With a cooperative attitude and consistent effort in developing a stable economic and recreational base, Lake City will improve the quality of life for every citizen.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.05 square miles (2.72 km2), all land. Lake City derives its name from the three inland lakes in or at the edge of the town, which are Lake Missaukee, Lake Sapphire and Crooked Lake. Each is less than a mile from the other. The 2010 Census indicates a population of 834. The City was established in 1868 as a lumbering town, incorporated in 1887 and became the county seat of Missaukee County. The city has been home to numerous lumber and lumber product mills, and a glove factory. The Fire department as it stands today was originally formed in 1915. The main industry in what was a rich lumbering and agricultural town is now tourism. Lake Missaukee plays the largest role in bringing a widely varied recreational income into the town. Lake City is the central point of a number of snowmobile and ATV trails running from Kalkaska to Cadillac and beyond. This entire area is noted for offering “four seasons of fun”.
If you are interested in local history, visit The Ardis Missaukee District Library to search through the Historical Room filled with plat books, family stories and photographs, and microfilmed newspapers from Missaukee County dating back to 1877. Research your family history with the ancestey.com database, borrow a book on genealogy, or join the Genealogy Workshop held once a month; all of these resources are free and available six days a week.