sign on M-65 entering the town describes Glennie as “The Heart of the Huron
National Forest.” The large tracts of public land teeming with wildlife –
deer, black bear, coyote, turkey and partridge – make the area around
Glennie one of the most popular hunting destinations in the state. The Au
Sable River, a few miles to the south and west, is one of the finest
steelhead and trout rivers in the Midwest. The Alcona Dam Pond, about four
miles west of Glennie, consists of 1,100 acres of open water created by a
hydroelectric dam on the Au Sable River. It is known for its quality
walleye, pike, perch, bass and trout fishing. Located on the pond is a
campground, the Alcona Park, which has boat ramps and 548 campsites in a
beautiful wooded setting. Vaughn Lake, near Glennie, also has public access
for fishing. Winter snowfall brings snowmobilers and cross-country skiers to
the trails in the national forest surrounding Glennie.
A new 18-hole golf course and clubhouse is located south of Glennie on M-65.
The annual Forth of July celebration highlights the summer season. There is
a parade and a children’s carnival during the day and fireworks at night.
Glennie, begun as a camp in the lumbering era, has transformed itself into a
small town serving the needs of the many residents, visitors, retirees, and
owners of recreational property in western Alcona County. Glennie is
an incorporated village located in Curtis Township at the intersection of
M-65 and F-30 in western Alcona County. The population of the township is
about 1,400. The town grew from a start as a lumber camp and rail station
during the lumbering boom between the 1860s and the early 1900s. It was
originally named Vaughn after a lumberman who owned much of the property in
the area. However, in the 1800s the first postmaster named the town Glennie
in honor of John W. Glennie, a prominent citizen of Au Sable who was
tragically killed in 1880 while trying to rescue the crew of a schooner
foundering in Lake Huron.