Gogebic county is Michigan’s most northwestern county, bordering Wisconsin to Lake Superior. Its economy is comprised of 3 dominant sectors: diverse industries, forest products, and tourism. Non-forest related industries precision tool making, plastic injection molding, industrial sewing operations and electronic assembly. Forest related industries include logging, sawmills, and dimension mills with regional, national and international markets. The forest provides recreation and tourism activities including mountain biking, snowmobiling, downhill and cross country trails, hiking and camping. Ottawa National Forest, including Sylvania Wilderness area, is a strong recreation area. The tourism industry focuses on a wealth of natural resources located in the county. Lake Superior, trout streams, waterfalls, and inland lakes including Lake gogebic draw fair weather visitors, while 4 alpine ski hills/resorts in the country and miles of ski and snowmobile trails afford ample opportunities for winter visitors. The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa operates a gaming casino/resort. The county has three tax-free development sites (“Renaissance Zones”) intended to attract new investment to the county by eliminating Michigan taxes to occupants of the zone.

Gogebic County Profile