Ontonagon is in Ontonagon County (of which it is the county seat), and in the Northern Region. This community is located southwest of Hancock along US Highway 45 on the banks of the Ontonagon River near the shore of Lake Superior. Also situated in Michigan's Upper Peninsula region.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 1,733, a decrease of 307 since 1990.
Ontonagon was settled in 1843 by James Kirk Paul, who built the first log cabin here. A post office was started here three years later, with Daniel S. Cash becoming the first postmaster. Paul spent several years platting the area, while finally and officially recording it in 1854. The town was incorporated as a village in 1885.
Ontonagon is considered the "gateway" to the Porcupine Mountains. Its economy is supported mainly by paper manufacturing and tourism, along with the processing of forest products. Interesting places to see include the Ontonagon Light House, the old Court House and the Ontonagon River...Not a bad fishing spot.
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Great Northern Beer Festival Eagle River WI June8 The Great Northern Beer Festival is a great opportunity to try many
different styles of beers from many different breweries.
Finnfest USA Hancock MI June19-23 FinnFest USA is a festival with strong academic, cultural, and commerce components presenting Finnish and Finnish American culture and heritage.
Ishpeming's Italian Fest Ishpeming MI July27 Visitors can once again enjoy homemade Italian food cooked by the Valela sisters (Teresa Bertucci, Catherine Carlson, Clara Joseph and Mary Jacobson). In addition, various vendors will be serving cudighis, Italian sandwiches, hot dogs, sno cones, ice cream novelties and much more.
Pig in the Pines Ribfest St. Germain WI August1-3 The 9th Annual Pig In The Pines RibFest features award winning ribs, live music every day, family attractions and an all-around good time.
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Cable WI September13-15 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival has been conducting fat tire racing and fat tire fun since 1983. Chequamegon 40, Short and Fat tours, Rough Stuff Rendezvous, Cable Criterium, and Sunday Funday.
Apple Festival Bayfield WI October4-6 Apple Festival has been hailed as the “Best Festival in Wisconsin” by Wisconsin Trails Magazine and one of the “Top Ten Autumn Festivals in North America” by the Society of American Travel Writers.