Ontonagon County, Michigan

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Ontonagon County is a county of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 7,818. The county seat is Ontonagon [1].

The county was set off in 1843, and organized in 1848. It had been part of Chippewa and Mackinac counties; and it was thereafter split to create Gogebic County‎.[2] See List of Michigan counties.The name is said to be derived from a Native American word "Nondon-organ" meaning "hunting river"[3] and which appeared as named for a river called "Nantounagon" on a 1670 French map. Alternatively, it is said to be derived from the Ojibwa "onagon" which means "dish" or "bowl."[4] See List of Michigan county name etymologies.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,741 square miles (9,690 km²), of which, 1,312 square miles (3,397 km²) of it is land and 2,430 square miles (6,293 km²) of it (64.95%) is water.

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