Michigan: Cheboygan County

Cheboygan County (pop. 4,876) is just east of Emmet County, along the shore of Lake Huron at the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It’s the only Cheboygan County in the U.S.

The village of Mackinaw City (pop. 896), at the southern end of the Mackinac Bridge, is in both Emmet and Cheboygan counties. Ferries from Mackinaw City serve Mackinac Island.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (1889), Mackinaw City

The county seat of Cheboygan County is the city of Cheboygan (pop. 4,876), which got its start as a lumber-mill town at the mouth of the seven-mile Cheboygan River.

U.S. Highway 23 drawbridge over Cheboygan River

The Kingston Theatre in downtown Cheboygan dates from 1920.

Still showing movies

Ferries from Cheboygan serve the 34-square-mile Bois Blanc Island (pop. 71). The name is pronounced “Bob Low.”

Fewer tourists than Mackinac

Cheboygan State Park is east of town. The park offers hiking, swimming, camping, and cross-county skiing.

Along Lake Huron

Just west of Cheboygan is the gift shop known as Sea Shell City, in operation since 1957.

The unincorporated community of Indian River is the home of the Nun Doll Museum.

More than 500 dolls


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