Welcome to Powell Township

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About Powell Township

Powell Township, established in 1904, welcomes you our website and to our community. The most common way to arrive in our township and our town of BIG BAY is to drive to the end of County Road 550 or the Big Bay Road. Powell Township is a great place to live and raise a family with the Powell Township School, which won the 2011 Excellence in Education award, serving grades pre-school through 8th grade. It is a peaceful place to retire and enjoy the beauty and wonders of nature. With the “big” city of Marquette, MI on the other end of 550, only 30 minutes away, its a township removed but so easily connected.

Powell Township has a population of 816 with about 70% being year round residents. This estimate is based on the 2010 Census and Voter Registration files. The Township has several lakes and rivers ideal for recreation and approximately 45 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. It also includes the rural town of Big Bay, that has stores and restaurants like CRAM’S GENERAL STORE & HUNGRY HALLOW CAFE, THUNDER BAY INN & RESTAURANT, LUMBERJACK TAVERN, BIG BAY POINTE LIGHTHOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST, PICTURE BAY MOTEL, BIG BAY MOTEL, & BIG BAY OUTFITTERS. For camping purposes there is also Perkins Park operated by Marquette County. We have Dock of the Bay, also operated by Marquette County, for access to Lake Superior by boat. Powell Township maintains four parks, DRAVER PARK & BALLFIELD, THOMAS ROCK, BURNS LANDING, and the Halfway Firehall kids park. Powell Township Parks and Recreation also maintains different trails with Noquemanon Trail Network.

Residents can find information about the Township Board, copies of Board Minutes, applications for voting, Zoning permits and general questions (when our transfer station open, when are taxes due, etc.) and more on this web site. For Assessing and tax information please use the following link. Residents and owners can view their own assessing information for free but there is a fee for others to view.

Powell Township Office hours to serve our citizens are: Monday & Thursdays 9am to Noon. Treasurer hours are 9:30-12:30 Monday & Thursday or by appointment. Assessor is available on Thursdays only. Zoning Admin is by appointment only. 

Powell Township Payments

The website attached to the button below is still in the testing stage. Residents will be able to pay online with credit cards by clicking on the image and being redirected to the secure GovPros website. Considering this is a new method, there might be some issues that need to be worked out with the external company. We thank you for your patience as we figure any delays that might occur.

The fee charged for VISA, MasterCard, AMEX & Discover is 3.5% with a $1.95 minimum. Through this link, a fee is charged for an ACH/eCheck transaction as $2.50

Pay Taxes Here

Pay Utility Bills Here

Township Trading Library

Powell Township has a trading library located in the Township Hall. If you have a book you have read, consider trading  it for a book in  the library. These books are all by donations by other residents. 

The library is open during Powell Township office hours: Monday and Thursday from 9 am to noon.  Please stop in.



A hot meal is delivered to seniors who are homebound and are unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves. Suggested donation: $3.50 per meal

In addition to providing healthy and well-balanced meals, the meal deliverers also provide an important service by checking on the homebound seniors when they deliver the meals.



– Eligibility requirements for Home Delivered Meals include:

– You or your spouse must be 60 years of age of older.

– You must be homebound and cannot leave your home without assistance.

-You are unable to prepare meals and you have no one nearby to prepare your meals.

Call 228-6522 ext 302 for more information or to see if you or someone you care about qualifies.



The suggested per meal donation is $3.50 for each Congregate or Home Delivered Meal, but no one is ever denied service due to their inability to donate. Family members are also encouraged to donate on behalf of their loved ones. Since federal and state funding does not cover the full cost to operate the Senior Meal Programs, the generosity of program participants and their families is crucial. Without these donations CAAM would not be able to serve every senior in need of Congregate or Home Delivered Meals.

Community Action Alger-Marquette Senior Meals Programs serve close to 100,000 meals a year to seniors in Alger and Marquette Counties, helping those seniors live longer, healthier and more enjoyable lives. Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways to continue providing these important meals. If you wish to learn more call our office for more information.


For local info call:

Kim Bourgeois, Powell Township Emergency Manager, 362-7275

Gene Champagne, Meals on Wheels Driver, 250-2140

Would you like to a part of a new email list for township government updates? Please email Treasurer Santilli at Treasurer@powelltownship.org with your most current email and make the request to start being on the Township’s Information email list. Please continue to visit the website for information, email, or call the township offices if you have any questions or concerns. 


Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for Fire/Ambulance Departments are needed for Powell Township. See their respective pages for further information and/or contact the Fire Chief or Ambulance Coordinator.

Powell Township Offices with Town Hall & Township EMS Hall

Halfway Fire Hall