Michigan: Ogemaw County

Ogemaw County (pop. 21,699) is west of Iosco County. It’s the only Ogemaw County in the U.S.

“Ogemaw” was apparently derived from the Ojibwe word for “chief.”

The county has about 89 lakes, the largest of which is 785-acre Sage Lake.

The county seat of Ogemaw County is the city of West Branch (pop. 2,139).

West Branch water tower

Just west of West Branch are twin 18-hole golf courses called “The Dream” and “The Nightmare.”

“The Dream”

The Rifle River State Recreation Area is a wilderness area within the Au Sable State Forest. The area was formerly a private fishing and hunting estate owned by Harry M. Jewett, president of the Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company.

More than 4,000 acres


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