Alger County

Population:9,862 (10th)
Pop. Density:10.74 people/sq. mile (10th)
Land Area:918 sq. miles (11th)
Water Area:4,131 sq. miles (2nd)
County Seat:Munising
Towns:Au Train, Chatham, Christmas, Deerton, Grand Marais, Limestone, Munising, Shingleton, Trenary, Wetmore, Eben Junction
Know your Upper Peninsula Highways

Know your Upper Peninsula Highways

The Upper Peninsula is full of unique roadways offering scenic views. Some sections are straight as an arrow (lookin’ at you Seney Stretch), one is the longest state highway in Michigan, another is the only state highway in the United States not to allow cars (I’m sure you can guess which). It’s als... Read more

Highlights from the 2018 Trenary Outhouse Classic

Highlights from the 2018 Trenary Outhouse Classic

For the last two weeks, people across the world have tuned into the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. We have marveled at their incredible accomplishments, cried together over their adversity and comebacks, and screamed in joy as we share their excitement. On Saturday, while the world was infatuated... Read more

Vintage Upper Peninsula Postcards

Vintage Upper Peninsula Postcards

A couple weekends ago, my friend Sara and I, fellow nostalgia addicts and antique aficionados, spent hours at Lambs’ Gate, an antique store in Old Town, Lansing. We spent more than an hour hunched over a large crate propped up to waist-level that was full of old postcards. We marveled over the dates... Read more

The History of Christmas, Michigan

The History of Christmas, Michigan

According to an old poll we took, Christmas is the favorite town name in the Upper Peninsula. For those of you from outside of the Upper Peninsula, here’s a map of Christmas. Christmas is located northwest of Munising, about a 5-minute drive along M-28. The town of Christmas has booming popula... Read more

The Michigan Ice Film and a Q&A with Aaron Peterson

The Michigan Ice Film and a Q&A with Aaron Peterson

UPDATE: You can now rent and download The Michigan Ice Film. If you like local folklore, adventure, winter, or simply live in Michigan, you need to check it out. Much respect to Aaron and his crew for putting this amazing film together during the coldest winters on record. Let us introduce you to ... Read more

Fish Fryday #3: Breakwall Bakery & Cafe, Grand Marais

Fish Fryday #3: Breakwall Bakery & Cafe, Grand Marais

This is our third installment of Fish Frydays. On a not-quite-weekly but more-than-monthly schedule, we will patronize a new fish fry location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These outings will take place on Friday evening, with a review posted the following Monday. The goal is simple, try as many fi... Read more

16th Annual Trenary Outhouse Classic

16th Annual Trenary Outhouse Classic

On Saturday, February 28th, the Trenary Outhouse Classic overtook the small town of Trenary for its 16th year. I have probably heard about the Outhouse Classic every year since its inception, but had never gone to watch. However, during my last semester of college, I began researching some of the U.... Read more

Pictured Rocks Road Trip, May 2015 Edition

Pictured Rocks Road Trip, May 2015 Edition

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which makes the beginning of summer road tripping season. And yesterday was one of those epic Upper Peninsula days. The plan was simple, get a late start and head to Pictured Rocks for the sunset. And it was worth each and every mosquito bite. Truthfully, the mosquitos wer... Read more

22nd Annual Trenary Outhouse Classic

22nd Annual Trenary Outhouse Classic

The town of Trenary, rather Mathias Township is approximately 554 people. A little gem of a community that must be darn near the geographic center of the Upper Peninsula. However, on the last Saturday of February the town’s size likely quintuples, if not more. Yesterday, Trenary hosted the 22nd Annu... Read more

Population and Geography of the Upper Peninsula

Population and Geography of the Upper Peninsula

320,000 People Approximately 3% of the Michigan Approximately 0.1% of the United States Population density of 19 people/sq. mile 10 Largest Cities Marquette (~19,661 people) Sault Ste. Marie (16,542) Escanaba (13,140) Menominee (9,131) Iron Mountain (8,154) Houghton (7,134) Ishpeming (6,... Read more