Frederic Township, Michigan

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Frederic Township, Michigan
Location within Crawford County
Location within Crawford County
Frederic Township is located in Michigan
Frederic Township
Frederic Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°45′58″N 84°46′18″W / 44.76611°N 84.77167°W / 44.76611; -84.77167Coordinates: 44°45′58″N 84°46′18″W / 44.76611°N 84.77167°W / 44.76611; -84.77167
CountryUnited States
 • Total72.0 sq mi (186.5 km2)
 • Land71.4 sq mi (184.9 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
1,342 ft (409 m)
 • Total1,341
 • Density19/sq mi (7.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-30480[1]
GNIS feature ID1626311[2]

Frederic Township is a civil township of Crawford County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,341 at the 2010 census.[3]

Frederic is an unincorporated community in the northeast part of the township on the middle branch of the Au Sable River at 44°46′43″N 84°45′16″W / 44.77861°N 84.75444°W / 44.77861; -84.75444 (Frederic).[4] The ZIP code is 49733. It is about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Grayling via county roads.


Frederic Township is in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and occupies the northwest corner of Crawford County, bordered by Otsego County to the north and Kalkaska County to the west. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 72.0 square miles (186.5 km2), of which 71.4 square miles (184.9 km2) is land and 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2), or 0.86%, is water.[3] The Au Sable River flows southwards through the eastern part of the township, towards Grayling, while the Manistee River flows southwards through the western part of the township, then veers towards the southwest.

Hartwick Pines State Park and the Huron portion of the Huron-Manistee National Forests are nearby.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,401 people, 555 households, and 397 families residing in the township. The population density was 19.5 per square mile (7.5/km²). There were 1,092 housing units at an average density of 15.2 per square mile (5.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.14% White, 0.14% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

There were 555 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $31,923, and the median income for a family was $35,250. Males had a median income of $31,058 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,273. About 9.8% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.4% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation and tourism[edit]

  • The headwaters of the Au Sable River are on its eastern border. The Manistee River is on its western border. Thousands of acres of rolling terrain, including state and national forest, lie in between.
  • Frederic Township is home to numerous silent sports such as camping, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and trout fishing. It also offers hundreds of miles of off-road vehicle and snowmobile trails that are accessible from the village.[5]
  • Forbush Corners in Frederic is a world-recognized center for education and training in cross country skiing, and benefits from early and late snow due to a "snow belt micro climate". Accomplished amateur ski racer David Forbush designed, maintains and grooms "one of the finest privately owned systems in the Midwest."[6]

Elected officials[edit]

Frederic Township Hall
6470 Manistee St. P O Box 78
Frederic, MI 49733-0078

  • 9-2 Monday - Thursday
  • (989) 348-8778 voice (989) 348-7365 facsimile
  • William Johnson - Supervisor
  • Nancy Bindschatel - Clerk
  • Karen Dawson- Treasurer
  • Deb Friedman- Trustee
  • Annie Goscicki- Trustee


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Frederic Township, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Frederic township, Crawford County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Frederic, Michigan
  5. ^ Frederic Township official website.
  6. ^ Rankings and Discussion of Forbush corners Archived 2005-05-07 at the Wayback Machine Forbush Corners website

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