Alger County

Alger CountyAlger County is located in the central northern part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is neighbor to Marquette, Schoolcraft, Luce and Delta Counties. Alger County has a population of 9,522 as of 2013 and spans over 915 sq. miles. The City of Munising is the largest city in Alger County consisting of 2,327 people as of 2013. Some other areas in Alger county include; Autrain, Chatham, Christmas, Deerton, Grand Marais, Rumely, Shingleton, Trenary and Wetmore.

There are a number of places to visit in Alger County and activities to enjoy. For anyone who can appreciate natural beauty, Pictured Rocks National Park is a spectacular place to hike or kayak. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has 40 miles of lakefront on Lake Superior and 100 miles of trails throughout the park which stretches between Munising and Grand Marais.  The 15 miles of sandstone cliffs also provide one of a kind views that enhance any visit. Alger County also offers around 300 miles of groomed trails for snowmobile enthusiasts. Another National Forest that claims part of Alger County is the Hiawatha National Forest which includes Grand Island. This Island is in Lake Superior just off from Munising. Grand Island offers great sights to see, hiking and rustic camping. This area also provides amazing opportunities to view shipwrecks in Lake Superior. Due to the temperature of Lake Superior shipwrecks are kept in good conditions for viewing and a great place to check this out is with the Alger Underwater Preserve.

Trenary is home of the one and only outhouse races. This year they hosted their 22nd year and had many participants. This very popular race consists of teams constructing their own unique outhouse to time race down a pre-packed track that goes through downtown Trenary. It is important to dress warm as it is hosted during the last week of February and it is a party out in the street. Another interesting twist to these races is that each year is different because they find a new theme for each race.

Additional resources for this County:

Alger County Website: www.algercountychamber.com

Alger County Courthouse: http://www.algercourthouse.com

Health Department: http://lmasdhd.org

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