Newaygo County (pop. 48,460) is west of Mecosta County. It was named either for an Ojibwe leader or for a Native American word meaning “much water.”
The county has more than 200 lakes. More than half of the county is in Manistee National Forest.
The county seat of Newaygo County is the city of White Cloud (pop. 1,408).
The largest city in Newaygo County is Fremont (pop. 4,081).
Gerber Products Company was founded in Fremont in 1927, and the company still has its headquarters there. The city has an annual Baby Food Festival in July.
The Hardy Dam, on the Muskegon River, is the largest earthen dam in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River.
Newaygo State Park is on the south side of Hardy Dam Pond.
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