Glaciers shaped all of Crawford County, creating a unique regional ecosystem, consisting of broad outwash plains, jack pine barrens, some white pine-red pine forests, and northern hardwood forests, and a multitude of lakes.
Named after early American politician DeWitt Clinton, Clinton County was founded in 1831.
Founded in 1840 as part of Makinac County, Kaykekee County was renamed to Clare after County Clare in Ireland and has a prominent bird watching community.
Located in the Upper Peninsula, Chippewa County is home to the Soo Locks in Sault Saint Marie, allowing ships to travel from Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes.
Forming in 1840, Cheboygan is speculated to come from the Ojibwa term for “sewing needle” and shares the origin of the Cheboygan River.
Formed in 1869, Charlevoix is home to the Beaver Island archipelago including the Gull, Hat, Pismire, and Shoe islands.
Formed in 1829, Cass County played a prominent role in the Underground Railroad.
Formed in 1829, Calhoun County is named after John C. Calhoun, Vice President under Andrew Jackson. It is also home to the third largest city in Michigan, Battle Creek.
Founded in 1829, Branch County is named after the U.S. Secretary of the Navy John Branch.
Sitting in the furthest SW corner of Michigan, Berrien County is home to Paw Paw Lake and the St. Joseph river.