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ARENAC COUNTY MICHIGAN







Arenac county map

Size: 368 Square Miles
Elevation: 600-1000 Feet
Physiography: Lake Border Plains
Growing Season: 120-140 days
Annual Precipitation: 28-30 inches
Average Snowfall: 40-60 inches
Forest Type: Aspen-Birch, Elm-Ash-Cottonwood
Fall Colors: Late September to Early October

Henry Schoolcraft name Arenac county from the ancient words "arena", meaning a place sanded for gladiators to give them proper footing, and the Indian word "ac", meaning "place of". So the name Arenac means "sandy place". Prior to the European explorers the area was inhabited by Indians. Native American villages were located mostly along the shores of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay. Artifacts date back 5,000 years. The land was occupied by Saginaw Chippewa's when the first white settlers came from Canada. In 1819 most of the county was ceded to the US Government, but Chippewa reservations remained near the mouths of AuGres and Rifle rivers until they were ceded in 1837. Early industries included; lumbering, fishing, brick and tile manufacturing, and farming. Michigan's first coal mine shaft was dug in this county. Today Arenac county is a popular resort area. Within this county is the city of Omer, which is known as the smallest cities in Michigan. The largest city Standish, still attracts hunters, fisherman, and snowmobilers.

Alger (48610) Arenac Au Gres (48703)
Beachwood Shores Deep Water Deland
Glenwood Beach Hammell Beach Huron Heights
Knights Mill Maple Ridge Meltia
Omer (48749) Pine River Rifle River
Saganing Santiago Standish (48658)
Sterling (48659) Turner (48765) Twining (48766)
Wagner Beach Whites Beach Whitestone
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