Baraga County is located in the northwest part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is neighbor to Marquette, Houghton, and Iron Counties. Baraga County has a population of 8,695 as of 2013 and spans over 1,069 sq. miles. Baraga is the largest village in Baraga County consisting of 2,031 people as of 2013. Some other areas in Baraga County include; L’anse, Skanee, Pelkie, Three Lakes, Covington, Imperial Heights, Huron Bay, Aura and Herman. Baraga County also includes the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community which is rich in natural beauty. This area contains around 19 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, 80 miles of rivers and 3,000 acres of wetlands. Enjoy over 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 1,080 inland lakes and ponds, as well as numerous waterfalls, campgrounds and state parks.
Notable sites include the highest point in Michigan, Mt. Arvon, which is connected to the Huron Mountains chain and located in Baraga County. Mt. Arvon rises 1979.238 ft. high above sea level where you can either enjoy a rigorous climb or simply drive to the top of the mountain. Craig Lake State Park, is a remote state park where you can really enjoy the adventures of rigorous hikes and remote camping. This park contains 6,900 acres and has six lakes. Baraga County also has numerous other inland lakes and rivers including; Roland, Fence, Crooked, Vermillac, Sturgeon, Silver, Huron, and Perch where you can spend your time canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Canyon Falls, known as the “Grand Canyon of the UP” is a destination you won’t want to miss.
Baraga County gets it’s 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 to shine over the hill top. This community grew due to its abundant forestry resource. Then there was another economic push from Ford when he bought mills from the area to help supply his factory to make automobiles.
Living in Baraga County is a unique experience and offers a front door view to nature and true UP living. Away from the bustle of the larger communities, but close enough enjoy access to services. 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. However, Baraga County is also located between Finlandia University and Michigan Technological University (approximately 30 min), making education options plentiful. Healthcare is available at Baraga County Memorial Hospital, which also includes several specialty clinics and a physician clinic. The hospital moved to it’s 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 a youth center. There are many volunteer opportunities and Baraga County has several religious groups active in the community.