Keweenaw County, Michigan

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Keweenaw County is a county in the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Houghton, Michigan, Micropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 2,301; it is the least populous county in Michigan. The county seat is Eagle River.[2] Isle Royale is a part of the county. The Keweenaw Liberty Library [2] is an online library containing links to legal documents and public records it deems to be "on issues important to" Keweenaw County, Michigan, and its constituent townships as well as the Keweenaw County Road Commission, which serves as the road commission for the county.

It is said that Keweenaw is "A Native American word meaning 'portage or place where portage is made,'"[3] See List of Michigan county name etymologies.

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Geography

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 (15,452 km²), of which, 541 square miles (1,401 km²) of it is land and 5,425 square miles (14,051 km²) of it (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.

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