History of Lake Miramichi

Lake Miramichi, Little Lake Miramichi, Chippewa Township, Evart Township, and the City of Evart were originally inhabited by the Chippewa Indians before the area was settled by Europeans.  They shared this area with the Ottawa tribes to the north, and the Mascoutens, Potawatomi, and Miami tribes to the south.  In fact, Mecosta County was named after Chief Mecosta of the Chippewa tribe, Osceola County was named after Chief Osceola of the Seminole tribe, and Chippewa Township was named to honor the Chippewa Indians.  

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The Native Americans in this area mainly spoke Algonquin, which was the common language used by the local tribes.  Lake Miramichi is assumed to be an Algonquin term for "Land of cool blue water."  The Europeans originally acquired this land from the Native Americans through two treaties: The Treaty of Saginaw of 1819 and the Treaty of Washington of 1836.  

In 1962, Hugh Adams, Newell Donley, Stanley Marsh, and Fay Zeller started the Lake Miramichi project by purchasing 680 acres including: Upper Big Stone Lake, Lake of the Woods, and Lake of the Fields.  A 1,700 foot long dam was constructed at the northwestern end of the lake system.  This dam raised the water level 18 feet, thereby creating the 205 acre lake that presently exists as Lake Miramichi.

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The project was completed in 1964 and later sold to the American Realty Service Corporation of Memphis, Tennessee, on June 23, 1966.  An additional 273 acres were purchased by the corporation, increasing the total project area to 953 acres.  In 1966, a small dam was constructed at the southeastern end of Lake Miramichi, creating a 25 acre lake known as Little Lake Miramichi.  This project was completed in 1967. 

The subdivision development was then platted into 1,116 lots, currently containing 155 homes.  Approximately 1/3 of the homes are occupied year round, and 1/3 are occupied seasonally, and the rest are occupied at various times throught the year.  Use of the two lakes is restricted to only subdivision land owners and guests.  Public access is strictly prohibited and enforced.  Membership dues are the main source of revenue to the Lake Miramichi Property Owners Association (LMPOA) 

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