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Campau Corner, Michigan

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Campau Corner, Michigan is an unincorporated community in Caledonia Township, Michigan, and was first settled in the 1980's by George P. Stark and Lou Stark of Cascade, Michigan. Campau Corner centered around the corner of Whitneyville Avenue SE and 68th Street SE, and serves as the hub for nearby Campau Lake and Kettle Lake.

The modern Campau Corner gas station, owned by Bricks, as seen from the gas pumps


Campau Lake was named after the early settler of Caledonia, Michigan Edward Campau. He and his wife Miss Phebe E. Lewis purchased 100 acres of land in Caledonia Township near the lakes. Eventually, he moved to a house on Campau Lake, eventually dying there on January 24, 1906.

The Apsey Pavilion on Campau Lake, Michigan. Circa 1910[1]

Campau Corner was settled in the 1880's by George P. Stark and Lou Stark of Cascade, Michigan. In 1920, when the land was sold, Fred Stark opened the first store, which received supplies from Grand Rapids via the nearby railroad. The Starks opened a resort on Campau Lake, which hosted rental cottages.

A souvenir program from a centennial home-coming celebration at the Apsey Pavilion in 1921.

In 1879, Sampson P. Apsey purchased land on the north end of Campau Lake and constructed a public pavilion overlooking the lake, containing a store, rooms to rent, a do-it-yourself dining room, and a second floor ballroom. As the pavilion became popular with people from Grand Rapids, a surrey began operation between the McCords train station and the Aspey Pavilion for swimming, fishing, picnicking, dancing, and ballgames.

Recent History[edit]

Campau Corner Gas Station[edit]

The Campau Corner gas station and convenience store was bought by the Ziemke Family in 1998 and renamed to Campau Corner, formalizing the informal nickname for the intersection. After remodeling, the convenience store was adapted to fit a movie rental business and a pizza parlor. In 2008, plans were revealed for a new building, and a new store was constructed in 2010[2]. The store was bought by Bricks, and now operates an ice cream shop, small restaurant, meat market, and growler station.

Kettle Lake Elementary[edit]

Kettle Lake Elementary School is one of five elementary schools in the Caledonia Community Schools district. This elementary school is the only school in the Campau Corner area, and serves students Kindergarten through Fourth grade.[3]

Local Businesses[edit]

Campau Corner hosts many local businesses and services to accommodate visitors to the nearby lakes and locals, such as:


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Welcome Back From the Attic - Yesteryear Around Caledonia Station No. 8" (PDF). 1976. Retrieved October 31, 2022.
  2. "Campau Corner Store History". Campau Corner. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2022. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Kettle Lake Elementary". Retrieved 2022-10-31.

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