Newkirk Township is a sparsely populated area that includes the Little Manistee River to the south, and the Pine River to the north, forests, and the occasional farm. Half of the township is scattered in parts of the Pere Marquette State Forest, which contains numerous miles to mountain bike, hike, and canoe....
History of Newkirk Township
Lake County, Michigan
This historical overview is compiled from excerpts taken from the booklets "The Village of Luther" and "Country Roads Lead Home".
The first settlers were the Ottawa's, but many were later displaced by the Pottawatomie tribe. Wild game and fish of all species were abundant during that period, which made this area ideal for easy survival. Some of the Grand River Ottawa tribe have stayed and settled in the area and some families remain to this day.