Welcome to the
Newaygo County Website
Newaygo County invites you to explore our new
website. Many of the services and information offered by Newaygo
County can be accessed online through this website. We will continue
to update and enhance our site to provide you with the most accurate and
up-to-date information. Having this information available at your
convenience via the Internet is one more way Newaygo County strives to
serve its community and the public better.
Newaygo County was
named after Chippewa Indian Chief: Naw-wa-goo, one of the signers of the
Treaty of Saginaw in 1812. The county has over 230 natural lakes and
over 350 miles of rivers and streams. Three huge dams were built after the
turn of the century: Croton, Hardy and Newaygo. Croton and Hardy Dams
remain today, with Hardy the largest earthen dam east of the Mississippi.
Today Newaygo County relies on tourism as its main economic support, with
agriculture and small manufacturing secondary. The Muskegon River
continues to be the main
attraction for summer cottage residents and fishermen, who find it nearly
the best source for steelhead in the spring and salmon in the fall
anywhere in Michigan. Hunting, camping and RVing are also excellent, as over half the county is contained in the Manistee National Forest.
Website by Newaygo County Information
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