Michigan: Luce County

Luce County (pop. 6,631), on the southeastern shore of Lake Superior, is the site of Tahquamenon Falls State Park – which has two waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River.

The upper falls are more than 200 feet across.

Luce County is Michigan’s second-smallest county in population. Much of the county is forested wilderness.

The 23-mile Two-Hearted River flows through the county to Lake Superior. Ernest Hemingway used the name for his famous short story, published in 1925.

Hemingway camped in the UP in 1919.

The county seat of Luce County is the village of Newberry (pop. 1,519).

Downtown Newberry

The Michigan State Legislature has designated Newberry “The Moose Capital of Michigan.” Luce County has more moose-sightings than any other county in the state.

The former Sheriff’s House and Jail (1894) in Newberry is now the Luce County Historical Museum.

It opened as a museum in 1976.

Oswald’s Bear Ranch, near Newberry, has about 30 bears in a variety of habitats. It is the largest bear-only bear ranch in the U.S.

Opened to the public in 1997

Also near Newberry is the Toonerville Trolley, a five-mile, narrow-gauge train through the woods.

Closed in winter

The 217-acre Muskallonge Lake State Park is located between Lake Superior and Muskallonge Lake, on the site of the former lumber mill town of Deer Park.

Muskallonge Lake at sunset

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One comment on “Michigan: Luce County

  1. dot says:

    bob, i’m gonna HAVE to read that book by hemmingway….. thnx! dot.

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