Houghton County is a specialized government county because the government sector dominates the economy. Michigan Technological University, a state-assisted institution, has a major influence on the economy, and this is augmented by the location of several federal and state service agency branch offices in the county. Because of its relatively large population, concentrated in the northern half of the county, it supports a wide variety of service industries. It also supports a growing tourism industry built around summer forest-based recreation, historical resources with the establishment of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, and winter recreation based on the popular activity of snowmobiling.
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The county is also host to a wide selection of manufacturing establishments in both the forest products sector and the non-forest products sector. Cooper Country State Forest; F. J. McLain State Park; Finnish, Scandinavian, Cornish, Slovak and German cultural Suomi College (Finnish); Historic town of Calumet with the Calumet Theatre; Quincy Mine and SteamHoist; Old copper mines (rockhound's paradise); outdoor recreational activities include fishing, boating, camping, hunting, and hiking; miles of shoreline with many Agate beaches; snowmobiling (5 major trrails, 250 miles) and skiing; Michigan Technological University.
National Parks & Lakeshores:
State Forest Campgrounds:
- Duppy Falls - 5 miles S of Kenton off Forest Highway 16.
- Hungarian Falls - Hungarian Creek, 1 mile SW of Lake Linden.
- Jumbo Falls - 1.5 mi. W of Kenton on M-28, 1.5 mi. S of FR-4580 approximately .5 mi. E on gravel road, turn S to gravel pit.
- Sparrow Rapids - East Branch of Ontonagon River, 2.5 miles NW of Kenton.
- Sturgeon Falls - Sturgeon River, 9 miles N of Sidnaw.
- Wyandotte Falls - Misery River. 1-1/2 miles south of Twin Lakes.
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