Michigan: Montmorency County

Montmorency County (pop. 9,765) is west of Alpena County. The sparsely settled county has no stoplights.

The county seat of Montmorency County is the unincorporated community of Atlanta (pop. 827), the fourth-smallest county seat in Michigan. It was named for Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta in 1949

Atlanta is known as “The Elk Capital of Michigan.” The state’s elk-hunting season is in August-September and in December.

Atlanta has an annual Elk Pole Contest.

Montmorency County is the home of the annual Sno*Drift rally race, which goes over snow-covered gravel roads in January. It is the season’s first race in the Rally America National Rally Championship.

Clear Lake State Park is north of Atlanta. It is popular for boating and fishing in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.

Elk are often visible in the park.

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