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OCEANA COUNTY MICHIGAN








Oceana county map

Size: 536 Square Miles
Elevation: 600-900 Feet
Physiography: Lake border plains, rolling plains
Growing Season: 120-140 days
Annual Precipitation: 32-34 inches
Average Snowfall: 70-100 inches
Forest Type: Maple-Beech-Birch-Hemlock, Oak-Hickory, Elm-Ash-Cottonwood
Fall Colors: Early October

Oceana County

Oceana County is believed to be named after a 14th century novel written by James Harrington. Ottawa and Pottawatomi Indians lived here before the first white settlement in 1849 on Lake Michigan at the mouth of Whiskey Creek. The great lumbering growth began when a sawmill was built here. A treaty that ceded the Grand Rapids territories, near Ionia, in exchange for the Oceana townships of Crystal and Eldbridge allowed many Native Americans to settle in the county. In 1857 Native Americans from Grand Haven came to Oceana County, where they made maple syrup and maple sugar. Agriculture started as lumbering shrank and the railroads were replaced by automobiles. Today Oceana is the top fruit and vegetable growing area. It ranks 1st in tart cherry production. Also known as the "Asparagus capital of the world".

Bass Lake (49449) Benona Colfax
Collinsville Frenchtown Golding
Hart (49420) Hesperia (49421) Marshville
Mears (49436) New Era (49446) Peachville
Pentwater (49449) Podunk Rothbury (49452)
Shelby (49455) Stony Lake (49455) Weare
Walkerville (49459) blank blank






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