Keweenaw County


The least populated county in Michigan, Keweenaw County villages are home to proud descendants of miners who each have a story to tell of the “copper country”. The county is home to diverse landscape–from singing sand beaches to the oldest known lava formations on earth can be found along the shores. An all-encompassing view from 700- to 900-foot peaks takes in vast strands of forest, lakes, hills and water. Keweenaw, pronounced KEY-wah-nah, is an Ojibway word that means “the crossing place” or “land crossing between two bodies of water.” It refers to traversing Portage Lake to reach the Keweenaw Peninsula. This area hosts world class trails, waterways, natural views and endless shorelines and relatively quick access to Isle Royale.


Census 2010 2015 % Change
Population  2,156 2,197 1.90%


Labor Force



Total Labor Force 966 870
Employed 882 804
Unemployment 8.70% 7.60%


Primary Employers
(# Employed)



Keweenaw Mountain Lodge 45 82
County of Keweenaw 68 56
Keweenaw County Road Commission 15 15
Lake Superior Bible Conference/ Baptist Retreat Center 2 2
The Mariner North 45 45
The Isle Royale Line, Inc. 10 9
Gitche Gumee Bible Camp 35 35
Mt. Bohemia 26 26
Brickside Brewery 13 13


Education and Training



Public Schools

Grant Township Schools  5 4

Colleges and Universities

Finlandia University 536 614
Michigan Technological University (located in Houghton) 7,242 7,270


Work Force Development Agencies

Western Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!


Business Incubators

Finlandia University Jutila Center for Global Design and Business (in Hancock)
MTEC SmartZone (in Houghton)



Aspirus Keweenaw, Cypress Manor Health and Rehab (Houghton County), Houghton County Medical Care Facility (Houghton County), Portage Pointe (Houghton County)


Emergency Services

Public Safety: Keweenaw County Sherriff, Michigan State Police

Fire Services: Ahmeek, Copper Harbor, Eagle Harbor Volunteer, Allowez Twp., Lac LaBelle

Ambulance Services: Mercy Ambulance (County wide service available)


Nursing Homes/Home Care

Portage Pointe (Houghton County)
Cypress Manor Health and Rehab (Houghton County)
Houghton County Medical Care Facility (Houghton County)


Climate (Average Temperatures)

High (ºF)

Low (ºF)

Summer 75 54
Winter 20 7
Snowfall Average 208 inches annually



Keweenaw County Government Directory
Public Records



Renaissance Zone
Tax Abatements and additional incentives available in 3 cities,19 townships and villages


Financial Services

Superior National Bank and Trust


Industrial and Commercial
(# of Establishmets)



Accommodation & food services 16 16
Retail trade 9 8
Other services, except public administration 3 3
Wholesale trade 5 4
Construction 7 7
Transportation and warehousing 9 9
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 2 3
Finance and insurance 2 2
Manufacturing 2 3
Professional and technical service 2 1
Real estate and rental and leasing 3 3
Administrative and waste services 1 1
Arts, entertainment & recreation 3 3
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 1 1


Industrial Parks

Crystal Falls, Caspian, Iron River, Amasa Industrial Development District



Airports: Houghton County Memorial, Marquette County Airport
Airlines: United Airlines, Skywest Airlines
Ports: Houghton
Marine: Deep-water port currently shipping


Main Highways

US-41, M-26


Nearest Central Cities (Miles from Eagle River)

Green Bay, WI 240
Chicago, IL 447



Local: AT&T, Sprint
Cellular: Verizon, AT&T
Internet: Charter Communications,



Electricity: U.P. Power Company, Ontonagon Rural Electrification Association (REA)
Water: Municipal, Private wells
Sewer: Municipal, Septic systems
Waste Disposal: Waste Management and Bukema Trucking
Cable TV: Charter Communications


Cultural Opportunities

Astor House Antique Doll and Indian Museum, Bammert Blacksmith Shop Museum, Douglass Houghton Monument, Eagle Harbor Light Station Museum Complex, Eagle Harbor Marina Life Saving Museum, Eagle River Museum, Ft. Wilkins Natural History Association, Gratiot River Woodworking Studio, Keweenaw County Historical Society, Lore of the Lakes Maritime Museum


Recreational Opportunities

219 campsites in 1 Campground and 1 State Historic Park, 140 miles of ATV and Snowmobile Trails, 39 miles of Biking and Skiing Trails, Rock Hounding, Ft. Wilkins State Park, Gateway to Isle Royale National Park, Copper Harbor Lighthouse, Delaware Mine, Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, fishing, boating, 7 Waterfalls, 12 Lighthouses and Light Stations

Complete listing of events, statistics, maps, locations, and facilities can be found at