Welcome to the Village of Alanson!

Bridge Tender Bids are NOW Open



Seeking 2023 Swing Bridge Operator. The Village of Alanson is seeking bids to fill the position of Bridge Tender. This is a contracted, 1099 position and may be subject to drug testing. The 2023 contract will operate in conjunction with the 2023 Crooked River Locks schedule (April 24th – October). For more information contact the Village Clerk at 231-548-5431 or email hidden; JavaScript is required . All bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the regular Council Meeting of April 10th, 2023. Bids shall be submitted via sealed envelope marked “SEALED BID Attn: Village Clerk.” Bids may be mailed to: Village of Alanson, P.O. Box 425, Alanson, MI 49706, received by Monday, April 10th, or shall be delivered to the Village Hall, 7631 US 31, Alanson, Michigan on the evening of April 10th, 2023, no later than 5:59 p.m. Bids received after this date and/or time will not be accepted and will be returned unopened. The Village reserves the right to reject any and all bids and reserves the right not to award a contract.



The Village of Alanson is serenely nestled on the bank of the Crooked River, a major link in the Inland Waterway of Northern Michigan, making it easily accessible by either boat or automobile. We are conveniently located 10 miles north of Petoskey on U.S. 31 and M-68.

The Village was first settled in 1875 and incorporated in 1905 during the great Michigan lumber boom. Our Village retains the character of that bygone era even though visitors will find the sawmills are long gone.

The Downtown area is contained in several short blocks that place many shops and services within easy walking distance. Shoppers can browse for antiques, flowers, fresh baked goodies or visit the hairdresser, bank and post office. There are restaurants galore, a first class hotel, and a hardware store that is a historical landmark.

For tranquility, walk the boardwalk along the river, sit on the Island for a fresh breeze off the water, or sit among the fragrant flowers on the Hillside Gardens. You will find Alanson is “a Place to Enjoy… a Place to Remember”.

Aerial view of the Village of Alanson.

Aerial view of the Village of Alanson.

Village of Alanson's Hillside GardensAerial View of AlansonBridge View of the Crooked RiverAnnual 4th July ParadeChildren's Playground at Civic Park