Baraga County

Population:8,746 (12th)
Pop. Density:9.67 people/sq. mile (11th)
Land Area:904 sq. miles (12th)
Water Area:165 sq. miles (13th)
County Seat:L'Anse
Towns:Baraga, Covington, Keweenaw Bay, L'Anse, Pelkie, Watton
An (almost) Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

An (almost) Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

Today is Michigan’s 182nd birthday! To celebrate we’re giving a bit of history lesson. We hope you’ll learn as much we did putting this together. We’ve compiled highlights from every year since Michigan’s admittance into statehood in 1837. But as we know, this just a small piece of Michigan’s ... Read more

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

Yoopers who Played Major League Baseball

Yoopers who Played Major League Baseball

Throughout the history of Major League Baseball, there haven’t been many players who grew up in the Upper Peninsula. However, there have been fourteen MLB players born or raised in the Upper Peninsula, and that’s pretty impressive! Especially considering how short summers can be. As you can see four... Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Area Code 906

Everything You Need to Know About Area Code 906

Just in case you didn’t know, 906 is the only area code for the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In addition, 906 is the largest area code in Michigan. On March 19th, 1961, area code 906 was created as a split from what was then area code 616. Currently, according to Wikipedia, the area code is n... Read more

Fish Fryday #2: Skipper's L'Anse

Fish Fryday #2: Skipper's L'Anse

This is our second 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 f... Read more

The Untold Story of the First-Ever Upper Peninsula Silhouette Tee

The Untold Story of the First-Ever Upper Peninsula Silhouette Tee

During this last week, if you’re in the Upper Peninsula, there’s a good chance you may have seen this photo circulating on Facebook. Talk about a throwback! That photo has been around since February 2008, but only a few people have seen it until now. Seeing it myself had me reminiscing and thinking ... 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

11 Photos: Why the Upper Peninsula is the Cooler Peninsula

11 Photos: Why the Upper Peninsula is the Cooler Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula is the cooler peninsula. It cannot be argued, it is embedded in the factual temperatures recorded by the National Weather Service for more than one hundred years. So we all know it’s literal, but is it figurative? Of course we’re a little biased at Yooper Steez, but we’d love to ... Read more

First Steez Photo

First Steez Photo

It’s official, Yooper Steez is up and running, and for our 3rd Photo Friday we’re featuring the very first of our “Steez Photos“. The shoveling must get done, and what better to represent than the Yooper Scooper, a classic icon of the Upper Peninsula. But we know you can do better. Shirts are availa... Read more

Keweenaw Bay Ice Fishing

Keweenaw Bay Ice Fishing

This week across the Upper Peninsula it was rare to see a temperature below freezing. A lot of snow and ice melted this week and once again the ice fishing season will be coming to a close soon. There aren’t many places in the United States where you’re driving along and see a frozen lake that’s ful... Read more