General Rules

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General Rules

  1. All Hiawatha Club Property is Security Patrolled.

  2. Dues, fees and assessments must be current for members to use Club property and facilities.  To be current, dues, fees, and assessments must be paid by February 1.

  3. Members are responsible for the conduct of their guests.

  4. Gate keys shall be issued to and used by members only.

  5. Any violation of local, county, state or federal law or regulation while on Club property by a member, a member's family or guest is considered a violation of the Club Rules.

  6. Spouse and minor children (under the age of 21 and not married) of a member in good standing are permitted all privileges of the Club.  Grandchildren of a member up to sixteen (16) years of age are allowed fishing privileges if accompanied by a member.


  7. All guests, including guests staying at the campground, may not fish, hunt or trap on Club property.

  8. All guests must be accompanied by a member on Club property, with the exception of rental areas, the trap range, golf course, 3D archery range and Club beach.

  9.  No guests are allowed on Club hunting property during rifle deer season.

    Golf Course

  10. Grandchildren of members up to the age of sixteen (16), whose parents are not Club members, may play golf and pay the member fee for nine holes.

  11. Only service vehicles and motorized carts designed for golf course use may be driven on the course.

  12. Steel spikes are not allowed on the golf course.  All golf shoes must be equipped with soft spikes.

    Rental Areas

  13. Club Cabins can be rented by members and their guests. 

  14. Prime Rental Seasons include Summer Prime Season from the last full week of June and continues through the 2nd week of August and Hunting Prime Season from November 15th – November 22nd.

  15. MEMBERS may only rent ONE CABIN (1) at Member Rate and MUST stay in the cabin that they
    reserved to qualify for the reduced rate. Members may make a reservation one year to the day in
    advance. Additional Cabins may be rented after May 1st and at Guest Rate. (1/16/16)

  16. Guests may not reserve cabins during summer prime season until May 1st of the same year.  Guests may not reserve cabins during hunting prime season until November 1st of the same year. 

  17. Rental cabin occupants must use designated right-of-way when going to and from the beach to avoid trespassing on private property.

  18. Club boats must be properly tied up at the Club dock.

  19. Members and guests should bring their own Coast Guard approved life jackets with them when using Club boats. Members and Guests are expressly prohibited from using Club boats unless each boat occupant has a life jacket meeting state law requirements.  If you do not have lifejackets available they will be available for a nominal fee at the Club Office


  20. All dogs or other pets must be on a leash or under electronic control in all residential areas, when off pet owner's property.  Any damage caused by pets in rental cabins or extra cleaning costs will be billed to the cabin occupants.


  21. During the summer season there shall be no OPEN fires permitted on Club property except in designated areas.  All such fires shall be subject to DNR burning restrictions.

    Saw Logs and Firewood

  22. Each member must fill out an application for timber removal and pick up a permit at the office, which entitles the member to one fallen tree for saw log use per year.

  23. Prior to cutting firewood, a member must obtain a permit from the Club office.  The firewood permit is valid for three years.

Off Road Vehicle Code

1. Definitions

  1. An ORV is any motor vehicle that can be operated cross-country without benefit of a road or trail over land, snow and other natural terrain and includes all of the following: Multi-track and multi-wheeled vehicles, ATVs, motorcycles and related 2, 3 and 4-wheeled vehicles, amphibious machines (water to land and back), hovercraft and any other vehicles that use mechanical power, including 2 and 4-wheel drive vehicles that are highway registered, when operated off highways and roads.
  2. ATV’s are a subgroup of ORVs.
  3.  An ATV is defined as:
  1. A 3 or 4 wheeled vehicle that is designated for off-road use, that has low-pressure (balloon type) tires, with a seat that is designed to be straddled by the operator.
  2. There are specific exemptions from this list.  The following are NOT ORVs:
  3. Snowmobiles; farm, construction and logging vehicles when being used in usual work practices; Hiawatha Club 4X4 trucks, military, fire, emergency and law enforcement vehicles.

2. HSC ORV Permit

  1. All ORV’s and personal golf cars with the exception of  highway licensed vehicles, or golf carts being operated on the golf course are required to be marked in a visible manner with a HSC identification tag on the rear of the vehicle.  Identification tags are available at the Club office.  A refundable deposit of $10.00 is required.  This requirement extends to guests operating ORVs on the Club.

3. Equipment

  1. Before an ORV may be operated on the Club, the operator is responsible for the following equipment requirements:
  1. A braking system in good working condition that operates by either hand or foot;
  2. A throttle system designed to automatically and immediately return the engine speed to idle when pressure is released;
  3. A U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrester and muffler, in good working condition and in constant operation, meeting applicable sound level standards;
  4. A seating system that has been designed and manufactured to accommodate seating for each passenger;
  5. If operated during the hours of 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise must also have and display all of the following:
(1) a lighted headlight -a lighted tail light;
(2) a brake light, brighter than the tail light.

4. Restrictions on Young ORV Operators while on HSC

  1. Restrictions are in effect regulating the operation of ORVs by children under the age of 16.  There are also specific obligations that fall upon the parents or legal guardians of ORV riders under the age of 16, and upon the owners of ORVs.  Visual supervision is defined as having direct observation with the unaided eye and the ability to come to immediate aid of another ORV operator.

  2. Children 15 years old or less may operate ORVs only when under visual supervision of an adult;

  3. No child under the age of 12 may cross any street, highway or county road while operating any ORV.  (This is State Law.)

  4. Children who are at least 12 years old but not yet 16 may cross any street, highway or county road while operating an ORV but only at right angles.  (This is State Law.)

  5. The parents and legal guardians of a child 15 years old or less are subject to a grievance if they permit the child under their care to violate any of the above.  The owner (or person in control) of an ORV is also responsible if he or she permits an ORV to be operated by a child 15 years old or less.

5. Operation on HSC Lands

  1. All ORVs and other motorized vehicles must comply with DNR regulations to be operated on Club property, except as modified by Club rules.
  2. ORVs shall only be operated on the Designated Trail System unless a medical emergency exists.  The Designated Trail System Map is available in the Club Office and on our website (
  3. ​The following motorized vehicles are permitted on HSC trails designated “ATV ONLY”:  1.  ATVs, 2. Snowmobiles, 3. Motorcycles, 4. ORVs with a width of 65” or less.   ​​
  4. An ORV or other motorized vehicle may be used off the trails during black bear and deer season to remove a downed black bear or deer.  During the firearm deer season, a downed deer may be removed between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and after 5:30 p.m.
  5. Any member who has been issued a disabled persons parking permit by a Secretary of State may get a handicap ORV plate from the Club Office.  This permit will allow travel by the permitted member directly to and from the member’s registered blind only.  (The blind with the member’s blind number attached.) 
  6. ORVs and other motorized vehicles may be used for transporting bait and blind materials on posted trails, named trails and trails designated "travel at your own risk".  ORVs and other motorized vehicles are prohibited from transporting bait and blind materials off of posted trails or trails designated "travel at own risk".
  7. An ORVs, highway licensed vehicle or other motorized vehicle shall not be operated on Club property in excess of twenty (20) miles per hour.
  8. ORVs, except highway licensed vehicles shall not be operated on Club property after 10:00 p.m. unless a medical emergency exists.
  9. An ORV may not be operated in a manner that creates an erosive condition.  Most of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club soils and shorelines are fragile.  ORV operation on sand dunes, beaches, and along stream banks and other waterways is restricted.  Any member who operates any ORV in or on the waters of any stream, river, marsh, bog, wetland, quagmire or beach is subject to a grievance.  (Operation of a motor vehicle to access swimming and fishing opportunities on the Club Beach at Lake Michigan is allowed as long as the vehicle is operated in a SAFE manner does not cause damage to vegetation and sand dunes.)
  10. If a driver's license is required by state law to operate an ORV, or other motorized vehicle on public property, then a drivers license is also required to operate the motorcycle, ATV, ORV or other motorized vehicle on Club property. An unlicensed operator must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while operating an ORV or other motorized vehicle on Club property.
  11. An ORV or other motorized vehicle may only access Club lands through approved entry points.  Persons driving around locked gates will be subject to grievance.

6. Accidents

  1. The operator of an ORV or other motorized vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person must stop immediately at the scene and render assistance.
  2. The operator of an ORV involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person or in property damage in an estimated amount of $100.00 or more must immediately notify the State Police or Mackinac County Sheriff’s office for completion of the accident report as required by law. 
  3. Club members must notify the HSC Office of any accident resulting in injury to a person.

Hunting Regulations

1. All hunting on the HSC will follow the rules established by the Michigan DNR or the Federal Wildlife Service unless they are superseded by rules established by the Board of Governors. 
2. All hunters are required to have a valid and appropriate hunting license from the state of Michigan and all hunters born after January 1, 1960 who have not had a previous hunting license must complete a hunter safety course to hunt on HSC property.  Youth hunters possessing a Mentored Youth License or an Apprentice Hunting License, may hunt on HSC property prior to taking a hunter safety course, however, they must follow the same “accompanied by” requirements as the State of Michigan regulations states.  
3. All members, spouse and eligible family members that hunt, fish, or trap must register with the Club Office and purchase a Sportsman’s Button for identification purposes.  Any time that a state license is required for said activity, then a HSC Sportsman’s Button must be purchased.  The Sportsman’s Button must be worn while participating in the previously mentioned activities.  A copy of these regulations will be provided at the time of purchase.  The Board of Governors will determine the cost of the Sportsman’s Buttons.  
4. Only members in good standing, their spouse, and minor children/step children under age 21 are permitted to hunt large and small game on HSC property.   
5. Grandchildren/step grandchildren between 12 years of age and no older than 16 of members in good standing may ONLY hunt small game on HSC property.   They must be accompanied one on one in the field by their grandparent (who is the member in good standing).   They will not be permitted to hunt small game during regular firearm deer season, November 15 – November 30. 
6. Children/ stepchildren16 and younger of members in good standing must present their age appropriate State of Michigan Hunting License to the Club Office and purchase a HSC Sportsman’s button to be worn in the field while hunting.  
7. Children/stepchildren under the age of 10, who do not possess an age appropriate State of Michigan Hunting License may be on Club property during rifle deer season.  They must be pre-registered with the Chairman of Fish, Game, and Fowl prior to November 10th.  Any who are pre-registered are not required to purchase a HSC Sportsman’s button but are required to meet hunter orange clothing requirements.   
8. No guests are allowed on HSC property during rifle deer season.  
9. Members are not permitted to create trails in the woods by cutting trees or brush or by laying materials of any kind on the forest floor or in wetland areas. (Handicap use of ATV covered by ORV rules D) Trees may be trimmed for sight distance but not cut. 
10. Members are not allowed to create personal food plots on HSC property.  Any member wishing to help with food plots should contact the Manager or Fish, Game and Fowl Committee.  
11. All deer or bear harvested on HSC property must be registered in the Club Office/Maintenance Building.  
12. It is not legal to shoot spike horned bucks on the main property of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club.  Legal bucks must have one branched antler with two points one inch or longer. 
13. No member, spouse or eligible family member will be allowed to harvest a doe unless the BOG approves such harvest.  This pertains to rifle and muzzle loading season only.
14. HSC Members can hunt the third bear hunting season with member owned dogs on the entire HSC, except lands located West of the Millecoquins River and North of H40.  HSC Members can also use member owned dogs to hunt bobcats and coyotes in this same location beginning December 15th of each year. 
15. Beaver trapping on 3 Mile Creek and O’Neil Creek is restricted.  No beaver trapping on 3 Mile Creek and O’Neil Creek, other trapping is allowed, following Michigan DNR trapping rules, regulations, and season dates.  
16. Blinds   
  • Members hunting from permanent blinds, portable blinds, tree stands, and brush blinds (exclusive) are subject to the following.  The total allowed per member is three however, you may never have more than one permanent, one brush (exclusive), or one portable installed at one time. All blinds/stands must have an identification (i.d.) plate attached to the exterior of the blind.
  • Members must purchase the i.d. plates at the club office. All plates will exhibit an assigned number that is exclusive to the member. The numbers assigned will be confidential. All blinds must have a current year sticker to show that it is an active blind.  
  • The permanent blind i.d. plate (the plate with only numbers on it, 001) may be used for any hunting blind/stand.
  • The portable blind id. plate (the plate with a P on it, P001) may be used only on portable blinds. 
  • The tree stand id. plate (the plate with a T on it, T 001) may be used only on tree stands.  
  • Brush blinds without id. plates attached may be used by anyone.
  • Any tree stand or portable blind that is taken into the woods with the hunter and removed when the hunter leaves does not require an id. plate.
  • Tree Stands for bow hunting must be of a portable nature.  No large lag bolts or spikes can be put into trees.  Removable screw steps are permissible.  Manufactured stands are permissible but may not be free standing.  
  • Permanent blinds may be constructed of natural material and/or manufactured commercially. 
  • Only Plexiglas may be used for windows.
  • Blinds shall not be visible from or located within 100 feet of a maintained trail or food plot.  
  • Blinds may be constructed on a raised platform no more than 4 feet off the ground.  
  • Blinds may not exceed 6 foot by 8 foot in size.
  • Any blind/stand not meeting the above criteria found on HSC property will be removed or destroyed by HSC staff. The cost of this removal will be assessed to the member involved.
  • Permanent blinds may not be place or relocated after November 1st of each year
  • All members hunting bear over bait shall have a number plate at each bait station, no member shall have more than 3 bait stations on HSC property. Bear plates shall be placed, secured to one of the following locations: The blind, the stand, or the bait station itself. Fifteen days after the close of bear season, all barrels, bait containers, and any trash that is not natural will be removed from HSC property, and all number bear plates are to be returned to the HSC office. 
(QGMU) Regulations
1. All activities at the Quality Game Management Unit (QGMU) including but not limited to small game hunting, fishing, berry picking, bear hunting, hiking, archery, and muzzleloader deer hunting are considered open activities.  
2. Members may participate in any of these activities by signing in at the registration shack located at the QGMU Gate prior to entering the property.  
3. Use of all hunting areas is on a first come, first serve basis, except for the first five days of firearm deer season.  There are currently 5 available hunting areas for use.  A map of the hunting areas will be posted at the registration shack and available at the HSC Office.  
The following rules apply when hunting in the Quality Game Management Unit (QGMU):
1. ALL HSC rules still apply to the QGMU unless superseded by special QGMU rules. 
2. No hunting within 450 feet of the house or barns of the QGMU.
3. Members may hunt the property with any legal method but should be courteous to others.  Within each hunting area are blinds owned and maintained by HSC and may be utilized on a first come, first come basis, except for the first five days of firearm deer season. Please indicate your location by placing a thumb tack on the map located in the Registration Shack so others will know where you are.  ORV/ATV may be used to access your hunting area. (consult general ATV/ORV rules) Keep in mind sportsmanship when using your orv/atv as to not to disturb your fellow hunters. 
4. Registration of a hunting area may occur each day after 5:00 AM.  No pre-registration is allowed.  Everyone must sign out when leaving for the day.
5. Baiting: No deer baiting is allowed prior to November 13. 
6. Hunters with a valid bear hunting license may leave a portable blind (tree stand or popup) at their hunting spot but only during the bear hunting season that they may legally take a bear.  Also, the hunter must notify the HSC Office the day that they place their blind and the day that they remove it.  Bear baiting plates are required.  
7. QGMU Hunting Regulations for harvesting deer are the same as the HSC Common Property (January 2020).  Legal bucks must have one branched antler with two points one inch or longer.
8. During early archery season, portable blinds or tree stands can be in one place for a period not to exceed four (4) days Please be a courteous hunter and use the location map at the registration shack.  Any unattended blinds or tree stands may be confiscated. 
9. Hunting during the first five days of firearm deer season in the QGMU is by lottery only.  Five hunters will be drawn with three alternates.  The drawn hunter will be assigned an area and is permitted to hunt in that area for the first five days of firearm deer season.  Members who are drawn this year will not be eligible for the next year.  Lottery registration will begin August 27 and continue until the drawing on the first Monday of October. 
10. A map is provided showing the locations of the five hunting areas and those blinds included in each area.  Portable blinds may be used within a hunter’s assigned area during the lottery time (first five days of firearm deer season)  
11. The member that was drawn in the lottery must be present during the hunt.  If you leave early, please inform the HSC Office.  One additional non-hunting member of your choice may accompany the hunter, but they must be an HSC member in good standing and may not hunt.
12. After the first five days of firearm deer season, the remainder of firearm deer season is still limited to a maximum of 5 members at any one time on a first come, first serve basis.  Each member must indicate the area they will be hunting at the registration shack.  Each member must stay in their own designated area except when traveling to and from his vehicle.
13. The handicap blind (indicated on the map) is reserved for handicapped hunters only.  To qualify as handicapped, a hunter must have either a state handicapped certificate issued by the Secretary of State or the DNR.  The five-day drawing requirement is still applicable.  After the first five days the handicapped blind can only be used by hunters who qualify as handicapped on a first come, first serve basis.  

Fishing Regulations

1. All fishing on the HSC will follow the rules established by the Michigan DNR or the Federal Wildlife Service, unless they are superseded by rules established by the Board of Governors.  All Trout waters close as stated in the DNR regulations. 
2. Only eligible members are permitted to fish on HSC property.  Eligible members are members in good standing, their spouses and children/step children up to age 21 and grandchildren up to 16 years of age.  
3. Any member in good standing, their spouse, and children/step children 17 and over (the age that Michigan DNR requires a license) must purchase and wear a HSC Sportsman's button for identification purpose.  
4. Anyone using baitfish on HSC property must strictly adhere to the regulations stated in the Michigan fishing guide.
5. Only one-person, human propelled flotation devices can be used in Cold Creek Pond. Canoes, kayaks, and one-person, human propelled flotation devices can be used in Jocko. No motors of any kind may be used on Cold Creek Pond or Jocko Pond. Canoes, kayaks, and flotation devices cannot be stored at the ponds and must be removed daily and cleaned in the HSC provided cleaning station before use. 
6. Canoes, kayaks, and club provided boats may be used in all club lakes.  All watercraft, trailers, and motors used on HSC lakes must be cleaned in the HSC provided facility prior to use.  These facilities are at the HSC launch on the east side Millecoquins Lake, the public launch on the west side of Millecoquins Lake, and across from the HSC office. This includes all gas and electric motors.  The use of outboard motors on HSC waters is restricted as follows:
a. ​​Pullup Lake 10 horsepower or less.
b. Dollar Lake Electric motors only.
c. Elbow Lake Electric motors only.
d. Cranberry Lake 10 horsepower or less.  
7. Members and qualifying family members are permitted to take a total of not more than 5 trout per day, no more than 50 trout per season from the HSC trout ponds. 
8. Elbow Lake limits 
a. The daily limit of perch and bluegills combined is 25 per day with an annual limit of 50 fish. 
9. Pullup Lake daily limit for Pike 
a. 5 pike up to 24 inches.
b. All pike 24 to 30 inches must be released.
c. One pike over 30 inches.
10. Cranberry Lake limit on Pike  
a. One pike 30 inches or over may be kept per season per member
11. Fish from other lakes and waters may not be introduced to HSC waters, except through the Fish and Game Committee.  
12. It is requested (not mandatory) that all fish caught be reported to the HSC office, so that the committee can use this information to determine planting schedules and future management of our fisheries. 

Campground Rules

General Rules

  1. Dues, fees, and assessments must be current for members to use Club property and facilities.  To be current, dues, fees and assessments must be paid by February 1.

  2. Members are responsible for the conduct of their guests.


  3.  All guests, including guests staying at the campground, may not fish, hunt, or trap on Club property.

  4. Guests are prohibited from using the campground after September 14th.

  5. Guests are allowed to stay at the campground if they pick up a special key at the office, which requires a $20.00, deposit.

  6. Campground guests are prohibited from using Club Trails unless a sponsoring member accompanies them.  This Rule does not apply to the direct access trails to the Club beach, golf course, campground,  and trap range.

Registration and Fees
  1. Reservations/Registration of campsites can be made at the Club Office. The number of the campsite and expiration date must be printed on the registration tag and attached to the post and visible at the campsite.  A campground map is available for selecting desired campsite.
  1. The daily fee for members using the campground is $10.00 Tent Camping/ $ 20.00 Non-Tent/RV Camping.  The daily fee will be assessed each day the campsite is occupied by a trailer, camper, or tent.
  1. The daily fee for guests using the campground is $15.00 Tent Camping/ $30.00 Non-Tent/RV Camping.  The daily fee will be assessed each day the campsite is occupied by a trailer, camper, or tent.
  1. Prior to camping, camping fees can be paid, and registration tags picked up at the Club Office.  The registration tag must indicate the length of stay in the Campground.  Late Check-Ins can be arranged with the Club Office if needed.
  1. Members and Guests are asked to be courteous of others, and to only reserve/register for a campsite that they plan to occupy each night.
  1.  The maximum stay in the campground is 30 days between June 20 and August 31st.  Members may renew their permits at 30-day intervals at the Club Office is there are vacant sites at the campground.

  2. It is expected campground users will respect the right of other campground users and refrain from engaging in loud, noisy, or obnoxious conduct.

  3. The sponsoring member must not leave campground users under age 21, unattended.

  4. Fires are permitted only in approved campsite pits.  Please do not place or burn garbage, refuse, rubbish, or trash in the fire rings. 

  5. Campground trailers or other camping structure must not be stored or left unoccupied.
  6.  2- Campground cabins are available at the following rates:  Members, $25.00 per night. Guest, $40.00 per night.  Reservations for these cabins can be made at the Club Office.                            

Property Use

Property Upkeep

Any owner of a structure within the Club boundaries who fails or refuses to maintain their dwelling's appearance and surrounding property so it is compatible with generally accepted upkeep in their neighborhood, shall be subject to a grievance.

Recreational Storage

Recreational vehicles, including tent wheel campers, truck Recreational vehicles, including tent wheel campers, truck campers, motor homes and travel trailers may be parked on member’s lots under the following conditions:
  1. The member wishing to park or store such a vehicle on his/her lot must be in residence in his/her structure while such a vehicle is parked or stored on his/her property.

  2. Such vehicles must be parked not closer than ten feet from the lot line.

  3. The vehicle must not be used for housing.

  4. The vehicle must be operational at all times, bear a legally valid license plate and must in fact be parked on a member’s lot for between trip storage and not as a permanent fixture.

  5. The parking or storage of any recreational vehicle shall not create a nuisance or hardship to an adjacent lot owner.  Upon filing of a written complaint by an adjacent lot owner, setting forth the reason why the lot owner  feels such parking or storage is detrimental, the Operations Committee, after due consideration, may order the vehicle removed.  After such action either party may appeal the action though the grievance process.

  6. In order to regulate and control visiting recreational vehicles which from time to time arrive sometimes unannounced for visits to Club members, it is expedient  that the following rules be adopted:  (1)  Only one  visiting recreational vehicle at a time shall be permitted  on a member's property;  (2)  Such a visiting recreational  vehicle must be parked in accordance with all rules  governing members vehicles;  (3)  Such a visiting vehicle  may not be parked on the property of a Club member for  more than seventy-two hours;  (4)  The property owner  will be responsible for the visitor and must take due  precaution against such a visiting recreational vehicle  creating a nuisance or hardship to an adjacent property owner.