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Brown Township

Brown Township is a civil township located in rural Manistee County, Michigan. The township was organized in 1855 and has a total area of 36.2 square miles. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Brown Township has a population of approximately 750 residents and a density of 18 people per square mile. The Big Manistee River runs through the heart of Brown Township which makes the area a sportsman’s paradise. In addition to the Big Manistee its tributaries Bear Creek and Chief Creek, Brown Township is positioned close to Lake Michigan fishing and beaches, abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, and easy access to the Manistee National Forest and Manistee River State Game Area.


SPECIAL NOTICE - Next Board meeting was changed to Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

SPECIAL NOTICE - Budget meeting is scheduled for June 26, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.

SPECIAL NOTICE - Next Election is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2024.  If you would like to request an Absentee Ballot for the upcoming Election, please contact the Clerk, Deborah Knutson at 231-510-4732.  

SPECIAL NOTICE - Open Positions for Board of Appeals.  Also,  more Election Inspectors are needed.  Please contact Deborah Knutson, Clerk if you are interested in serving your community.  

  • Regular Board Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Brown Township Hall.

  • Household refuse is collected on the first and third Saturdays of the month at the Brown Township Hall. More information Click Here.

  • Brown Township participates in the Manistee County Recycles program. For more information Click here.

Township Hall Information

Hall Location: 8233 Coates Hwy., Manistee, Michigan

Board Members


Paul Adamski

(231) 510-7887



Deborah Knutson

8025 Coates Hwy.

Manistee, MI 49660

(231) 510-4732



Melissa Hughey

(231) 676-0431



Tim Joseph

(231) 477-5381



Paul Wondolowski

(231) 233-6781


Jared Litwiller

3710 West Hawley Rd.

Ludington, MI 49431

(888) 714-9288

Planning Commission

Sylvester Wood - Chair

Sandra Nelson - Secretary

Scott Hughey

Tim Joseph

Tony Lamb


Board of Review

Robert Kenny

Jonathan Millsap

Dean Schalow

Joel Bowman


Board of Appeals

Robert Kenny - Chair

Tim Joseph

Tax Info

For tax info please contact Melissa Hughey at (231) 676-0431 or email.

Hall Rental

For the hall rental please contact Jon Millsap at 231-357-2573.

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