About Gogebic County Michigan
A LITTLE BACKROUND ON GOGEBIC COUNTY
Gogebic County is situated at the farthest western part of Michigan’s Upper Peninusla and boarders Wisconsin. The word gogebic comes from the Chippewa word “agogebic” which means “a body of water hanging on high” and what a fitting name – Gogebic County has 315 named lakes including Lake Gogebic (which is the largest lake in the UP), numerous inland rivers with with over 35 waterfalls and many miles of shoreline on Lake Superior.
ECONOMY OF GOGEBIC COUNTY
Gogebic County boomed with the discovery of Iron in 1871, small mining towns quickly popped up all over the county. The mining era reached it’s peak around the 1920’s and as expected saw a change. Slowly the mining slowed, mines started to close with the last mine closing in 1966. Since then Gogebic County’s economic focus has changed to tourism as many people flock to Gogebic County to take in its natural beauty. Recreationists come from all around to take part in all the outdoor activities that Gogebic County has to offer from the beautiful snowmobile trails to the great camping areas.
Copper Peak is a registered historic mining site and International Ski Floying Hill, the location of the world’s largest ski jump. The observation deck, accessed by chairlift and elevator, provides the highest, unobstructed, 360 degree vista in the Midwest overlooking 2,500 square miles of the Western Lake Superior region.
GOGEBIC COUNTY ATTRACTIONS
- 35 waterfalls
- Beautiful beaches on Lake Superior
- Lake Gogebic State Park
- Black River Harbor
- Cisco Chain of Lakes
- Sylvania Wilderness Area
- 954,000 acres of Ottawa National Forest including 27 campgrounds, access to scenic waterfalls and miles of hiking trails in the North Country National Scenic Recreation Trail