Gogebic County


Gogebic County is Upper Michigan’s most western county, bordering Wisconsin and Lake Superior. Its economy is comprised of three dominant sectors: diverse industries, forest products, and tourism. Non-forest related industries include precision tool making, plastic injection molding, industrial sewing operations and electronic assembly. Forest related industries include logging, sawmills, and dimension mills with regional, national and international markets. The forest provides recreation and tourism activities including mountain biking, snowmobiling, downhill and cross country trails, hiking, and camping. Ottawa National Forest, including Sylvania Wilderness Area, is a an inviting recreation area. The tourism industry focuses on a wealth of natural resources located in the county. Lake Superior, trout streams, waterfalls, and inland lakes including Lake Gogebic draw fair weather visitors, while four alpine ski hills/resorts in the county and miles of ski and snowmobile trails offer winter activities.


Census 2010 2015 % Change
Population  16,427 16,042 -2.34%


Labor Force



Total Labor Force 6,625 6,230
Employed 6,164 5,864
Unemployment 7.0% 5.90%


Major Employers That Export
(# Employed)



Jacquart Fabric Products 122 100
Ironwood Plastics, Inc 112 150
Extreme Tool & Engineering 89 79


Other Employers
(# Employed)



Aspirius Grand View 336 330
Lac Vieux Desert 260 286
Gogebic Community College  82 82
Indianhead Mountain Resort 115 ND
Big Powderhorn Ski Resort 115 ND
City of Ironwood 60 65
Gogebic County Road Commission 30 31
Ironwood Area Schools 83 98



Globe Publishing LLC, Extreme Tool & Engine Inc., Corullo Forest Products Corp., Precision Tool, Globe Concrete & Supply, Jacquart Fabric Products, Burton Industries, Inc.


Education & Training

K-12 Public Schools (Enrollment)



Bessemer Area Schools 395 422
Ironwood Area Schools 792 780
Wakefield- Marenisco School District 305 297
Watersmeet School District 148 149
Gogebic-Ontanagon ISD 94 106
Public Total 1,640 1,754

Private Schools

Bluff View Christian School  14 14
All Saints Catholic Academy  25 46
Private Total  39 60

Colleges & Universities (Enrollment)

Gogebic Community College 1,053 1,11o
Michigan Technological University  7,242 7,270


Workforce Development Agencies

Western Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!


Healthcare & Emergency Services
(# of Beds)



Aspirus Grand View 54 25
Gogebic Medical Care Facility 109 109
Westgate Living Center 65 65
Fire Departments: 3 cities, 6 townships
Ambulance: Beacon Ambulance Service, Inc., Marenisco Township, Watersmeet First Responders


Climate (Average Temperatures)

High (ºF)

Low (ºF)

Summer 79 55
Winter 20 1
Snowfall 155 inches annually



Gogebic County Government Directory, Public Records


Tax-free Sites

Gogebic County Airport, Marenisco Township, Wakefield Township


Financial Services

Gogebic Range Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, River Valley Bank, Citizens Bank, 1st National Bank of Wakefield & Bessemer, Gogebic County Federal Credit Union, Ironwood Revolving Loan Fund, Economic Development Corporation.


Industrial & Commercial
(# of Establishments)



Retail Trade 61 61
Accommodation and food services 46 47
Other services, except public administration 47 45
Construction 37 37
Health care and social assistance 26 26
Professional and technical services 20 20
Manufacturing 15 15
Wholesale trade 15 13
Finance and insurance 19 20
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 14 14
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 16 18
Real estate and rental and leasing 15 13
Administrative and waste services 14 11
Transportation and warehousing 17 16
Information 7 6
Educational Services 10 9
Utilities 5 5


Industrial Parks

2 – 20+ Acre Parks, Class A Road Municipal Water & Sewer, Natural Gas, Electric, Telephone, Rail Lines



Rail Carrier: Canadian National
Airports: Gogebic-Iron County Airport
Bus Lines: Indian Trails


Main Highways

US-41, US-141, M-28, M-38, M-64


Nearest Central Cities (Miles)

Green Bay, WI 216 Chicago, IL 393



Local and Cellular Telephone: AT&T, CenturyTel, Charter, Verizon



Electricity: Xcel Energy, We Energies, Wakefield Municipal Utilities
Natural Gas: Xcel Energy
Propane: Ferrellgas, Lakes Gas Company
Water: Municipal, Private Wells
Sewer: Municipal, Septic Systems
Waste Disposal: Superior Waste Service
Cable TV: Charter Communications


Cultural Opportunities

Stormy Kromer Factory Tour, Ironwood Historic Depot & Museum, Olde Suffolk Ale House, Hiawatha – The World’s Tallest Indian, Ironwood Area Historical Society, Ironwood Theatre Center for the Arts, Lac Vieux Desert Casino, Wakefield Historical Museum, Theatre North


Recreational Opportunities

Black River Harbor Waterfalls
Copper Peak
Recreational Harbor Facilities
Downhill/Cross Country Ski Trails
Lake Gogebic State Park
Snowmobile Trails (130 miles)
Ski Resorts: Big Powderhorn Mountain, Indian-head Mountain, and Mt. Zion Ski Hill
Ottawa National Forest
Sylvania Wilderness Area

Complete listing of events, statistics, maps, locations, and facilities can be found at www.gogebic.org.