Luce County is a county in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 7,024. The county seat is located in Newberry, the only incorporated municipality in the county. Set off in 1887, the county is named after former Michigan Governor Cyrus G. Luce, a Republican from Coldwater.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,912 square miles. Only 903 square miles of this area is land, approximately 47 percent. The remaining official area is in Lake Superior. To the west of Luce County lies Alger County and Schoolcraft County. To the south lies Mackinac County; Chippewa County to the east. Lake Superior forms the northern land boundary; although, the official water boundary extends to the international boundary with Canada in the middle of Lake Superior.
Much of Luce County is forested, with some areas still protected. The Tahquamenon River flows from the west-central portion of the county, northeastward, featuring the Tahquamenon Falls as part of the Tahquamenon Falls State Park in neighboring Chippewa County. Muskallonge Lake State Park is also along the northern shore of Luce County, near Deer Park.
The county is accessible primarily by automotive travel. M-28 traverses east-west across the southern portion of the county, M-123 extends from M-28, through Newberry, northeastward toward the Tahquamenon Falls area and, ultimately, Paradise. M-117 travels south from M-28 about 2.5 miles west of the M-123 junction. This highway connects to Engadine and western Mackinac County.
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.
Elected officials, as of September 2005Edit
- Prosecuting Attorney: Peter Tazelaar II
- Sheriff: Kevin R. Erickson
- County Clerk/Register of Deeds: Kathy S. Mahar
- County Treasurer: Deborah Johnson