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Moving Companies in Kalkaska, Michigan

Moving Companies in Kalkaska, Michigan

Moving to Kalkaska, Michigan

Kalkaska is a small village located in Northern Michigan, only 109 miles northwest of Saginaw, MI and 179 miles northeast of Milwaukee, WI. The name comes from Native American descent and means “land of the fire pot.” Incorporated in 1887, the town is now the county seat of Kalkaska County. There is an estimated population of 2,226 people and the number of residents continues to grow each year. The natural beauty and small population of Kalkaska invites newcomers seeking a quiet and peaceful lifestyle.

moving to Kalkaska, MI

What makes Kalkaska a great place to move to?


The area has a humid continental climate, meaning there are significant seasonal temperature changes throughout the year. Summers are warm with relatively high humidity and winters are cold — sometimes severely cold. Because the town is located in the Snowbelt, it receives heavy amounts of lake-effect snow from Lake Michigan. Annual snowfall is 136 inches. If you’re moving to Kalkaska, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with winter safety information, and be prepared for winter storms, snow, frost and ice.


Small towns are usually known for great local restaurants and Kalkaska doesn’t disappoint. Taste a variety of original breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes at Trout Town Tavern & Eatery — they’re known for homemade pies, home cooked briskets and specialty French Toast. Enjoy homemade breads, gravies and mashed potatoes at Shirley’s in the Woods Café. Order a traditional pepperoni pizza with a side of wings at family-owned G’s Pizzeria. Choose from a selection of specialty drinks and American food at Dingman’s Tavern. Or visit the Cherry Street Market for your choice of fresh dairy products, meats, fruits and vegetables.

Annual events

Kalkaskians are community-oriented and have fun participating in three major yearly events:

  • National Trout Festival
  • WinterFest
  • Iceman Cometh

Outdoor attractions

Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the gentle hills, rivers and lakes Kalkaska has to offer. Surrounded by more than 80 lakes and 2,500 miles of rivers, Kalkaska is known for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, water skiing, bird watching and golfing. Trout is a popular catch in the area. The town recognizes this with a giant statue of a brook trout in the middle of the town square.


Kalkaska Public Schools serves the area and educates more than 1,600 students. The district has five schools: Birch Street Elementary School, Rapid City Elementary School, Cherry Intermediate School, Kalkaska Middle School, Kalkaska High School and Northside Alternative High School. The city is also served by the Excelsior Township School District with one school — Crawford School. Crawford School offers a unique educational experience because it's one of the few one-room schoolhouses in Michigan. Three teachers educate approximately 50 students from Kindergarten to eighth grade. For higher education opportunities, there are four colleges within 50 miles of Kalkaska:

  • Northwestern Michigan College (20 miles)
  • Baker College of Cadillac (34 miles)
  • Kirkland Community College (41 miles)
  • North Central Michigan College (45 miles)


The unemployment rate is 9.7 percent and many residents travel to surrounding cities to work. The most common industries in Kalkaska are construction, manufacturing, food services, mining, oil and gas, extraction, educational services and tourism. Companies offering the greatest number of employment in the area are McDonald’s, Dollar General and Army National Guard.  

Cost of living

The overall cost of living is six percent lower than the Michigan average and 17.8 percent below the national average. Housing costs are 49 percent lower than the national average and have a median price of $81,500. The median household income is $26,875.

Moving to Kalkaska with U-Pack®

If you’re moving to Kalkaska, go U-Pack! We’re a “you pack, we drive” moving service that drives your household goods across the country so you don’t have to. Here’s how:

  • We deliver an empty trailer or ReloCube® to your home
  • You load your belongings
  • We drive to your new home (estimated time of 2-5 business days)
  • You unload and we pick up the empty equipment

It’s convenient and affordable with service centers spanning the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico! Get a free online moving quote or call a U-Pack consultant to see how much your move to Kalkaska will cost.

Station Address:
Address: 837 S Commerce Dr Ne
Kalkaska, MI 49646
United States
Phone Numbers:
Customer Service: (800) 843-8004
Fax: (231) 258-8618

If we are not able to provide door-to-door delivery to your city near Kalkaska, MI, you can save money by loading or unloading at the service center conveniently located in Kalkaska, MI. If you have questions about serviceability to your location, please call us at 800-240-7422, and a U-Pack Moving Consultant will gladly help.

Upcoming Holidays Observed:
Service may be curtailed. Contact local service center for details.
Thursday, 7/4/2019
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