Ontonagon County


Often popular resort areas are crowded with people. Not here. At any given time, there are probably fewer People vising Ontonagon County than living on a city block. This openness and quiet takes some getting used to, but once you do, it cleanses you from life’s stresses. Whatever your interests are, from hiking to history, fishing to hunting, snowshoeing to snowmobiling, or waterfall bagging to mining, you’ll refresh your inner spirit here. Ontonagon County is home to the Porcupine Mountains, 1,200 miles of free-running streams and rivers, and pristine Lake Superior beaches. You can also enjoy the mighty Lake Gogebic, plus dozens of smaller inland lakes and thousands of acres of virgin forest.


Census 2010 2015 % Change
Population 6,780 6,448 -4.90%


Labor Force



Total Labor Force 2,317 2,207
Employed 2,108 2,040
Unemployment 9.00% 7.60%


Major Employers
(# Employed)



Aspirus Ontonagon  135 152
Settlers Co-operative, Inc 40 45
Ewen Trout Creek Consolidated 31 32
DeHaan Forest Products 1 1
Ontonagon County REA 10 10
AmericInn 20 20
Ontonagon Area Schools 25 23


Education & Training

Public Schools (# Enrolled)



Ontonagon District 314 298
Ewen-Trout Creek District 314 298
Total 522 493

Colleges & Universities

Gogebic Community College (Located in Ironwood) 1,053 1,110
Michigan Technological University (Located in Houghton) 7,242 7,270
Northern Michigan University (Located in Marquette) 8,303 7,750


Work Force Development Agencies

UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works!



Aspirus Ontonagon, Harbor Town Dental Clinic, Horizon Home Care, North County Counseling, Ontonagon Community Health Center, Strong Medical and Dental Center


Emergency Services

Public Safety: Ontonagon County Sherriff, Michigan State Police

Fire Services: USFS Ottawa N.F. Kenton RD, Greenland Twp. Volunteer, Ontonagon Volunteer, Rockland Volunteer, Trout Creek Volunteer, Bergland Volunteer, Bruce Crossing Volunteer

Ambulance Services: County Wide Service Available- SONCO Ambulance


Climate (Average Temperatures)

High (ºF)

Low (ºF)

Summer 79 55
Winter 25 8
Snowfall 188 inches annually



Ontonagon County Government Directory, Public Records



Ewen, Michigan
Village of Ontonagon


Financial Services

Citizens State Bank, Lake Superior Credit Union, mBank, Ontonagon County Revolving Loan Fund, Ontonagon Township Revolving Loan Fund, Settler’s Federal Credit Union


Industrial & Commercial
(# of Establishments)



Retail trade 26 23
Accommodation and food services 22 21
Construction 23 23
Other services, except public administration 11 12
Manufacturing 3 4
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 13 11
Finance and insurance 8 8
Administrative and waste services 5 4
Wholesale trade 2 2
Real estate and rental and leasing 4 4
Professional and technical services 8 7
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 4 4
Educational services 3 3
Information 3 3
Utilities 5 5
Transportation and warehousing 20 10


Industrial Parks

2 – 20+ Acre Parks


Main Highways

M-28, M-117, M-123, H-33, H-37, H-44, H-58


Nearest Central Cities (Miles)

Green Bay, WI 219
Chicago, IL 404



Local: Ontonagon County Telephone Co., Baraga Telephone Co., Midway Telephone, Upper Peninsula Telephone Co.

Cellular: AT&T, Verizon

Internet: Charter Communications, jamadots.com, Michigan Broadband Services



Electricity: SEMCO Energy, Upper Peninsula Power Co., Wisconsin Electric Power Co., Xcel Energy

Propane: Ferrellgas, Settler’s Co-op

Water and Sewer: Municipal, well and septic systems in outlying areas

Waste Disposal: Superior Waste Service


Recreational Opportunities

246 Campsites in 8 Campgrounds and 1 National Forest, 1,200 miles of streams and rivers, lakes, and streams, 135+ miles of ORV and Snowmobile Trails, Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, 90+ miles of Hiking and Biking Trails, 10 Waterfalls, 3 Lighthouses


Cultural Opportunities

Lake Superior Museums, Bergland Cultural and Historic Center and Museum, Fireside Gallery, Nonesuch Gallery, Old Victoria Restoration, Ontonagon County Fairgrounds, Ontonagon County Historical Museum, Ontonagon Theater of the Performing Arts, Inc.

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