd Monday of each month
Planning and Zoning Commission: 1st Monday of each month
Pellston Downtown Development Authority: 1st Tuesday of each month

Pellston Fire Department Burn Permits: 231-539-8411
Pellston Food Pantry on U.S. 31 near the football field is open Wednesday from 5:00-6:45pm

Pellston Public Schools
Pellston Regional Airport