With a spectacular outdoor beauty and small town atmosphere, Alger County and Munising are an area where many dream of relocating. The scenery and relaxed atmosphere is second-to-none and having the ability to have a profitable business or career while enjoying a world-class destination can be a reality.
Our unemployment rate in 2015 was 5.40%, Alger County population is 9,383 and the county seat, Munising’s population is 2,355. Our leading employer is Neenah Paper (Munising Mill), a very successful mill with an over 100-year history in Munising which has 266 employees. We have four public schools and one private K-12 school in Alger County. There is an international airport 50 miles away and Northern Michigan University is located in Marquette, which is under 50 miles. Our broadband services in Munising are known as one of the best in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which is 42 miles long, stretches along the Lake Superior shoreline from Munising northeast to Grand Marais. The Pictured Rocks sandstones rise upwards of 220 feet above the water as sheer cliffs or as formations and caves weathered by thousands of years of wind and wave. Pictured Rocks has become the “jewel” of Michigan and the upper Midwest and draws over 750,000 visitors a year from not only the region, statewide, nationally and internationally. Visitation has increased 56% since 2010 and the economic impact of tourism is approximately $33 million. Drive along the picturesque H-58 from Munising to Grand Marais and the cliffs give way to Twelvemile Beach and Grand Sable Dunes – areas of pristine white sand shoreline, and home of the beautiful Au Sable Light Station. From May to mid-October, the Pictured Rocks Cruises take you from Munising along a narrated tour of the rock formations of the Lakeshore. Hikers, kayakers, and boaters can all enjoy the Lakeshore in parts or its entirety thanks to area attraction businesses, shuttle services and rental outfitters.
The Alger Underwater Preserve consists of several shipwrecks throughout Munising Bay and the adjacent waters of Lake Superior. Divers can explore these wrecks, choosing from beginner to expert-level dive sites. For those who prefer to remain above water, the Glass-Bottom Shipwreck Tour is available daily from May until mid-October.
The Hiawatha National Forest and the Grand Island National Recreation Area preserve thousands of acres of forest and lake lands, as well as their history. Silent sports, ATV, and snowmobile enthusiasts can find solitude or time out with friends and family on any of the hundreds of miles of trails. Observant travelers may spot wildlife such as eagles, deer, sandhill cranes, or black bears. Grand Island is accessible via a ferry service near Munising, and a bus tour is available for a relaxing, historical ride
The area during fall color season is not to be missed and arguably one of the most beautiful in the U.S. Deep reds, oranges, and golden yellows glow around the hills and farmlands, and add a beautiful contrast to evergreens in mixed woodland edges.
Over 20 waterfalls, named and unnamed, can be found within the county. Accessibility ranges from roadside viewing to multi-mile hikes. In the winter, the falls and groundwater seepage freeze into spectacular ice pillars, curtains, and caves. Recently the Ice Caves and pillars along Grand Island and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore were featured in an IMAX film, titled “National Parks Adventure”, hosted by Robert Redford.
Alger County towns each have their own unique shops, cafés, restaurants, heritage museums, and galleries. Various service organizations and churches hold annual events or special meals. A casino is available in the town of Christmas for those who enjoy gaming.
Come for one of the area’s many special events or festivals: Pictured Rocks Days, traditional Fourth of July celebrations, music, art, and Michigan Ice Fest. There are running, bike, snowmobile, ski, dogsled, and the famous Trenary Outhouse Classic races; a farmers & artisans market; summer concerts in the park; and National Park and Forest special activities.
Alger County accommodations range from over 800 rooms at traditional hotels with pools, sauna, and waterslides to cozy & quiet family-owned motels; vacation rentals to waterfront cabins & lodges. Modern and primitive camping facilities are available throughout the county.
If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Kathy Reynolds at (906) 387-2138 or firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website www.algercountychamber.com. We would love to have you visit our community and see for yourself why people call this their "favorite place to be".
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