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Hale, Michigan is a small, unincorporated village in central lower Plainfield Township, in Iosco County.

As an unincorporated community, Hale does not have defined boundaries, but its settlement area is concentrated at the intersection of M-65 and Esmond Road, and west along Esmond Road to Hale Lake and Hale Creek, and east to around Darton Road, as well as along M-65 both north and south of the intersection.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of the community include Sand Lake, Whittemore, Tawas City, Rose City, Prescott, and East Tawas. The unincorporated communities of Long Lake and South Branch are within ten miles of Hale.

The community was named for C.D. Hale, who came from New York State to engage in the lumber industry around 1880. His camps were located at the lake, and both the lake and creek were named for him.

The Detroit, Bay City & Alpena Railroad (Detroit and Mackinac Railway) opened a flag station at Hale, and a post office was established in the railroad station on January 17, 1889, with Furman N. Dean as the first postmaster.

Today, there is very little industry in Hale. However, it is situated south, west, and northwest of the Huron National Forest, east of the Rifle River Recreation Area. Loon Lake and Plainfield Park are just northwest of the community, and there are several other rivers, streams, and lakes nearby. M-65 is a significant local highway, so Hale sees a fair amount of traffic from passersby and others coming to the area for its outdoor recreational opportunities. While there isn't much in the way of industry in Hale, the village does support several restaurants and other commercial businesses serving residents and visitors.

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