Arvon Township, Michigan

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Arvon Township is a civil township of Baraga County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 482.

Arvon Township's name is derived from that of the district of Carnarvon in Wales, famous for its slate industry, because of the deposits of slate in the area which were once the site of a failed quarry operation.



There are no incorporated municipalities within the township. There are several unincorporated communities and historical locales:

  • Arvon, named after the township in 1872, began as a slate quarry village. A post office operated from June 8, 1874, until November 18, 1879 and again from May 18, 1882 until October 14, 1893.[3][4]
  • Aura is located at the base of the Point Abbaye peninsula on the northern side of Huron Bay.
  • Huron Bay is a community located on Huron Bay a few miles southwest of Skanee. Here there is a convenience store and a tavern. Huron Bay was formerly the terminus of the Iron Range and Huron Bay Railroad, built to carry iron ore from Champion. A post office was in operation from July 29, 1892, until January 31, 1894.[4][5]
  • Skanee is located about 15 miles northeast of the village of L'Anse, Michigan. It is the site of the township hall, school, and post office. The Skanee ZIP code 49962 serves a large portion of Arvon Township.[6] Skanee was founded by Captain Walfred Been, who came into Huron Bay and sought shelter from a storm in 1870. He named it after his home province of Skåne in Sweden.[4]
  • The village of L'Anse is to the west and the L'Anse ZIP code 49946 serves areas in the western part of Arvon Township, including most of the Point Abbaye peninsula.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 131.3 square miles (340.1 km²), of which, 124.6 square miles (322.7 km²) of it is land and 6.7 square miles (17.4 km²) of it (5.10%) is water.

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