Delta County, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, lies on the northwest
shore of Lake Michigan and almost exactly in the center of North America. With
a balanced mix of the culture found in cities and the nature found in the wilderness,
Delta County is the perfect place to make your home.
Delta County, formally organized in 1861, is home to the only Indian cliff paintings
in Michigan, which document that the area has been inhabited since at least 500
A.D. Since then, it has become the crossroads of the major transportation routes
in the Upper Peninsula.
With 211 miles of waterfront (including shoreline on Lake Michigan and over 144
inland lakes) has more access to water than any other county in the entire United
States. Because of this, and also because of the county's more than 500 miles
of rivers and its invaluable Hiawatha National Forest acreage, the area has become
a mecca to outdoor enthusiasts.
Delta County has a wide variety of trails dedicated to hiking, mountain biking,
inline skating, canoeing, and kayaking, horseback riding, cross country skiing,
and snowmobiling, and several designated as ATV/ORV trails. Delta County and the
surrounding areas are host to several ski resorts and campgrounds as well. In
addition, the Little Bay De Noc area has been rated by USA Today as one of the
top ten fishing spots in the world, especially for walleye. Delta County has thus
become a stop on several walleye fishing tournament circuits. Hunters find Delta
County an ideal home as well, since its relatively light snowfall allows it to
house the Upper Peninsula's greatest population of deer.
If golf is your thing, Delta County welcomes you, too. The county is home to four
championship 18-hole layouts and three nine-hole runs. The area, by far, has more
to offer the golfing enthusiast than any other county in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Sherman's Travel (www.shermanstravel.com) named the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
as one of the Top 10 Summer Destinations in the world, citing the wildlife, wilderness,
and links to American heritage. The Upper Peninsula was one of only four travel
destinations mentioned that are located in the United States.
The population of Delta County as a whole is just under 40,000 people. Since the
county includes 1,992 square miles, 1,107 of which are on land, there is plenty
of space for living and recreation.
The major cities located within Delta County are Escanaba and Gladstone. Escanaba,
with a current population of about 13,000, was organized as the county seat in
1864 and has remained so since. Gladstone, which lies just to the north of Escanaba
on the shores of Lake Michigan's Little Bay De Noc, has a population of just over
5,000. In addition, Delta County is home to 14 townships, 1 village, and 1 unincorporated
community. Serving these communities are 6 school districts and one community
college. Two state universities are located within 150 miles.
Delta County offers easy access to both city life and country living, to dance
clubs and deep-woods retreats, to business opportunities and hunting camps
Delta County offers you the perfect place to make your home.