Keweenaw County: Tops in the Nation for Water!

Red Ridge

Red Ridge, photo by We Are CS.

This morning I found out that my native Leelanau County is the 2nd watery-est in America. Wikipedia’s Keweenaw County entry says that Michigan’s northernmost county holds the title though:

Keweenaw County is the northernmost county in Michigan. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,966 square miles (15,451.9 km2), of which 541 square miles (1,401.2 km2) is land and 5,425 square miles (14,050.7 km2) (90.932%) is water. Of all counties (or county-equivalents) in the United States, Keweenaw County has the highest proportion of water area to total area.

In essence, 90.932 percent of the county consists of a significant part of Lake Superior, while only 9.068 percent is actually land. Isle Royale is its northernmost section. It is the largest county in the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

Check this out big as … well … Michigan’s biggest county and see many more in Kyle’s massive Keweenaw Peninsula slideshow!

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