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
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

July 4th Road Tripping

July 4th Road Tripping

#### Miles #### Drive Time #### Total Time 648.4 12.53 hrs 53 hrs One requirement for being an Ambassador of the Upper Peninsula is whirlwind road trips across the U.P. Road tripping is nothing new to me, and a proper road trip includes a number of my road tripping guidelines. Some of those guidelin... Read more

A Grand (Island) Adventure

A Grand (Island) Adventure

Water cooler conversations at offices around the country have been full of chatter about this epic 2014 winter. What an awesome winter it has been. And from local news stations all the way to the NBC Nightly News, people have been talking about Lake Superior being 95% frozen over, and especially abo... Read more

Michigan Ice Fest: Up, Up and Away!

Michigan Ice Fest: Up, Up and Away!

This is a guest post from our friend Alice Rossignol. She’s a big fan of the great outdoors and her love for the Upper Peninsula is blossoming. You can follow her on Twitter. Photos courtesy of Courtney Shuert. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always preferred one direction: up. And I take it as... Read more

Scott Falls

Scott Falls

Looking for some Memorial Day weekend site-seeing? If you can spare a day, or a few hours if you live closer, make a trip the Scott Falls. You’ll find Scott Falls about 7 miles west of Munising, just to the east of Au Train, conveniently located right off highway M-28. This type of waterfall is know... Read more

Miners Castle, Before and After April 13th, 2006

Miners Castle, Before and After April 13th, 2006

On April 13th, 2006 the famous landscape of Miners Castle changed forever. One of just two National Parks in the Upper Peninsula, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore attracts thousands of visitors year after year. Miners Castle has always been a favorite photos of tourists, photographers, and postcar... Read more

Eben Ice Caves

Eben Ice Caves

Nestled in the Rock River Canyon Wilderness, about two miles north of Eben Junction, is the Eben Ice Caves. For those new to the area it’s pronounced eh-been not eeeeee-been. Rock River Canyon is one of the six designated wilderness areas of Hiawatha National Forest. The Rock River Canyon was create... Read more