Michigan: Arenac County

Arenac County (pop. 17,269) is east of Gladwin County on Saginaw Bay, an arm of Lake Huron.

The county seat of Arenac County is the city of Standish (pop. 1,509).

Michigan Central Railroad Standish Depot (1889)

U.S. Highway 23 from Standish north to Mackinaw City is known as the Sunrise Side Coastal Highway because the sun rises over Lake Huron.

The Standish Maximum Correctional Facility was a state prison that opened in 1990 and closed in 2009.

Closed because of budget cuts

The Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, southeast of Standish, opened in 2007.

Owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council

Omer (pop. 303) is the second-smallest incorporated city in Michigan.

Lake Angelus (pop. 290) is now smaller.

Arenac County’s second courthouse (1890-92) is in Omer. It is now owned by the Arenac County Historical Society.

It was a Masonic hall for many years.

The city of Au Gres (pop. 889) has seasonal ferries to Charity Island, located 10 miles away in Saginaw Bay.


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