Chippewa County

Population:38,543 (2nd)
Pop. Density:24.69 people/sq. mile (5th)
Land Area:1,561 sq. miles (2nd)
Water Area:1,137 sq. miles (5th)
County Seat:Sault Ste. Marie
Towns:Barbeau, Brimley, Dafter, De Tour Village, Drumond Island, Hulbert, Kincheloe, Kinross, Pickford, Rudyard, Sault Ste. Marie, Trout Lake, Goetzville, Paradise, Eckerman
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

A Bird's-Eye View of the Upper Peninsula

A Bird's-Eye View of the Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a vast region. By the way, did you know that the Upper Peninsula is wider than the Lower Peninsula is tall? I love exploring Google Maps and finding aerial views of my favorite places in the Upper Peninsula as well as the rest of the world. Here are my top findings from... Read more

Going Full Throttle at the 2015 I-500 Snowmobile Race

Going Full Throttle at the 2015 I-500 Snowmobile Race

On the first Saturday of February in Sault Ste. Marie you’ll find passionate snowmobiling fans gathered to watch the annual I-500 Snowmobile Race. The 500 mile race takes place on a 1-mile track. We’ll help with the math, that’s 500 laps! The 47th annual featured an overcast February morning. Howeve... Read more

Upper Peninsula, Spotted from the International Space Station

Upper Peninsula, Spotted from the International Space Station

Astronaut Sam Cristoforetti, of Italy, has been living on the International Space Station and tweeting up a storm. She regularly posts photos of her view from ISS including this gem she recently posted of the Eastern Upper Peninsula surrounded by Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Read more about the ... 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

Michigan's Lone Yooper Governor: Chase Osborn

Michigan's Lone Yooper Governor: Chase Osborn

Time for an Upper Peninsula history lesson… The State of Michigan has seen 47 governors since 1837 when Michigan was admitted as the 26th state of the union. Of those 47 governors only one has been a Yooper. Chase Osborn became the 27th Governor of Michigan in 1911 and to this day remains the only M... Read more

Prayer of the Woods

Prayer of the Woods

Along the trail towards the Upper Falls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park is the above sign, the “Prayer Of The Woods.” The prayer has been used in Portuguese forest reservations for more than 1,000 years and can be found at state parks, national forests, and national parks across Michigan, the United... Read more