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Baraga County

Baraga County

Baraga County is located in the northwest part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and neighbors Marquette, Houghton, and Iron Counties. Baraga County has a population of 8,263 as of 2023, and spans over 1,069 square miles. Baraga is the largest village in Baraga County, consisting of 1,095 people as of 2023. Some other areas include L’anse, Skanee, Pelkie, Three Lakes, Covington, Imperial Heights, Huron Bay, Aura & Herman. Baraga County also includes the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, which is rich in natural beauty. This area contains approximately 19 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, 80 miles of rivers and 3,000 acres of wetlands. There are also over 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, over 1,000 inland lakes and ponds, as well as numerous waterfalls, campgrounds and state parks!

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Baraga County gets its name from Bishop Frederic Baraga, and was officially formed in 1875. Bishop Baraga arrived in this area in the mid 1800s and founded five missions during his time. When driving on US-41 along Lake Superior, his shrine can be seen over the hilltop. During this time, this community grew due to its abundant forestry resources. In later years, there was another economic push from Henry Ford when he bought mills in the area to help supply his factory to make automobiles.

One of Baraga County’s most notable sites includes the highest point in Michigan: Mount Arvon, which is connected to the Huron Mountain chain and stands over 1,900 feet tall. Visitors here can enjoy either a rigorous climb or drive to the top of the mountain. No matter how you get there, the views from the top are truly some of the best scenery in the state. Another popular stop while in Baraga County is Craig Lake State Park. This remote park spans over 6,900 acres, and contains six lakes. It is definitely one of the most favored places for hiking and camping enthusiasts, both local and not! Another one of the most beautiful spots in Baraga County is Canyon Falls, which is known as the “Grand Canyon of the UP.” Some other popular lakes and rivers in Baraga County include Roland Lake, the Fence River and the Crooked River.

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Living in Baraga County is truly a unique experience and offers a front door view to nature and true U.P living! It is a fantastic place to take a step back from the hustle and chaos of larger communities. Baraga County has a wonderful public school system for K-6 and K-12, both at Baraga and L’Anse Public Schools. There are several options for education for children of all ages, including early child development and private, faith-based schooling. Higher education options are available, and the Keweenaw Bay Community College is based in Baraga County. Healthcare is also available at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, which also includes several specialty clinics and a physician clinic. The hospital moved to its new patient-friendly facility on US -41 in 2011, and has been equipped with the latest technology and state-of-the-art emergency and trauma room. Baraga County also provides an abundance of options for youth activities, such as sports, 4-H and also has a youth center. There are also many volunteer opportunities in the area, and Baraga County has several religious groups active in the community.

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Additional resources for this County:

Baraga County Chamber of Commerce: https://www.baragacounty.org/chamber-of-commerce/

Baraga County website including the courthouse: http://www.baragacounty.org

Health Department: http://www.wupdhd.org