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Gogebic County, Michigan





Gogebic County is Michigan's most northwestern county, bordering Wisconsin to Lake Superior. Its economy is comprised of three dominant sectors: Diverse Industries, Forest Products, and Tourism. Non-forest related industries include precision tool making, plastic injection molding, industrial sewing operations, and electronic assembly. Forest related industries include logging, sawmills, and dimension mills with regional, national and international markets. The forest is also the foundation for recreation and tourism activities including mountain bike trails, snowmobile trails, cross-country trails, hiking, camping, and others. The Ottawa National Forest, including the Sylvania Wilderness Area, is a strong recreation destination for a variety of visitors interested in camping and "silent" sports like hiking, camping, canoeing, snowshoeing, etc. The tourism industry focuses on the wealth of natural resources located in the county.

Cities, Towns & Villages:

Attractions and Events:

Lake Superior, trout streams, waterfalls, and inland lakes including Lake Gogebic draw fair weather visitors, while the four alpine ski hills/resorts in the county and miles of ski and snowmobile trails afford ample opportunities for winter visitors. The Lac Vieux Desert Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe operates a gaming casino/resort at the east end of the county. The county holds two tax-free development sites called "Renaissance Zone" sites. The zone sites are intended to attract new investment to the county by eliminating Michigan taxes to occupants of the zone. Black River Harbor Drive waterfalls, Bessemer to Lake Superior; recreational harbor facilities, Black River on Lake Ottawa National Forest, Ironwood; Miljevich Trails (cross-country), Wakefield; ABR cross-country ski trails, Ironwood; Lac Desert Casino, Watersmeet; Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park; Lake Gogebic State Park; Copper Peak; Blackjack Resort (downhill and cross-country); Indianhead Mountain Resort, Powderhorn Mountain Resort and Mt. Zion (downhill and cross-country); 130 miles of snowmobile trails; Gogebic County Fair (August).

State Parks:


  • Abinodji Falls - 10 miles N of Thomaston on Copper Creek.
  • Abibikoka Falls - Brush Lake, 4.5 miles NE of Watersmeet
  • Bathtub Falls - Carp River, 21 miles N of Thomaston
  • Gabbro Falls/Bakers Falls - Ramsay
  • Gorge Falls - Black River, 10.5 miles N of Bessemer
  • Great Conglomerate Falls - Black River, 10 miles N of Bessemer
  • Kakabika Falls - From US-2 go approximately 14 miles W of Watersmeet, take Co. Rd. 527 N approx. .5 miles.
  • Manabezho Falls - Presque Isle River, 10 miles N of Thomaston.
  • Manido Falls - Presque Isle River, 12 miles N of Thomaston
  • Mex-I-Min-E Falls - Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River, 6 miles NE of Watersmeet.
  • Nawadaha Falls - Presque Isle River, 12 miles N of Thomaston.
  • Potawatomi Falls - Black River, 10.5 miles N of Bessemer.
  • Presque Isle Falls - Just outside of Wakefield on Hwy M28 take Cty Rd 519 North up an incline.
  • Rainbow Falls - Black River, 12 miles N of Bessemer.
  • Sandstone Falls - Black River, 12 miles N of Bessemer.
  • Shining Cloud Falls - 9 miles W of White Pine. Carp River, 21 miles N of Thomaston.
  • Traders Falls - Little Carp River, 20 miles N of Thomaston.
  • Yondota Falls - Presque Isle River, 3 miles N of Marenisco.

Wineries & Vineyards:

  • None identified.


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