Alger County is a county in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Set off in 1885, the county seat is located in the county's only city: Munising. Alger County in modern times is most noted for the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, located along the Lake Superior coastline, northeast of Munising.


Alger County was created from Schoolcraft County in 1885, and officially organized on March 17th of that year.[1] Its name was derived from Russell Alexander Alger, a Governor of Michigan, who served as U.S. Senator and Secretary of War during the administration of President William McKinley.[2] The boundaries of Alger County have not changed since its inception. In 2000, the United States Census Bureau listed the population as 9,862.[1]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,049 square miles. Only 918 of which is land. 4,131 square miles, nearly 82 percent of Alger County's official area is water. Grand Island, a large island off the coast of Munising, is located within the large area of water, known as Lake Superior.

To the east of Alger County is Luce County. To the southeast is Schoolcraft County; while to the south is Delta County. Marquette County lies to the west, and Lake Superior is the northern land boundary of the county. The county also contains part of the Hiawatha National Forest, and all of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.


The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances.

Alger County elected officialsEdit

(information as of August 2007)[3]

Cities, villages, and townships Edit



Unincorporated communities


Visiting Alger CountyEdit

Alger County is accessible primarily via road. M-28 connects the county to Marquette, to the west, and Sault Sainte Marie, to the east. U.S. Highway 41 also connects to the south, toward Escanaba and Gladstone.


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Alger County
County seat: Munising — Founded: 1885; Organized: 1885 — Population: 9,862 (2000)
Civil townships
Au Train · Burt · Grand Island · Limestone · Mathias · Munising · Onota · Rock River
Other communities
Au Train · Christmas · Coalwood · Deerton · Diffin · Dixon · Dorsey · Doty · Eben Junction · Evelyn
Grand Marais · Green Haven · Indian Town · Juniper · Kentucky · Kiva · Ladoga · Limestone
Melstrand · Munising Junction · Myren · Rumely · Shingleton · Slapneck · Star · Stillman · Sundell
Traunik · Trenary · Vail · Van Meer · Wetmore
Neighboring counties
Delta County (south), Luce County (east), Marquette County (west), Schoolcraft County (southeast)
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